As part of LMRA’s continuous efforts to keep you informed and updated, and according to Labour Market Regulations Act No. (19) 2006, LMRA would like you to take note of this important process:
According to Article No. (26-A) from the above act, “A Work permit shall expire at the end of its duration unless renewed in accordance with the provisions of this Act”. In other words, work or family visas can no longer be renewed after their expiry and there is no “Grace Period”. Expired work or family visas will be cancelled and the expats will have to leave the country within 30 days, unless the foreign worker has a new work visa or by registering his/her “Intention for Mobility” before 30 days of the expiry date of the work visa.
In addition to the above, you should also take note of the following:
- According to resolution No. (76) 2008, Renewal of work and family visas can be done up to 6 months before the expiry date, while considering the accuracy of data registered in LMRA’s system (Passport No., Passport issue date, expiry date, etc…).
- Employer and employee need to make sure that the expat employee’s (or family member’s) passport is valid for at least 2 years before applying for any LMRA transaction such as new work visa application, renewal, or mobility.
- Once the expat has been issued a Work/Family visa, he/she must not change the passport or update any details on the passport before entering the country and completing the formalities or the work visa will be Invalid.
- Always pay LMRA fees on time to avoid late payment penalties and offences against your organisation. LMRA will take legal action against offenders, as per the law, action may include the cancellation of all the work visas granted to the organisation and/or referral to public prosecution.
We request every one’s cooperation in public interest for all