“Labor Market” launches the flexible work permit, 2000 permits per month

The Labor Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) launched the flexible work permit allowing illegal workers – who meet conditions – to work and reside in the Kingdom of Bahrain without a sponsor, in any non-professional job, full or part-time, and with more than one employer, for a renewable two year period. (2000) workers can benefit from the flexible permit each month.

The LMRA’s CEO, Ausamah Alabsi urged illegal workers to ensure that the plan is applicable to them, and the possibility of them benefiting from the flexible permit by visiting the LMRA’s website, using the express service feature, or by sending a text message from their own mobiles to (33150150), including the number of their Identity Card (CPR).

Alabsi stressed the importance of the worker, wishing to benefit from the flexible work permit, being sure of having his passport in his possession with a validity of at least six months, noting that the Authority will respond to the text message with two text messages, the first confirming the eligibility of the worker to benefit from the plan, and the second specifying the date and time of the appointment for the worker to visit to the Authority’s Sitra Industrial Area branch to complete the permit’s procedures.

He pointed out that the appointments will begin at the Authority’s Sitra Industrial Area branch on the 23rd of July, where 2000 permits will be issued per month.

Alabssi explained that once the worker arrives at the Sitra branch on time, the employee will collect the worker’s information and contact number in order for the Authority to stay in contact with him and inform him of all his rights, duties, and all issues related to his residency status.

Regarding the fees to benefit from the plan, he mentioned that workers willing to benefit from the plan will be required to pay a total fee of (449) Dinars, which includes a work permit for two years, health care fees of (144) Dinars for two years, a onetime (90) Dinar deposit to ensure a travel ticket that can be refunded in case the worker wishes to return home, and a one time (15) Dinar discounted fee in order to extend the residency period, the worker will also be required to pay a monthly fee of (30) Dinars only.

Alabsi stated that workers benefiting from the plan would be granted the plan’s Blue Card which identifies them to potential employers, and is renewed every six months free of charge, enabling them to work in various non-professional jobs either full or part-time jobs, with one or more employers, the flexible worker will also benefit from free health care at government centers, he will also be able to leave and return to the country on a regular basis during the work visa’s validity period. The flexible permit will also help protect labor rights and prevent them from any exploitation or trafficking attempts.

He mentioned that there would be coordination with the labor exporting countries’ embassies, clubs, and civil society organizations of expatriate workers to provide all related information regarding the flexible permit.

Alabsi called on workers wishing to benefit from the “flexible permit” not to respond or pay attention to rumors, and to communicate with the Authority regarding any updates at www.lmra.bh, or to contact the flexible work permit call center on 17103103.

63 thoughts on ““Labor Market” launches the flexible work permit, 2000 permits per month

  1. Sir you can issue new visa I am right now in India my.c.p.r no. 830217916 please give me reply thanks

    • Dear sir/madam,
      I am coming here only 8 month past by a company and costing 2300 Dinars.They do work me as a labour.They did not give me any benifits and did not give any salary without one month.Now I want to go back my country.They do not give me nothing.Here diffecult to servive my self.So what can I do now.

      • 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,

        • Hello dear sir ,
          I’m already here in bahrain.
          I have a job as a worker and salesman.
          It’s not flexiblefor me.
          I want change by job another place as computer operator or nursing or something related .
          Please for thats guide me what I do.
          Thanks

  2. Dear sir,
    I’m interested for the visa. Recently i was push back from Bahrain without any reason . They took from me BD 1700 and they cheated with me. I was staying there only 28 days.now i’m suffering as a victim .here is my CPR number 860769291.

    • 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,

  3. Dear respected sir/Madam.
    I have already valid sponsor visa so can i change to lmra flexible visa or not .
    or after expiration can i change or not.

  4. I m now work other companey I m have visa lmr finish next yer so I m no work thise company ? I m go to Now Flexitbl work permit ok or no

  5. Dear I like to Apply for how I can get the Visa. And Every 2 years how much I have to pay incolding fee thank you. Saif

  6. Dear Sir, I want to ask that my current sponsor has opened mobility for me to apply for new job. Now I have given my passport to my new sponsor. He told me that he will apply for my new visa. But now my current status showing that ” Eligible to apply for Flexible Work Permit”, What does it mean? Has my new employer applied for flexible work permit for me?
    Waiting for your kind response

  7. What is the category eligible for flexible work permit!
    I’m work in salon as beautician but when I check my CPR it says I’m not eligible for flexible work permit….I finish My contract already…pls I need clarification

  8. Dear Sir/Madam,
    Thank you for this update. May we know for what is the BD30 monthly payment on this Flexi Visa?

    Thanks and Regards!

  9. CPR 771205864
    Kingdom of Bahrain
    Ministry of Interior
    anowar hossain
    Date-01-08-2015
    book on-2788-2015
    sir im lik lmra visa flexbel

  10. Dear sir/madam, I have an run away case and offence in lmra because they catch me working with out valid visa.did I can avail a flexi visa?

    Regards,
    Lyn

  11. Sir this is my cpr number( 930823362)
    My viza at this cr 90573-1
    This CR closed 2016, and boss put all people runway case (appsent from work)
    if i am eligible flexi visa this is good oppartunity for m
    if not eligible, so give me another salution,
    i want change visa here bahrain
    Runway case this is company mistake ,
    not my mistake
    Now what i do
    Please explain give me

  12. I went for vacation but i didn’t came back coz i got serious problem of my child,,,,can i get a flexi permit even i am out of bahrain???

  13. Helo sir my viza is flexible work perment i ask after two year i do viza renew are not lmra give flexible work perment only twi year after two year not renew

  14. Sir, Im Supply Chain Specialist – Buyer having 13 years experience including 7 years in Dubai and Iraq in Oil & Gas industry. I got laid off due to cost cutting and I want to go to Bahrain for job hunting. I never been in Bahrain and I dont know anyone there. What should I need to do? Please advise

  15. i already have a flexible permit,expires on 07-08-2019 but i need CPR now, how can i make CPR, i went yo agents the don’t know they says there is no appointment system for flexi expats, please give me information. i already have blue card

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