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Report: Qatar stops naturalisation of Bahraini nationals

Qatar has put a stop to its naturalisation process for Bahraini nationals in the country, Bahrain’s Interior Minister has announced in a statement.

According to a report by Gulf News, Shaikh Rashid Bin Abdullah Al Khalifa has said in a statement that “implementations procedures are being undertaken and are based on mutual respect of the laws of both countries and serve public interests and the bonding of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.”

Qatar’s naturalisation policy for Bahraini nationals has been a major point of argument between the two states, with Bahrain accusing Qatar of  “affecting its security and national interests”, the report states. (Read full report here.)

What you need to know about Qatar’s citizenship law

According to Law No. 38 of 2005 on the acquisition of Qatari nationality, as published in Qatar’s Legal Portal “Al Meezan”:

Any non-Qatari may acquire Qatari nationality, by decree of the Emir, provided that:

  • On the application date for Qatari nationality he has been a regular resident in Qatar for not less than twenty-five consecutive years. This provision shall not be prejudiced by the applicant being absent from Qatar for not more than two months in a single calendar year, provided the applicant has the intention of returning. These periods of absence shall be deducted from the actual cumulative residence period. Should the applicant leave Qatar following the submission of the nationality application, and remain absent from Qatar for longer than six months, the Interior Minister reserves the right to disregard his previous residence, and discount his application.
  • He has a lawful means of income.
  • He is of good repute and has not been convicted of any offense impugning his honour or integrity.
  • Has good knowledge of the Arabic language.

How many long-term residents have managed to get a Qatari citizenship?

ALSO READ: How to get a Qatari citizenship? Not even if your mother were a Qatari, but play a sport and you stand a chance – an opinion piece by writer Nofe Al Suwaidi for JustHere.


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