Saudi Arabia Citizenship

Saudi Arabia Citizenship

SAUDI ARABIA CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship is based upon the Saudi Nationality Law.

  • BY BIRTH: Birth within the territory of Saudi Arabia does not automatically confer citizenship.
  • BY DESCENT:
  • Child of a Saudi father, born in wedlock, regardless of the child’s country of birth.
  • Child of a Saudi father and foreign mother, born out of wedlock, will obtain the citizenship of the mother.
  • Child born in Saudi Arabia, out of wedlock, to a Saudi mother and unknown father.
  • Child born out of wedlock to a Saudi mother, born outside the country, will not be granted citizenship by descent.
  • MARRIAGE:
  • Foreign woman who marries a citizen of Saudi Arabia may apply for citizenship by registration. Residency requirements vary from case to case, up to five years. Citizenship is not automatically granted.
  • Foreign man who marries a citizen of Saudi Arabia is able to apply for citizenship, granted on a case by case basis.
  • BY NATURALIZATION: Saudi Arabia does not automatically grant rights to apply for naturalization. For persons who otherwise qualify (unspecified) for permanent residency, naturalization conditions include: Residence in the country for five years, no criminal record, and renunciation of previous citizenship.

SAUDI ARABIA DUAL CITIZENSHIP:  NOT RECOGNIZED.Exception: A Saudi woman who marries a foreign citizen may retain her Saudi citizenship unlessprohibited by the laws of the spouse’s home country.

SAUDI ARABIA LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP:

  • VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Saudi citizenship is permitted by law. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.
  • INVOLUNTARY: The following are grounds for involuntary loss of Saudi citizenship:
  • Person voluntarily acquires a foreign citizenship.
  • Naturalized citizenship was obtained through fraud or falsehood.

For more detailed information and advice on citizenship, please Contact EFSAG.