The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) is a government body with a corporate identity that is endowed with full financial and administrative independence under the authority of a board of directors duly chaired by the Minister of Labour.
The Authority was established on May 31, 2006 based on a law issued by His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, the King of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The Law has mandated LMRA with regulating and controlling work permits for expatriate employees and self-employed, in addition to issuing licences for manpower and recruitment agencies.
Further responsibilities of the LMRA are introducing Labour Market reforms and tackling all issues related to this sector by drafting a strategy and policy of employment of nationals and expatriate employees. Additionally, the Authority is responsible for the collection and analysis of data, information and statistics on the economic situation in the Kingdom, especially with regards to the Labour Market. These reports are published by appropriate means to allow the public to get acquainted with them.
LMRA as a central body will endeavor in:
Issuing entry visas and residence and official identification card for foreign workers in coordination with the competent bodies such as the General Directorate of nationality, Passports and Residence, Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Industry and commerce, and Central Informatics Organization and Social Insurance organization.
Issuance of work permits for employment of domestic workers.
Request medical examinations of foreign workers and the necessary tests in coordination with the concerned authorities, the collection of all fees relating to work permits and licenses issued in accordance with the law and propose programmes and policies to develop the labour market matters beyond their jurisdiction and provide the stakeholders with information and data.
Labour Market Regulatory Authority Strategy
We are a government institution seeking to organize the labour market through a fair and just law, by providing efficient services that excel in transparency, resilience and are dynamic while taking into account the rights of the individual person and the rights of the society as a whole.
The LMRA works within a complete circle of governmental bodies that are integrated by one system as a “One stop” shop concept. In order to provide fast services to employers LMRA has reinforced the concept of "one-stop shop" in order to issue work permits, and seeks through its services, to regulate the Labour market by establishing procedures that would preserve the rights of employers and Expatriate employees alike.
Working in an integrated format with a variety of ministries and State institutions on building its strategy on the Government's plan of action and economic plan for the Kingdom of Bahrain to ensure proficient services that contribute to the growth of the local economy directly, and by ensuring effective and humane management of Migrant workers’ Affairs.
LMRA adopts a number of values while providing its services such as are humanity and transparency, quality and continuous improvement and social responsibility, and most recently, the LMRA launched the first version of the annual contest (Bahrain Community awareness Award), the theme of which for the year 2015 is "pay domestic employees on time" and allocated awards of up to 21 000 BD . Contest website: www.BahrainAwards.com
The Labour Market Regulatory Authority spares no effort to raise awareness of the expatriate employees and their families coming to the Kingdom of Bahrain, in order to guarantee their rights and to establish social partnership based on equal rights and obligations.
While providing high class services the LMRA adopts the stern values of humanity and transparency, quality and continuous improvement and social responsibility.
We are a Government institution providing services through qualified and professional employees while ensuring the rights of both citizens and Expatriate workers, by the fair application of the law and easy procedures, upholding social security and ensuring the quality of economic growth in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
We aim to provide distinctive services through clear and defined procedures implemented by expert national cadres in order to regulate the labour market and serve the citizens and Expatriate employees alike.
- Quality: efficient customer-oriented processes
- Transparency: clear regulations and transparent processes
- Humanity: treating all expatriate employees and employers equally, and taking humanitarian considerations in decision making
- Continuous improvement: working continuously to maintain a high-performing organization aspiring to reach world-class standards
- Consistency: maintaining the Authority’s goals and aspirations over time
Last Update: Tuesday 14 April 2015