Saudi women set to sponsor non-Saudi husbands
By Courtney Trenwith
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 9:32 AM
Saudi women will finally be allowed to sponsor their non-Saudi husbands and sons, making it easier for the males to access work, education and medical treatment, according to Arabic daily Al-Hayat.
Businesses that employ men under a Saudi woman’s sponsorship also will receive points towards their Saudization targets, in what is a step towards greater recognition of non-national men married to local women.
There are more than 750,000 Saudi women married to non-Saudi husbands, according to Al-Hayat.
A non-Saudi husband’s profession would be described in their residency permit as “husband of Saudi citizen”, but both the husband and son would be allowed to work in the private sector.
Misrepresentations made in an attempt to access the new privileges would incur a SR100,000 ($26,600) fine, with proceeds going to charities that help young Saudi men get married.