LMRA issues expat fees deadline
Manama, February 2, 2014
A fresh crackdown has been launched on companies that refuse to pay monthly fees to employ foreign workers in Bahrain.
Businesses have been given four weeks to pay outstanding money owed to the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) or have the visas of expatriates cancelled, said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister publication.
The BD10 ($26) monthly fee imposed on employers for every foreign worker has caused anger in the business community since its introduction in 2008.
"We are giving a one-month public notice, at the beginning of March the LMRA will cancel all valid visas for employers who did not pay the monthly fees," said LMRA vice-president of operations Ali Al Kooheji.
"We recognise that the affected workers are victims of their employers' disregard of the law, and we will take all necessary action within the boundaries of the law to assist them in transferring to alternative employers."
Al Kooheji said employers who wish to rectify the situation will have to settle unpaid fees and reapply for a visa, paying the issuance fee for a new two-year contract.
Expatriates can check their legal status by visiting the LMRA website and entering their CPR number. - TradeArabia News Service