Alabsi: a remarkable success for “Amnesty period”. 10.000 foreign workers do correct their situation

Ausamah(resized)

More than 10 thousand foreign workers had corrected their legal situation since the launch of the grace period for undocumented migrant workers “Amnesty Period” Which was launched last July, and will last until the end of the 2015, expected to increase in the coming period especially with the end of summer and the return of business owners from their holidays.

Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) chief executive Ausamah Alabsi said, what has been achieved in “Amnesty Period” in less than two months is a “remarkable success”, pointing out that the workers numbers who availed from it exceeds the sum of what has been achieved in the previous two, in 2007 and 2009, praising the cooperation of all parties to ensure the success of this campaign.

He explained that 80% of 10,000 have legally joined a new employer, while 20% preferred to leave the country and return to their home countries, with the possibility of returning to Bahrain when they’ve secured new employment.

As Alabsi, asserted that LMRA is keen to provide all possible facilities to employers who want to absorb these workers, he stressed that the grace period does not suspend the law where irregularities are concerned, and the LMRA inspection is an ongoing process, explaining that working without a renewed permit (expired or terminated) even if with the same employer is a violation of the law requiring a fine and deportation.

“During the amnesty period a worker can either leave the country without paying fines or has the option to find an employer ready to hire him so he can stay in the country,” he said.

“It’s time that we clean up the Labour market – and let me make it clear, all bets are off after the amnesty as the law will be applied with full force against illegal workers.”

“There will be no blacklisting for all those who voluntarily depart the country, which means the possibility of returning at any time regardless of their legal status,” said Al Absi.

To stay and work legally in Bahrain, the worker should fill in an intention to transfer form and submit it to their new employer, who will upload the documents and apply for a work permit through the LMRA’s online portal.

“An illegal worker does not need the consent of the previous employer to get legal employment during this period,” said Al Absi.

“The old employer cannot stop these workers from taking up new jobs and we will assist companies to hire them in case they require additional work permits.

“For the employers, this is a good opportunity to select the right person with the right skills for the job.”

Al Absi said illegal workers whose passports are withheld by their employers should immediately contact their respective embassies, who will issue emergency certificates that will allow them to leave the country without any penalty being applied.

“We aim to remove as many people as possible from this vulnerable position of being illegal and subject to exploitation and give them the opportunity for a new start without financial or legal costs,” he said.

However, the LMRA official warned of middlemen collecting money from workers and promising to rectify their legal status, as this was often a scam.

“It is illegal to collect money from workers for the services offered by the amnesty either by employers or middlemen,” Al-Absi said.

Under normal circumstances any expatriate caught working illegally faces deportation, while the company itself will be fined a minimum of BD1,000 for every “irregular” worker. Workers caught by police can face fines that start at BD100 and deportation.

Those able to find legitimate employment will have any residency violations waived and be able to sign contracts with new companies without permission from their former bosses.

27 thoughts on “Alabsi: a remarkable success for “Amnesty period”. 10.000 foreign workers do correct their situation

  1. Dear Sir,
    We Just Want To Use This Opportunity To Beg Mr Ausamah Alabsi To Open Bahrain Visa For Nigerian Nationality,I Work In Bahrain Before For 2 years I really Enjoyed My Stay In Kingdom Of Bahrain,Am Always Proud Of Bahrain,I came Back To Nigeria When My Visa Expired I Ask My Sponsor That I want To Come Back To Resume My Work But Very Unfortunate My Sponsor Told Me That There Is No Visa For Nigerian Nationality Again Because Of Ebola,Sir We are Free From Ebola Since By World Heart I Will Be Very Glad And My Fellow Nigerian Will Be Glad Too If You Can Consider Us By Issue Visa For Us Thanks

    • Dear Client,

      Thank you for contacting LMRA.

      Kindly note that the ban issued by the Ministry of Health. Please refer to the Ministry of Health.

      Regards,

      • Dear Sir,
        I am a Nigerian, prospecting for job in Bahrain. I have worked in Bahrain before and presently working in Qatar for the past 4 years.
        My question is; Why is Bahrain government NOT issuing working visa to Nigerian?
        Thank you as I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

        Kind regards,
        Solomon

  2. Greetings,

    hope this reach you well…

    Iam a Filipino,a supervisor in a restaurant, i would like to know what can i do with my situation right now,
    last August 11, 2015 my area operations manager talked to me and told me to find a new job because of some reasons, it was like a verbal termination, that really gave me the feelings of being thrown out, although i work hard and give what i can give, it was like 100 good things -1 bad things= ZERO
    August 12,2015 i tried to send my resume in some hotels and i got a reply and interviewed me right away that day, last september 2,2015 i received the offer letter of the hotel and they would like me to join as soon as possible.

    I would like to know what are the things i need to do to make it legally, because im only 8 months here in bahrain. I know that i cannot resign or leave the company without completing 1 year, but is there any possibility to be part of the amnesty program in regards of my said situation..

    I Hope you can assist me with this matters,

    Thank you so much LMRA…

    • Dear Client,

      Kindly note if your current employer approves your transfer, then he must click on allow transfer on his account in LMRA website.
      If not, then you have to wait and complete one year resident permit and then submit your resignation letter through registered mail and take mobility intention after that new employer can apply for transfer application.

      If current employer cancelled your resident permit then new employer can apply for New Work Permit directly.

      Best regards,

      • Greetings,
        Do i need to pay my current employer if they ask me for some fees even if they will give me a release?

        Thank you LMRA
        More power…

        • 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
          Best regards,

    • If termination by your employer
      then no need to pay anything to him , actually here in the kingdom
      i never heard any rule or law “saying employee need to pay visa charges or fee” (its against the law )
      just relax , just get your visa canceled from current employer
      then you will get permission to stay in the kingdom for 30 days,
      in that period simply get the mobility intention from LMRA and apply for the new visa
      Thanks …

  3. Dear sir,
    Its just been a week i started my job with one of the restuarent in the kingdom of Peaceful Bharain. And the problem is owner isnt good and abuse staff bit raising hand and using abusive words like dog, bastard, thief so on. I didnt like at all like the owner.
    I regard to this i want to find a new employer. Can i find new employer? And my passport are with the owner. And i have not got CPR yet.

    Please suggest me i need your help.

    • Dear client,
      Kindly note that you have to complete one year to allow for you to transfer to other employer.
      For any further inquiries you can contact LMRA call center on 17506055.

      regards

  4. Dear sir,
    Its just been a week i started my job with one of the restuarent in the kingdom of Peaceful Bharain. And the problem is, owner isnt good and abuse staff like raising hand and using abusive words like dog, bastard, thief so on. I didnt at all like the owner.
    In regard to this i want to find a new employer. Can i find new employer? And my passport are with the owner. And i have not got CPR yet.

    Please suggest me, i need your help.

  5. Dear Sir,

    Is there really a right that protects the foreign employee? Expatriates like for all nationals without discremination, Sorry Sir, i guess even there is a law that protects us as long as the employer is having someone protecting them behind i guess no law was being observe, even though there is a law about the punishment for the ignorance still there are employers who are doing malpractising.

    Sir if an expat went for a vacation and somehow they cancel and blocklist without any reason while out of the country, how do the government protect their rights? and even the visa is being paid to them? How do the company be liable? Do they need to visit the company that doing this type rules?

    Thank you Sir and i was hoping to receive a good advise.

    • 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

    • Dear Client,

      Yes, you can apply for mobility intention which will prevent your renewal with current employer. Notice that you are allowed only for one mobility intention under the CR.

      Best regards,

  6. Salam Alaykum ,
    Dear Ma /Sir ,
    Am Ola by short name pronouns and am Nigeria Nationality, please I need your urgent assistance on my visa because my visa has be cancelled since 7 month before I went towards police station myself . I have been in immigration deportation prison since more than three months and I have appeal and the Gorge has given me no objections letter to make my visa and my sponsor has applied for me but they reject it because they ask me to bring medical report .
    Which is the reason of writing you this message, the immigration did not allow me to do medical since and my lawyer has even drop another Gorge no objections letter to immigration but they’re saying not they’re duty to take to do the medical and even my lawyer went to see the Major Talai ,the immigration boss but he’s saying no need of medical to apply visa and lawyer try explain to him that Nigeria need medical report before they can makes visa but still all stories still same. Please help me out am dieing here I’m and I have many families on my neck . Please i need another mix of making my visa. Please help me out.
    I don’t have any case expect my visa not valid and court already grant me support to make my visa but this medical is given me a lot of problems because they don’t allow me to do it. Please I will be glad if you assist me out of this mess…

    Best regards,
    Ola
    Nigeria Nationality, phone no 36104565
    C.p. r :820762679.

    Am waiting for your urgent assistance. .. Salam

  7. Dear sir . Is it posible that i can transfer to another company even it is writen in my old contract that im not allowed to transfer to another company with the same nature of work or company? Even i have already my mobility permit? Tnx and best regards.

  8. Dear Sir,

    I was working in Office for two days only LMRA Inspector catch me and they fine 1000 BD for Office and they said that no panelty for me then I informed the office owner I will not come om duty until my visa not change under his CR when my visa changes i started to come for work and after 3 months i got another and my sponsor release me then i transfer my work visa ,after 1 and half year my sponsor said he didnt pay panelty the case in court and i have to attend also and lmra put in my CPR offence , please tell me after 1.5 year my old offence shift in new company???

    I will be deported or i will be fine????

  9. My kafeel make me runaway and make me black list.Then i left bahrain as black list.Can i enter again in bahrain .is there any rule to support me.

    • dear client,
      Kindly not that blacklist is not under LMRA responsibility .

      For more information, Kindly contact LMRA call center on +973 17506055, or you can contact our e-Support helpdesk through https://services.lmra.bh/e-support/ to clarify your issue.

      Regards

  10. Dear sir,
    Now I’m working a construction company,But I open a construction company.I send a resignation letter but my current owner not accepted.Sir can u tell me what I do.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *