Bahrain to resume issuing visas for Bangladeshis after 4 years

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The Bahrain government will soon resume issuing visas to Bangladeshis after a nearly four-year hiatus.

The Middle Eastern country had stopped issuing all types of visas to Bangladeshis since 2018.

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Bangladeshi Ambassador to Bahrain Nazrul Islam, who announced the reopening of Bahrain’s doors for Bangladeshis in a Facebook live session, said 161 Bangladeshis who were unable to return to work in Bahrain due to the Covid-19 restrictions will be the first to apply for a visa.

After lengthy deliberations with the Bahraini authorities, the Bangladeshi Embassy in Manama recently asked those wishing to return to register with them.

At least 967 people have registered to return to Bahrain.

“We have made inquiries with the employers of the 967 registrants. Only 161 employers have contacted us, expressing interest in rehiring them,” Ambassador Nazrul said during the announcement.

The 161 people will be issued visit visas instead of work visas, which their employers can convert to work visas and register with Bahrain’s Central Population Registration.

The others, who were not selected in the first draft, still have hope.

“If their employers contact us to bring them back to their old jobs, we will also look into their case,” Ambassador Nazrul said.

Those wishing to bring family members with them should email the embassy in Manama with the family members’ ID numbers and passport numbers, the ambassador suggested.

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