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Expatriate Employee Transfer

Through this service, foreign employees can transfer to another employer without the need to cancel his/ her existing work permit and without the need to travel out of the kingdom of Bahrain. The transfer can be done with or without the consent of the current employer.

Process Description

In case the transfer is based on the former employer’s approval, the new employer needs to do the following:

  1. Login to the LMRA’s EMS system to complete the electronic transfer application form. The entered information should be matching to the information in the passport and other related documents. The employee will be transferred after the payment of the fees.

In case the transfer will be done without the former employer’s approval, the following steps will be taken:

  1. The employee should notify the current employer of his intention to leave by a registered post letter during the specified notice period of the employment contract termination, in accordance with the provisions of the labour law. The notice should not exceed three months from the date set for the transfer application.
  2. The second (new) employer will submit a transfer request/ application to LMRA prior to the date set for the transfer by one month, providing all the required documents.
  3. Upon transfer, the first (old) employer will be compensated with the fees of the remaining period of the work permit validity.
Required document Special Considerations
Employee Transfer with the Current Employer Consent
Employee passport Copy
  • The passport should have all the information and alterations or updates and First Name in addition to Father or Family must be written in 1st page of the passport in all Employment/Dependant Application. As well as the page that states the father or spouse’s name (for Indian, Pakistani and Bengali nationalities) and the page that contains the old passport number.
  • The passport must be valid for at least 6 months, but it is highly recommended to have it valid for at least 2 years before applying.
Employee ID card Copy
Work contract template between the employer and the foreign employee (one or two pages max) Copy
  • Contract is required between employer and expatriate employee written in Arabic (or bilingual contract that includes Arabic) on company letterhead & stamped or government paper.
  • It must include the name of the employer and the establishment address, the name of the expatriate employee, passport number, nationality, job role (occupation) of the employee, salary, employment and notice periods.
  • It should be signed by the employer and the expatriate employee and (should bear the seal/ stamp of the employer on the company letterhead).
Dependants’ passports and visa, if applicable Copy
Approval letter/ no-objection certificate from the relevant authority for certain specialized occupations. The approval must be as recent as possible and should not be older than 6 months. Copy
For private sector: Latest paid electricity bill
  • If a new CR is not yet billed, you need to upload a print- out from the electricity and water authority showing that the account had been opened or transferred to that specific CR.
  • If electricity is not your responsibility (for example: shops in Malls, or electricity paid by the landlord), you will need to upload a proof, like the lease contract.
Copy
  • The bill should not be older than 2 months.
  • Supply address in the bill must match the CR’s address.
  • It should not be a final notification to cut the electricity supply.
  • Current account guarantee deposit bonds are not accepted.
In case of employment transfer without the current employer consent, please submit the below documents in addition to the above mentioned documents
Resignation and notice letter (as per the labour law and/or the employment agreement between the employee and the employer) addressed to the current employer by the employee who wants to transfer Copy
  • The notice letter must be sent to the employer’s physical address registered in the CR (as per the Ministry of Industry and Commerce). More details can be found on MOIC’s site www.sijilat.bh
  • The letter must be sent to the employer within the specified period of notice for the termination of the employment contract in accordance with the provisions of the labour law for the private sector (not exceeding three months) from the date specified for the transfer
  • The notice period can vary from the minimum of 30 days to the maximum of 90 days
Post office “registered mail” notification card (pink card) or slip for the resignation or notice letter sent by the employee to his/her current employer Colored Copy
For private sector: Latest paid electricity bill
  • If a new CR is not yet billed, you need to upload a print- out from the electricity and water authority showing that the account had been opened or transferred to that specific CR.
  • If electricity is not your responsibility (for example: shops in Malls, or electricity paid by the landlord), you will need to upload a proof, like the lease contract.
Copy
  • The bill should not be older than 2 months.
  • Supply address in the bill must match the CR’s address.
  • It should not be a final notification to cut the electricity supply.
  • Current account guarantee deposit bonds are not accepted.

Special Conditions

Service Access

Service Counter Client Services Counter at LMRA’s Headquarters, first floor
EMS system https://www.lmra.gov.bh/EMS_Web/
e-Support https://services.lmra.bh/e-support/
Contact Centre +973 1 750 6055

Working Hours

Phone Service Hours: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Last Update: Monday 17 August 2020