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e-Migrate registration not must for ECNR passport holders.

Summary: In the UAE, 39,372 ECR passport holders have registered in the e-Migrate system this year till June 30.

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Ending an ongoing confusion over mandatory registration on the e-migrate portal, India's Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan has clarified that e-Migrate registration is not mandatory for Indian emigration check not required (ECNR) passport holders.

When Khaleej Times met with the minister last month during his UAE visit, he'd said the government is still mulling over this decision. However, he has now clarified that registration is voluntary.

In the UAE, 39,372 ECR passport holders have registered in the e-Migrate system this year till June 30.

Responding to supplementaries during question hour, the government informed the parliament's lower house (Lok Sabha) on Wednesday (July 10) that e-Migrate registration is mandatory only for all Emigration Check Required (ECR) passport holders going for employment to the 18 ECR countries.

"ECR passport holders need to take emigration clearance from the concerned Protector of Emigrants. Since the launch of the e-Migrate system with effect from May 26, 2014, such clearance is to be done through the system," he said.

He added: "For ECNR passport holders, registration in the e-Migrate is currently voluntary." He also responded to questions about unpaid workers in the Gulf and several other issues.

The minister also said the Ministry of Women and Child Development has received and addressed 4,698 complaints of distressed Indian women deserted by their non-resident Indian spouses since 2016.

Dhanusha Gokulan Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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Date:Jul 10, 2019
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