The absence of the option to apply for exit permits for expat male children above 18 years of age on the Ministry of Interior’s (MoI) Metrash2 application has caused concern among expats who are under family sponsorship in the country.
According to information that is available on the Qatar government’s official website ‘Hukoomi’, “all expatriate residents, except wives and dependent children under family sponsorship, require an exit permit to leave the country.”
So, it can be inferred from this statement that male children aged above 18 do not need an exit permit to leave the country as they fall under the category of dependent children. Male children aged above 18 and resident in the country under the family sponsorship were required to get an exit permit to leave the country until recently.
Reports are emerging which suggest that male wards up to the ages of 25 are no longer required to get an exit permit if they are in the country under their parents’ sponsorship, however, beyond ages of 25 they are required to get an exit permit to leave the country.
Many people who have left the country with their adult sons (aged below 25) have reported that no exit permit was sought by the authorities from their sons.