- Bahrain: Civil Unrest Causes Delays
- March 23, 2011
- Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
After closing due to ongoing civil unrest, many government agencies and private businesses have reopened, but immigration processing in Bahrain remains fluid and foreign nationals and their employers should expect ongoing delays, particularly for work visa applications. There are also reports of increasing government scrutiny of foreign nationals, particularly those from other Arab countries.
Many countries have also closed the visa divisions of their consular posts in Bahrain to focus on providing emergency assistance to their citizens and are advising against future travel to Bahrain. Among the reported closures, the UK Embassy is no longer processing visa applications and sending applicants to UK posts in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.
The various Embassy closings and the impact of the unrest on Bahrain’s infrastructure, such as airports and border crossings, will severely impact the ability of companies to relocate key staff at this time, unless they are evacuated to their home country by their own government. Please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen Global, or send an email to [email protected] for further advice in this regard.
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