Indian nurses seeking overseas employment will have to get mandatory emigration clearance from the Protector of Emigrants (POE), according to an official release of the Union government.
The ministry of overseas Indian affairs examined the issue of exploitation of Indian nurses going abroad for employment.
Following this, it has been decided that with effect from April 30, Indian nurses will mandatorily obtain emigration clearance from the office of the POE for seeking overseas employment in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Libya, Jordan, Yemen, North Sudan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Syria, Lebanon, Thailand and Iraq.
It has been decided that the recruitment of nurses for overseas employment will initially be restricted to two state-run recruiting agencies -- NORKA Roots and Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultant (ODEPC), Kerala.
The government has advised all registered recruiting agents for not recruiting any nurse for overseas employment in these countries with effect from April 30.
Recruitment of Indian nurses for overseas employment in these countries through any other Indian recruiting agents would be permitted whenever such a proposal is received from these countries, subject to the condition that the ministry of overseas Indian affairs has issued such a country-specific order.
Mandatory emigration clearance from Protector of Emigrants with effect from April 30
Recruitment of nurses for overseas employment to be initially restricted to two state-run recruiting agencies
Applicable to 18 countries, mostly in West Asia