So at this point they are just recommending and haven’t changed the law yet? Or does this mean they will not start processing old applications and accepting new ones? This is OK news for those who have been married 10 years or longer but not so much for the newly married. Not good news for those who are divorced already as it says the applicant must STILL be married. What happens if the wife is granted citizenship and then divorced afterwards…she still gets to keep it? Did they change it from 5 years to 10 years because they want to weed out those non-Saudi women who only married Saudis to get the citizenship? So many unanswered questions but overall it is a LITTLE bit of progress. Or as they say, two steps forward and one step backwards since the condition increased from being married for 5 years to 10 years.
In other news, King Abdullah was ranked by Forbes as the seventh most powerful person in the world, out of 70 personalities masha’Allah. When will he use some of that influence to allow women to drive and amend the guardianship law? Just sayin’.
Tara Umm Omar
Citizenship Favored For Non-Saudi Wives
By Abdullah Al-Qahtani
Okaz/Saudi Gazette | Abha
23 November 2011
The Shoura Council has recommended granting citizenship to non-Saudi wives of citizens, according to informed sources. This will be based on the conditions that a couple must have been married for 10 years; and must still be married.
Sources added that the Shoura Council has also sent recommendations to the Council of Ministers to grant citizenship to the children of Saudi women married to non-Saudi men. The children will be treated as Saudis in terms of the provision of health services, education and applying for social and investment loans.
These children will also get special five-year identity cards with their names, place of issue, date and place of birth, and card number.