MANILA (Mabuhay) – Filipinos who have overstayed or are considered runaway cases in Bahrain may avail of the general amnesty offered by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) for illegal foreign workers starting July 1, Wednesday.

According to Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the amnesty period will run for six months until December 31.

The DFA, however, clarified that illegal or undocumented foreign workers in Bahrain who face criminal cases or travel ban cases are not eligible under the program.

Under the Amnesty Program, illegal/undocumented foreign workers in Bahrain may avail of the following options:

Leave Bahrain without paying any immigration penalties/fines and with the possibility of return at any time regardless of legal status (no blacklisting); or

Legalize their employment status in Bahrain with a new employer without the consent of the previous employer, and subject to certain conditions.

Qualified Filipinos wishing to avail of the amnesty program are advised to be ready with copies of their passports and Central Population Registry (CPR) cards, which are necessary for purposes of immigration status check.

There are no fees involved in availing of the Amnesty Program, DFA said.

Filipinos qualified and wishing to avail of the amnesty program may come to the Philippines Embassy or call the Assistance to Nationals (ATN) at (+973) 3995-3235 or POLO at (+973) 1774-0951, for information or assistance.

They may also visit the LMRA website at www.lmra.bh or call the LMRA at (973) 1750-6055. (MNS)

MANILA, June 29 (Mabuhay) – Filipinos who have overstayed or are considered runaway cases in Bahrain may avail of the general amnesty offered by the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) for illegal foreign workers starting July 1, Wednesday.

According to Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the amnesty period will run for six months until December 31.

The DFA, however, clarified that illegal or undocumented foreign workers in Bahrain who face criminal cases or travel ban cases are not eligible under the program.

Under the Amnesty Program, illegal/undocumented foreign workers in Bahrain may avail of the following options:

Leave Bahrain without paying any immigration penalties/fines and with the possibility of return at any time regardless of legal status (no blacklisting); or

Legalize their employment status in Bahrain with a new employer without the consent of the previous employer, and subject to certain conditions.

Qualified Filipinos wishing to avail of the amnesty program are advised to be ready with copies of their passports and Central Population Registry (CPR) cards, which are necessary for purposes of immigration status check.

There are no fees involved in availing of the Amnesty Program, DFA said.

Filipinos qualified and wishing to avail of the amnesty program may come to the Philippines Embassy or call the Assistance to Nationals (ATN) at (+973) 3995-3235 or POLO at (+973) 1774-0951, for information or assistance.

They may also visit the LMRA website at www.lmra.bh or call the LMRA at (973) 1750-6055. (MNS)