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Working in Bahrain

If you want to work in Bahrain, you have to find a job that will sponsor you first. Thereafter you can bring your friends &family.

Posted on

27 August 2013

Last updated on 19 June 2017
Working in Bahrain

Many expats choose to work in Bahrain because of the easy tax free lifestyle that the Kingdom can afford them. Major companies and organisations usually offer employees, in addition to a tax free salary, a housing allowance, education allowance (for their children) and visas for their families. This allows for employees to save most of their earnings. Furthermore Bahrain has easy access to the rest of the Middle East, Asia, Europe and Africa because of the international airport.

Working in Bahrain

Bahrain has been called the Gulf’s most liberal business environment , with the lowest taxes and operating costs and a refreshing lack of red tape. And, with everything from ancient souks to Saks Fifth Avenue, the best shopping experience as well.

Bahrain is also the Gulf’s most progressive and fastest growing financial centre and a culture that can trace its roots back some 4,000 years. It also Gulf’s most skilled and educated workforce . A workforce that knows how to enjoy itself in Bahrain’s wealth of cafés and restaurants.

Current Requirements to Live and Work in Bahrain

Anyone wishing to live and legally work in Bahrain will need to apply for the following visas and permits. Employers are advised to arrange and process necessary documents to the Labour Market Regulatory Authority prior to the arrival of their employees and dependents.

Work Visa, submitted to and issued by Labour Market Regulatory Authority. Requirements:

• Visa application form
• Employee’s passport
• Passport size photograph
• Sponsorship Letter: a letter of employment indicating employer’s name/organization, commercial registration number, employee’s capacity, salary, contract duration, employee’s name, birth date and nationality
• Copy of the contract
• Health record from an authorised clinic
• BD100 fee

Residency Permit (Family Visa), submitted to Labour Market Regulatory Authority and issued by General Department for Nationality & Passport Residence. Requirements:

• Application form
• Employee & family’s passport copies
• Employee’s sponsorship letter
• Employee’s contract
• Family health record from an authorised clinic
• BD22 fee per applicant

CPR Card (Identification Card), submitted to and issued by Central Informatics Organization. Requirements:

• Employee (or spouse) passport
• Sponsorship letter stating names of dependents
• Marriage certificate (for spouse) and birth certificate (for children)
• BD1 fee per applicant
Getting Started

Bahrain's Economic Development Board offers an investor facilitation service to first-time investors who are interested in setting up a business in Bahrain. This service includes acting as the first point of contact to the Kingdom, understanding the objectives of investors, providing them with information regarding the relevant procedures for setting up business, and helping them to form a network of contacts in Bahrain.

Working across Government Ministries and bodies, we can facilitate easy entry to the Bahrain market, ensuring you can make it happen for your business in the Kingdom.

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