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Bahrain: Flexi-work Permit Allows Expats to Remain in Bahrain Without a Local Sponsor

Bahrain has recently introduced a flexi-work permit for expatriates, allowing eligible expatriates to work and live in Bahrain without being sponsored for a work/residence permit by a local employer. Eligible expatriates can now work in any job with any number of employers on a full or part-time basis.  

Eligible expatriates are those who have either had their employment terminated and cannot find a sponsor, or those whose work permits have expired without renewal. Under the scheme, they will be able to continue living and working in Bahrain without the need for a sponsor/employer. Flexi-Work permits must be renewed every 2 years and cost BD 449 (approx. USD 1,194: GBP 859 : EUR 966) per application/renewal plus a monthly fee of BD 30 (approx. USD 80 : GBP 57 : EUR 65).


This development will allow employers to engage expatriate workers who possess the flexi-work permit on a flexible basis without having to sponsor them for employment.

This is an important development in the immigration/employment landscape in Bahrain.

Written by Zahir Qayum of Al Tamimi & Co.

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Roger James Lawyer at Ogletree Deakins Law Firm in London multinational employment attorney

Roger is a London based partner and member of Ogletree’s International Practice Group. He has a particular niche in international issues and alongside his UK workload, he oversees the challenges of employing people in multiple jurisdictions for multinational clients.

Roger’s clients are across all sectors and range from global multinationals to SMEs. His work covers all aspects of employment law across multiple jurisdictions including in particular:

  • Executive hiring and firing
  • RIFs and...