KSA-Born Expatriates Look For Saudi Wives
By Ibrahim Naffee
Arab News | Jeddah
9 February 2014
Many Kingdom-born expats find marrying Saudi women as the best guarantee for a bright future in Saudi Arabia.
This is especially the case after the Nitaqat program drastically reduced the number of expats in the labor market.
Arab expatriates born in Saudi Arabia say they cannot return to the countries of their ancestors because they have no real ties there. At the same time, they face many obstacles to finding jobs in the Kingdom.
Making matters more confusing are the rumors that expatriates born here will be considered Saudis under the Nitaqat program. They can also transfer their sponsorship to the wives that provide a safe future in the Kingdom for them.
At the same time, the government has granted certain privileges to the sons of Saudi women married to foreigners. There are 584 Saudi women married to expatriates in the Makkah region, 543 in Riyadh and 490 in the Eastern Province. Some 2,000 Saudi women married foreigners in 2011, according to a report released by the Ministry of Justice in 2013.
Sons of Saudi women married to expats can now benefit from Saudi citizenship privileges and remain under the sponsorship of their mothers. They are effectively Saudis and will have access to various public services including education and health, according to a decision taken by the Cabinet.
The Ministry of Labor will also consider them Saudis under the Nitaqat system to help them find jobs in the private sector. Many expatriates born here hope to have similar privileges so they can continue living here and provide a good future for their children by marrying Saudi women.
“I am looking for a Saudi woman for marriage. I want to spend all my life here in the Kingdom where I was born and educated. The local laws of the labor market have ignored us. I am now a part of the Saudi society with the same culture, accent and religion. However, I need guarantee to live all my life here,” Salah Sabri, a 33-year-old Yemeni resident told Arab News.
Meanwhile, the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) has confirmed that foreign men married to Saudi women are eligible to receive retirement benefits, provided they are under the sponsorship of their wives and registered in the system as “special expats,” like foreign women married to Saudi nationals.
However, several Saudi women who are divorced or those who have reached an advanced age without marriage represent the best category for marriage with Saudi-born expats. A number of Saudi women said they won’t refuse any expat who was born in the Kingdom because they represent sons of the country like Saudis.
“I can’t call ‘expatriate’ any one who was born and educated in the Kingdom. I consider them Saudis and they have the right to have a secure future in the Kingdom especially as the local laws of Saudization ignore them. If I find any one who was born here and wants to marry me and he can manage married life well, I will accept him,” said a Saudi nurse in a public hospital.
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