The Bahraini government suspended its Flexi Permit program.

Key Points:

  • As of Oct. 18, Bahraini authorities are no longer accepting applications for the Flexible Work Permit.
  • Flexible Work Permit holders now need to obtain sponsorship from an employer to remain in the country. Previously, Flexible Work Permit holders were able to work in Bahrain without sponsorship.
  • More information regarding the suspension of Flexible Work Permits is available here.

BAL Analysis: The Bahraini government suspended its Flexible Work Permit program as it determined a number of foreign nationals were remaining in Bahrain after their permits had expired. Employers are advised to work with employees who hold Flexible Work Permits to find alternative means to remain in the country.

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