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    Big rush for citizenship forms in Saudi Arabia By Syed Rashid Husain http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top11.htm&date=20050502 [NOTE: This is a great
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      Big rush for citizenship forms in Saudi Arabia
      By Syed Rashid Husain
      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top11.htm&date=20050502

      [NOTE: This is a great step towards the Islamization of Saudi Arabia.
      The previous laws barred non-Arabs from Saudi citizenship.]


      RIYADH, May 1: A large number of expatriates, several Pakistanis among
      them, rushed to the Saudi Civil Affairs Department in Jeddah and
      elsewhere on Saturday, the first day Saudi nationality application
      forms were made available to the public, to pick up the forms. And
      within two hours, the department in Jeddah and elsewhere, ran out of
      forms. Forms were, however, on sale in nearby grocery stores.

      The rush of people around the department's offices hampered traffic.
      Police tried to keep the traffic flowing but the sheer number of
      people made it difficult. The crucial dividing line in the application
      process is between categories 8 and 9. Category 8 includes those
      either born in the kingdom or whose mothers are Saudis. All others
      fall into category 9.

      To qualify for category 9, an applicant must have lived in the kingdom
      for 10 years and acquired or obtained educational qualifications such
      as doctorate, pos-tgraduate or graduate degrees in specialized fields,
      for example medicine or engineering.

      A category 9 applicant must accumulate a minimum of 23 points out of a
      possible 33. Points are awarded on the length of residence in the
      kingdom — 10 points for 10 years — and educational qualifications. A
      Ph.D in sciences scores 10 points, while a doctorate in medicine,
      engineering or architecture receives 13 points.

      In Jeddah, a large number of those applying for citizenship at the
      Civil Affairs Department were Yemeni nationals with ages ranging from
      20 to 50 years.

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