All Indian expatriates working in 18 countries must register online before travelling

DATE: 22-Nov-2018 Reported By: Sajila saseendran

From January 1, those with job visas in 18 countries must sign up on emigrate portal
Registration must be completed on the portal between 21 days and 24 hours prior to the date of travel. 
Applicants have to furnish personal, visa and travel details, emergency contact details in India and destination country and contact details of foreign employer/sponsor in the destination country.
On successful completion of registration, the applicant will receive an SMS/email.
They need to re-register only if their work visa has changed when they visit India again.
All Indians must register online before flying to UAE for work
Dubai: The Indian government’s new online registration will be applicable to all Indians working in the UAE and 17 other notified countries from January 1, 2019, Gulf News can reveal. Those who fail to do so will not be allowed to board their flights to these countries.

On Tuesday, Gulf News reported that India made online registration mandatory for all Indians holding non-emigration clearance required (Non-ECR or ECNR) passports who have employment visas to 18 notified countries, including the UAE. Now, Indians already working in these countries also have to register when they visit their home country, a senior official confirmed.

Speaking over phone from New Delhi, M.C. Luther, joint secretary for overseas employment and protector general of emigrants, clarified that only one-time registration is required as long as an Indian remains on the same company’s employment visa. It is not necessary to register every time one goes back home unless there is a change in visa.

Registration must be completed on the eMigrate portal between 21 days and 24 hours prior to the date of travel.

Those who fail to do so will be offloaded, according to a recent advisory issued by the Ministry of External Affairs.

Emigration Clearance Required (ECR) passport holders who change their passport status to ECNR after three years of overseas employment will also have to complete the ECNR registration.

Explaining the rationale behind the move, Luther said: “It is to obtain details such as who the employer is, their contact and address details and who we can reach in case of an emergency. The idea is to be able to reach them [applicants or their emergency contact] in India and abroad if there is a need for assistance.”