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Saudi Arabia Introduces E-registration for Expat Infants

Birth certificates to be delivered at the residency address upon expats’ request

According to a report in the Saudi newspaper Okaz, expatriates residing in Saudi Arabia can now register their newborns electronically using a government service platform.

The Agency for Civil Affairs, which operates under the Interior Ministry, has made available this e-registration service for the newborns of foreign residents.

The agency has also disclosed that once the registration is complete, expatriates can request the birth certificates to be delivered to their residency addresses. In recent times, the Saudi authorities have introduced several e-services for the expatriate community in the country.

The Saudi Ministry of Justice also announced last month that foreign residents could get their marriage contract approved at a court, even if the wife arrives in the kingdom on a visit or a transit visa.

According to the ministry, it is required that both the husband and the wife’s father must be a resident in Saudi Arabia. If the couple arrives in the kingdom on visit visas, their marriage contract can be authenticated through the Najiz portal, as reported by Okaz.

However, all parties involved must be registered on the Absher platform to complete the process. Recently, Saudi Arabia has been actively pursuing digitalization, which has been accelerated by the global pandemic-induced restrictions.

The Absher app, launched by the kingdom’s Interior Ministry in 2013, offers various government services to Saudi citizens and foreign residents.

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