- Country Name: Kingdom of Bahrain
- Capital: Manama
- Population: 1,378,000 (2016 estimate)
- Language: Arabic
- Time Zone: AST (UTC+3)
- Dialing Code: +973
- Currency: Bahraini dinar (BHD)
This FAQ has been created as an introductory guide to immigration procedures for Bahrain. Since rules and requirements in every country are constantly changing and each case must be assessed on its own merits, for in-depth and up-to-date advice, please contact us.
Please note, we can only advise on matters relating to immigration and are unable support you with employment in a new region. We do however have a network of trusted partners that can support your move, so please visit Our Partners page for further information.
Despite oil still being the biggest driver behind Bahrain’s economy, expats may find it difficult to find work, as the Government has introduced measurements to try and reduce the number expats working in Bahrain to help improve their Bahrainisation campaign and which would solve the local unemployment issues.
Despite this, Bahrain does still attract foreign businesses and investments so the best chance of gaining employment in Bahrain for expats is to do so with your current employer.
The main type of visa available for working in Bahrain is a work permit.
Processes and requirements will vary according to the labour market at the time of application, the type of work permit being applied for, the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We, therefore, recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
However the process usually involves applying for a No Objection Certificate before submitting your Work Permit Application, then once entry to Bahrain has been approved, there will be local immigration medical checks and an Identification Card Application that must be completed with the CPR department.
Documentary requirements will vary according to personal and company circumstances and, as such, we would provide case-specific advice following receipt of a completed questionnaire. You will need to submit various documents which include, but are not limited to:
Your original passport, degree certificate and/or CV, passport photos, job description, as well as, marriage certificate and birth certificate for family dependants. The sponsoring and sending companies will also need to provide a number of support documents.
Some personal documents will also need to be legalised prior to submission. Some documents will also need to be translated. Newland Chase can assist with this.
Work Permit takes typically 1 to 2 months until entry to Bahrain, and a further 1 month before the whole process is completed.
The work permit is valid for a maximum of 2 years with a possibility of renewal.
Tourist Visas are issued for a stay of up to 2 weeks to citizens of the EU, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and the USA.
Those who wish to obtain a Business Visa must do so through the Bahrain embassy in their home country or online depending on the country of nationality. These visas are valid up to four weeks.
The Bahraini government does not provide permanent residency to foreign expats entering to Bahrain on work permits. For further information regarding permanent residency in Bahrain please contact us.
Some supporting documentation will require legalisation, which, depending on the country of origin, may take several weeks.
As such, you would be advised to start the visa application process well in advance of the desired date of relocation. Check with Newland Chase for all up-to-date information on visa requirements and for assistance with ensuring a successful application.