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


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Tara Umm Omar

American married to a Saudi.

4 thoughts on “Director General Of Passports: No Iqamah Fees For Non-Saudi Mothers”

  1. Hi. I’ve gone through almost all your posts. First of all, thank you for establishing this blog which has been helping numerous of people wishing to marry Saudis.

    Here’s my questions.

    My saudi boyfriend and I have been seeking the way to get married.
    1. He got the information that the system changed 2 years ago resulting in tougher regulations making it almost impossible for saudis under 35 to marry foreigners. We’ve heard MOI have fallen under the jurisdiction of a different department so the process of checking documents got stricter. They Is this true? Do you have any information about this? Or do you know someone under 35 years old who got approved within these lest 2 years?

    2. I’ve seen “having divorced from a saudi once” facilitates the process and gives him a chance to get the approval being under 35 years old. Can you tell me about this in detail? He’s divorced from a saudi girl 3 months ago but they never lived together nor did they have kids. Does this fact work even a bit on the process?

    3. He has a hypertension. Can this be enough to issue the medical report making him an exception?

    I hope you can answer to these questions…insha’Allah.


    1. 1. Maybe they mean that the process begins at the emarah rather than the MOI although at some point the papers end up at the MOI. It has always been difficult for Saudis under the age of 35 to get married.

      2. If he has proof of his divorce, insha’Allah this will make it easier.

      3. I don’t know, you will have to ask the appropriate government official handling the file.


      1. Thank you for your quick response.

        So, the laws seem to have not changed for a long time then.

        2. Well, do you know some examples of this kind of case?? He has proof, but does it mean it could allow him for marrage with his age under 35?


        1. I’m not in a position to tell you because I don’t work for the Saudi government. All I can do is advise you to try.


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