Half-Saudi kids to enjoy same rights as citizens

April 18, 2014 - 4:00:12 am

Riyadh: Kids born to expats married to Saudi women, will be treated as Saudis for work, education and medical purposes, said Sulaiman Al Yahya, Director-General of the Passports Department.

They can live in the kingdom and will be allowed to work in the private sector without transferring their residency permits, Arab News reported yesterday.

The decision comes after several half-Saudis, especially girls on their mothers’ sponsorship, expressed fear of deportation following the death of their mothers. “The privileges are contingent upon the approval of the original marriage contract and the children having IDs,” Al Yahya said.

“The decision is in accordance with a decree issued by the council of ministers in 2012,” he said.

“Expat children who had transferred their sponsorships to their mothers following this decision and prior to their mothers’ death will be treated as Saudis. Those who had not transferred their sponsorships prior to their mothers’ death will remain under the sponsorship of their companies until a decision is issued by judicial authorities,” he added.

Half-Saudis are also included in nationalisation quotas in the private sector. IANS