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There are a large number of Indian workers in the Gulf nations. Are there any special guidelines for Indians immigrating to the Gulf region for employment?

There are a large number of Indian workers in the Gulf nations. Are there any special guidelines for Indians immigrating to the Gulf region for employment?

The Protector General of Emigrants has issued the following guidelines especially for people going to the Gulf for employment:

  • If you are a foreign worker in Saudi Arabia, you can be arrested if you are found without your ‘Iqama’ at any place or time. In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), laws demand that you must not move about in public without your ‘Bataka’. Iqamas and Batakas are identity cards issued by the two countries to all foreign workers soon after they settle down in their jobs.
  • Most of the Gulf countries do not permit any change in employer. On the termination of your contract, even if it is premature, you must leave the country.
  • People seeking jobs abroad must deal only with the registered recruiting agents and must not pay more than the prescribed service charges. Receipts of all payments made to the recruiting agent should be obtained and preserved.
  • Emigrant workers must obtain their service agreements in both English and Arabic and must not in the country of employment part with their passports and copies of the service contracts.
  • Non-payment or delayed payment of wages can be reported to Indian embassy.
  • In Saudi Arabia, a worker cannot take up additional employment. If the worker is discharged without valid reason, he can file a stay application with the Director of Labor Office within 15 days.

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