The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) is a dynamic social organization that interacts with the society through linear and direct partnership to provide high quality services beyond local market expectations.
We aim to provide effective, transparent, robust, and dynamic solutions and services to the local market through exultant quality staff which delivers judicious labour market policy. We endeavour to manage effective and humane expatriate labour market programme and aspire to provide efficient application of the law to the benefit of the entire community of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
- Quality: Guarantees’ efficient customer-oriented processes
- Transparency: Defines’ transparent and understandable rules
- Humanity: Treats’ all expatriates, sponsors and employees with equally, and takes’ humane decisions
- Continuous improvement: Continuously endeavors’ to build a high-performing organisation, thus aspiring to reach world-class standards
- Consistency: Maintains’ our goals and aspirations over time
The Authority in brief:
The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) is a government body with a corporate identity that is endowed with full financial and administrative independence, under the authority of a board of directors duly chaired by the Minister of Labour. The LMRA is mandated with the same authorities and powers as any other government ministry, establishment and general commissions in the kingdom. His Majesty the king issued law on the 31st of May 2006 establishing the LMRA and mandated and ordained the LMRA to take over all the responsibilities, thus giving it the authority to regulate the labour market in the kingdom. The LMRA is further mandated to issue work visas, regulate and control manpower licenses, recruiting agencies, employment offices and business practices of self sponsored expatriates.
The Law ordered the establishment of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) in the interest of reform. The Labour Market Regulatory Authority faces substantial tasks and challenges to provide job opportunities for all the kingdom’s citizens and to find suitable solutions to the issues facing it. Therefore, the law authorises the LMRA to be the central body to implement the reform programme aimed at the Labour market within the kingdom.
In this context, the LMRA as a central body will endeavour:
- To process all applications and collect all fees related to permits and licenses issued under the law;
- To issue visas, resident permits and ID cards to enter the kingdom;
- To carry out the necessary medical tests and other investigations for employers and expatriate worker in coordination with the concerned bodies; and
- To perform labour market research and to design policies to be enforced and put in place in order to restructure the market, thus giving the LMRA the powers to carry out its mandate accordingly.
Last Update: Wednesday 11 May 2011