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Many expats have lived in Saudi Arabia for decades and are interested in learning how to obtain Saudi nationality or citizenship. To obtain Saudi nationality, there is a 33-point criteria, which we have outlined below.
It is important to remember that the decision to give Saudi nationality is completely in the hands of the Ministry of Interior.
Saudi Nationality for different family relations
Wife of a Saudi Husband
If the wife of a Saudi husband passes specific qualifications, she will be granted nationality.
- a five-year marriage period
- at the at least one child
- 17 nationality points (explained below).
- The marriage must, however, be approved by the Saudi government in order to obtain nationality.
Husband of a Saudi Wife
The husband of a Saudi woman will be unable to obtain Saudi citizenship on his own. He must first qualify for it by completing the point system outlined below.
Children of a Saudi Father
Even if their mother is an expatriate, children of a Saudi father will be entitled to obtain nationality from the day of their birth, regardless of where they are born.
The marriage must, however, be approved by the Saudi government in order to obtain nationality.
Children of Saudi Mother
Children of Saudi mothers will be eligible for Saudi citizenship if they meet the criteria outlined below.
Point System for Saudi Nationality
Every Resident Person (Iqama Holder), including the above individuals, must submit an application for Saudi citizenship to the Ministry of Interior if he receives at least 23 points out of a possible 33.
Residence – 10 points
Residence of minimum 10 consecutive years in Saudi Arabia – 10 Points
Occupation – 13 points
- Degree in Medicine or Engineering – 13 Points
- Degree in Other Sciences – 10 Points
- Master’s Degree – 8 Points
- Bachelor’s Degree – 5 Points
Saudi Relatives – 10 Points
- Father is Saudi – 3 Points
- Mother is Saudi – 2 Points
- Mother and Mother’s Father are Saudis – 3 Points
- Wife is Saudi – 1 Point
- Wife and Wife’s Father are Saudis – 2 Points
- 1 Saudi Child – 1 Point
- More than 1 Saudi Children – 2 Points
How likely is it to get a Saudi passport?
I believe it is safe to say that obtaining Saudi citizenship is next to impossible for expatriates unless they are married to a Saudi national and have Saudi children.
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