Bahrain: Residency permits extended

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The Bahrain Ministry of Interior has issued a decision extending the validity of residence permits under personal sponsorship in Bahrain for up to five or ten years.

Previously, such a visa was issued with a maximum validity of two years.

The government fee for the two-year residence permit under the personal sponsorship program remains the same $529; the five-year permit costs $1060, and the ten-year permit is $1590.

Foreign nationals in Bahrain can obtain a residence permit if they have worked in the private or government sector in Bahrain or in another Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country for at least 15 years; or owns real estate in Bahrain with a minimum value of $132,195 or invests in a business in one of the approved sectors in Bahrain, with a minimum share of $264,390.


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