What are the emigration rules for Indian nationals? Which categories of persons do not require emigration checks?

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Indian Nationals intending to go overseas for the purpose of employment need to undergo an emigration check done by the Protector of Emigrants (POEs). For a list of persons/categories of workers in whose case emigration check is not required visit the website of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Overseas Corporate Body (OCB) means a company,… Read more »

What are the abbreviations and terms commonly used in relation to Indian Diaspora?

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Cited below is a list of abbreviations with their full forms that will reduce confusion regarding specific terms used in relation to Indian Diaspora. ECR– Emigration Check Required FEMA– Foreign Exchange Management Act FIPB– Foreign Investment Promotion Board KIP- Know India Programme MEA– Ministry of External Affairs MHA– Ministry of Home Affairs MOIA– Ministry of… Read more »

Is there a form to apply for assistance under the Overseas Indian Spouses?

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A form is available on the website which after completing can be forwarded either to the concerned Indian embassy/Mission/Post or to the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. The applications for providing legal aid received by the Indian Missions/Posts would be examined by an officer designated by the Head of the Mission/Post on case-to-case basis and… Read more »

What is the objective of the scheme for Indian Women Deserted by their Overseas Indian Spouses?

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The scheme is a welfare measure to support women of Indian origin who have been deserted by their overseas Indian spouses fraudulently, through the mobilization of the local Indian community in the endeavor and with some financial assistance from the Government. The objective of the scheme is to provide some financial assistance for providing legal… Read more »

What precaution should be taken regarding advertisements for overseas jobs?

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In case of ad by a Registered Recruiting Agent, it must be checked that registration certificate number is clearly mentioned. Similarly, ads by Foreign Employers and Project Exporters should indicate their permit number. Full address with Telephone Number, Post Box Number, e-mail address of the advertiser should be mentioned in addition to the job and… Read more »

Where does one find the Form ODI?

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Application to Reserve Bank of India for Direct Investment in a Joint Venture/ Wholly Owned Subsidiary Abroad. Form ODI is available as an Annex to the ‘Master Circular on Direct Investment by Residents in Joint Venture (JV) / Wholly Owned Subsidiary (WOS) Abroad’ dated July 1,2014’ available on the RBI website. With effect from March 2,… Read more »

What measures have been taken by the Government to protect the interests of emigrating workers?

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The Government is committed to protect the interests of Indian emigrants. The PGE makes all efforts to redress the grievances of the emigrants with the help of the recruiting agents, the Indian Missions/posts abroad, foreign governments and/or foreign employers concerned. The Indian Missions provide assistance and take up complaints/grievances of Indian emigrant workers with the… Read more »

What is ‘financial commitment’?

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Financial commitment means the amount of direct investments outside India by an Indian Party – by way of contribution to equity shares or CCPS of the JV / WOS abroad contribution to the JV / WOS as preference shares (for reporting purpose to be treated as loan) as loans to its the JV / WOS… Read more »

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?

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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… Read more »