LMRA stresses amnesty period success


Over 42,000 expatriate workers benefited from the six-month general amnesty for workers staying in Bahrain illegally, the CEO of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority Ausamah Abdullah Al-Absi revealed.

Al-Absi added that 76% of those who rectified their legal situation preferred to stay in the kingdom, stressing, at the same time, zero-tolerance against violators.

A total of 42,019 foreign workers had benefited from the grace period which expired on December 31, 2015, which is an unprecedented achievement, Al-Absi said in a press conference marking the end of the amnesty period.

LMRA CEO expressed sincere thanks and appreciation to all sides which contributed to the success of the grace period, including the Interior Ministry’s Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs (NPRA) and embassies of the countries of origin of workers, noting that the move will reflect positively on the performance of the kingdom’s economy.

He explained that 76% of those who benefited from the grace, or 31,894 workers, preferred to stay in the kingdom after moving to new employers, while 24%, or 10,125, wanted to return to their home countries, adding that Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani workers, respectively, were the most beneficiaries of the amnesty period.

Foreign workers’ desire to stay in the kingdom confirms Bahrain’s status as being among the best countries for expatriates as shown in international reports in this regard. In the annual Expat Insider 2015, the biggest expat survey worldwide, Bahrain was ranked first in the Arab region and the Middle East and 17th in the World.

Al-Absi warned that the LMRA would continue the inspection campaigns to clampdown on lawbreakers and take legal action against them.

8 thoughts on “LMRA stresses amnesty period success

  1. I want to go home. I take travel permit but imigreson not gave me pass he said go embassy retan .i will go agin embassy.

  2. Dear sir

    There is any chance to extend The amnesty period for this year . There is so many person need to get there visa renewal and out passes

    The government have any idea to extend

    Please inform


  3. I wish to congratulate the LMRAs program of giving a second chance to those migrant workers. How I wish that this will be a continued process not only during amnesty but the whole year round. May it will be taken to a certain level since it benefited the general public. Thank you for this oppurtunity, not only for the employee but their families whom they left behind…

  4. Dear sir ,
    My old passport is cancelled and the new passport need to stamped with the valid mobility period,which lmra centre should I visit.
    Please help me as my new employer need to apply for my work permit

    • Dear Client,

      Thank you for contacting LMRA.
      Your sponsor should apply for you new work permit.
      Please contact our LMRA call center on +973 17506055, or you can contact our e-Support helpdesk through https://services.lmra.bh/e-support/ in order to assist you with your inquiries.

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