Fingerprinting made mandatory for expat children above 6

Updated 17 January 2016

Fingerprinting made mandatory for expat children above 6

RIYADH: The Passport Department on Thursday said expatriates in the kingdom must have their children aged six and above registered and fingerprinted.
Talal Al-Shalhoub, spokesman for the department, said expat families who have children covered by this new regulation should register urgently. Failure to do so could result in denial of services for an expat family.
Before this new requirement, only expatriate dependents aged 16 and above were required to register.
Al-Shalhoub said this requirement was phased in starting November 2014 to allow women to exit and return, and change professions. It became mandatory in January 2015.
Registration can take place at any Passport Department office, he said. Expatriates are required to produce their passports and residence permits when while registering.


Saudi Arabia grants premium residency to first group of applicants

Updated 11 November 2019

Saudi Arabia grants premium residency to first group of applicants

  • First batch included number of residents inside the Kingdom
  • Center said that it has received thousands of applications through its electronic platform

RIYADH: The Premium Residency Center of Saudi Arabia has announced the granting of the first batch of applicants for premium residency in the Kingdom as they met the system’s requirements.

The center said in a statement issued on Monday that the first batch of premium residency holders included a number of residents inside the Kingdom, and others from outside, as their applications have been studied and processed over the past months according to procedures.

The number of premium residency holders in this batch amounted to 73 people representing 19 nationalities, and their categories included investors, doctors and those willing to settle with their families, while processing is continuing for the rest of the applications.

The center said that it has received thousands of applications through its electronic platform from inside and outside the Kingdom during the past months, where specialized teams from the center are studying applications and communicating with applicants and ensuring the conformity and fulfillment of conditions as defined by the premium residency system.