Passports Director: Children Of Saudi Women Married To Foreigners Will Be Treated As Saudis

photocredittobikatOfficial Reiterates Rights Of Expats With Saudi Mothers
Arab News | Riyadh
17 April 2014

Children born to expats married to Saudi women will be treated as Saudis for work, education and medical purposes, said Maj. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Yahya, director-general of the Passports Department.

They can also reside in the country at the state’s expense and will be allowed to work in the private sector without transferring their residency permits, he said.

The statement was issued after several half-Saudis, especially girls on their mother’s sponsorship, expressed fear of deportation following the death of their mother.

Many explicitly marry Saudis whether they like them or not just to be able to stay in the country, while others resort to marrying Saudi men with several wives and children. Some even marry in secret.

“These privileges are contingent upon the approval of the original marriage contract and the children being in possession of IDs,” he said.

“This decision comes in accordance with a decree issued by the Council of Ministers in 2012,” he said.

“Expat children who had transferred their sponsorships onto their mothers following this decision and prior to their mother’s death will be treated as Saudis,” he said. “Expats who had not transferred their sponsorships prior to their mother’s death will, however, remain under the sponsorship of their companies until a decision is issued by a jurisdictive body.”

Half-Saudis are also included in nationalization quotas in the private sector. Expats married to Saudi women can also reside in the Kingdom on their wives’ sponsorship provided the original marriage contract had been approved by local authorities.


How Can Yasser Bring His Family To Saudi Arabia To Be Near His Mother

photocreditpyschologytodayComments are closed. Please respond to Yasser directly at his email as displayed below. Thanks, Tara Umm Omar

Name: Yasser


Submit a positive article or the link to a positive article related to non-Saudi/Saudi marriages: I would like to find a solution to my problem. I am a son of a Saudi mother and I thank God for all that have been given to us because I was born here and educated here. But know there is a bigger problem which is: how can I bring my wife and sons to stay with me in Saudi Arabia and stay around their grandmother?

I have been to the immigration department and talked to them but all they told me is that there is nothing to be done.

Which not exactly understandable as I am a son of a Saudi and I have an iqama. I am a university graduate and alhamdulillah I have whatever is needed to support my family.

I have tried very hard as I have 2 sons and my wife and they all need me and my mother here in Saudi Arabia needs me as well. Please advise me as what do I have to do to bring my family here.

Kind regards.


2012 Stats Show Saudi/Non-Saudi Marriages On The Rise | Foreign Husbands Of Saudi Women Have Nitaqat Status

photocreditmadhyamamMarriages With Non-Saudis Rise
Saudi Gazette | Riyadh
12 January 2014

Marriages between Saudis and non-Saudis have registered an increase of 21 percent in Saudi courts during the past two months compared to the same period in 2012. The number of marriage contracts during the period stood at 2,435 compared to 1,922 during the same period in 2012. Makkah registered 865 marriage contracts, followed by Madinah with 359 contracts, Taif (151), Dammam (141), Najran (83) and Hafr Al-Batin (72). Makkah had the highest number of such contracts last year at 3,939 while Madinah had 1,692.

Special Nitaqat Status For Expat Children, Hubby Of Saudi Women
By Abdul Rahman Al-Misbahi
Okaz/Saudi Gazette | Jeddah
12 January 2014

To be counted as a Saudi employee in Nitaqat, an expat son or daughter or husband of a Saudi woman has to transfer the registration of iqama to the Saudi mother or wife, according to Ministry of Labor.

If their iqama is registered with a company for which they are working, then they will not get special Nitaqat status and will not be counted as Saudis.

These “special expats” must transfer their iqamas to Saudi mother or wife before April 4 through the passport department, the Labor Ministry said. The employer will register “special expats” with the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI).

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