Mandatory emigration clearance – to prevent the exploitation of Indian Nurses in abroad.


Mandatory emigration clearance will be required from POE for Indian Nurses seeking overseas employment in 18 countries w.e.f 30th April 2015.

The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs examined the issue of exploitation of Indian Nurses going abroad for employment and it has been decided that with effect from 30th April, 2015 Indian nurses will mandatorily obtain emigration clearance from the office of Protector of Emigrants (POE) for seeking overseas employment to United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Libya, Jordan, Yemen, North Sudan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Syria, Lebanon, Thailand and Iraq . Indian Nurses going abroad for employment in the above mentioned countries must obtain emigration clearance from the POE offices with effect from 30.04.2015. 2. It has been decided that recruitment of nurses for Overseas Employment will initially be restricted through two state run recruiting agencies viz. NORKA Roots and Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultant (ODEPC), Kerala only. All the registered Recruiting Agents are informed for not recruiting any nurse for overseas employment for the above mentioned countries with effect from 30.04.2015. 3. 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.

Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Govt. of India

New Delhi, March 25th 2015