Are The Wives Chopped Liver?

 

By American Bedu
30 October 2010

Just think about the marriages where a Saudi man has chosen to marry a foreigner. If the man is a Saudi student and out of the Kingdom on a government scholarship and marries a foreigner, he will probably not receive permission to bring his foreign wife back into the Kingdom with him. It is against the regulations for a student to marry a foreigner.

If a Saudi man is under 35 years of age and marries a foreigner he will not receive permission to bring his foreign wife back into the Kingdom with him unless he has some connections (WASTA) which can help him.

If a Saudi man, regardless of age, works for certain employers such as Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Guard, Armed Forces or Intelligence Services, he is “technically” prohibited from marrying a foreign woman and would not receive permission to bring his foreign wife back into the Kingdom (there have been special exceptions made).

Yet, if a child results from a marriage between a Saudi student and foreigner or a Saudi man under 35 years of age and a foreigner or a Saudi man who is employed by certain government organizations and a foreigner, that child would be recognized as a Saudi and receive citizenship. It would be viewed as okay for a child to be separated from its mother and travel to Saudi Arabia with its biological father even though the Saudi government would not recognize the marriage itself.

Photo Credit: Zazzle

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Tara Umm Omar

American married to a Saudi.