Bahrain issuing 500 visas a day
Manama, October 11, 2008
More than 500 new work visas a day are now being issued by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA).
The daily inflow of new visa applications is steadily increasing, said LMRA e-services and public relations manager Waheed Al Balushi, according to a report in our sister publication, the Gulf Daily News.
"It has reached an average of 756 applications per working day," he told the GDN.
"The corresponding outflow was 502 new visas printed per working day."
The share of on-line visa applications has also been increasing, said Al Balushi.
"It stands now at more than 50 per cent, getting close to the LMRA target rate of 60 per cent."
Al Balushi said more than 61pc of the new visa applications are processed within the 10-day public target, dismissing widespread complaints of delays.
"LMRA is making special efforts to increase this rate as much as possible, by helping employers to understand the visa requirements better and to use the on-line facilities more efficiently," he revealed.
The composition of new visa applications and renewals shows normal patterns.
For example, work visa applications in construction accounted for 28 per cent of all applications, in line with the relative size of the construction industry, said Al Balushi.
Non-domestic employment of foreign workers at mid-2008 also stood at 28 per cent.
Similarly, work visa applications in small establishments with one to nine workers stood at 30 per cent of total work visa applications in the commercial sector, corresponding almost precisely to the relative size of foreign workers in small establishments (31 per cent), said Al Balushi. - TradeArabia News Service