• Employers Noncompliant With Bahrainization Can Now Apply for Work Permits
  • July 20, 2016
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Effective immediately, employers that do not or cannot comply with the relevant Bahrainization rate can now apply for work permits for foreign nationals, provided they pay an additional fee of BHD 300 during the application process.

    According to the Labour Market Regulatory Authority’s announcement, this new option is available to employers seeking initial work permits and sponsorship transfers. In April 2017, this option is also expected to become available for employers that do not meet Bahranization rates but that seek to renew work permits.

    What This Means for Employers

    Although Fragomen recommends that employers comply with the applicable Bahrainization rates, employers that cannot comply may choose to obtain work permits for foreign nationals by paying the additional government fee.