Flexi-work permit plan

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Bahrain yesterday unveiled a new plan to introduce a flexible work permit format for foreigners.The new contract would serve as a legal alternative to employing illegal workers in the country.

Chaired by His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Cabinet endorsed the scheme, based on a recommendation submitted by the executive committee.

His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, was present.
The Labour Market Regulatory Authority would be authorised to issue the two-year “flexible work permit”.

Under the scheme, foreign workers will be allowed to work, on a temporary basis, with an employer or an individual, providing the job does not require a professional licence to be exercised.

The new format does not include runaway workers nor does it allow foreigners to leave their current employers, with whom they are under contract, to benefit from the new scheme.

A memo was presented at the session, featuring results of meetings which focused on the proposed flexible work permit.

The meetings brought together officials representing the labour force, industrial and commercial sectors to study all proposed alternatives.

“The aim is to ensure economic flexibility and enable the private sector to employ workers to carry out temporary and casual work instead of illegal workers,” Cabinet secretary general Dr Yasser Al Nasser said in a statement.

132 thoughts on “Flexi-work permit plan

  1. Sir my visa labour.valid 20-05-2017
    My company cancel me.(no online only passport stump )
    No release me .
    (Only cancel and go india but sir I am not india going )help me

      • 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

        For more information You can 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

    • 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

      For more information You can 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

  2. السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
    تحية طيبة وبعد

    الحقيقة هذه الفكرة بطاقة الحضراء أو ما يسمونها
    Flexi-Work Permit
    فكرة ممتازة يساعد على موظفي الأجانب واذا نفذت هذه الفكرة أو المشروع اعتقد دولة مملكة البحرين هي الأولى الوحيدة أسوة لغيرها. وأتمنى التوفيق للجميع جزاكم الله خيرا

  3. sir good morning
    my one friend go vacation 2 mount
    after come bahrain bangladesh Airports check visa cancel but why he is poor? mental probable hospital… sir plz…any worker go..vacation..not cancel visa

  4. It’s great job,Bahrain government is showing more flexibility,especially to the expatriates.
    feels better life,justice and law.Bahrain future will be more bright..Insha Allah

  5. Sir, My visa expired 2 November 2016 but I give the money arbab for renew my visa but my arbab cancelled my visa and I say you give me my passport I take an other visa but he don’t give me my passport I think he want I go back Pakistan but that time I don’t want go back so for what I do? Please help me.

    • 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

      For more information You can 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

    • dear client,
      Kindly note that the flexible work permit system will be applied in the second quarter of the year 2017.
      For more information You can 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

  6. Hello sir am in Bahrain before 10 days am getting sick I go hospital salmaniya they sent me to go your country take treatment come back my company sent me for 20days when I come India next day they cancel online 4 month I work not get single Fill’s from them please help me to come back my CPR number 900124989
    Name V R dharshini

    • 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

      For more information You can 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

    • dear client,
      Kindly note that the flexible work permit system will be applied in the second quarter of the year 2017.
      For more information You can 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

  7. Dear Sir/Madam,

    Assalamu Alaikum WRWB

    I would be extremely thankful if you could kindly update me the current status of my Employment Visa for which an application has already been submitted by my Sponsor.

    My passport particulars are as under:

    Passport number : M9552472
    Expiry Date:19-08-2025.
    Nationality: Indian.

    Jazakallah Khair

    Mohammed Rasheed

    • dear client,

      Kindly if you mean the the flexible work permit system will be applied in the second quarter of the year 2017 for the work permit that is cancelled or nor renewed before 20 of september 2016.
      For more information You can 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

    • Dear sir I’m under the visit visa 3 months that can coveret to work parmit I can apply fixible visit visa?how much I have to pay this. Pls reply me

      • Dear sir I’m under the visit visa 3 months that can coveret to work parmit I can apply fixible visit visa?how much I have to pay this. Pls reply me

  8. Great move,
    I really commend your effort on making all expat workers stay in Bahrain peaceful and easily but please can you explain why Nigerians living in bahrain and outside the Bahrain are finding it difficult to enjoy all expatriate flexibility opportunity in any forms!
    Even to make visa renewable as nigeria living already in bahrain is difficult talkless of new people that wanna come to this your beloved country.
    Please what can we do or how can we do it to solve all this tarch

    Regards
    Ola

  9. Hi that’s great… But sir you tell me that.
    I’m now in Bahrain and I have a valid vis. This one finish in may 2017. Can I apply for this service after finish .y visa or not jus reply me with a strong answer….
    And also tel me witch date this service start….
    Thanks

    • dear client,

      Kindly if you mean the the flexible work permit system will be applied in the second quarter of the year 2017 for the work permit that is cancelled or not renewed before 20 of september 2016.
      For more information You can 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. gud morning sir.already my visa canceled my client.he dont give my passport.he told me 500dinnar for passport otherwise he will blacklist me.please sir help me what can i do my cpr 780765273.how can collect my passport and how can go back my country.sir how can i apply flexible visa.please explain me

    • 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

      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

  11. Hi sir…
    My passport with my Employer… He did not give me my passport I m contact him he did not agree to give passport…. Please tell me how to apply me to flexi work permit

    • 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

      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

  12. Good day!
    I just want to know when this great flexi work permit plan will take place? And how an expat can avail this plan? Who are qualified on this flexi work permit plan?

    • 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

      For more information about the Flexible Work Permit, you can 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,

  13. Dear Sir,

    I came to Bahrain two months back, but the project is going to halt due to financial problem. Can I search another job without current employers mobility or how can I switch to another company if I am selected. My current employer does not have a policy of transfer they cancel and send the people back, no transfer.

  14. Dear Sir,

    I have been working as designer with my current organisation for last 5 years.

    Recently, I got an offer letter from another company and I would like to accept that offer. But when I informed my current organization that my intention to join in the new company, my Manager accepted my resignation, But the management did not accept it saying that they will not provide local transfer because the new company from where I got the offer is their competitor and If I try to do that they will block me for one year from joining in the new company.

    I would like to know whether there is any clause in the labour law blocking me to join in a competitor company.

    If there is any such clause, please clarify following points,

    1) whether it will applicable to all the employees in that company.

    2) Is it possible to accept a different job role from a competitor company other than the role in which I’m serving for my present company?

    Your prompt response is highly appreciated.

    Thank You.

  15. Dear sir my previous company has canceled my visa recently, what will be the procedure for temporary basis visa if i want to get…?
    Please guide and thanks in advance for your support

  16. Just want to know about the new flexible visa. But which date it will start because I call customer service they said they don’t have any information about the visa. Pls let us know. Thank you

  17. Dears, I have seen today morning a new law somewhere i am doubting if it’s true kindly confirm??

    https://www.facebook.com/CABCitizensAdviceBahrain/posts/1361791570542928

    LMRA LAUNCHES FLEXIBLE WORK PERMIT
    Manama : In a groundbreaking move, the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) yesterday launched a ‘flexible work permit’ allowing workers who have overstayed in the Kingdom to work and reside in Bahrain without a sponsor.
    Announcing the decision, LMRA, CEO, Ausamah Al Absi said: “This is an unprecedented procedure in the Middle East region and allows Bahrain to cope with the rapidly growing changes and challenges in the labour market.”
    He has also urged applicants to ensure their eligibility by using the express service feature on the LMRA website or by sending a text message, including CPR number, to 33150150.
    The move, when effective, will provide the applicants complete independency and will be allowed to work under multiple employers simultaneously. This includes any non-professional job, full or part-time, and with more than one employer, for a renewable period of two years.
    However, applicants will have to pay for their work permit, health care, travel ticket as opposed to these fees being paid by an employer.
    Total fees BD449
    Workers willing to benefit from the plan will have to pay a fee of BD449 in total. This includes a work permit for two years, health care fees of BD144 for two years, a onetime BD90 deposit to ensure a travel ticket, which can be refunded in case the worker wishes to return home, and a one time BD15 discounted fee to extend the residency period. Workers are also required to pay a monthly fee of BD30.
    Under the new flexible permit system; LMRA will accept 2000 workers per month through its Sitra Industrial Area branch.
    Applicants are also required to posses a passport having a validity of at least six months.
    Once applied, LMRA will respond to the applicant by sending two text messages. First message will confirm the applicant’s eligibility and the second will specify the date and time of appointment at the authority’s Sitra Industrial Area branch.
    Beginning July 23, LMRA’s Sitra branch will start scheduling appointments, where 2000 permits will be issued per month.
    Be on time
    Al Absi explained that once the worker arrives at the Sitra branch on time, an LMRA employee will collect the worker’s information and contact number in order for the authority to stay in touch with him and to inform him about his rights, duties and issues related to his residency status.
    Besides, LMRA will provide all information regarding the flexible permit to the general public by coordinating with embassies, clubs, and civil society organisations of expatriate workers.
    Blue Card
    For identification purposes, beneficiaries will be granted a ‘Blue Card’, which will be renewed every six months, free of charge
    The process
    Use express service feature on LMRA website or
    Text CPR number from own mobile to 33150150
    Receive confirmation and date of appointment
    Reach the branch at the specified date and time
    Complete necessary procedures as advised
    Based on eligibility, a ‘Blue Card’ will be issued
    Pay a total fee of BD449
    Benefits
    The ‘Blue Card’ holder will have the right to work in various non-professional jobs either full or part-time, with one or more employers.
    The holder will benefit from free health care at government centres.
    The cardholder will be allowed to leave and return to the country on a regular basis during the work visa’s validity period.
    The flexible permit will help protect labour rights and prevent exploitation or trafficking attempts.
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  18. Dear Sir, My previous sponsor open mobility for me for applying new visa with other sponsor. But now my second sponsored is applying for my flexible work permit visa. Why he is applying for this visa? Why he is not applying for his own visa. I am asking this because I want to bring my family here in Bahrain? Will it affect to apply for family visa?

  19. Dear Sir, I want to ask that can a new person from his home country may apply for flexible work permit visa?

  20. Dear sir/ madam
    I would like to know that,
    I recently joined in Hospital as Anesthesia technician but in lmra flexible permit visa not eligible showing like this what will be the reason.please let me know .
    Thank uou

  21. Dear sir,
    my visa have 2 years parmit but after 3 month my visa is auto cancel why
    sir i want to living here can i have any chance for make a new visa

  22. Hye…. How are u sir..
    Sir I need a help about passport. My Visa was cancelled. Now I want to get flexi work permit.. so now me need to cancel my passport or what….?

  23. Sir
    How to solve the problem my company is not give way some finding my job visa is all ready finish company he sending.me.phillipines i do wnt to passport also is not to give me

  24. Dear Sir, Using Flexi work visa can we bring some one say relative to come to Bahrain and look for job and work.,

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