Saudi Arabia Citizenship: Saudi Arabia has made a big change in the rules of citizenship, now these people can apply
Saudi Arabia has announced major changes in its citizenship rules. Khaleej Times has reported in its report, ‘Children of Saudi women married to expatriate citizens can now apply for citizenship after the age of 18.’
- Children of women married to expatriates will apply for citizenship.
- Only the Prime Minister will have the right to give citizenship.
- The big change in the Covid rule of the Haj pilgrimage.
Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has announced major changes in its citizenship rules. Khaleej Times has reported in its report, ‘Children of Saudi women married to expatriate citizens can now apply for citizenship after the age of 18.’ Saudi authorities have approved amendments to Article 8 of the Saudi Arabian nationality system. Citing the Saudi Gazette, The Daily has told that only the Prime Minister has the right to grant citizenship.
New Rules of Citizenship
According to Article 8 of the Saudi Arabian Nationality System, ‘A person who is born in the Kingdom to a foreign father and a Saudi mother may be granted Saudi citizenship if he meets the standards of the Rule…’ The conditions are- The person should be fluent in the Arabic language; Must have permanent residency status in the state upon attaining legal age; must be of good conduct and good character; There should be no criminal conviction or imprisonment for a term exceeding 6 months for any act.
Changes in the pilgrimage rule of Haj
Saudi Arabia has decided that it will not impose any limit on the number of pilgrims for Haj this year. “The number of pilgrims will return to the same as before the pandemic without any age limit,” Minister of Hajj and Umrah Tawfiq Al-Rabiah told reporters in Riyadh. Mecca pilgrimage is one of the five pillars of Islam. Here every capable Muslim has to travel once in his life. The next Haj pilgrimage is scheduled for June.
Exemption from Covid-19 rules
In 2019, around 25 lakh people took part in religious rituals here. For the next two years, there was a drastic reduction in the number of Haj pilgrims due to the Corona pandemic. In 2022, approximately 900,000 pilgrims will visit Islam’s holiest cities Mecca and Medina, including approximately 780,000 from abroad. From this year all the restrictions related to Covid have been exempted.