• Do ensure that you have a valid passport. The passport should preferably be valid at least for the next six months so that no immediate inconvenience is caused to you on your reaching the country of employment.
• Do ensure that you are recruited through an authorized Recruiting Agent. Insist on seeing his registration certificate issued by the ProtectorGeneral of Emigrants at Delhi. In case of doubt, contact the nearest Protector of Emigrants’ Office.
• Do ensure that your recruiting agent has the original of the following document:
(i) The Power of Attorney duly executed by the Foreign Employer authorizing the agent to recruit workers on his behalf;
(ii) The Demand letter indicating the type of workers required by him and salaries/perquisites offered by him to the workers;
(iii) The specimen copy of the employment agreement proposed to be executed; and
(iv) Visa issued in your name/favour by the foreign Government.
• Do ensure that the employment documents are attested by the Indian Mission in the country of employment, if you are going as an unskilled worker/Household Service Worker.
• Do ensure that you have with you a copy of the employment agreement signed between you and your foreign employer or his agent.
• Do ensure that the employment agreement clearly specifies the name and complete postal address of your employer, salaries per month in foreign currency, duration of contract/agreement, facility for free/subsidized housing, messing or allowances in lieu thereof, to and fro passage, medical facility, etc.
• Do ensure that in case of employment in the Gulf countries, the employment agreement is both in English and Arabic.
• Do ensure that you have opened a Savings Bank Account in one of the banks in India before departure in order to ensure smooth inflow of remittances for your dependents in India.
• Do ensure that you have a proper ticket and a valid visa stamped on your passport before you emplane. • Do ensure that you are familiar with the provisions of the local labour laws. You may either request your agent or contact the nearest Protector of Emigrants for this purpose.
• Do ensure that you have been briefed by your Recruiting Agent about the working/living conditions in the country of employment.
• Do ensure that after your arrival in the country of employment you have obtained resident permit/identity card.
• Do ensure that you have obtained a copy of the contract.
• In case of any difficulty, do contact the Indian Mission in the country of employment.
• Do note that before final departure for India on termination of contract, you contact the Indian Mission in respective countries for latest customs and baggage regulations etc.
• Do ensure that a copy of your passport is available with you and your family back home.
• Do not pay any money to your agent without obtaining a valid receipt.
• Do not sign the employment agreement unless you have read it or it has been read out to you and you have understood all the clauses in it.
• Do not sign any blank paper on your arrival in the country of employment or allow the employer to execute any agreement other than the one signed by you in India and registered with the Protector of Emigrants.
• Do not leave India unless you are satisfied that your employer knows the exact date and time of your arrival so that you are not stranded there.
• Do not indulge in any collective industrial action like strikes, go-slow and mass demonstrations etc. while in employment abroad as they are illegal and strictly banned. Your involvement in any such activities may result in your imprisonment or deportation back to India.
• Do not change your sponsor/employer in the foreign country during the period of agreement. Otherwise, you are liable to fine and other action under the local labour laws.
• Do not indulge in non-Islamic religious practices during your stay in those countries like eating, drinking, or smoking in public places during the month of Ramzan.
• Do not keep in your possession or consume alcoholic drinks during your stay in the Gulf countries as it is strictly prohibited by the respective Governments.
• Do not part with your passport and other documents during your stay abroad.
• Do not move away from the work site without valid identity card issued by your employer.
• Do not fall prey to touts/sub-agents who may exploit you.