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General Inquiries about Parallel Bahrainization System

It is a system designed to benefit companies requiring additional work permits for non-Bahrainis but have not reached the required Bahranization ratio qualifying them to obtain permits for non-Bahrainis. This can be done via paying an additional amount, over the issuance fee per permit out of the specified Bahrainization ratio.

The Parallel Bahranization System has been applied to new permits transactions starting from 02/05/2016 and have been applied to renewal transactions starting from 02/05/2017.

Last Update: Tuesday 16 January 2024

No. It is not necessary to use the Parallel Bahranization System, where you can hire Bahraini nationals and comply with the required Bahranization ratio.

Last Update: Thursday 16 November 2023

Through Bahrainization Target Rate Lookup Values, employers can find out if they meet the minimum requirement of Bahraini employment, based on the approved establishment activities.

Service Access

Bahrainization Target Rate Lookup Values Service Access
Service Counter Headquarters, Mina Salman, Seef Mall - Al Muharraq and Riffa - Buhair
EMS system https://www.lmra.gov.bh/EMS_Web/
e-Support https://esupport.lmra.gov.bh/
Contact Centre +973 17506055

We are Happy to Serve you in Any of the Following Branches:

Branches
Branches Working Days Working Times
LMRA Main Office - Sanabis Sunday - Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Mina Salman Sunday - Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Al Muharraq - Seef Mall Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday - Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Riffa - Buhair Saturday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday - Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Phone Service Hours: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Last Update: Thursday 25 January 2024

Yes, there are specific fees as shown below:

Parallel Bahrainization System Fees
Service Fees BHD
New, renewal or transfer of Work permit (for two years)
Optional parallel fee for the permit out of the required Bahrainization ratio
BHD 200
BHD 500
New, renewal or transfer of Work permit (for one year)
Optional parallel fee for the permit out of the required Bahrainization ratio
BHD 100
BHD 250

These fees are not included with the medical fees.

Last Update: Tuesday 28 November 2023

LMRA's clients can apply online through accessing LMRA's Electronic system, where you can find a complete set of explanatory materials in order to guide the user on how to use the system.

Businessowners and investors may also apply through the client service offices at the LMRA's  Headquarters. The Mina Salman branch will be serving clearance offices, as clients may also contact LMRA's Call Centre for any further inquiries.

Last Update: Tuesday 28 November 2023

There are no special requirements or additional documents, but the same requirements that are applied for issuance of the normal permit.

Last Update: Tuesday 28 November 2023

There is no change in the monthly fees, monthly and normal fees shall apply without any change.

Last Update: Tuesday 28 November 2023

The number of permits for each facility shall be linked to its activity and the size of its work.

Last Update: Tuesday 28 November 2023

The Council of Ministers' decision to issue the parallel system of Bahranization states that this system shall be applied to the renewals generally after a year of its application to the new issuance category.

The LMRA system verifies if the establishment meets the required level of Bahranization ratio, if so it shall allow the client to renew the application with the usual fees and the additional fees will be applied at time of renewal for any establishment exceeding the Bahranization ratio.

Last Update: Tuesday 28 November 2023

They are the same in terms of mechanism compared to the current setup being followed to pay for the issuance of work permits, including payments electronically through the electronic system of LMRA, or direct payment in any of the branches of the Ahli United Bank, Al-Salam Bank or Al-Hilal Islamic Banking Services.

Last Update: Sunday 5 March 2023

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