ADNRD has handed 15,000 passports to Indian mission

ABU DHABI — The Indian Embassy has collected nearly 15,000 passports from the Abu Dhabi Naturalisation and Residency Department (ADNRD) in the capital and handed over 2,300 of them to the amnesty-seekers, an embassy official said.

By Anwar Ahmad

Published: Mon 30 Jul 2007, 8:58 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:23 AM

Shrinivas Babu, first secretary at the embassy, said, “approximately 2,500 travel documents are ready with the mission and are being distributed among the amnesty-seekers.”

“Amnesty-seekers who are on Abu Dhabi visa should collect their passports from the embassy on any working day. If their passports are not available with the embassy, they should apply for outpasses or emergency certificates (ECs) before August 2,” said Babu.

The Indian Embassy plans to initially provide accommodation to nearly 300 amnesty-seekers at Musaffah labour camp and is looking for a suitable place for them.

This accommodation will be for those who come here from Dubai and Northern Emirates, seeking amnesty at the Al Wathba immigration office in the capital.

Amnesty-seekers have to come here because their passports are with the embassy as they are on Abu Dhabi visa.

Everyday around 1,000 people visit Al Wathba immigration office and many of them come from Northern Emirates.

“They do not have any place to stay as the procedures to issue ECs take some time. That is why, the mission wants to accommodate them so that they do not have to stay in parks and gardens,” an official said.

Indian community and social centres are providing the amnesty-seekers with food and water as well as assistance at Al Wathba.

“Anybody who wants to offer any kind of services to the amnesty-seekers can approach the mission,” Babu said.

Meanwhile, there are over 1,000 jobs available for amnesty-seekers. These jobs are for electricians, fitters and other technical and non-technical people.

“The mission invites them to apply for these jobs and regularise their stay in the UAE. For the purpose, they need to contact the companies offering these jobs. The details for the jobs offered are available at the embassy,” Babu added.

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