Study On Foreign Women Who Abuse Saudi Citizenship

1. How does a sociologist or lawyer gauge another’s intention to marry only for claiming Saudi nationality?

2. How much time after a foreign women divorces a Saudi national after receiving citizenship will she be suspected of abusing the system?

3. Should they consider that maybe some foreign women enter into the marriage with honest intentions then for whatever reason the marriage goes sour? And she realizes that the Saudi citizenship might be a form of protection for her, especially if she wants to remain in Saudi Arabia and have more rights.

4. Why do they think a foreign woman would marry a Saudi with the intention to divorce upon receipt of citizenship and have children throughout the course of the marriage? Especially when they are aware of what could happen to children after divorce…unless they don’t care if they are later taken away from them. This baffles me.

5. The rate of divorce in KSA is higher amongst Saudis married to Saudis or Saudis married to non-Saudis? They didn’t specify which is the case!

6. “For many, life isn’t financially easy anymore. Some foreign women might agree to marry Saudis with very few demands and just the citizenship in mind.” Aha! So they admit that foreign women usually don’t ask for high mahr and are undemanding. Never think that we are just being kind-hearted to our poor Saudi husbands. Dang, I knew I should have sold myself for an arm and a leg!

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Foreign Women Married To Saudis Abuse The System
Hassna’a Mokhtar
Arab News | Jeddah
26 December 2008

A group of sociologists and a lawyer are currently studying the issue of non-Saudi women who marry Saudis and apply for divorce after obtaining Saudi citizenship.

Wail Joharji, 36, a lawyer and legal consultant, believes foreign women divorce their Saudi husbands as soon as they get citizenship for many reasons, which include their eligibility to claim social security, the right to take substantial business loans from the Centennial Fund or the Saudi Credit and Saving Bank, and the opportunity to marry non-Saudis who wish to have a Saudi sponsor to run businesses in the Kingdom.

“Divorce harms women and children. We have to maintain a smooth and just mechanism for marriage and divorce, leaving no loopholes for anyone to abuse the system. There is a percentage of foreign women, especially those born and raised in the Kingdom, who marry Saudis with the intention of only claiming Saudi nationality,” said Joharji.

He added that the study is in the interest of Saudi society in general and those children who are affected by such divorces in particular.

“We’re not against men or women. We’re against people abusing the system to serve their own twisted purposes,” said Joharji.

The lawyer spoke about a non-Saudi woman who married a Saudi and bore two children. Three months after obtaining Saudi citizenship, the woman applied for divorce creating much hatred and confusion in the family.

“For many, life isn’t financially easy anymore. Some foreign women might agree to marry Saudis with very few demands and just the citizenship in mind. We all know that the rate of divorce is high in Saudi Arabia, but this doesn’t justify what some non-Saudi women are doing,” said Joharji.

He further deliberated on the case of a non-Saudi woman who married a Saudi man with special needs for only half a Saudi riyal in dowry. After giving birth to a girl and obtaining Saudi citizenship, the woman applied for divorce. By that time, the woman had also established her own business.

“These type of marriages are done for a certain purpose and they occur a lot in western Saudi Arabia. The rate of divorce in such cases is 3 to 4 out of every 10 marriages,” he added.

When is a foreign wife eligible for citizenship

The minister of interior can grant citizenship to the foreign wife of a Saudi as long as the following conditions are met:

・ The marriage is legal

・ The woman renounces her original nationality before a notary

・ The marriage is according to the statutory regulations of a marriage between a Saudi citizen and a foreigner

・ The woman signs an affidavit that she has never been convicted

・ Concerned authorities have no reservation about the woman

・ The woman is resident in the Kingdom

・ The couple are married for at least five years

Applicants who do not fulfill these conditions may be considered for citizenship if some or all of the following conditions apply:

・ The couple have been married for four years and have no children, and one or more of the following conditions apply:

・ One of the woman’s brothers or sisters is Saudi

・ The woman was born in the Kingdom to foreign parents

・ The woman is a relative of her husband

・ The husband is a professional, such as doctor or engineer

・ The couple’s age difference is less than five years

・ The couple have been married for three years and one or more of the following conditions apply:

・ The couple do not have children and the woman has more than one Saudi brother or sister

・ The couple have one child and the woman does not have any Saudi relatives

・ The couple have been married for two years without children and the woman’s mother is Saudi.

・ The couple have been married for one year and have one child, and one or more of the following conditions apply:

・ One of the woman’s brothers or sisters is Saudi

・ The woman was born in the Kingdom to foreign parents

・ The husband is relative of the woman

・ The husband is a professional, such as doctor or engineer

・ The couple’s age difference is less than five years.

・ The marriage duration may be considered if some or all of the following conditions apply:

・ The woman’s father is a naturalized Saudi

・ The couple have more than one child

・ The couple have one child and the woman’s mother is Saudi

・ The couple have one child and the woman has more than one Saudi brother or sister

・ The woman was born in the Kingdom

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Tara Umm Omar

American married to a Saudi.

5 thoughts on “Study On Foreign Women Who Abuse Saudi Citizenship”

  1. >salam alaykumTara, great commentary! I agree with you completely! BTW: I never heard about a foreign woman divorcing her Saudi husband, especially when they have children without a serious reason! It is v. difficult to get the custody of your children even in such situation. (?). Wow, is there a campaign against foreign wives? I love my husband, we have great kids who are thought islam, manners, who are thought to be kind to people, stand nicely in lines, say “Thank you” and “I am sorry”, not to throw garbage in the streets. I am not abusing the system ;), I personally think I am a great “condiment” for KSA (haha) ;-).

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  2. >Wa alaikum salam,Lol. I wouldn’t even think to abuse the system. It seems we need to get our side of the story out there! Insha’Allah the Saudi online newspapers will pick up my articles when I finish them.Tara Umm Omar

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  3. >Salaam alaikum,V V Interesting blog!!However I couldn’t find the conditions for marrying a Saudi that you mention in your poll?Do you think men also get citizenship for marrying Saudi women? And do Saudi women make good Muslim wives that such an option may be considered by foreigners?

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  4. >Wa alaikum salam,We feek barakAllah. I don’t think I ever found a source listing the requirements/conditions for marrying a Saudi. That is something I would have to research later insha’Allah.Since a Saudi woman can’t pass on her citizenship to her children then I highly doubt she can do the same for her husband. However, if her husband applies for Saudi citizenship based upon his status within the Kingdom before marrying a Saudi woman then I assume that’s a separate issue. Any Muslim woman, irregardless of her nationaly, should make a good wife if she follows the teachings of the Qur’an and Sunnah in everyday life with her husband. I can’t comment personally on all Saudi women in general. I really only associate with my Saudi husband’s sisters and a few of his other female family members.Tara Umm Omar

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