Saudi urges authorities to allow his regnant Indonesian wife to stay

Published:  19 Jan at 4 PM
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A Saudi Arabian man has pleaded with authorities to grant his pregnant Indonesian wife a residency permit rather than deport her.

Amro Muhammad Kurdi wed his wife eight years ago and the couple have one daughter. The woman, who is now seven months pregnant with their second child, has never had a residency permit for the Gulf state.

Kurdi, 26, said that he was very worried about the future for his daughter and baby, acknowledging that he made an error when he married the Indonesian woman by not obtaining the proper documents. However, he noted that the reason he did not do so was because he did not have the finances to.

The man explained that his poor financial situation had meant it was tough to find a Saudi woman to marry so he began looking for an expatriate. He was later told about an orphaned Indonesian who had grown up with a Saudi family and had never been to the Southeast Asian country.

The couple married and now live in a two-room house, while their rent is covered by a philanthropist. Kurdi said that he had since tried so many times for residency permits but had been rejected each time and that the situation was beginning to look bleak. He revealed that police officers in Makkah had told him his wife would be deported because she had been violating residency regulations.

Kurdi has now pleaded with the authorities to allow his wife to stay in the Kingdom so they can raise their children as a family. According to lawyer Abdulkarim Al-Qadi, only the Interior Ministry has the power to allow the woman to stay.
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