This is really amazing news: any foreign mother of a Saudi child now has the right to stay or remain in Saudi Arabia with all the rights of a Saudi citizen, like education, jobs, fees and free healthcare available to Saudi citizens.
This is not the Saudi citizenship, but it does give foreign mothers the same rights as Saudi women. Without a sponsor!
This has great implications for Saudi wives, until now a foreign wife and mother would lose her sponsor (husband) and could and often would be deported after a divorce. And permissions to work as a foreigner would limit her choice of jobs, especially with the current Saudization of the workforce. Now she counts as a Saudi.
If there are no problems between husband and wife it is still very helpful in giving foreign women opportunities for work and medical care.
Women, Saudi or foreign, still have many limitations in Saudi Arabia but this is a significant step forward for those foreign wives who have children with a Saudi husband.
Edit: it’s now on Arab News English too!
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