Some members of the Shoura Council have come forward with a call to grant permanent residency status (iqama) for the children of Saudi women married to foreigners.
They urged the Ministry of Interior to make amendments in the executive bylaw of the Saudi Nationality Law to issue them iqama without any fee or long procedures, Okaz/Saudi Gazette has learnt from well-informed sources.
According to the sources, the Shoura members cited several factors in support of their demand, the most notable among them are strengthening the family unity and cohesion, protection of the social fabric and raise the moral and material damages resulting from the lack of permanent residency to children of Saudi women married to foreigners.
It also aims to enable them to confront social and cultural changes in the wake of the increasing percentage of Saudi women married to non-Saudis so as to provide stability and security for their children.
“These children should no longer be subject to a sponsorship system where they are forced to seek another sponsor in the event of the death of their mother,” the Shoura members said while noting that such amendments would contribute to phasing out various problems faced by these children in the absence of citizenship.
They also noted that the permanent residency for these children tends to be a strategic investment for the Kingdom, a member of the G20 club of the world’s economic powers.
Most of these children enjoy high qualification, experience, expertise and the desire to take part in the nation-building process which is an added value, the Shoura members stressed in their proposal.