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Expatriate Employee Rights and Obligations

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a preferred destination for both skilled and qualified expatriates, who are attracted by its openness to the world cultures and tax-free environment, among others.

Expatriates who are coming to the Kingdom of Bahrain to take up any employment need to follow certain regulations set by LMRA:

  1. Do not work without a valid work permit issued in your name or renewed by LMRA.
  2. Provide LMRA with the digital finger prints, photo and signature when entering the kingdom for the first time, or within a period not exceeding one month from the date of entry.
  3. Do not leave or be absent from work for more than 15 days without the employer's notice or permission.
  4. Do not work for anyone other than the employer you are permitted to work with – as per your work permit.
  5. Work only at your employer's premises as stated in the work permit.
  6. Do not engage in any part time or extra work during holidays and non-working hours except with your designated employer.
  7. You have the right to change your employer after working for one year with your employer but you need to Inform LMRA and the employer of your intention to work with another employer, within the period specified in employment contract and follow the transfer procedures.
  8. You have the right to lodge a grievance against any decision taken by the LMRA within 30 days of the issue of the the decision.
  9. Upon the expiry of your Work permit you have a 30 day grace period to either find a new employer or to leave the country, you may not take up any interim job during this period.
  10. You should regularly check you status on LMRA website https://services.lmra.bh/expatportal/login.php and keep LMRA system updated with your latest information i.e. mobile number and address.
  11. Your passport is your own property if you decide to hand it over for safe keeping to any one please make sure you have an acknowledgement of receipt from the holder of the passport.
  12. In case of abuse or coercion to violate any rules you are to report to the nearest police station/ and or to your embassy in the country, and report to the Ministry of Labour.
  13. You have the right to receive your full salary and wages on time on the specified date in your employment contract, if not you continue to work and report this breach of contract the Ministry of Labour.
  14. You should under no circumstances pay any money for your work permit or any charges for any services provided by anyone other than the official sources i.e. LMRA.
  15. Abide by all rules and regulations in the Kingdom of Bahrain to ensure a safe and legal stay in the Kingdom.

Last Update: Tuesday 21 March 2017