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Guidelines for Emigrants


  • Be sure of your Recruiting Agent. Ask him to show his Registration Certificate issued by the Protector General of Emigrants, Govt. of India. Do not deal with him unless he is registered and the registration is valid. In case of doubt, check with any of the offices of the Protectors of Emigrants (POEs) or the Protector General of Emigrants (PGE).
  • DO NOT deal with sub-agents as they are not permitted under the Emigration Act, 1983 and Rules.
  • Ask the Recruiting Agent to show to you the Demand Letter and Power of Attorney from the foreign employer.
  • Also carefully go through the Employment Contract detailing the salary/wage levels and other service conditions.
  • Do NOT pay the Agent anything other than the service charge of Rs.2,000 for Un-skilled workers., Rs.3,000 for Semi-skilled, Rs. 5,000 for Skilled workers and Rs. 10,000 for other than the above.
  • Pay preferably by Demand Draft or Cheque and obtain a receipt. Complaints of overcharging or cheating can be lodged with the concerned POE or with the Protector General of Emigrants (PGE).
  • Ensure you have a valid Passport at least for 06 months. A valid Visa must be either stamped on or accompany your Passport. Always keep a photocopy of your Passport and Visa.
  • You must possess a copy of the Employment Contract singed by you and your foreign employer duly attested by the registered recruiting agent.
  • Insist on a copy of Employment Contract in English duly authenticated by the recruiting agent.
  • Open a Saving Bank N.R.E. Account in one of the Banks in India to enable you to send your remittances from abroad.
  • Get familiar with local labour laws, working and living conditions of the country of employment. Keep complete address of the Indian Embassy there with you.

  • Obtain a Resident Permit or Identity Card, Labour Card or IQUAMA.
  • DO NOT part with your Passport and copy of Employment Contract signed by you in India.
  • DO NOT sign any other Employment Contract or any blank paper.
  • DO NOT strike work or resort to agitations. These are illegal under local Labour laws. You could be arrested, imprisoned and also deported.
  • AVOID all contacts that may result in AIDS a dreaded disease.
  • Keep in touchh with the nearest Indian Mission and report any complaints about non-payment or delayed payment of wages or compensations or any other problem to the Indian Mission.
  • Personal baggage Customs checking is VERY STRICT. Kindly co-operate with the Customs staff at the International Airport.
  • Ensure that you do not carry any narcotics or alcoholic drinks. Alcohol is strictly prohibited. Its consumption is a serious offence attracting severe punishment.
  • DO NOT accept any unchecked parcel from any one. If you have to take a parcel for someone, check thoroughly that it does not contain alcohol or narcotics. Otherwise, it may land you in serious difficulties on arrival in the country of employment.
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  • The State religion of all countries in the Gulf and in Malaysia is ISLAM. Public practice of any other religion is strictly prohibited.


  • You must make and keep a photocopy of all the pages of your Passport. DO NOT lose your Passport or its photocopy.
  • By chance if you misplace your Passport, inform the nearest Indian Mission immediately giving them details, i.e. Passport number, date and place of issue, your name and date of your entry in the country of employment. You can give these details only if you keep a photocopy of your Passport.
  • DO NOT lose your copy of Employment Contract. Make photocopies and keep them with you always.
  • You must have a full name, address, telephone/fax number of your foreign employer, before you leave India.
  • If you have difficulty in locating your foreign employer, contact the nearest Indian Mission immediately.
  • DO NOT accept temporary or permanent employment with another person or establishment other than that the sponsoring Company/ establishment/ person. Employment with persons other than your original sponsor is strictly prohibited and attracts severe punishment.
  • Before the Visa or Employment Contract expires, get them renewed. If you are returning to India for a short while during the tenure of your Employment Contract abroad, ensure that the validity period of Visa does not expire before you return to the country of employment.
  • Ensure also that your Passport is valid. At least two months before it is about to expire, get it revalidated from the concerned Indian Mission abroad or from the Regional Passport Office (RPO) in India.
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