GDNPRGeneral Directorate of Nationality Passports and Residence (Bahrain)
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Col Al Senan said most expats facing travel bans were Asians, but the GDNPR was currently renewing or transferring their residence permits - legitimising their presence in Bahrain and allowing them to find jobs.
Initially, in 2008, we had three staff working with GDNPR and now plan to have 27 staff working collectively," said Al Absi.
Gulf European Centre for Human Rights (GECHR) director general Faisal Fulad welcomed the move taken by the GDNPR.
The man, whose wife lives and works in Bahrain, said he visited the GDNPR, along with another friend in a similar situation, and were told that the easiest way of getting round the problem would be to pay a small fine at the airport when we leave the country.
The GDNPR has set up several fast-track lanes at the airport solely dedicated to passports and immigration procedures related to F1.
The visa scheme launched in 2004 through Bahrain's embassies to link with travel agencies, eVisa system and the GDNPR office at the Bahrain Investors' Centre were also discussed.
The fast-track process was initiated by GDNPR Under-Secretary Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa and those to benefit include Americans, Arabs, Asians and Britons.
Fake documents were found following an inspection by LMRA and GDNPR officials, he added.
The GDNPR urged societies and groups to contact it prior to issuing statements to the Press which "distort facts that tarnish Bahrain's reputation".
Once the documents are cleared by LMRA and Central Informatics Organisation, it is sent to GDNPR to issue the visas.
Meanwhile, another useful suggestion for the GDNPR would be to increase the validity of expats' residence permits to three years.
Shaikh Ahmed said the GDNPR is in the process of contacting the Foreign Ministry, foreign embassies in Bahrain and international airlines about the new move.