If you’re taking up employment in Bahrain, you require a work visa, which is normally valid for one or two years. This also entitles you to reside in the country. A medical examination is required and fees are applicable. Your sponsor normally arranges most of the necessary paperwork.
The immediate family of those working in Bahrain can obtain a family visa (sometimes also called a residence permit) for around BD22, which entitles them to residence status for the period of employment. Members of the family aren’t allowed to work, unless separate arrangements are made and the appropriate work visas obtained.
Granted to dependants of a Bahrain resident. The visa holder cannot take up gainful employement in Bahrain but can stay as long as the head of the household stays.
As a foreigner, you won’t be granted rights of citizenship in Bahrain.
Bahrain’s government is keen to protect the status quo and doesn’t want to compromise its cultural values or standard of living by allowing foreigners to become a permanent part of society. Your only route to becoming a naturalised citizen is by marriage to a national; even this, however, doesn’t guarantee citizenship, particularly for non-Muslims.
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