The Complete (Insider’s) Guide To Obtaining Saudi Citizenship

Our readers often comment that getting Saudi nationality is a near impossibility. I thought so, too. However, I discovered that in reality, the Saudi government awards citizenship by royal decree to many foreign nationals every year.

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Most expats want it because they have Saudi husbands, wives, and other relatives.

Others have worked for many years in the kingdom, have run businesses, raised their families here, and want to stay for the long term. Some simply decide that they love living in the kingdom and wish to remain.

Whatever the reason, the Saudi Arabia Citizenship System exists to help non-Saudi residents like you and me to achieve it.

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Become A Mini Expert In The Saudi Citizenship Application Process

By reading the following article, you will get a complete picture of the process of applying for Saudi citizenship, and you will have enough knowledge to decide if you, a family member, or even a friend are eligible for it. You will also understand how and where to apply. Inshallah!

This post explains the Saudi Citizenship Application process in detail. It tells you what it means to be Saudi, who can get Saudi nationality, and who cannot. It shows which documents you need, and the specific steps involved in the application process.

After you read, you will also be able to answer some complex questions related to the application process, itself.

So, How Do You Become A Saudi Citizen?

A foreigner may gain Saudi citizenship if he/she is related to a Saudi (s) by birth. If not, they should prove that their work skills are in demand and of benefit to the nation. Eligibility is based on a 33 point evaluation system including 10 years of residency, qualifications, and specialist skills.

Frankly, though, getting Saudi nationality is not easy. The King will only really confer it on you if your reasons for wanting it directly benefit Saudi citizens and the kingdom in general.

For example, a woman marries a Saudi man and has children with him. She wants to become a Saudi for the sake of her husband, his family, and so she can stay with her Saudi children.

Another example involves foreign nationals with higher qualifications, particularly those working in science and medicine.

They can apply for Saudi nationality and likely will be granted it. Also, individuals with rare specialist work skills that are in demand in the country would also be eligible.

What Are the Chances That The Saudi King Will Grant Me Saudi Nationality?

There are two tables below that list eligible and non-eligible categories of persons for citizenship. There is also a comprehensive list of general conditions you should satisfy, including the documents and pieces of evidence you need to apply.

Check your own eligibility against the lists and decide to proceed with an application or not. If you are eligible, you can read about the steps involved in how to apply and which office you should make your application to.

Islamic Court In Madinah Opposite Masjid Al Nabawi

What Does Saudi Citizenship Mean?

Definition

A: Saudi

A Saudi is a person who was born in Saudi Arabia to Saudi parents and follows the government, its rules, and regulations.

The Saudi King heads the government and the state.

B: Naturalized Saudi

A naturalized Saudi is a foreign national who has acquired Saudi Arabian Citizenship according to the statutory laws and regulations.

History

Saudi nationality began in 1914 AD. (1332 H). It was granted to both citizens and those ordinarily resident on Saudi soil and those who belonged to Ottoman Empire.

It included Ottoman and non-Ottoman citizens. (Stateless residents living without any other nationality until 1928) and those born to these people during the subsequent years.

Who Confers Saudi Citizenship?

The Civil Affairs office at the Saudi Ministry of the Interior handles citizenship applications. However, the power to grant Saudi citizenship lies exclusively in the hands of the office (Diwan) of The King of Saudi Arabia.

The King and authorized royal family members have the ultimate power to veto a Ministry of the Interior decision to grant or withdraw citizenship to those applicants who do not necessarily satisfy the generally required terms and conditions.

The Prime Minister at the Ministry of the Interior announces concession of Saudi Citizenship by a Royal Decree. It comes into effect once the decree is published in the national press.

Note that the Minister can refuse an application for citizenship without any explanation, even if all the conditions for citizenship have been met by the applicant.

Applicants Of Saudi Citizenship Cannot Have Dual Nationality

A foreigner applying for Saudi citizenship must agree to renounce his original nationality. He/she does this by swearing in front of a judge or a notary and by giving up his physical passport to the Saudi authorities.

Saudi nationals who are granted citizenship of other countries need permission from the Saudi government. Failure to do so may involve them losing their own Saudi nationality and that of their wives and children.

Who Is Eligible For Saudi Citizenship?

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Categories of Persons Who Are EligibleTerms/Conditions
Born To Two Saudi ParentsAutomatic
Born In Saudi Arabia between 1914
& Sept 30th, 1926 (12 years)
Automatic for Ottoman and Non-Ottoman citizens and residents including subsequent generations
Born In Saudi With No Foreign CitizenshipAutomatic Stateless and without nationality
Born To Non-Saudi Mother & Saudi Father Automatic
Born To Saudi Mother & Non-Saudi Father outside the kingdomMust have/be:
1. An Iqama (5 years continuous residency)
2. No criminal record
3. Fluent In Arabic
4. Apply for nationality 1 year after the legal age of 18
5. Not be a minor (mentally a child or unsound)
6. Legal income
7. Good behavior

(Also, read general conditions below for other categories of applicants!)
Non-Resident Saudi Mothers (Married To Non-Saudi Father
Who Have Given Up Saudi Residency)
After the parents make a divorce, a wife or wives and children at the legal age can apply to recover their Saudi citizenship.
Children (Foundlings) Born To Unknown Parents In KSAAutomatic
Born In KSA Before 1970Automatic
Child Born To Stateless Father Or MotherAutomatic
Non-Saudi Woman Married To A Saudi ManCan make an application for citizenship
Non-Saudi Man Married To A Saudi WomanCan make an application for citizenship
Wives Of Naturalized CitizensBut must relinquish original nationality.
(May apply to keep original citizenship if requested within 1 year of Saudi nationality)
Children Of Naturalized Citizens(May recover father’s original nationality after the age of maturity, 18).
Females Under The Guardianship Of Naturalized Citizens Automatic
Children Born Outside KSA With Saudi Mother & FatherAutomatic, but no dual nationality
Children Born Outside KSA With Saudi Mother & Unknown FatherAutomatic
Non-Resident Children Of Naturalized Saudis
Age of Maturity 18 +
Not sure
Female Relatives Of Naturalized Citizens With Saudi Male GuardiansCan make an application for citizenship
Born To Two Non-Saudi ParentsSee general conditions below

Who IS NOT Eligible For Saudi Citizenship?

The following categories of persons are NOT eligible for Saudi Citizenship.

Categories Of Persons NOT EligibleRationale Or Definition
Foreign Residents With LESS Than 5 Years Of Continous Residency (Iqama)Non-Saudis With Saudi Mothers
Foreign Residents With Less Than 10 Years Of Continuous Residency (Iqama) Non-Saudis With Foreign Parents
Foreign Residents Who Score Less Than 23 Points On The Evaluation Table (Below) They are not qualified enough!
Non Resident Foreigners Without Specialist SkillsNon-Saudis With Foreign Parents
Saudi Applicants Who Are Military Personnel In Another CountryTo protect state assets and secrets
Saudi Applicants Employed By Non-Saudi GovernmentsTo avoid a conflict of interests
Saudis Having Dual Passports Without Taking Royal Permission
(Nationals Born In KSA)
To maintain transparency
Non-Saudis Employed In Another Country’s GovernmentTo protect state assets and secrets
Non-Saudis Employed In Another Country’s MilitaryTo protect state assets and secrets
Non-Saudis Employed In Another Country’s JudiciaryTo protect state assets and secrets
Non-Saudis Employed In Another Country’s Security AgenciesTo protect state assets and secrets
Non-Saudis Employed In Another Country’s General IntelligenceTo protect state assets and secrets

The General Conditions Required To Become A Naturalized Saudi

Panoramic View Inside Masjid Al Nabawi Compound

In all cases, applicants must satisfy the general conditions (listed below) in order for the Ministry of the Interior to consider an application and grant Saudi citizenship.

General Conditions For NaturalizationDefinitions And Clarifications
Non-Saudi Man Or Woman Must relinquish original nationality
Have Permenant Residence In KSA After the legal age of 18
Be Muslim or Convert To IslamBeing of good moral conduct
Age of maturity 18+Age of maturity according to the Islamic Sharia law
Mentally SoundNo known mental health problems
Has Resided In KSA
For At Least 10 years
A foreigner who has had an ‘Iqama‘ for ten continuous years or more
Employed Or Is Self FinancingAble to support him/herself financially
Of Good Moral ConductKnown in the community for good behavior
Has No Criminal RecordHas clean criminal (police) record.
Has NOT Been ImprisonedHas not been convicted in court.
Fluent In Arabic
Can speak, read and write in Arabic

Who Manages Your Application For Saudi Citizenship?

The Department of Civil Affairs

Civil Affairs is one branch of the Saudi Ministry of the Interior responsible for applications for Saudi citizenship.

It also handles Saudi citizen applications, matters related to residents, visitors, and pilgrims, Hajj permits, ID cards, birth, deaths and family registrations, and certification.

For the purposes of managing applications for nationality, the Saudi Civil Affairs office has about 70 staff members, 400 computers, specially designed software to display data, and efficient connection to the NIC.

Staff are well qualified and have been specially trained for the technical and administrative work involved in processing citizenship applications.

Structure

  • Administrative Committee-Plans, coordinates and organizes Civil Affairs procedures
  • Service Employees- Implements work and admin procedures.

The General Procedure For Citizenship Registration

1. Register A Request For Citizenship Application-You will receive an SMS or a paper coupon with a number and date.

2. Complete The Citizenship Application Form-Attach a personal photo and have it stamped by Civil Affairs.

3. Produce A further Three Copies Of Applicant Information– To be produced manually.

4. Submit Photocopies Of Supporting Documents -Passport and Iqama & or academic, witness or any other as requested.

5. Understand and Agree To The Terms and Conditions (Articles 11, 22, & 26)

Terms and Conditions

  1. Saudis cannot take foreign citizenship except by permission from the Prime Minister
  2. Saudi citizenship may be withdrawn if it is proven that cheating, falsification of documents or witnesses were involved.
  3. The penalties for submitting falsified documents is 2 years imprisonment or a fine of SAR 10,000.

Citizenship Application Review

Once you have submitted your citizenship application, three members of the Civil Affairs admin committee sit down to review it.

They begin by checking the following details.

  1. Your Home Country Passport– Including your (legal) arrival date and passport validity. They want to know that you came to the Saudi kingdom using legal means and that your passport allows you to return to your home country in a legal manner.
  2. The Duration Of Your Residency In KSA-To be eligible, you must have been a resident with an Iqama or provide other proof of residency for a duration of a minimum of 10 years. (Lunar years)
  3. Your Work Occupation Is In Demand in KSA-i.e. Scientists, engineers, doctors and occupations of rare specialties.

33 Points Evaluation System

Then, the three committee members evaluate your citizenship application based on a set of criteria, to which they award 33 points.

To be eligible and to be recommended for Saudi citizenship, your initial Saudi citizen application should yield a minimum of 23 points.

Saudi Arabian Citizenship System

Use The Following 33 Points Evaluation System Table To Calculate Your Eligibility

CriteriaNo of Points
10 Years Continous Residency In KSA10
Occupation (Qualification Proving Occupations In-Demand & Field of Speciality ONLY)

PhD in Medicine or Engineering
PhD in Other Sciences
Masters Degree
Bachelors degree


13
10
8
5
Saudi Relatives

The Applicant’s Father Is Saudi
The Applicant’s Mother And Her Father Are Saudi
The Applicant’s Mother Is Saudi (Only)
The Applicant’s Wife And Her Father Are Saudi
The Applicant’s Wife is Saudi (Only)
The Applicant Has Two Saudi Children or Two Brothers
The Applicant Has LESS Than Two Saudi Children Or Brothers


3
3
2
2
1
2
1
Now, calculate Your Total

Did You Score Less than The Minimum 23 Points Required To Be Recommended For Citizenship?

If so, the three reviewing Civil Affairs committee members will save your application and your application will be rejected at this time.

Did You Score The Minimum Or More Than The 23 Points Required To Be Recommended For Citizenship?

If so, the three reviewing Civil Affairs committee members MAY recommend your application and begin processing it further.

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How Do I Submit An Application For Saudi Citizenship?

1. You Can Petition The King Of Saudi Arabia Personally For Saudi Nationality

Only the office of the King of Saudi Arabia has the power to award Saudi nationality to a foreigner. If you have direct access to the King himself or the King’s office (Diwan) in Riyadh, you can petition him personally.

In Islam and in Saudi Arabia, a system of a one-on-one audience with the King exists, whereby you stand up and make your request face to face.

If you do not feel courageous enough to do that, then there are two other main approaches or ways to obtain Saudi nationality.

2. You Can Submit An Application For Citizenship At The Civil Affairs Office At Saudi The Ministry of the Interior

How Do I Get The Saudi Citizenship Application Form?

Civil Affairs at the Saudi Ministry of the Interior will provide it for you to complete. First, you have to request it by sending a request letter for Saudi Citizenship to Civil Affairs.

  1. Login to Abshir
  2. Choose My Services
  3. Click Civil Affairs
  4. Select Civil Affairs
  5. Then, click Message Center of Civil Affairs
  6. Later, choose New Request
  7. In the box in Arabic, write that you wish to apply for Saudi Citizenship
  8. Finally, upload your Saudi Citizenship Request letter in WORD or PDF format, and then submit it.
  9. Check periodically for a reply form Civil Affairs.
  10. Civil Affairs will send you a Saudi Citizenship Application Form To Complete
  11. Complete The Form According To The Instructions
Abshir Portal-Messaging Civil Affairs

You can make an application for citizenship application by yourself, or you can hire a third-party representative to handle it for you.

Saudi Citizenship System -Civil Affairs

The following is the procedure in more detail.

  1. First, you should write an open letter to the Civil Affairs department stating that you wish to obtain Saudi Citizenship.
  2. Second, you should receive an SMS or coupon number form Civil Affairs acknowledging the request.
  3. Third, you complete the Application Saudi Citizenship Form Number 84 and send it to the Civil Affairs Office.
  4. Wait a few months for a reply.
  5. Civil Affairs will likely arrange an interview with you via SMS or email.
  6. Attend the interview (They will ask you a number of questions and also why you want to be a Saudi national and if you are ready to relinquish your original nationality.)
  7. Wait a few more months.
  8. Civil Affairs will contact you with their decision.

The details required to complete the Application for Saudi Citizenship form are as follows:

  1. Personal Information
  2. Full Name in Arabic and English
  3. Place and Date of Birth
  4. Marriage Certificate Number
  5. Gender and Religion
  6. Iqama Details
  7. Father’s Name and Nationality
  8. Mother’s Name and Nationality
  9. Declaration that you are of sound mind and responsible
  10. Location in KSA
  11. Iqama and Work Details
  12. Write Full Name
  13. Add Signature

Sample of a Saudi Citizenship Application Form For Foreign Nationals

Application Form Number 84 – Request For Saudi Citizenship

3. You Can Write A Letter To The (Diwan) Or Office of The King Of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh

You can write a personal letter to the (Diwan) or the office of the King of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh. Use this method, especially if you know that you do not have the required number of 23 points to satisfy the Civil Affairs evaluation system for eligibility for citizenship.

The letter should be written in Arabic. For this and a small fee, you can employ the services of a ‘Muaqab‘. It is a kind of scribe to an attorney or solicitor. Provide your personal details and he/she will compose the letter in the most appropriate and eloquent form of Arabic.

Contact me personally and I will give you the contact details of a reliable ‘Muaqab‘ in the city of Riyadh.

After the ‘Muaqab‘, writes the letter for you, he/she will forward it o the office of the King in Riyadh (Diwan). A month or two or a more later, a local official connected to the Diwan will call or text you, inviting you to come for an interview to the Diwan office in Riyadh

At the interview, they will ask you similar personal questions, the same as being asked in the Saudi Citizenship application form. In addition, they ask why is it that you want to have Saudi citizenship and if you are willing to make a declaration that you will relinquish your existing nationality.

On the strength of the interview, the King’s office via the King himself will grant you Saudi citizenship or otherwise.

Example (English Translation) Of A Letter To The (Diwan) King Of Saudi Arabia Requesting Saudi Citizenship

In the Name Of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful

To: The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Royal Court

May Allah (SWT) protect him.

From: Your name

Salam Allekum Wah Rahmatuallah

In the first instance, we ask Allah (SWT) to keep you in good health, maintain your reputation and pride in the hearts of for the Saudi nation and for all Muslims.

I offer you my loyalty and respect for your honorable position and to this beloved country. I am wife/husband/brother/son/daughter etc. to a Saudi citizen with ties to all other people of this honorable nation.

Kindly consider this subject and request at the Mercy of Allah (SWT) and in your generous patronage.

Second, I seek Allah’s mercy and then the same from your honorable position. Please include me in your paternal sympathy and out of generosity and oblige me in my deficiency in the required number of points.

Kindly grant me Saudi citizenship, be decreed, similar to others who you have included in your usual generosity.

I am obliged to you, accept our honorable position and offer you my sincerest gratitude and prayers.

Yours faithfully,

Signature:

Name:

ID:

Address:

Contact:

The Letter To The King should be written in Arabic ONLY!

Conditions You Need To Meet In Order To Make A Formal Application For Saudi Citizenship

To apply, you must be of the legal age of 18 or above and, in this case, are only eligible from the first day after your 18th birthday.

You must also have been a KSA resident for five (for non-Saudi father) or for ten continuous years (Non-Saudi parents).

Note: The decision to recommend or otherwise MUST be based on another set of criteria outlined in Article 9. (Details Are Given below).

The three reviewing Civil Affairs Committee members will also ascertain the following BEFORE making a recommendation:

  1. You Speak Arabic Fluently (Provide a Language report if Arabic is not your first language)
  2. You are Muslim or converted to Islam (Provide a report from a local Mosque Imam)
  3. You are of the legal age of 18 or above (Provide a copy of Your Birth Certificate)
  4. You submitted a citizenship application withing 1 year of attaining the legal age of 18
  5. You are of sound body, mind and are of good character (Provide Medical & Employer reports)
  6. You have an absolute minimum of 5 years continuous residency in KSA (Provide Iqama records)
  7. You have no criminal record and or have not been imprisoned for more than 6 months (Provide a Police report)
  8. You have legal occupation and income (Provide an Employment Certificate)
  9. You provided a copy of your Iqama & passport or any other valid documents
  10. You provided certificates of work qualification and certifications from governing bodies concerning employment specialties in demand in KSA.

Conditions To Be Met In The Actual Citizenship Application

  • Non-Arabic Certificates Of Qualification MUST be Translated Into Arabic And Verified
  • Applicant’s productivity MUST be defined And His Native Language Stated
  • Report of Savings And Proof of Income
  • Employment Certificate detailing Nature Of Work And Income
  • Statement of Religious, Political and any previous Military Service Record
  • Copies Of ALL Documents Submitted
  • Applicant’s Signature On The Citizenship Application Form
  • Applicant Understands And Accepts Articles 11,22, and 26 of the Saudi Arabia Citizenship System

Caveats Of The Citizenship Application Process

1. A Wife or wives of Naturalized Citizens gain automatic Saudi Citizenship On Arrival To Saudi Arabia

2. The children of Naturalized Citizens MUST declare they wish to remain on the father’s original citizenship or otherwise.

3. Conditions related to continuous residency apply to Exit-reentry visa periods lasting up to one year, even after an application has been made.

What Can I Do If The Civil Affairs Refuses My Application For Saudi Citizenship?

You Can Apply For The Saudi Premium Residency

The Saudi Premium Residency Scheme is a type of US Green Card. It allows current KSA residents to remain permanently without the need for a Saudi sponsor (Kafeel).

In fact, the SP1 and SP2 allow residents to self-sponsor. They can also sponsor members of their own immediate family. It also offers a raft of other privileges not available to normal Iqama holders.

Saudi Premium Residency can be obtained for a one-time fee of $210,000 or with annual payments of $26,000.

To learn more about the Saudi premium Residency and to find out about your eligibility, terms, and conditions, click on our article What Is The Saudi Premium Residency (Green Card)?Opens in a new tab.

Foreign National Waiting For Decision To Obtain Saudi Citizenship

The Advantages Of Obtaining Saudi Nationality

1. The main advantage of obtaining Saudi nationality is that you, your wife/wives/husband, and your children are able to stay in the kingdom permanently. You will not be dependent on an employer sponsor who controls your life in KSA.

2. You will not have to pay the monthly Expat Levies for the privilege of remaining in the country. Click to read our guide to the Real Costs of The Saudi Expat LevyOpens in a new tab..

3. You, your spouse, and your grown children will be eligible for employment in the kingdom’s Nitiqat employment program. Read about Saudization and Nitiqat in our Guide to Saudization and The Nitiqat Program.Opens in a new tab.

4. You and your family will be eligible for unemployment benefits and social insurance schemes that offer financial support to Saudi nationals. Read about the types of social insurance schemes available to Saudi nationals in our article Are all Saudi Arabians Very Rich?Opens in a new tab.

You and your family will obtain a Saudi passport that ranks 48 in the list of most powerful passports. You can enter 31 countries visa-free, 36 countries with visas on arrival, and that has a mobility score of 69/100.

See Saudi Arabia’s ranking and dashboard for the country at passportindex.comOpens in a new tab..

The Disadvantages Of Obtaining Saudi Nationality

1. The main disadvantage is obtaining a Saudi passport is that you have to renounce your old nationality. The procedure involves swearing an oath and handing over your physical passport to the authorities.

This is because Saudi Arabia does not allow dual nationality.

However, most other countries do allow dual nationality, and Saudi Arabia cannot control how other countries deal with their citizens.

2. You cannot easily visit Iran, Israel, and more recently Qatar and Turkey using a Saudi passport due to a long-standing political/religious dispute between the nations.

However, these situations can change. In early 2021, the relationship with Qatar eased and the border between Saudi and Qatar reopened.

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Categories of Persons Who May Lose Their Saudi Citizenship And Conditions

For security, to protect state assets and maintain transparency, Saudi Arabia may withdraw citizenship from the following categories.

CategoryConditions and/or Penalties
Saudi Taking Dual Nationality Without Permission

(After 3 months prior notice)
Saudi citizenship and rights may be revoked.
(Article 13)

Also, the Saudi citizenship of his wife/wives and children may be revoked, but they can choose to keep it or follow the husband’s new nationality.

(After divorce, a wife/wives and children (age of maturity) can recover their Saudi citizenship).
Saudi Working For Another Country’s Military
(After 3 months prior notice)
Saudi citizenship and rights may be revoked.
(Article 13)

Also, the Saudi citizenship of his wife/wives and children may be revoked, but they can choose to keep it or follow the husband’s new nationality.

(After divorce, a wife/wives and children (age of maturity) can recover their Saudi citizenship).
Saudi Working For Another Country’s Government
(In War Time)
(After 3 months prior notice)
Saudi citizenship and rights may be revoked.
(Article 13)

Also, the Saudi citizenship of his wife/wives and children may be revoked, but they can choose to keep it or follow the husband’s new nationality.

(After divorce, a wife/wives and children (age of maturity) can recover their Saudi citizenship).
Saudi Working For Another Country’s Government
or Agency Without Permission.
(After 3 months prior notice)
Saudi citizenship and rights may be revoked.
(Article 13)

Also, the Saudi citizenship of his wife/wives and children may be revoked, but they can choose to keep it or follow the husband’s new nationality.

(After divorce, a wife/wives and children (age of maturity) can recover their Saudi citizenship).
(Non-resident) Saudi Woman married to Non-Saudi Man Taking Foreign NationalityAccording to the statutory laws of the husband’s nationality. However, if she divorces him and returns to KSA, she can apply to recover her Saudi citizenship.
Naturalized CitizensAccording to the Ministry of the Interior, citizenship can be withdrawn within 5 years of its issue in the cases of:

1. Criminal sentence or imprisonment for more than 1 year
2. The citizen disturbs public security
(Article 21)
3. The citizen cheated, lied about, or falsified information or documents to get nationality. (Article 22). Penalty -two years in prison or SAR 10,000 fine. (Article 26)
4. Dependents (sponsored) may also lose their Saudi citizenship. (Article 23)
Dependents Of Naturalized CitizensIn the case that the Citizenship is withdrawn from the NAturalized Saudi, the wives and children may also lose their Saudi citizenship unless their good behavior is proven. (Article 23)
Violators Of the General Conditions Shown AboveNot given!

Glossary Of Terms

Terms Related To Saudi CitizenshipThe Meanings And Definitions
SaudiMan or woman bound by the Saudi King or Government
Saudi (Naturalized) Man or woman who has acquired Saudi citizenship
ForeignerNon-Saudi child, man or woman
Age of MaturityAge when a person can reason 8+
A MinorNot yet at the age of reason or mentally unsound
Legal Age18
UnderageNot of the legal age of 18
Foundlings
(Presumed Born In KSA)
Babies/Infants that are abandoned by their real parents
and raised by others.
Civil Affairs SectorBranch of the Ministry of the Interior dealing with civilian and expatriate services.
National Information Center (NIC)A computer center developing technology to support the Saudi government and its agencies.
A Lunar year1 Hijri year
Beautiful Decorations On the Walls Of The Islamic Courts Building in Madinah Al Munawara

Related Questions

How Will You Know If The King Has Granted Or Denied Saudi Citizenship?

Decrees and announcements regarding issuance or denial of Saudi citizenship only become official once they are published in the national press.

Can Persons Living Outside Saudi Arabia Apply For Saudi Citizenship?

If applicants live outside Saudi Arabia, they can apply via official Saudi government channels i.e. Embassies, political representatives, and councils who receive the applications.

What Should A Wife/Wives Of A Naturalized Saudi Do In Order To Get Saudi Nationality?

She/they should show the marriage is a legal one (marriage cert), that she has renounced her originality nationality in front of a judge/notary, that she is married to a Saudi citizen according to legal regulations, that she has no ethical or criminal record (police/employment cert), that no comments are held against her, (police cert), that she is resident in KSA, that she has been married for at least 5 years.

What Happens If The Naturalized Saudi And His Wife Have NOT Been Married For 5 years?

In the case that the marriage is four years old, one or more of the following conditions can apply to increase the wife’s citizenship eligibility. The wife’s brother or sister is Saudi. The wife was born in KSA to foreign parents. The husband is related by blood to the wife. The husband is a doctor or an engineer. There are five years or less in age difference between the naturalized Saudi and his applicant wife.

What Happens If The Naturalized Saudi And His Wife Have NOT Been Married For 4 years?

If the Naturalized Saudi and his wife have been married only three years, one or more of the following conditions can apply to increase the wife’s citizenship eligibility. They have NO children, but the wife has one or more Saudi brothers or sisters. They have one child and NO Saudi relatives.

What Happens If The Naturalized Saudi And His Wife Have NOT Been Married For 3 years?

If the Naturalized Saudi and his wife have been married only two years, the following condition can apply to increase the wife’s citizenship eligibility. The wife’s mother is Saudi.

What Happens If The Naturalized Saudi And His Wife Have NOT Been Married For 2 years?

If the Naturalized Saudi and his wife have been married only for one year with only one child, one or more of the following conditions can apply to increase the wife’s citizenship eligibility. The wife’s brother or sister is Saudi. The wife was born in KSA to foreign parents. The husband is related by blood to the wife. The husband is a doctor or an engineer. There are five years or less in age difference between the naturalized Saudi and his applicant wife.

Are There Any Exceptions To The Marriage Period?

Yes! The eligibility of the wife’s application to Saudi citizenship can increase if one or more of the following conditions apply. The wife’s father is a naturalized Saudi. The man and wife have more than one child. The man and wife have one child, but the wife’s mother, brother, or sister are Saudi. The wife was born outside KSA, and her mother is Saudi and her father is a non-Saudi.

Can A Foreign Woman be Recommended For Saudi Citizenship If Her Saudi Husband Divorces Her?

Yes! if they have one child or more children, her application will be considered.

Can A Foreign Widow Of A Former Saudi Husband Be Recommended For Saudi Citizenship?

Yes! If a Saudi or Naturalized Saudi dies, a foreign widow can be recommended for Saudi citizenship provided However she must show the following: She is legally a widow (death certificate) that she has renounced her original nationality in front of a judge or notary, that she did not remarry after the passing of her husband, that she is resident in KSA, (Iqama) that she has a clean criminal record, (police record) that no comments are held against her, (police records) that at least one of her children has reached the legal age from her Saudi or previous husband. (birth certificates

As A Naturalized Saudi, What Is My Current Relationship To My Former Country After Relinquishing My Citizenship There?

Upon obtaining Saudi Citizenship, you may still be legally bound by the statutory regulations of your former nationality in relation to any conditions regarding the renouncement prior to gaining Saudi citizenship.

References And Useful Links

Saudi National Information CenterOpens in a new tab.-mygov.sa

Saudi Arabia Citizenship SystemOpens in a new tab.-refworld.org

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Obtaining Saudi CitizenshipOpens in a new tab.-mygov.sa

Abshir Portal-absher.sa

Obtaining Saudi Citizenship-gov.sa

Are All Saudi Arabians Very Rich?-Opens in a new tab.insidesaudi.com

شروط الحصول على الجنسية السعودية للأجانب الغير سعوديينOpens in a new tab.-zyadda.com

Saudi Arabian Nationality LawOpens in a new tab.-wikipedia.com

Guide to Saudization And The Nitaqat ProgramOpens in a new tab.-insidesaudi.com

Passport Dashboard for Saudi ArabiaOpens in a new tab.-passportindex.com

The Real Costs Of The Expat Levy in Saudi ArabiaOpens in a new tab.– insidesaudi.com

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