Illegal migrants urged to comply with amnesty

Manama Illegal migrant workers are being urged to benefit from the amnesty and regulate their situation or leave Bahrain without penalties.The Assistant Undersecretary for Ports, Search and Follow Up at the Nationality, Passport and Residence (NPRA) called upon the migrant community to comply with grace period so as bring their situation in line with the law.

In a statement issued yesterday, he said that the NPRA has allocated employees and offices to facilitate the paperwork procedures.He pointed out that the NPRA personnel receive a big number of violators on a daily basis to correct their situation in coordination with their embassies to provide the required documents.

The move is in compliance with an edict issued by the Coordination Committee during its 87th meeting, which was chaired by Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister HRH Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa. An amnesty was then announced for illegal migrant workers to correct their situation during the six-month grace period, which took effect on July 1 and will run until December 31.

The NPRA officer urged migrants to benefit from the grace period as they won’t have to pay fines or accumulative fees or to face legal actions, adding that the penalties and fines will be re-enforced after the end of the amnesty through the NPRA’s inspection campaigns for illegal workers.

22 thoughts on “Illegal migrants urged to comply with amnesty

  1. Is amnesty only for “employees” and not applicable to those who are with housemaid visa?
    I called the LMRA hotline to ask about the process if a housemaid (expired visa) got a new employer who is willing to sponsor her but the customer agent told that the new amnesty process is for employees only and housemaids are not considered as employees.

    • And if the amnesty is for “employees” only then those illegal workers here under housemaid visa will have no chance to correct their status or at least go back to their home country?

      • Dear Client,

        Amnesty period is for ALL Expats in Bahrain.
        For More information kindly contact LMRA call center on 17506055.

        Best regards,

    • Dear Client,

      Amnesty period is for ALL Expats in Bahrain.
      For More information kindly contact LMRA call center on 17506055.

      Best regards,

  2. I have friend housemaid who ran away yesterday bec her boss not good. If she find a new job is she qualified to avail the amnesty and hot a new visa? I appreciate any response. Thanks.

  3. Dear Sir,

    If the Amnesty is given for all expatriates, how do we proceed for dependents whose resident permit is on the fathers’ visa and has recently expired however, received an employment offer.

    Where to begin? Do we have to proceed for cancellation and later on extension or apply for mobility?

    • Dear Client,

      RP must be cancelled in LMRA system first then apply for new visa. Notice that Primary (father) must get the new RP before applying for dependents.

      Best regards,

  4. I just want to ask, if my employer is closing his business and prior to that he will cancel me, Do I still have 1 month extension to find new employer?or do I need to apply mobility first. Please reply .thank u

    • Dear Client,

      Thank you for contacting LMRA.

      Kindly note that you have the choice, if the RP (Residence Permit) is valid for more than one month apply transfer. If not, the employer should terminate the WP (Work Permit) and apply NWP (New Work Permit).

      Regards,

  5. Dear sir,
    Why those agency here in Bahrain make a agreement they not follow what’s written in our contract!! Is the agreement valid for those housemate!

    Thanks for the consideration!!

    • Dear Client,
      For all questions regarding Employment contracts, leave entitlements , disputes, complaints, grievances against employers, you need to contact the Ministry of Labour. Please note that this is not part of the LMRA mandate and we cannot interfere between employers and employees, you are requested to lodge a formal complaint and submit any supporting documents to the complaints department of the Ministry of Labour in Isa Town , for more information visit http://www.mol.gov.bh

  6. I am an employee of a mini-supermarket in Manama working as Manager, our business is suffering from illegal street vendors on the SHAIKH HAMAD ROAD near nesto supermarket, these street traders has no commercial registration or legal residence permit nor the place is designated by municipality for business, this scenario is seen for almost three years and everyday seems no authorities in the kingdom are responsible for this. we have seen previously many times the LMRA and the Municipality conducted inspection but failed to stopped hence, the vendors are increasingly added day by day and the street is fully controlled and occupied by them instead of passers. This is not only obstacles to legitimate business like us also obstacles to passers, families, students. However, whom shall we ask to remove this situation from Manama as the LMRA is responsible of conducting inspection of illegal residents and the municipality is responsible of keeping the street offence free safer street for public

    A business concern and resident

    • Dear Client,

      Kindly refer to inspection department in LMRA building or report this issue through call center 17506055.

      Best regards,

  7. Dear,
    I want to know , i came in bahrain as dependant visa . Now i got job . So my husband cancelled my dependant visa . My sponsor apply job visa but still it was not ready when am check via applycation id it was in npra . Morethan 2 weeks over . How will find why it stuck there . My sponser told wait and pray.

  8. My brother came to Bahrain in visit visa about 5 months ago looking for job. Since I have a work visa my office provided a one month visit visa for my brother. We extended the visa two times ie whole three possible months it was a legal stay. During this period, exactly after one and half months after he reached here one company provided a job offer with an offer letter specifying that work visa will be provided within a month time so we decided to wait to get work visa. We approached them again when my visit visa was about to expire (almost at the end of 3 months) but they said they have some problems with their CR and trying to get over it to apply for my visa and renew other employees visa many of them are already expired. Finally and recently we realized that they can’t provide a visa so he wants to go back to India soon.
    Will he get any help of amnesty period to go back to India and what are the legal procedures he has to go through to overcome this situation ?
    Please help

    • Dear Client,

      Kindly refer back to immigration for this as its not under LMRA responsibility.

      Best regards,

  9. I have friend sir,,they process his visa under amnesty but the problem the status is still expired employment visa what should they do on that some problem in legal status please help us sir..he have already sponsor and they are willing to help him and give him visa but the problem his legal status in his visa we don’t know what to do and where yani they will go,,that’s why every thing will be okey..please reply sir thanks..

  10. Thanks to the ministry of labour for all your concern . U r the best . My question is that who is qualified to pick the Amnesty forms? My friends visa has expired and her primary sponsor has never been available for her visa cancellation till date…. she wants to be a legal free minded person…. please any helping hands since she never want to go home now…..

    Urgent reply please

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