His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Monarch of the Kingdom of Bahrain also issued Decree-by-Law No. (32) for the year 2011 regarding rescinding and replacement of clause (E) of article (42) of Act No. (19) for the eyar 2006 regarding organizing LMRA as follows:

E- The LMRA shall deduct 50% from the total fees it collects and deposit the amount so deducted into the state’s public account in compliance with the procedures to be agreed upon between LMRA and the Ministry of Finance.


Posted on » Thursday, April 07, 2011
The monthly fee levied by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) on each expatriate worker has been suspended for six months. His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander, yesterday announced the measure. Continue reading

Legal Voice

If I have an employment contract for a certain period of time and I resign before my contract expires, can my employer charge me for the work visa and government related fees? No, the employer is not allowed to charge you for work permit/visa fees , but they have the right to sue for damages ( As a result of the breach – or premature cancellation of a time-specified contract ). Continue reading

Where does the money go?

After several years of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) imposing fees on the hiring of foreign workers, many business owners still complain about the added expense. The LMRA currently charges BD200 for a work visa application or renewal and BD90 for a dependents’ visa. In addition to this, companies must pay BD10 a month for every foreign employee. This adds up to around BD440 in fees every two years for each expat worker. Continue reading