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Some more queries on self sponsorship visa categories

Hi all, I looked through all the other threads but some of the details were not covered. I am hoping that someone can answer these.

As far as I understand, for someone wanting a residence visa to Bahrain (and not working here nor eligible for 15 years retirement), there are two options.

Property purchase

While it is clear that 50,000 BD purchase is required; some of the details or information that is provided is unclear. Some questions:

1) 50K BHD purchase grants self and family visas?  I have been told that for family visas, you actually need to buy a minimum of 2 bedrooms and to include maid in that, 2 bedrooms and maid room?  this means that for family, the real spend that will be done is around 70-80K BHD for a 2 bedroom?
2) If the property is purchased under joint ownership, both parties are eligible for visas?  e.g. 50K BHD property with two owners means both get visas or only one?  or the value now needs to be 100K BHD?  what if both parties are married?
3) Is it easy to transfer existing work residence visas (under work permit route) to property based visas using the mobility transfer?
4) I was also told that parents cannot be sponsored under property route.  Even if you already have a residence existing for parents (which was gotten while employed in Bahrain), it will be cancelled once the visas are transferred.  Is that true?


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Single or Joint ownership. When you speak to the agents helping with this; they tell you it can be done within 2 weeks. However, a friend of mine is in this process since last three months. 

Does anyone know of a good provider who can assist with this - end to end?  end to end meaning that they should help with set up of company and provide visa services at the end.  Alternatively, recommendations for both parties i.e. people who set up companies and PROs who sort out visas would be welcome.

Is there any other option that I may be missing?

Thanks for the help.

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