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Exercise normal precautions in Qatar.
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Qatar:
Qatar is not party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoptions of children from non-Hague countries are processed in accordance with 8 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 204.3 as it relates to orphans as defined under the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 101(b)(1)(F).
Adoption is not permitted in Qatar, which follows Muslim “Shari’a” law. Only Qatari citizens may obtain legal guardianship of a child, which is not the same as adoption. The child cannot inherit family property or assume a Qatari citizen’s family or tribal name based on a legal guardianship. Legal guardianship is limited to situations where: the parents are unknown; or the child has been abandoned; or the mother is known, but incapable of supporting the child and willing to relinquish parental rights and the father is unknown. The legal proceedings for legal guardianship are completed by the Family Court of Qatar. The law extends to third-country national children who are considered Qatari citizens. As such, the State of Qatar will not allow for the relocation of the child to another country.
U.S. citizens interested in obtaining legal guardianship of a child in Qatar should contact the Family Court of Qatar to inquire about applicable laws and procedures. Likewise, U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents living in Qatar, who would like to adopt a child from the United States or from a third country, should contact the Family Court of Qatar. See contact information below.
Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are adoptable. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when this becomes possible. In such cases, the birth parent(s) have rarely relinquished their parental rights or consented to their child(ren)’s adoption.
To bring an adopted child to the United States from Qatar, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law.
Additionally, a child must meet the definition of an orphan under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IR-3 or IR-4 immigrant visa.
Qatar’s Adoption Authority/Family Court:
Dhreima Qatar Orphan Foundation
Tel: +974- 44589444
Fax: +974- 44580014
P.O.Box: 24026, Doha, Qatar
E-mail: email@example.com – firstname.lastname@example.org
The General Consulate of the State of Qatar
1990 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 900
Houston, TX 77056
Phone: (+1) 713-355-8221
Fax (+1) 713-355-8184
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-800A application or a Form I-800 petition:
USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC):
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-913-275-5480 (local); Fax: 1-913-214-5808
For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
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