Saudi Arabia Prohibits Men From Marrying Women From Pakistan, Three Other Countries
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) has prohibited its men from marrying women from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Chad, and Myanmar (Burma).
According to unofficial figures, about 500,000 women from these four countries are currently residing in the oil-rich kingdom.
Saudi men desiring to marry foreign women now face harsher regulations, according to a report in Makkah Daily quoting the Makkah Police Director, Major General Assaf Al-Qurashi.
The move aims to discourage Saudi men from marrying foreigners, and further formalities have been placed before issuing authorization for marriage with foreigners.
Those wishing to marry foreign women should first obtain the government’s consent and submit marriage applications through official channels, Al-Qurashi was quoted as saying.
Al-Qurashi said divorced men would not be permitted to apply within six months of their divorce.
The official said applicants should be over the age of 25 and attach identification documents signed by the local district mayor and all other identity papers, including a copy of his family card.
“If the candidate is already married, he should attach documents from a hospital verifying that his wife is either suffering from a chronic disease, disabled, or is sterile,” he said.
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