17 conditions for expats to marry Saudi nationals

It is not an easy task to get married to a Saudi national. There are many conditions which have to be fulfilled to get married which take a lot of time. Here are the conditions which an expat needs to fulfill to marry a Saudi girl/boy.

1 – Saudi men should be aged between 40 and 65 years to marry non-Saudi women.

2 – A Saudi lady has to be between 30 and 55 years to marry a non-Saudi man.

3 – In the case of a bodily handicapped individual or unusual needs, including being born to unknown parents, the minimum age is lowered from 30 to 27 and should be permitted by the social affairs ministry.

4 – Saudi men must earn at least SR 3,000 monthly and have a valid family residence with a residence permit.

5 – The woman that a Saudi man wants to marry must be at least 25 years old and the age gap between the two, in all cases, must not surpass 30 years.

6 – The age difference between Saudi women and the foreigner should not exceed 10 years. 

7 – If the couple is separated or the Saudi spouse dies, the Non-Saudi spouse must look for a job and transfer the sponsorship or get a final exit within 60 days of such event.

8 – If a Saudi man is already married to a Saudi woman and needs a non-Saudi second wife then he must obtain an official document from any government or private hospital mentioning that his first woman is infertile or not capable of assuming all her household tasks. The document must be approved by the Ministry of Health.

9 – Saudi citizenship would not be granted to the foreign wife after marrying a Saudi man; this should be signed by the candidate on a legal document.

10 – The Saudi lady has to sign a document that her wedding with an outsider did not essentially mean that her foreign husband or their kids would be given Saudi citizenship.

11 – A foreigner cannot marry a Saudi lady if he is previously married or married to a Saudi woman.

12 – A foreigner should have legal documents supporting that he has no illegal record in his home country or in Saudi Arabia.

13 – A foreigner should also have a clearance that he is not having any infectious or inherited disease.

14 – A Saudi woman cannot marry a foreigner who has been a member of the military in a foreign country.

15 – A Saudi woman cannot marry a Huroob or a person banned from entering Saudi Arabia.

16 – A foreigner must not be stateless and must have a detailed nationality proved by an ID card from his country that has a validity of 12 months at least.

17 – He must allow all security checks to be made out by the skilled authorities in Saudi Arabia.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.