Ministry Of Interior Denies Resumption Of Citizenship Applications For Non-Saudi Wives Of Saudis

photocreditministryofinteriorSaudi Denies Resumption Of Citizenship Process For Foreigners
Gulf Business
14 March 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior has denied reports that the kingdom is once again receiving requests for citizenship from the foreign wives and widows of Saudis after a four-year suspension.

Several local news outlets cited local sources as confirming that the civil affairs department was receiving applications.

They suggested that applicants would need to score at least 17 points for their citizenship to be processed under Article 16 of the nationality system, based on criteria including their birth country, education and length of stay in the kingdom.

However, the interior ministry denied the reports in a statement to the official Saudi Press Agency.

“The Ministry of the Interior for Civil Status denied what has been circulated about the resumption of receiving requests for naturalisation of wives and widows of citizens after a four-year hiatus, and the allocation of Article 16 of the special citizenship system conditions of granting citizenship to a foreign woman married to a Saudi,” it said.

“Citizenship is a regular procedure and is not related to any other article. The granting of nationality is a sovereign matter and receiving applications does not mean obtaining citizenship even if all conditions are met.”

To date, the kingdom has denied citizenship to all but the wives and children of Saudi men. The husbands and children of Saudi women cannot become citizens but do enjoy additional labour rights.

Separately the civil affairs department introduced new procedures allowing Saudis staying abroad to renew identification documents if they meet the required conditions.

Photo Credit: Ministry of Interior

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Obligatory Premarital Drug Tests For Non-Saudi Men Marrying Saudi Women

truck-drug-testPremarital Anti-Drug Test A Must For Expats Marrying Saudi Women
Gulf Digital News | Manama
8 October 2016

Expatriates wishing to marry Saudi women have to undergo a premarital test to ensure they do not take drugs. The new measure which took effect a few days ago makes it mandatory for foreigners to run the test before submitting their marriage applications.

Jeddah health premarital centre director Ali Al-Zahrani said results of the test would be announced within three days. The health authorities have exempted foreign women, who are married to Saudi nationals, from undergoing the test.

“The marriage application is rejected automatically in case the applicant tests positive”, Al-Zahrani said, adding that the test would also cover all types of narcotics and liquor. The authorities have reported no positive cases so far among the expatriates who applied to marry Saudi women.

The premarital test would also include Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), hereditary diseases, hepatitiss B or C.

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Age Requirements Increased For Saudis Marrying Non-Saudis (40 For Men And 30 For Women)

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Saudi Men Must Be Aged Between 40 And 65, Women Between 30 And 55
By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
13 October 2016
Gulf News | Manama

A Saudi man has to be between 40 and 65 years old to be able to marry a non-Saudi woman, and a Saudi woman has to be between 30 and 55 if she wants to take a non-Saudi husband, according to new rules.

Saudi nationals need special permissions to take non-Saudi spouses and the new requirements are on a 17-point list issued to govern the marriages of Saudis with foreigners, Saudi daily Al Eqtisadiya reported on Thursday.

Under the new rules, a Saudi man has to make at least 3,000 Saudi riyals (Dh2,935) a month and to have an adequate house or apartment to have his mixed marriage approved.

The woman that he wants to marry must be at least 25 years old and the age difference between the two spouses in all cases must not exceed 30 years.

If the applicant is divorced, at least two years should have passed following the separation before he applies to marry a foreigner, and in case he is married with a Saudi woman and wants a foreigner as a second wife, he must produce a certificate from a public or private hospital stating that his first wife is unable to assume all her marital responsibilities or is infertile. The certificate must be endorsed by the ministry of health.

The applicant must also sign a document stating that the approval of the marriage does not necessarily mean that his foreign wife would be granted the Saudi citizenship.

The rules for Saudi women planning to marry foreigners include a clause that stipulates that the age difference between them must not exceed 10 years.

The condition was set to ensure there is no exploitation of Saudi women, the daily said.

The only exception for the minimum age for the woman is the existence of a physical handicap or special needs, including being born to unknown parents.

In such cases, the minimum age is lowered from 30 to 27 and should be approved by the social affairs ministry.

A non-Saudi cannot take a Saudi wife if he is already married or if he had married a Saudi woman. He must also present a certificate showing that he has no criminal record in his country of origin and in Saudi Arabia.

He must also present evidence he is not suffering from any infectious or genetic diseases. He must not have been a member of the military in a foreign country, must not be on the lists of those banned from entering Saudi Arabia, must have a monthly salary of at least 5,000 Saudi Riyals and a valid residence permit and must possess an appropriate family residence.

He must not be stateless and must have a specific nationality and must prove it with a passport from his country that has at least another 12 months of validity. He must also clear all security checks to be carried out by the competent authorities in Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi woman has to sign a statement that her marriage with a foreigner did not necessarily mean he or their children would have the right to be granted the Saudi citizenship.

The new regulations call for the establishment of a committee tasked with looking into all applications by Saudis to take foreign spouses.

The members should give their opinion on the request within one month of receiving the application.

Around one third of the 28 million people living in Saudi Arabia are foreigners, working mainly in the construction and service sectors.

Photo Credit: Saudi Gazette

Drug Testing Now An Obligatory Part Of Pre-Marital Medical Checkups

photocredittreatmentandrecoverysystemsDrugs Test Obligatory For Expats Wishing To Marry Saudi Women
By Fatima Al-Dubais
Okaz/Saudi Gazette | Dammam
8 September 2016

Instructions have been issued by supreme authorities to make drug tests part of the pre-marital medical check-ups especially for expatriates wishing to marry Saudi women or vice versa, informed sources have said.

The pre-marital medical check-up is obligatory for both Saudi men and women.

Authorities said foreigners should run this test before submitting their marriage applications.

Saudi men wishing to marry foreign women and foreign women wishing to marry Saudi men should obtain the approval of the concerned authorities before tying the knot.

The sources said the directives will prevent embarrassment the men and women usually experience for undergoing this particular test since it has now been made an integral part of the pre-marital medical examination.

They recalled that a number of official and public requests were made in the past few years calling for the drug tests before marriage. The sources said the test will prevent a number of family problems which might crop up as a result of one of the couples being a drug addict.

Photo Credit: Treatment And Recovery Systems

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Judges Acting As Guardians In The Marriages Of Saudi And Non-Saudi Women

photocreditinlightpressSaudi Judges Help 394 Filipinas Get Married
Gulf News | Manama
By Habib Toumi, Bureau Chief
23 August 2016

Judges in Saudi Arabia helped 394 Filipinas get married by acting as their guardians in 2015, official records show.

Under Saudi laws, a woman can get married after a guardian — usually her father or brother — approves the wedding.

However, in case the guardian is absent or does not approve the union, a judge may step in and assume the guardianship.

According to the figures released by the justice ministry, judges acted as guardians last year in 517 wedding contracts, with Filipinas representing the vast majority.

The figures showed that judges helped 16 Saudi women get married through their guardianship.

Three of the Saudi women married Filipinos, and three others married Syrians, while in the other marriages, the husbands were from Egypt, Jordan, India, the US and Yemen.

Foreigners make up around one-third of the total population of Saudi Arabia estimated at 30 million people.

The justice ministry said there were 4,983 divorces in 2015 — attributed mainly to irreconcilable differences, problems with spouses, the long absence of the husband, the imprisonment of a spouse or difficulties in consummating the marriage.

According to the figures, 4,425 Saudi couples were divorced last year.

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No Travel Permission From Children’s Father? Mother Can Sue

photocreditnationalgeographicWomen May Sue Children’s Fathers For Refusing Them Permission To Travel
By Fatima Al-Dabyous
Saudi Gazette | Dammam
23 June 2016

The Ministry of Justice has said women can grant travel permission to children under their custody if their fathers refuse to do so.

A source in the ministry said the Supreme Judicial Council ordered all courts in the Kingdom to give priority to cases of mothers suing their husbands or ex-husbands when they do not give travel permission to children under their custody.

“The permission to travel is a legal right of the guardian. However, if the guardian, who is the father of the children even if they were not under his custody, prevents the children from travel, the mother has the right to file a lawsuit against him for preventing the children from traveling as per the mother’s wish,” said the source.

He said such cases are given top priority in courts and are dealt with in the fastest way possible.

“The Ministry of Justice’s General Department of Consultants was studying the possibility of granting travel permission to the mother of the children if they are under her custody and the father would simply receive a phone call regarding the children’s travel. However, the department concluded that the guardian of the children will be the one with the authority of granting them travel permission,” said the source.

The source said all cases should be filed during normal working hours except in emergency cases.

“The defendant is then informed of the lawsuit by delivering a court notice at his place of residence or workplace or to a representative, who can be a relative or colleague at work,” said the source.

The source also said if the defendant or his representative cannot found the notice may be delivered to the district mayor, the police or the head of the tribe where the defendant lives.

“Whoever receives the notification must sign that they have received it. A notice of the delivery is then sent to the defendant with details of where the notification was delivered. If the defendant refuses to receive the notification, a copy of the notification is delivered to the governor’s office,” said the source.

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10,000SR Penalty To Document A Marriage After The Fact

photocreditwhatisall300 Filipino Women Get Married, 12 Of Them To Saudis, In Local Courts
20 March 2016
Saudi Gazette | Jeddah

The Personal Status Courts in all regions of the Kingdom recorded 300 marriages of Filipino women, with 12 of them marrying Saudi nationals. Sources revealed that eight marriages were solemnized between couples with written agreements between the two parties but without being documented in the courts due to the complexity of procedures.

Lawyer Essam Al-Mulla said he received several cases of local residents marrying citizens without documenting the marriage in the Personal Status Court in the past three months.

There were at least eight cases with the marriage arranged by signing a paper between the bride and groom in a process known as “customary” marriage.

In such marriage relationships, problems rose after a couple of months due to the woman’s inability to prove the marriage, the lawyer said. “Most of the women involved were domestic workers or nurses,” Al-Mulla said.

He stressed that in dealing with those cases he was able to communicate with the women’s husbands and try to reach positive solutions through courts.

In the case of the husband’s refusal to recognize the woman as his wife, a lawsuit is filed in court.

“But if the husband wants to settle the issue, he should file a request with the court for documenting the marriage.

He will have to pay a SR10,000 penalty and the request is sent to the Interior Ministry after questioning the concerned parties in the presence of police officials,” Al-Mulla said.

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