Saudi Arabia: Update to Response to Information Request SAU29077.E of 27 March 1998 on whether a non-citizen born in Saudi Arabia can obtain Saudi Arabian citizenship upon reaching the age of majority and if not, the type of status which would be available to him/her
|Publisher||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada|
|Author||Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada|
|Publication Date||1 April 1998|
|Citation / Document Symbol||SAU29208.E|
|Cite as||Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, Saudi Arabia: Update to Response to Information Request SAU29077.E of 27 March 1998 on whether a non-citizen born in Saudi Arabia can obtain Saudi Arabian citizenship upon reaching the age of majority and if not, the type of status which would be available to him/her, 1 April 1998, SAU29208.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab0eac.html [accessed 15 December 2017]|
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According to a 4 April 1998 letter e-mailed to the Research Directorate by one of Saudi Arabia's largest law firms, the Nader Law Offices, " a non-citizen born in Saudi Arabia cannot obtain Saudi Arabian citizenship unless his parents are unknown." The letter adds that "Saudi Arabia citizenship may also be given to the child whose mother is a Saudi and born in Saudi Arabia, provided that he has a capacity of permanent residence in Saudi Arabia, good conduct and behaviour, not being convicted and sentenced for more than six months, fluent in Arabic language and he must submit an application for citizenship one year after reaching the legal age."
This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the Research Directorate within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.
Nader law Offices, Riyadh. 4 April 1998. Message e-mailed to the Research Directorate by a representative.