How long would LMRA take to process and issue my work visa or my dependents visa? And what are the fees?
LMRA’s total processing time is between 1 and 10 business days (providing that all the submitted information and document was correct and clear and that the requirements were fulfilled at the time of submission.)
The fee for a work permit / visa is BD.200 and for a dependent / family visa is BD.90 per dependent.
- Employers will also pay a BD.10 monthly fee per expat employee.
- Visa fees are subject to change.
- Renewal fees are the same for both categories.
- The duration of the work visa is 24 months but the duration of the dependent’s visa will only be equal to the validity of the primary worker’s visa.
Example: If an employee (primary worker) has obtained a 24 months’ work visa, then after 2 months he/she applied for his/her family members and the application got approved, the family members would only be given 22 months visa validity (i.e. the same expiry date as the primary worker’s – even if it has less than 6 months of validity).
In case of employees who are due for renewal, the employer must first renew the primary worker’s visa before applying or renewing his family members’.
Last Update: Wednesday 17 February 2010