Director General Of Passports: No Iqamah Fees For Non-Saudi Mothers


21 November 2014 update: Someone I know personally went to the Passport Office to inquire about the new law for non-Saudi mothers. It is only for divorced and widowed non-Saudi mothers. Non-Saudi mothers who are still married to a Saudi cannot apply for an iqamah, their husbands must do it.

I think this is fabulous news however I have a few concerns. One issue that is not being discussed is whether ex-wife or widow is in possession of her marriage papers, divorce papers and birth certificates of her children in order to be eligible for this. Please ladies…make sure that you have all of the required papers because you never know what will happen. Allah forbid that the ex-husband or the deceased husband’s family try to keep the documentation away from you. Another issue I am questioning is whether the non-Saudi mother needs to prove her residence status is legal with an existing iqamah. What if she has no iqamah, can she still apply? What if the ex-husband or her deceased husband’s family takes her iqamah away and refuses to give it to her, can she still apply? Finally, my understanding is that the iqamah is not forever since details need to be updated every five years. So basically, whatever your marital status at the time of applying for another iqamah, you must prove whether you are re-married, divorced or widowed with the correct papers.


No Iqama Fees For Expat Mothers Of Saudi Children
By Adnan Al-Shabrawi
Okaz/Saudi Gazette
13 November 2014

The Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) has started receiving applications from expatriate mothers who have children with Saudi men to be issued with regular residence permits (iqamas) in accordance with a previous decision by the Council of Ministers.

Jawazat spokesman Lt. Col Ahmed Al-Lihaidan said the iqamas would be granted free of charge, without any need for a listed sponsor and for a validity of five years.

“According to the Cabinet decision, the regular iqamas will be issued to expatriate women with children from Saudi husbands whether they are still married, divorced or widowed,” he said.

The spokesman said the government will bear the iqama issuance fees but the woman has to prove that she is married to a Saudi man and has children with him.

Al-Lihaidan, however, did not explain what would happen to those with no children.

The spokesman said there is no age limit for the children of expatriate mothers wanting to be issued with regular iqamas.

“It is not a condition that the expatriate woman should be still married to her husband.

“Divorced and widowed women are also entitled to be given iqamas but will have to update their details every five years,” he said.

Under the decision of the Council of Ministers, non-Saudi women who are mothers of Saudi children will be given permanent iqamas in the Kingdom free of charge and without any sponsor.

According to the decision, these women can work for the private sector and will be considered as Saudi citizens in the Nitaqat program that enforces Saudization policies.

They will also be treated as full-fledged Saudi nationals in general education, universities and health services.

Photo Credit: Ministry Of Interior

Taking A Saudi Woman As A Second Wife

Wa alawhatdoyouwanttoknowikum as-salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh

Yes, it is allowed. I have been a witness to this type of arrangement where the brother of a Saudi woman helped her get permission to marry a non-Saudi whose first wife was also a non-Saudi. So your Saudi should go with her brother to the emarah and apply for the marriage permission. Please note that if you choose to marry a Saudi woman, any children born to the union will not have Saudi citizenship and neither will you ever be able to obtain it. To get a better idea of the issues resulting from this marriage choice, peruse the category, Saudi Women Married To Non-Saudis/Foreigners. Best wishes!


Assalam alaikum wa rahmatullah,

I have been through your blog and found it very useful.

I have started communication with a Saudi woman, who would like me to take her as a second wife.

She is 35 years old (which I have seen makes thins easier) and her father has passed away. Although she does have a brother and mother who is supportive of her decision.

I know that the process is long but would this be even acceptable? Are non Saudi men allowed to take a Saudi woman as a second wife?

Thank you

Dual Nationality For Saudis Is Forbidden Without Permission From Ministry Of Interior

forbiddenKingdom Does Not Allow Dual Nationality
Arab News | Jeddah
30 October 2014

The Kingdom does not allow dual nationality, said Mohammad Jasser Al-Jasser, spokesman for Civil Status.

However, the citizenship of a Saudi female will not be revoked if her husband alone obtains a foreign nationality.

“The Kingdom will cancel the citizenship of any Saudi citizen who obtains a foreign nationality without prior permission of the Interior Ministry,” Al-Jasser said.

He added that Saudi citizenship will be taken away from any Saudi citizen who is in the ranks of military in any foreign government, without the authorization of the Saudi government. The same applies to citizens who work for foreign governments in a current state of war with Saudi Arabia.

“According to the nationality system of Saudi Arabia, dual nationality is not allowed in compliance with Article 11, which stipulates that no Saudi citizen is allowed to obtain a foreign nationality without prior permission of the Council of Ministers. If a citizen obtained a foreign nationality before acquiring the permission, the government still retains the right to revoke the person’s Saudi citizenship in accordance with Article 13 of the nationality system,” he explained.

He added that, in the case of a Saudi citizen who has obtained a dual nationality, his Saudi wife will not have her citizenship right revoked, unless the wife decides that she too will follow the new citizenship of the husband, with the approval of the Minister of Interior on the matter.

“Underage children — minors — will lose their Saudi citizenship when the father’s nationality changes, and will take the chosen nationality of the father in compliance with the special regulation of nationality system. Despite this, they can restore their Saudi nationality in the first year of their adulthood,” he confirmed.



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