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What is the immigration news? Beginning next year, the Indian government will require that Indian citizens complete registration procedures at least 24 hours before traveling to any of 18 designated countries. The countries are Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
Additional information: India’s Ministry of External Affairs announced the new requirement, which aims to protect Indian expatriate employees against trafficking and exploitation and to ensure that their addresses and contact details are up to date in case of emergency while working in the host country.
BAL Analysis: The registration requirement will apply to new employees as well Indian nationals already living in any of the designated countries who seek to return to the host country after traveling to India. Employers should identify affected employees and ensure that they complete this new requirement before traveling or returning to the host country.
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