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CITIZENSHIP: Qatari nationality is regulated by Law #2 of 1961, amended by Law #19 of 1963 and Law #17 of 1966. Citizenship is automatic for a person who resided in Qatar prior to 1930.

BY BIRTH: Birth within the State of Qatar does not confer citizenship.

BY DESCENT: Child born to a Qatari father, regardless of the child's country of birth.

BY NATURALIZATION: Qatari citizenship can be granted upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person must have lawfully continued residence in Qatar for a period of not less than 20 years before the date of their application.

For Arab nationals of another Arab country, the residence period is 15 years. Person must have a lawful means of living and must be of good character. Person must have a fair command of the Arabic language.



VOLUNTARY: Permitted under Qatari Law. Letters of renunciation should be sent to any Qatari embassy abroad.

INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Qatari citizenship: Person joins the military service of a foreign country against the wishes of the Qatari

government. Person acquires a foreign nationality. Person works for the interests of a foreign government that is in a state of war with Qatar.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be directed to the address below:

Embassy of the State of Qatar Consular Section 4200 Wisconsin Ave., NW Washington, DC 20037

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-274-1600 Fax: 202-237-9880



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