How to marry a Saudi girl in Saudi Arabia?

It is a great opportunity for expatriates living in Saudi Arabia to find a Saudi girl for marriage and secure their unlimited stay in Saudi Arabia. I think marrying a Saudi student is a little complex option if you intend to stay in Saudi Arabia. In this article, we have explained in detail how to marry a Saudi girl in Saudi Arabia.

If you are an expatriate and want to marry and expatriate girl, the procedure is very simple and have been described in this article. One thing is very clear that getting married to a Saudi is very difficult nowadays.

How to find a Saudi girl for marriage?

There are many expatriates out there who want to know how to find a Saudi woman for marriage. My brothers, keep in mind that Saudi girls for marriage or Saudi divorced girls for marriage are not available online so please stop searching about them. Saudis have a strong culture, traditions, and values associated with them, someone who is a misfit to those cultural values would be a problem for their society.

Moreover, due to barriers on men and women mixing, it is not easy to understand each other and hence find a Saudi girl for marriage. Even if you find a Saudi girl for marriage, the marriage with a Saudii girl would be tedious.

Marrying a Saudi student outside Saudi Arabia

Marrying a Saudi student outside Saudi Arabia is quite easy. Let's say you have found a Saudi girl for marriage in the USA while you are a foreign national, there would be no problem in Marrying a Saudi student there as the U.S law permits it.

However, once she comes back to Saudi Arabia, the authorities would not accept the marriage as she has not obtained permission before getting marriedIt is very important to get permission before getting married to a Saudi woman, the absence of this can lead to the following consequences.

  • Disciplinary action can be started against the Saudi girl.
  • If marriage is taken place without permission, it will not be considered legal in Saudi Arabia.
  • An expatriate who has done such activity will be penalized by canceling the residence permit.
  • The children born out of this marriage would not get a Saudi nationality.

Conditions for Expatriates to marry a Saudi Girl

If you have found a Saudi girl for marriage and really serious in pursuing your relationship with her, it is better to evaluate yourself in terms of the conditions imposed by the Saudi Government upon expatriates who want to marry a Saudi woman.

How to marry a Saudi girl?

1. Visiting Imarah to marry a Saudi Girl

If you meet all the conditions stated in this article to marry a Saudi Girl, you are good to follow the rest of the procedure. 

Father of the Saudi woman needs to go to the Imarah office. Here, he will submit an application to the authorities containing the fact that her daughter wants to marry an expatriate. The reason for marrying a Saudi student or girl will also be mentioned.

Keep in mind, reasons like family relations, cousin marriages are more likely to be accepted. Following documents are required to submit along with the application to marry a Saudi girl. After filing the application, a receipt will be generated to follow the further process

  • National identity card of the Saudi girl
  • National identity card of the father of the Saudi woman
  • Copy of Iqama of expatriate
  • Copy of the passport of expatriate
  • Passport size photos of both girl and boy

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2. Police Clearance Certificate to marry a Saudi girl

After two weeks of filing application in Imarah office, the next step is to go to police station to get a clearance certificate.

According to the personal experiences of my friends shared with me, it is really a big problem which can take 4 to 6 months. At the police station, they need to perform following procedures before giving you NOC to marry to a Saudi woman.

2.1 Finger Prints to marry a Saudi girl

First of all, they will take your fingerprints and check with their systems that you are not involved in any criminal activity. Although they have already taken your fingerprints at the time when you entered to Saudi Arabia, they will still take it.

Moreover, they will check all the record related to your Iqama for the criminal activities. For example, if you are a defaulter to a bank for the nonpayment of a credit card, this is not a criminal activity.

But if you have committed fraud by falsifying documents, it is fraud and criminal activity.

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2.2 Medical Tests to marry a Saudi Girl

You and your wife will be asked to perform medical tests at a designated hospital. These tests will confirm that you do not have any diseases which can spread to the marital relations.

These diseases are hepatitis, HIV etc. In this regard, it is better if you go to a private laboratory and perform the same tests. If any infectious disease is detected in your blood test, you may face consequences which may reach to Exit.

So, it is even better that you don’t provide your Iqama details to even a private laboratory. If the result of a private laboratory is perfect, you can go for the medical test in the designated hospital.

This process can take a month or so because you will have to take an appointment for tests from the hospital. The result of the test needs to be submitted to the police station.

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2.3 Confirmation from Kafeel to marry a Saudi Girl

In our article “Kafeel System in Saudi Arabia”, we have explained that you need to have the permission of Kafeel to do any type of activity in Saudi Arabia.

Now when you are getting married to a Saudi girl, the police department needs confirmation from your Kafeel that you are his legitimate employee. He needs to give you a letter which should be attested by the chamber of commerce.

The letter should be directed to the police department specifically. You can also ask the police department to give you a format of the letter to be taken on the letterhead of your kafeel.

We have listed down some important points for attestation of documents from Chamber of Commerce. I would recommend you to read them before personally visiting the chamber of commerce. Letter should contain following details;

  • Full Name
  • Date of Joining
  • Gross Salary
  • Profession on your Iqama

2.4 Personal Visit of Saudi Girl:

Saudi girl will be asked to come to the police station only once in the process. She is required to visit police station so that police officer can ask her that she wants to get married without any pressure or force from any person in his family whatsoever.

After performing all these processes which can take 4-6 months, you will be issued a No Objection Certificate from the police department. You need to submit this NOC to Imarah office.

Police department reserves the right to reject your application and not to give you NOC due to any reason.

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3. Ministry of Interior process to marry a Saudi Girl

Once the documents are submitted to the Imarah office, next step is Ministry of Interior. Your documents will be sent to the Ministry of Interior within 2 weeks of submission to the Imarah office automatically.

You can ask from the Imarah office, the status of your application. Normally it takes 1 month in the Ministry of Interior. It means that you need to wait for 6 weeks after submitting the NOC from the police department.

Your contact point will remain Imarah office. If permission is granted by the ministry to marry a Saudi girl, you can go to a special court for marriages and divorces on the specified date.

4. Special Court appearance to marry a Saudi Girl

Following People Must be Present in Special Court. You need to go to the special court along with the groom, the Saudi Girl, and Saudi Girl’s father or brother and 2 witnesses. It is better if you reach there in time.

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4.1 Documents required to marry a Saudi Girl

It should be kept in mind that all of them should have the real residence permits (Iqama) or National Identity Cards with validity with them.

If you are Egypt national, you need to bring your passport as well. It is better to take copies of all the required documents.

4.2 Procedures in the Special Court to marry a Saudi Girl

Saudi Girl’s father will go to the first window and fill an application in Arabic. You can ask for the help of some other person if you are a handicap in Arabic.

In this application, he will have to write the name of the Saudi Girl, his own name, the name of the groom and residence permit or national identity card numbers of all of them.

This application along with the residence permits of all above members will be given to the guy in the first window. He will register you and ask about the Mahar.

Saudi Girl’s father will let them know about the agreed Mahar and your application will be electronically processed.

After this, you will be required to go to a secretary of Qazi. Secretary again, will check the accuracy of the electronically filed application and make sure that all the written names are as per residence permits.

He will also make sure that above mentioned five persons are physically present in the hall. After that, he will ask you to wait for your turn in the waiting area.

Groom’s name will be called after some time from the Qazi’s office so you need to be active that time. All five persons will enter the room and Qazi will ask about all the persons individually.

He will ask the groom and then Saudi woman about the marriage acceptance. He will also ask the father of the Saudi Girl, whether he has received the Mahar.

Here it is very important to know that Saudi Girl's father must say that he has received the Mahar. Otherwise, he will ask the groom to pay the Mahar first and then come for the marriage.

If everything goes fine, you will be congratulated by the Qazi. You will be given 3 copies of the marriage certificate duly stamped by them and an original marriage certificate.

These copies are very important since you will have to present them on numerous occasions to the authorities. We have discussed it in some other article. Enjoy your marriage!!!

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