Amendment of Two Articles of Saudi Arabian Nationality Regulations approved

January 14, 2012

Crown Prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz has approved the amendment of two articles of the Executive Regulations of the System of Saudi Arabian Nationality. The amendments affect Articles (7) and (8), which concern those born in the Kingdom to a foreign father and a Saudi mother, and foreign women married to Saudi men, respectively.

The amendment to Article (7) states that applicants shall be evaluated by a committee formed by the Directorate of Naturalization of the Branch of Civil Affairs based on five criteria, as follows:

1. If his residence in the Kingdom is permanent at the age of majority, he gets one point.
2. If he has an academic certificate not less than a secondary one, he gets one point.
3. If the mother’s father and paternal grandfather were Saudis, he gets six points.
4. If only the mother’s father is Saudi, he gets two points.
5. If the applicant has at least one Saudi brother or sister, he gets two points.

If an applicant gets at least seven points, the Committee will recommend that the application be studied; otherwise his application shall be reserved.

The amendment to Article (8) states that applicants shall be evaluated by a committee formed by the Directorate of Naturalization of the Branch of Civil Affairs based on six criteria, as follows:

1. If one or more of her relatives (father, mother, brother) are Saudis, she gets two points.
2. If she was born in the Kingdom, she gets two points.
3. If she has an academic certificate not less than a university degree, she gets two points.
4. If she was a resident in the Kingdom for a period of not less than 10 consecutive years prior to the date of her marriage, she gets two points.
5. For each year after the approval of the marriage, she gets one point (up to a maximum of twelve points).
6. If she gives birth to a baby, she gets two points. If she gives birth to at least two babies, she gets four points. If she does not give birth from a Saudi, her application for Saudi nationality shall not be considered.

If an applicant gets seventeen points, the Committee will recommend that the application be studied; otherwise her application shall be reserved.

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