The move is aimed to protect illiterate blue collar workers seeking employment in one of 18 countries abroad
Starting January 1, 2019, all Indians travelling to the UAE for employment will have to register online at the government's e-Migrate portal or risk being offloaded, according to a notice issued by the Ministry of External Affairs in India.
The move is aimed at providing protection and welfare to Indian emigrants abroad. The Indian government listed 18 countries where registration is mandatory for non-ECR passport holders travelling on employment visas, the ministry said.
The registration must be completed at www.emigrate.gov.in 24 hours prior to departure.
"Off-loading of unregistered non-ECR emigrants at the airports would be effected by the appropriate authority after January 1, 2019,” the notice said.
The other countries listed include Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Malaysia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Thailand and Yemen.
The new rule will offer similar protection to workers outside the ECR category, although it aims to include those who are highly educated into the group.
"This is an additional measure by government to provide protection to Indian nationals seeking employment in UAE. We have seen that not all blue collar workers are in the ECR category. Some have higher educational qualifications but don't get included in the e-migrate system. This amendment will help them,” said Navdeep Singh Suri, Indian Ambassadors to the UAE.
E-Migrate was launched in 2015 as an online registration system for foreign employers to recruit Indian workers but also protect unskilled and illiterate blue collar workers. Those with ECR stamps on their passports must get their jobs offers cleared through the e-Migrate system.
According to the Indian embassy, over 200,000 workers came to the UAE though e-Migrate in 2017 alone, while 40,000 foreign companies registered with the system up until early 2018.