Bahrain gives illegal immigrants chance to regularize status

September 3rd, 2008 - 10:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, Sep 3 (IANS) Bahrain’s labour market authorities have launched a new drive giving illegal foreign workers a chance to regularize their status.The country’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LAMRA) has said it has launched the new initiative jointly with the General Directorate of Citizenship, Passports and Residency, the state-run Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

According to LAMRA, the new initiative will allow expatriate workers to renew their expired work permits for a period of 12 months.

However, this is applicable only for permits that expired in the last 12 months.

BNA quoted LAMRA chief executive Ali Ahmed Radhi as saying that businessmen and foreign workers have time till Dec 31 this year to avail of this chance.

There are around 290,000 expatriate Indians in Bahrain and a large number of them are engaged as contract labourers in that country’s booming construction industry.

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