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

marra-640x411I was alerted by a FHWS reader who confirmed with the emarah that these new laws are in effect.

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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

Ministry Of Justice Surveys 160 Saudi Men Married To Non-Saudis

photocreditalarabiya5% Of Foreign Women Who Married Saudis Are Maids
Arab News | Jeddah
24 July 2016

Five percent of 160 marriages of Saudi men to foreign women in 2013 and 2014 were to domestic workers, says a Ministry of Justice survey.

The Civil Status Court in Jeddah witnesses the signing of a marriage contract between a domestic worker and her sponsor after the man obtains permission from the relevant bodies that allows him to marry the foreigner and the domestic worker gets authorization from her family to facilitate the marriage procedures, said sources.

The survey said of the 160 marriages, 90 were with Moroccan women, 30 with Indonesian women, 13 with Filipinas, 22 with Sri Lankan women and five with Tunisian women.

Ahmad Al-Mabi, member of the ministry’s governance committee, said marriage procedures are similar to those followed for marrying Saudi women: The man has to apply to the governorate, which in turn refers the application to the Interior Ministry; after the approval, it is sent to the Civil Status court, which oversees the signing of the contract.

He said domestics need authorization from their guardians through their consulates/embassies.

He said Saudis marry maids either because the wife is ill or neglects her husband, or because many women leave the running of the house to the maid, which gives them the chance to get closer to their sponsors.

Psychologist Hani Al-Ghamidi said when a man marries his domestic worker, people criticize him and the community rejects the idea, but if one looks at the situation from a humane point of view, a man marrying such a woman is perfectly normal.

He added that working women might not look after their husbands the way they should, while domestic workers who are always there, attract the attention of the men, which leads to such marriages.

Al-Ghamidi confirmed that there are many stories of illegal relations between domestics and sponsors, but there are no clear figures.

Photo Credit: Alarabiya

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AWASSER Has Located 2,283 Families And Relocated 27

photocreditarabnewsAwasser: Bringing Back Saudi Families From 31 Countries
Arab News | Riyadh
4 July 2016

The Charitable Society for the Welfare of Saudi Families Abroad — Awasser — has been exerting great effort to bring back to the Kingdom Saudi nationals and families that resulted from marriages abroad contracted by means that run contrary to the Kingdom’s regulations.

Awasser Chairman Tawfiq Abdul Aziz Al-Suwailem said during an interview with a local publication that his society “is trying to put a smile on the faces of many Saudi families abroad” by working to reunite them with their relatives in the Kingdom.

“Our work involves direct collaboration with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Saudi embassies, in addition to civil society organizations and charities,” said Al-Suwailem, while explaining the mechanism for reaching out to the families abroad.

He also said that 2,283 such families have been found so far in 31 countries around the world by the society and relevant official agencies. Together with their family members, this adds up to 8,012 individuals.

“Some of these families receive financial assistance, others administrative help. About 24 new families were added to the list (receiving assistance) during the last three months, while 47 families were removed from the list either because their situations got better or they have already returned to the Kingdom” said Al-Suwailem.

So far, 27 families — or 67 individuals — returned.

“The return procedure involves receiving the families at the airport, securing temporary residences for them, renting apartments and furnishing them, providing for their living expenses and giving them a national identity card, if they do not have them,” said Al-Suwailem, adding that Awasser constantly extends advice and counseling to the Saudi citizens traveling abroad, including warning them about being lured by marriage brokers and advising them to seek the help of the Saudi embassy officials before taking any step.

Al-Suwailem said there are immoral people who seek to take advantage of Saudis who travel abroad, receiving them at airports and convincing them to do things with, often with dire consequences, most often using young women to trap their victims.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development grants annual support to Awasser to carry out its work, said the chairman. Private sector institutions also provide aid.

In the course of its operations, the society comes at times across unusual cases, said Al-Suwailem.

“We witnessed a humanitarian issue that greatly affected us while we visited two families in one of the countries. A young man and a young woman had the same father and shared the same family name; having different mothers,and they had never met.

“In another case, a young man came to the society with his mother to invite us to his wedding and said he never knew his father. There are also situations where the father died without telling his family about his second marriage. Lawsuits are filed by the sons of the foreign mother, who claim their inheritance rights.”

Awasser, the first and only Saudi charitable organization authorized for these services, also grants financial support, winter allowance and school assistance to children living abroad, and includes them in King Abdullah scholarship program.

Photo Credit: Arab News

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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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Saudi Marriage Procedure Guidelines: Ministry Of Interior

14 March 2016 Update: I was informed by another FHWS reader whose Saudi confirmed with both the emarah and Ministry of Interior that the age requirement is set at the age of 35 but if the non-Saudi is a relative (2nd-3rd cousin) then the age is reduced to 30 years.

8 July 2014 Update: FHWS reader “ag09g” notified me of a discrepancy between the English-Arabic versions on the Ministry of Interior’s website in the qualifying age for Saudis marrying non-Saudis abroad and I also found that there was an omission of the category for Saudis marrying Moroccans on the Arabic version. Details are here.

1 July 2014 Update: The age requirement for Saudi men to apply for the marriage permission has been reduced from 35 years to 25 years except for marrying a Moroccan which was only decreased to 30 years of age. This alert of the new change was provided by FHWS reader, Julieta. I was not aware of it being announced by the Ministry of Interior through Saudi news agencies. Sometimes the only way we know that something has changed is to either go to the government website or inquire in person at either the Ministry of Interior or emarah. To verify details of the new procedures, you can go to the English page for Saudi Arabia – Ministry of Interior – Riyadh Principality.

19 June 2010 Update: Interior Ministry Launches Human Rights Website. Colonel Ibrahim Al-Men’ai, Supervisor of the Human Rights Department at the ministry, said the website will allow the public to send in their remarks and complaints about the performance of security personnel. Apart from this, Al-Men’ai said the department has devoted a toll free telephone number, 989, for members of the public to express their opinions or report those security officials who have broken the law. Another objective behind the service is to familiarize the public with services of the ministry. It also aims to ensure that the public is made aware that security officials are not above the law and that justice will take its course against those who abuse their powers.

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) classifies an emirate as “An MOI organisation which provides civil administration for a region of the Kingdom (Province). The number of these Emirates in the Kingdom is thirteen.”

The thirteen emirates are Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, Eastern Province, Al-Jawf, Al-Baha, Al-Aseer, Al-Qasim, Al-Ha’il, Tabuk, Northern Borders Province, Jazan and Najran.

From the category list of 15 services and procedures that the MOI outline on their website, seven apply to the theme of FHWS:

A. For Those Wishing To Marry Foreign Females Residing In The Kingdom
B. For Those Wishing To Marry A Foreigner Born In The Kingdom
C. For Those Wishing To Marry From Abroad
D. For Saudi Women Wishing To Marry A Foreigner
E. For Those Wishing To Marry Cards Holders
F. The Condition Of Saudi Female Marriage From Foreigner Born In Saudi Arabia
G. For Those Wishing To Marry From Abroad (Morocco)

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 A. FOR THOSE WISHING TO MARRY FOREIGN FEMALES RESIDING IN THE KINGDOM

• Requests and inquiries are submitted every day except Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30.

1. The wife should be resident in Riyadh or any of its governorates.

2. The proposing person should not be less than 30 years old and not more than 70 years old.

3. Who has Saudi or foreign wife, he should present medical report about her from governmental hospital proving the disease like sterility, malformation, malignant disease, or the physician opinion about the pregnancy danger.

4. Job acknowledgment. If he is a public employee, the acknowledgment should be ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

5. Wife job acknowledgment if she works.

6. Bringing a copy of the ID card or the family card.

7. Personal photograph of the husband.

8. A copy of the divorce paper or death certificate for the part who has married before that.

9. A copy of the residence and a valid copy of the passport for the female intended to marry from.

10. Relations file.

11. Imprinted endorsement of approval from the wife = “I, … bent …. Agree on marrying ……. bin ………”. Also, the date, proofs number, and imprint are required.

Remarks:

• Kinship proof ratified from the general court if there is relation between them from the first class.
• The applicant should come personally and delegation is not accepted.
• Her guardian should come and confirm her approval and bring the wife to the women department in the principality.

B. FOR THOSE WISHING TO MARRY A FOREIGNER BORN IN THE KINGDOM

• Requests and inquiries are submitted every day except Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30.

1. The wife should be resident in Riyadh or any of its governorates.

2. The proposing person should not be less than 25 years old and the wife should not be less than 18 years old.

3. Who has Saudi or foreign wife, he should present medical report about her from governmental hospital proving the disease like sterility, malformation, malignant disease, or the physician opinion about the pregnancy danger.

4. Job acknowledgment. If he is a public employee, the acknowledgment should be ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

5. Bringing two copies of the ID.

6. Bringing one personal photograph.

7. A copy of the divorce paper or death certificate for the part who has married before that.

8. Two copies of the wife birth certificate including the certificate number and date. Delivery report or the witness is not accepted.

9. Two copies of the residence and two valid copies of the passport with the original of them.

10. Imprinted endorsement of approval from the wife = “I, … bent …. Agree on marrying ……. bin ………”. Also, the date, proofs number, and imprint are required.

11. Relations file.

Remarks:

• Kinship proof ratified from the general court if there is relation between them from the first class.
• The applicant should come personally and delegation is not accepted.
• Her guardian should come and confirm her approval and bring the wife to the women department in the principality.

C. FOR THOSE WISHING TO MARRY FROM ABROAD

• Requests and inquiries are submitted every day except Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30.

1. The husband should be resident in Riyadh or any of its governorates.

2. The proposing person should not be less than 25 years old and not more than 70 years old.

3. Who has Saudi or foreign wife, he should present medical report about her from governmental hospital proving the disease like sterility, malformation, malignant disease, or the physician opinion about the pregnancy danger.

4. Job acknowledgment. If he is a public employee, the acknowledgment should be ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

5. A copy of the ID and the family card.

6. A copy of the divorce paper or death certificate for the part who has married before that.

7. Relations file.

8. Personal photo for the husband.

Remarks:

• Kinship proof ratified from the general court if there is relation between them from the first class.
• The applicant should come personally and delegation is not accepted.

D. FOR SAUDI WOMEN WISHING TO MARRY A FOREIGNER

• Requests and inquiries are submitted every day except Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30.

1. The wife should be resident in Riyadh or any of its governorates.

2. The wife should not be less than 25 years old.

3. The husband job acknowledgment ratified from the commercial chamber.

4. The wife job acknowledgment ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

5. A copy of the wife ID or her father ID if she is added to him.

6. A copy of the divorce paper or death certificate for the one who has married before that.

7. A valid copy of the residence and the passport of the husband with their originals.

8. Personal photo for the husband.

9. Bringing relation file.

10. Imprinted endorsement of approval from the wife = “I, … bent …. Agree on marrying ……. bin ………”. Also, the date, proofs number, and imprint are required.

Remarks:

• Kinship proof ratified from the general court if there is relation between them from the first class.
• The applicant should come personally and delegation is not accepted.
• Her guardian should come and confirm her approval and bring the wife to the women department in the principality.

E. FOR THOSE WISHING TO MARRY CARDS HOLDERS

• Requests and inquiries are submitted every day except Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30.

1. The wife should be resident in Riyadh or any of its governorates.

2. The Saudi husband or the Saudi wife should not be less than 25 years old and the non-Saudi wife should not be less than 18 years old.

3. Job acknowledgment. If he is a public employee, the acknowledgment should be ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

4. Bring two copies of the husband and wife valid documents.

5. The wife job acknowledgment ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

6. Bringing two personal photos for the husband.

7. A copy of the divorce paper or death certificate for the part who has married before that.

8. Relation files.

9. Imprinted endorsement of approval from the wife = “I, … bent …. Agree on marrying ……. bin ………”. Also, the date, proofs number, and imprint are required.

Remarks:

• Kinship proof if there is relation between them from the first class ratified from the general court if the Saudi party is older than 21 years.
• The applicant should come personally and delegation is not accepted.
• Her guardian should come and confirm her approval.

F. THE CONDITION OF SAUDI FEMALE MARRIAGE FROM FOREIGNER BORN IN SAUDI ARABIA

• Requests and inquiries are submitted every day except Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30.

1. The wife should be resident in Riyadh or any of its governorates.

2. The wife should not be less than 21 years old.

3. The husband job acknowledgment ratified from the commercial chamber.

4. The wife job acknowledgment ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

5. Two copies of the wife ID or her father ID if she is added with him.

6. Two copies of the divorce paper or death certificate for the one who has married before that.

7. Two copies of the husband valid residence and the passport with their originals.

8. Two copies of the foreigner birth certificate.

9. Personal photo for the husband.

10. Bringing relation file.

11. Imprinted endorsement of approval from the wife = “I, … bent …. Agree on marrying ……. bin ………”. Also, the date, proofs number, and imprint are required.

Remarks:

• Kinship proof if there is relation between them from the first class ratified from the general court .
• The applicant should come personally and delegation is not accepted.
• Her guardian should come and confirm her approval.

G. FOR THOSE WISHING TO MARRY FROM ABROAD (MOROCCO)

• Requests and inquiries are submitted every day except Thursdays and Fridays from 8:30 to 11:30.

1. The husband should be resident in Riyadh or any of its governorates.

2. The applicant should not be less than 30 years old and not more than 70 days.

3. Who has Saudi or foreign wife, he should present medical report about her from governmental hospital proving the disease like sterility, malformation, malignant disease, or the physician opinion about the pregnancy danger.

Bring written approval ratified by the mayor and the police including the wife approval of his marriage.

4. Job acknowledgment. If he is a public employee, the acknowledgment should be ratified from the commercial chamber or ratified paper from the mayor and the police confirming that there is no job.

5. A copy of the ID and family card and a copy of the passport.

6. A copy of the death certificate or the divorce paper for the one who has married before that.

7. Relations file.

8. Personal photo for the husband.

9. Document from the police and the mayor showing the social status.

Remarks:

• Kinship proof if there is relation between them from the first class ratified from the general court if the proposing person is older than 31 years old .
• The applicant should come personally and delegation is not accepted.

Note: This post was originally published on 11 October 2008.

Children Of Saudi Mothers And Non-Saudi Fathers Counted In Nitaqat System As Long As Mother Is Alive

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Ahmed Al- Humaidan

New Labor Policy Hits Children Of Non-Saudi Fathers
By Abdul Rahman Al-Misbahi
Okaz/Saudi Gazette
Jeddah
28 December 2015

The children of Saudi women from non-Saudi husbands will not be considered as citizens in the Nitaqat program after the death of their mothers, the Labor Ministry has announced.

“These children carry Iqamas (residence IDs). The ministry considers them as Saudis as long as they are under the sponsorship of their mothers,” Deputy Minister Ahmed Al-Humaidan said.

When the mother dies, her offspring from a non-Saudi father will automatically lose the privilege of being Saudi citizens in the Nitaqat program, he said.

The deputy minister said the presence of these children in the Kingdom after the death of their mother does not concern the Labor Ministry.

“This is a matter that should be decided by the Interior Ministry,” he added.

There are 700,000 Saudi women who are married to non-Saudis, representing around 10 percent of the overall population, according to a Ministry of Justice report issued in 2012.

According to a 2011 report issued by the Ministry of Labor, Yemenis ranked first among foreign men who married Saudi women, followed by Kuwaitis, Qataris, Syrians, Emiratis, Egyptians, Lebanese, and Pakistanis. According to the report, eight Americans, seven Brits and Europeans, and three Turks married Saudi women in 2011.

A decree issued in 2012 gave Saudi citizenship rights to children of Saudi women married to foreign men. According to the decree, the state will pay for the residence fees of children who are half Saudis but from foreign fathers and will allow them to work in private sector companies. The children will be treated as Saudi citizens in education and medical care and will be included in the Saudization program in the private sector.

Photo Credit: Saudi Gazette

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Statistics For Marriages Between Saudis And Africans

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46 Saudis Marry African Women
Arab News | Jeddah
7 November 2015

The civil status courts have recorded 46 cases of Saudi men marrying African women over the last two years. Saudis marrying Sudanese women were the largest number with 16 contracts followed by 12 Eritreans.

The figure included 12 marriages to Nigerian women and five to Ethiopians. The number of Saudis marrying American women was seven while British women came last.

The Ministry of Justice is studying the imposition of penalties on Saudi violators who marry non-Saudi women without following the proper procedures. The penalties would be imposed on those who marry a foreign woman without documentation in any Saudi embassy or civil status courts if the marriage takes place in the Kingdom.

Rayan Mufti, legal adviser and lawyer, said the Ministry of Interior had made regulations to cover the marriage of a Saudi to a non-Saudi woman and vice versa.

There is no set punishment for a person who marries a foreign woman without documenting the marriage at a Saudi embassy or, if inside the Kingdom, through the civil status courts.

Such marriages result in children without documents to prove who they are and what their nationality is. Children should have personal documents to prove their identity and parents who fail to provide them will be punished.

The legal adviser added that the majority of undocumented foreign marriages inside the Kingdom are mostly entered into by military men and young people whose requests have been rejected because they were not of the legal age that enabled them to sign a marriage contract.

Scholarship students who marry outside the Kingdom often fail to document their marriages for fear of losing their scholarships. They may marry and leave their children without any identification documents.

He said that one penalty for a Saudi man marrying a non-Saudi included disciplinary action by the Board of Grievances and not being allowed to bring his spouse into the Kingdom.

Ibrahim Mubarak Al-Juwair, professor of social sciences, said compatibility between couples increases the chances of success of marriage. He pointed out that marrying a woman from another nationality needs skill and sacrifice to make a successful marriage.

Some men are tempted to marry foreign women, but after a while, differences surface and the marriage is terminated.

Photo Credit: Nigerian Wedding Blog

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