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Saudi: No residents’ permits for students over age of 25

Foreign workers gather outside Saudi immigration department as they try to get visas and legalise their work situation, on November 3, 2013 in Riyadh. (Photo by FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Expatriates in Saudi Arabia have urged authorities to allow them to renew the residency permits of their children who are still in education in spite of being over 25 years old.

The calls came after the spokesperson of the Kingdom’s General Directorate of Passports, Lt. Col. Badr Al-Quraini said students who are more than 25 years old cannot be considered dependents and therefore cannot be issued residency permits based on their parents’ employment.

However, Al-Quraini explained that the Directorates rules stipulate that residency for girls between the age of 18 and 25 will be renewed if proof is provided that they are not married. Residents’ visa will be issued to men in the same age range if they are in full time education.

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