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Flexi Permit

What is Flexi Permit?

A permit allowing you to live freely in the Kingdom of Bahrain and work in any non-specialized occupation without a sponsor for a renewable period of one or two years.

What are the advantages of Flexi Permit?

  1. You can work on your own or with any employer on a contractual basis for any period you wish.
  2. You can work with more than one employer at the same time either full time or part time.
  3. It grants you the freedom to travel and return as long as your residence permit is valid.
  4. You will have a residency according to the period of the permit, plus a multiple travel visa.

What are Flexi Permit types?

  1. Flexi Permit This permit enables the holder to work in any non-specialized jobs and is not allowed to work in Restaurants, Salons and Hotels.
  2. Flexi Hospitality Permit This permit enables the holder to work in any non-specialized jobs and is allowed to work in Restaurants, Salons and Hotels (Requires a special medical test).

Who is eligible for Flexi Permit?

  1. Expatriate employees with expired work permits, or cancelled with cut-off dates as of 31/12/2020.
  2. Expatriate employees with automatically cancelled work permits, following cancellation of the employer’s Commercial Register by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.
  3. Expatriate employees who have not received their salaries. Application of this type requires approval from LMRA’s Protection and Grievances Directorate.
  4. Expatriate employees with expired or cancelled work permits after the target date, who submit a transfer request one month prior to the expiry date, or through one month from the expiry date (grace period).
  5. Expatriate employees who have not committed any legal violations.
  6. Expatriate employees who do not have dependants.
  7. Applicant must not have a commercial register with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism.

How do I know whether I am eligible for Flexi Permit?

  1. Visit LMRA website and use Express Services to check.
  2. Send a text message containing only your ID (CPR) number to +973 33150150
  3. Contact the Call Centre number on +973 17103103 The Call Center staff will check through the system whether you are qualified or not.

How to apply for Flexi Permit?

LMRA allows applying for Flexi Permit through 3 channels as follows:

  1. Send a text message containing only your ID (CPR) number to +973 33150150 The service staff will contact the applicant.
  2. Apply through Flexi Permit, along with the application form and copy of a valid passport for at least 6 months.
  3. Or you can apply via the Call Centre +973 17103103

When should I come to complete the permit issuance procedures?

  1. After confirming that you are qualified for Flexi Permit via a text message, pay Flexi Permit Fees through one of Bahrain Financing Company (BFC) branches.
  2. You will be contacted on your mobile phone by the LMRA Call Centre +973 17103103 to confirm the date and time of your appointment for complete the Blue Card procedures.
  3. You can book an appointment for your Biometric details through Appointment System

What are the fees of Flexi Permit?

  1. Total fees of Flexi Permit for one year are BHD 432, divided as follows:
    • Flexi Permit fee: BHD 250
    • Health insurance: BHD 72
    • Residence extension (one time): BHD 15
    • Travel ticket deposit (one time refundable): BHD 90
    • Administrative fees: BHD 5
  2. Total fees of Flexi Permit for two years are BHD 754, divided as follows:
    • Flexi Permit fee: BHD 500
    • Health insurance: BHD 144
    • Residence extension (to be paid once): BHD 15
    • Travel ticket deposit (to be paid once and refundable): BHD 90
    • Administrative fees: BHD 5
  3. Monthly fees of BHD 30 to be paid by Flexi Permit holder through one of BFC branches. Please note that the monthly fees can be paid in advance by Flexi Permit holder in case he/she so wishes.

What should I bring with me when I visit the LMRA branch in Sitra?

What will be done at the LMRA when I come?

  1. Your photo, signature and finger prints will be taken.
  2. You will receive your Blue Card.
  3. Residence permit will be added automatically through the system
  4. An awareness movie about the Flexi Permit will be send to your mobile.

What are the Rules and Regulations of the Flexi Permit?

  1. You should pay your monthly fees to avoid your permit being cancelled.
  2. You should not violate the Laws and Regulations of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  3. Do not work in (Restaurants, Hotels, and Salons) unless you are Hospitality Flexi Permit holder.
  4. No dependants are allowed under a Flexi Permit holder.
  5. Do not work in any specialized occupation, unless you obtain a proper license for concerned authorities.
  6. We advise you to have your Blue Card at all times.

How to change from Flexi Permit to Hospitality Flexi Permit?

A Flexi Permit holder can change to Hospitality Flexi Permit upon passing a special medical check-up.

What are required documents?

Submission Channels

Change of permit type/ occupation request can be submitted via Flexi Permit.

How to renew Flexi Permit?

Flexi Permit holder can renew the permit at least 6 months prior to the expiry date, and can have the option of renewal for one or two years. The Blue Card can be renewed at least one month prior to the expiry date.

Submission Channels

Flexi Permit can be renewed and renewal fees can be paid through one of BFC branches.

Flexi Permit Renewal Fees

  1. Total fees of Flexi Permit renewal for one year are BHD 327, divided as follows:
    • Flexi Permit fee: BHD 250
    • Health insurance: BHD 72
    • Administrative fees: BHD 5
  2. Total fees of Flexi Permit renewal for two years are BHD 649, divided as follows:
    • Flexi Permit fee: BHD 500
    • Health insurance: BHD 144
    • Administrative fees: BHD 5

How to cancel Flexi Permit?

Before submitting Flexi Permit cancellation request, Flexi Permit holder must pay all monthly fees in addition to the administrative fees of BHD 5 through one of BFC branches.

Required Documents

  1. Flexible Permit Service Application Form PDF (1 MB) (Cancellation).
  2. ID or Flexi Permit Card.

Submission Channels

Cancellation requests can be submitted via Flexi Permit.

Notice

The Labour Market Regulatory Authority LMRA may cancel the Flexi Permit in the following cases:

  1. In case of failing to pay the monthly fees for more than three months.
  2. In case the Flexi Permit holder is medically unfit.
  3. Upon a request from the Law Enforcement Directorate.
  4. Demise of the Flexi Permit holder.

How to refund credits to Flexi Permit holder?

The Labour Market Regulatory Authority LMRA will refund the amount of the deposit and health care to the Flexi Permit holder in case of cancellation.

Required Documents:

  1. Refund Application Form for Flexi Permit PDF (1.08 MB)
  2. ID or valid passport and Flexi Permit card.
  3. Bank statement showing IBAN number.
  4. Expatriate employees outside Bahrain must ensure that bank statement must include bank name, account name, account number, IBAN number, SWIFT number and account currency.

Submission Channels

Flexi Permit Holder Credit Refund requests can be submitted via Flexi Permit.

Important Notice

  1. Your passport must be valid for not less than six months.
  2. You can get a digital residency through Bahrain.bh
  3. Your Mobile number is important. Make sure to update it with LMRA to keep informed of your legal status updates.
  4. Do not use middlemen or clearance agents, do not believe rumors and confirm all your information by contacting our Call Centre Expatriate Services +973 17103103.
  5. To ensure your rights, document your business agreement with your employer and make sure you get paid on frequent basis.
  6. For any disputes refer to the police or the concerned authorities or your embassy.
  7. Respect the customs and traditions of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Where is the Expatriate Services Centre Located?

Expatriate Services Centre

Downloads

Flexible Permit Service Application Form PDF (1 MB)

Refund Application Form for Flexi Permit PDF (1.08 MB)

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Last Update: Sunday 27 February 2022