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Bahrain: Renewed investor visas by sector of economic activity (Q3 2009 – Q2 2014)

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Agriculture, hunting and forestry Fishing Mining and quarrying Manufacturing Electricity, gas and water supply Construction Wholesale and retail trade, repair Hotels and restaurants Transport, storage, communication Financial intermediation Real estate, renting, business activities Public administration Education Health and social work Other social, personal services Extra-territorial organizations, bodies Not specified Total
2009 Q3 0 0 0 7 0 4 23 1 0 1 16 0 0 0 0 0 1 53
Q4 0 0 0 4 0 2 33 2 2 1 19 0 2 0 0 0 0 65
2010 Q1 0 0 0 9 0 0 42 6 0 3 23 0 1 0 0 0 0 84
Q2 1 0 0 12 0 1 47 4 2 8 30 0 0 0 1 0 0 106
Q3 0 0 0 8 0 2 37 5 2 5 29 0 0 3 1 0 0 92
Q4 0 0 1 12 0 3 71 4 3 10 57 0 2 0 3 0 0 166
2011 Q1 0 0 0 15 0 11 112 9 3 7 59 0 1 0 2 0 0 219
Q2 0 1 1 10 0 4 74 5 3 12 77 0 2 0 0 0 0 189
Q3 0 0 0 16 0 4 57 4 3 7 43 0 0 0 3 0 0 137
Q4 0 0 0 11 0 1 61 6 2 7 50 0 1 0 4 0 0 143
2012 Q1 0 0 0 20 0 3 105 9 4 8 88 0 1 0 0 0 0 238
Q2 0 0 0 24 0 3 102 5 5 16 84 0 0 1 4 0 0 244
Q3 0 0 0 12 0 7 89 8 5 13 73 0 2 4 0 0 0 213
Q4 0 0 0 19 0 4 126 6 1 12 78 0 1 0 5 0 0 252
2013 Q1 0 0 0 20 0 7 139 11 4 9 107 0 2 0 3 0 0 302
Q2 2 0 1 11 0 2 117 8 4 13 116 0 1 0 3 0 0 278
Q3 0 1 0 19 0 7 72 9 3 14 88 0 1 0 4 0 0 218
Q4 1 0 0 13 0 6 95 9 7 10 122 0 3 0 3 0 0 269
2014 Q1 0 0 0 15 0 3 137 14 6 12 157 0 0 2 2 0 0 348
Q2 0 0 0 26 0 5 161 9 1 23 145 0 0 5 3 0 0 378

Source: Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA), Expatriate Management System (EMS)
ANNEXED NOTE

1. Technical Notes and Definitions

This table shows the flow of renewed permits (or visas) that are given to foreign investors by the LMRA by sector of economic activity.
The LMRA Expatriate Management System (EMS) stores information and past history of sponsors and workers, and their dependents, within the scope of Law No. 19/2006 on regulating the labour market. The scope of the system covers regular, temporary and investor work visas for foreign workers, their dependents, in the commercial sector, the government sector and the non-commercial, non-government sector. It presently excludes domestic workers, and work visas for artists and certain other categories of workers in non-civilian organizations. It distinguishes four types of visas for operational purposes: regular work visas for workers with 24-month validity; temporary work visas issued for workers with 6-month validity; investor work visas issued for investors investing up to BD 100,000; and dependent visas issued for dependent members of eligible foreign workers.The system tracks visa applications, renewals, mobility of workers between employers and from one occupation to another as well as notification of termination and runaway workers, and in general all operations of LMRA including inspection and offence management. The system is updated continuously and linked with other labour-related databases of the Kingdom, including CIO, GDNPR, GOSI, PFC, CSB, Ministry of Labour (MoL), and Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MOIC).
Investor work visas are issued for investors investing up to BD 100,000.

2. Institution which provides data

Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA).

3. Data availability

The LMRA publishes these data under its Bahrain Labour Market Indicators (BLMI) section. The BLMI dashboard can be found in: (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2014/03/mi_dashboard.xml). The general BLMI data with other non-LMRA sources can be found: (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2014/03/mi_data.xml)
Figures and results are often reported in tables in both PDF and Excel formats.
Data for this LMRA table for 2009 can be found here: (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2009/09/data/lmr/Table_36a.pdf) and (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2009/12/data/lmr/Table_36a.pdf).
Data for 2010 can be found here: (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2010/03/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf), (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2010/06/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf), (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2010/09/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf) and (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2010/12/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf).
Data for 2011 can be found here: (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2011/03/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf), (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2011/06/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf), (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2011/09/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf) and (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2011/12/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf).
Data for 2012 can be found here: (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2012/03/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf), (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2012/06/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf), (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2012/09/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf) and (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2012/12/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf).
Data for 2013 can be found here: (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2013/03/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf), (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2013/06/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf), (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2013/09/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf) and (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2013/12/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf).
Data for 2014 can be found here: (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2014/03/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf) and (http://blmi.lmra.bh/2014/06/data/ems/Table_36a.pdf).
The definitions that the LMRA adopts for its data can be found in the Glossary section: (http://blmi.lmra.bh/mi_glossary.xml).

Date of access: September 2014

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