Saudi Arabia announces major changes to citizenship law
As per the amendment, children born to Saudi mothers with expat fathers will be able to apply for Saudi Citizenship aged 18…
Saudi Arabia has announced major changes to Saudi citizenship laws that will make children born to Saudi mothers but non-Saudi fathers eligible to apply for Saudi citizenship. Currently, Saudi citizenship is passed down automatically through having a Saudi father.
As per the Saudi Gazette, authorities in the Kingdom have approved an amendment to Article 8 of the Saudi Arabian Nationality System, which grants HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia the authority to give citizenship.
As per the amendment, “Article 8 of the Saudi Arabian Nationality System stipulates that Saudi citizenship may be granted to a person born in the Kingdom of a foreign father and a Saudi mother, if conditions are met.”
What are the conditions?
When they reach the age of 18, children born to Saudi mothers and expat fathers will be eligible to apply for Saudi citizenship. To be eligible, children must be born and live in Saudi Arabia. They must also be fluent in Arabic and have a clear criminal record.