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Glen 2003



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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 6:01 am    Post subject: An American with a Jewish sounding name Reply with quote

I'm an American with a Jewish sounding family name. I am also a qualified teacher, who happens to be an atheist. Would the fact I have a Jewish sounding last name keep me from getting a job, or visa, in Saudi?
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stillnosheep



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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 6:15 am    Post subject: Re: An American with a Jewish sounding name Reply with quote

Glen 2003 wrote:
I'm an American with a Jewish sounding family name. I am also a qualified teacher, who happens to be an atheist. Would the fact I have a Jewish sounding last name keep me from getting a job, or visa, in Saudi?


No idea Glen. I do know that the US Govt has just advised all US nationals to leave Saudi. Not that I always recommend following US Govt advice but at the moment it could be a wise move (or non-move, if you catch my drift)
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Bindair Dundat



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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 9:12 am    Post subject: Re: An American with a Jewish sounding name Reply with quote

Glen 2003 wrote:
I'm an American with a Jewish sounding family name. I am also a qualified teacher, who happens to be an atheist. Would the fact I have a Jewish sounding last name keep me from getting a job, or visa, in Saudi?


Probably not, but proclaiming yourself an atheist wouldn't do you much good. I suggest you write "Christian" or something equally easy to comprehend on the line next to "Religion".
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Stephen Jones



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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Write "atheist" in the religon column and they'll ban you for life. Put in Christian.

Somebody may catch on to your name and not hire you but they'd have to be both clued up and prejudiced.


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scot47



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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2004 4:56 pm    Post subject: jewish names Reply with quote

Surprisingly you will come across companies and people in ksa with Jewish names. Kaplan Educational Center does preparation for TOEFL and GMAT etc. I have come across Cohens and Greenbergs.

On the visa form though I would counsel against putting doen "Jewish" under religion (or "atheist"), say you are a Christian. these days theyno longer ask for a certificate to prove your religious affiliation.
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Pushok



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PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2004 6:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We had a teacher, whose initial visa application was turned down because the doctor who'd provided the medical was called Dr Israel: true story.

However, don't know the answer in this case, sorry.
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