The Indian government has decided to hold mandatory registration of ECNR passport holders traveling on employment to 18 countries including Qatar.
On 14th of November 2018, Ministry of External Affairs made an advisory to all Indians with ECNR passports traveling on employment to 18 countries including Qatar should register on www.emigrate.gov.in
In response to the concerns raised by non-resident Indians (NRI) across the globe, the Government of India has decided to temporarily hold this mandatory registration. In its latest advisory released on Wednesday 28th Nov, the ministry said it received “representations from various quarters, including non-ECR passport holders already employed in ECR countries, regarding difficulties faced by them in registration on www.emigrate.gov.in”. However, the advisory added that Indians who want to register on www.emigrate.gov.in voluntarily can do so.
Many Indian expats across the globe welcomed this decision by MEA deferring mandatory registration.