Work Permits

In order to hire any foreign employee, an investor is required to obtain a work permit and residence permit for each expatriate employee. Work permits for expatriate employees are issued by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) and may be subject to numerical restrictions set by the Authority. Bahrainisation requirements apply to companies who hire ten or more expatriates. There is currently no written legislation setting numerical Bahrainisation requirements, and the investor must therefore enquire at the Ministry regarding Bahrainisation rules by sector.

Required Documents