In order for a foreign national to obtain a work permit for Bahrain it is necessary to have been offered an employment contract. It is the responsibility of the sponsoring company to make all the necessary arrangements and applications for the work and residency permits. All permits will be issued on a temporary basis and usually for no more than a few years. It is unlikely that a foreigner will be granted permanent residency in the country.

When applying for a work permit some supporting documentation is required. Passports must have a minimum of six months left to run, a birth certificate and a marriage certificate if applicable, should all be included with the application form. A medical certificate is also required to confirm that the applicant is in general good health and free from any sexually transmitted diseases.

Once in Bahrain foreign workers have to leave passports with the employer as all companies are subject to regular checks as part of the controls on illegal workers. The work permit doubles as an ID card and this should be carried at all times.

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