Riyadh – In a major change to its citizenship laws, Saudi Arabia has announced that it will allow children born to a foreign father and Saudi mother can apply for citizenship.
According to a news source, children of Saudi women married to foreigners can apply for citizenship after 18 years old. The article added that there are a number of requirements. Such as fluency in Arabic, permanent residency status in the Kingdom at the legal age, excellent moral character, and the absence of any criminal convictions or lengthy jail sentences for immoral acts.
The move has been welcomed by business leaders and investors, who see it as a positive step towards further opening up the Saudi economy. The decision is part of the Saudi Vision 2030 plan, which aims to diversify the economy and create new opportunities for foreign investment.
What’s in it for expats?
The change in citizenship laws is a way to attract highly skilled workers and professionals who will be able to contribute to the country’s economic and social development. The new law will benefit several sectors, including healthcare, education, and technology.
The decision has also been met with enthusiasm from the expatriate community, many of whom have lived in the Kingdom for several years and have established deep roots in the country.
The details of the application process and requirements for citizenship are still being worked out and will be announced in the coming weeks.
Hatem ElSafty, CEO of Business Link, a business setup consultancy in Dubai, stated: “The new policies in place are likely to encourage more youth to apply for Saudi citizenship. It will not only benefit businesses but also provide immense opportunities for expats to fully integrate into our society. In addition to contributing to the growth of the economy. It’s a win-win situation for all, as expats participate in the country’s development and the economy, in turn, benefitting from their skills and talents.
Overall, the announcement of the new citizenship law is a major step forward for Saudi Arabia. This is a move to attract foreign investment and talent to the country. The move is in line with the government’s Vision 2030 plan. It will benefit the country’s economy and society as a whole.
About Business Link:
Business Link is a business setup consultancy based in the UAE, with operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The company specializes in providing a wide range of services. It helps entrepreneurs and businesses establish and grow their operations in the region. This includes company formation, legal compliance, visa, and sponsorship assistance.
Business Link’s team of experts has in-depth knowledge of the local business environment and regulations in both the UAE and KSA. They work closely with clients to understand their specific needs and tailor their services accordingly. Whether it’s a small startup or a large multinational corporation. Business Link has the experience and resources to help businesses of all sizes. From navigating the complexities of setting up a business to obtaining licenses.
With its strong local presence, Business Link is ready to help clients tap into vast opportunities. Whether it be for growth and expansion in the UAE or KSA. Both nations make up the most dynamic and fast-growing economies in the Middle East.