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58,000 issued emigration clearance for employments in Gulf in 2 years.

Updated: Feb 11

According to the Emigration Act, 1983, ECR categories of Indian-passport holders need to obtain Emigration Clearance from the office of POE for going to 18 countries which are mostly in Gulf region.


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More than 58,000 Indian workers have been given emigration clearance by the legislature over the most recent two years for work in the Gulf nations.

Answering to an inquiry in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh likewise said the administration has gotten objections from Indian workers in Saudi Arabia about mistreatment by their managers.

"The quantity of Indian migrant local workers who have been given emigration clearance for enrollment in Gulf nations since September 2014 till date is 58,163," he said.



Singh said the Indian Missions in Bahrain and United Arab Emirates have gotten four complaints each of physical abuse and harassment of migrant domestic workers.

The ministry said complaints got by the missions are taken up with the nearby local authorities.


Posting steps taken to manage movement he said age limitation of 30 years has been made obligatory in regard of all ECR visa holders with the exception of medical caretakers immigrating to ECR (Emigration Check Required) nations.

He also said, since August the government has made emigration clearance of all female workers having ECR passports mandatory for overseas employment.

According to the Emigration Act, 1983, Emigration Check Required (ECR) categories of Indian-passport holders need to obtain Emigration Clearance from the office of Protector of Emigrants (POE) for going to 18 countries which are mostly in Gulf region.

To a separate question, he said total number of overseas Indians residing in 207 countries was 31.73 million out of which 13.45 million are NRIs and 17.85 million are Persons of Indian Origin.

Singh said the government has received a total of 1,121 complaints against recruiting agents between 2012 to December 5 this year out of which 973 were referred to state governments for action.

Answering a question on difficulties being faced by divorced or separated women while applying for passport for their children, Singh said it is not mandatory for the applicant to provide names of both the mother and the father in the application form.

He said in case of passport for minors, Annexure H is required to be signed and submitted on plain paper by both the parents and the guardian. However, if consent of one of the parents is not available, then an affidavit sworn before a judicial magistrate has to be submitted.


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