Qatar: Information on the conditions under which temporary Iranian workers could be naturalized
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 June 1993|
|Citation / Document Symbol||QAT14552|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Qatar: Information on the conditions under which temporary Iranian workers could be naturalized, 1 June 1993, QAT14552, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab4f14.html [accessed 20 September 2014]|
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A representative of the Embassy of Qatar in Washington stated that these matters are only handled in Qatar, and added that residency permits or visas for foreign workers are only issued with an employer's sponsorship (qafil in Arabic) (23 June 1993).
According to a representative of Middle East watch in New York, only a small number of Iranians have been naturalized in Qatar (25 June 1993). The representative added that only highly skilled Iranian professionals who have resided in Qatar for a long period have any chance of being naturalized (Ibid.). They would have to be referred by the Ministry of the Interior to the Emir of Qatar, who can use extensive discretionary powers in the matter (Ibid.).
Additional and/or corroborating information on this subject is currently unavailable to the DIRB in Ottawa.
Embassy of Qatar, Washington. 23 June 1993. Telephone Interview with Representative.
Middle East Watch, New York. 25 June 1993. Telephone Interview with Representative.