Monday, February 11, 2013

Saudi Women's Family Sponsorship

This actually strikes me as a worthwhile reform:
Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports (GDP) said that it had started implementing the government’s directives to allow the sons of Saudi women married to foreigners to live in the country under their mothers’ sponsorship...
The new rules allow the sons to take up jobs in the private sector and remain under the sponsorship of their mothers, which helps them avoid possible complex visa issues with their employers.
Under the rules, Saudi women are also able to sponsor their non-Saudi husbands, but they must have valid passports from their countries...
According to official figures reported in the local media, around 2,000 Saudi women married foreigners in 2011, mainly in the Makkah region, the Saudi capital Riyadh and the Eastern Province.
Saudi Arabian women still cannot pass on their citizenship, but this is a step in the right direction.

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