Kuwait Times, Thursday, Jan 12, 2023 | Jamadi Al Thani 19, 1444
Children of Saudi women can be granted citizenship in major rule change
Saudi Arabia has introduced a new amendment to
Article 8 of the Saudi Arabian Nationality System, which that stipulates that
Saudi citizenship may be granted to a person born in the Kingdom of a foreign
father and a Saudi mother, if conditions are met.
The conditions include that he has the status of permanent residence in the
Kingdom when he comes of legal age, and he is of good conduct and sound
character and has not been convicted of a crime or with imprisonment for a
period exceeding six months for an indecent act and fluent in the Arabic
The amendments also include granting the prime minister the authority to give
the citizenship. The amendment replaced the phrase of “by decision of the
Minister of Interior” in the Article 8 with “by an order of the Prime Minister
based on Minister of Interior proposal”.