By Neeraj Gangal
Saudi missions in India to request Police Clearance Certificates from visa applicants.
Indians wishing to work in the Saudi Kingdom will need to receive police clearance before being granted an employment visa, according to a report on Saturday.
The Arab News daily said that Saudi missions in India will request so-called Police Clearance Certificates (PCCs) when considering visa applications.
According to the Saudi-based daily, the Saudi Embassy in New Delhi and its consulate in Mumbai have told all passport offices and foreign recruitment companies in India to comply with the new rule, which comes into force on Monday.
The passport offices issue PCCs on the request of police stations nearest to them. At least 50 passport offices are located throughout India, Arab News said.
There are around 1.8 million Indian workers in the Kingdom, including professional, skilled and unskilled workers and housemaids, it added.
Employment visa applications from Indians will also need to be supported by a visa request from their prospective employers.
These certificates have to be certified by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and countersigned by the Saudi Foreign Ministry, Arab News stated.
An official from the Indian Embassy told the daily that the new PCC rule is being implemented with the consent of both countries, to ensure that only law-abiding people come to the Kingdom.
Thank Heavens.. even if one Indian is stopped from going to Saudi.. it is good for that Indian. Saudi Arabia is no paradise that Indians need to go through Police checks.