Arab News reports that the spouses (including non-Saudi husbands if married and registered in Saudi Arabia) of students studying abroad on government scholarships will receive a living allowance. This should greatly ease the financial burden of students and allow them to focus more on their studies than on wondering how to pay their bills. Under US law, the spouses of students in the country on student visas are not generally permitted to work.

Foreign scholarship students will get spouse allowance

The Cabinet yesterday passed a law that would allow spouses accompanying King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship students to receive special monthly allowances.

“If a scholarship student is accompanied by his Saudi wife at the place of his study he would be entitled to have an extra payment equal to his basic monthly allowance,” the Cabinet said.

The same extra payment shall be given to a scholarship student who is accompanied by his non-Saudi wife at the place of his study.

A female scholarship student who is accompanied by her non-Saudi husband at the place of her study will be entitled to have the same benefit if the marriage took place according to Saudi regulations.

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