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Using a PEO Service With Immigration Support For Expat Hiring In Bahrain

If you have plans to hire expatriate personnel for international assignments in Bahrain, you have a lot of key considerations to make. Some of the most important include:

  • Navigating Bahraini unique immigration procedures
  • Procuring all the documents required for a work permit
  • Managing employment and payroll after your workers get their visas

Most of the time, expats are sent abroad to work on short-term projects, which means trying to set up your own subsidiary isn’t practical in terms of time as well as money. A simpler, more cost-effective solution is equal.

If you need to pay expats overseas, in Bahrain, in particular, that ideal solution is a global PEO that offers work permit support as a part of their service. Rather than going through the long process of incorporation, a PEO service will guide you through all the steps for Bahraini immigration procedures. When you get your permit/visa, the provider then helps onboard and payroll your expat team for you.

Acumen International has been providing this service for our clients’ expatriate personnel in Bahrain for short- and long-term projects alike. If you want a quick and compliant way to manage this issue, we can help. No matter what business objectives or timelines you have to work with, Acumen International provides end-to-end work permit support. We also stay within full legal compliance with local labor legislation in Bahrain and 190+ other countries.

So, with this in mind, who are the ideal candidates for Acumen’s ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ solution?

  • Employer companies that want to relocate, hire, and pay expats in Bahrain.
  • Experienced, individual professionals that have an employer already prepared to finance their immigration and foreign employment in the country.
  • Companies that plan to send their highly skilled personnel to work for them in Bahrain

Important thing that you may not be aware of. Having a single provider to sponsor your work permit and employ your expats in Bahrain post immigration cuts down on the risks of visa getting rejected.

One thing that sets us apart from other global PEO Service providers is that Acumen also provides additional benefits along with a PEO employment and work permit for expats to be employed on-the-ground. These include:

  • Medical insurance
  • Housing
  • Office rent
  • Mobile phone/car provision for meetings
  • Dependant relocation

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals looking to find jobs overseas.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Bahrain takes from1 to 4 months until entry to Bahrain, and a further 1 month before the whole process is completed.


Major steps to get a work permit in Bahrain

  1. No Objection Certificate (NOC) Application
  2. Work Permit Application
  3. Entry to Bahrain
  4. Local Immigration Medical
  5. Identification Card Application

Documents for work permit in Bahrain, main applicant

Name Notes Copies
1 Passport Photograph 3.5cm x 4.5cm 3.5cm x 4.5cm, in color, resolution minimum 600 dpi. The photograph should be of an appropriate quality for biometric processing. Face forward, mouth closed, eyes open. One original
Medical Report Pre-arrival medical report declaring that the applicant is free of any contagious diseases and fit to work. Should be issued by a designated medical centre if there is one in the country of residence. Translated into Arabic or English if applicable. One certified and translated copy; one original
Copy of Passport Information Pages The copies should be of the pages with passport information and any alterations as well as the page that states the father or spouse’s name (where relevant). It is highly recommended to have a passport valid for at least two years. One clear copy
Passport Valid for 2 Years Original passport valid for over two years and containing at least two blank pages. One original
Copy of Work Permit Copy of approved LMRA permit, sent to applicant via e-mail to carry on entry. One clear copy
ID Card Fee BD 10.00 One original
Biometric Photo Taken at the appointment. One original
Local Medical Report Declaring that the applicant is free of any contagious diseases. Should be issued by a designated medical centre in country and valid for 90 days. One original

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Bahrain without having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Contact us for more details about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Bahrain.

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