Indian mission issues 1,500 Emergency Certificates

DUBAI — Out of the 11,242 applications received from illegal workers, the Indian consulate has issued 1,500 Emergency Certificates (EC) to amnesty-seekers so far, a consulate statement said.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 3 Jul 2007, 8:33 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:57 AM

The consulate will begin distributing ECs at the Indian Association, Sharjah from tomorrow afternoon to applicants who have submitted their applications in Sharjah.

“Specific dates have been indicated for delivery of ECs on the receipt of each applicant. Those who have submitted applications in Dubai can collect them from the Indian High School, Dubai and those who have submitted in Sharjah can collect them from Indian Association, Sharjah. Those who have submitted EC applications at collection centres in other emirates can collect it from their respective collection centres from July 4,” the statement said.

The statement further said, “Those who have submitted applications for ECs prior to the declaration of amnesty can collect the same in the afternoon of July 5, 2007 from the consulate.”

According to the statement, the consulate has received around 11,000 passports of Indian citizens from Dubai Immigration authorities. The consulate is making arrangements to sort them out and make a list. The list would be made available on the Indian Consulate web site: and at the collection centres in Dubai and Sharjah from tomorrow. These passports can be collected from the consulate every afternoon from tomorrow.

“The consulate would like to request all persons applying for ECs to produce photocopies of their passports or at least numbers and other details of their passports. According to the latest instructions received from the Government of India, details of persons unable to produce passport particulars or photo identity documents from India would have to be sent to India for verification. Issue of ECs to all such persons would, therefore, be delayed,” the statement said. “The consulate would like to request all those seeking ECs to apply before July 31. Because of the procedures involved in preparing ECs as well as time needed for clearance required from local authorities, it is extremely important that all those who seek to avail of the amnesty submit their applications immediately,” the statement urged.

As the large majority of people seeking ECs come from Andhra Pradesh, the consulate urgently needs Telugu-speaking volunteers in Sharjah and Dubai. Those interested may kindly contact B.S. Mubarak, Consul (Labour & Welfare) at e-mail address or fax number 04-3570531.

The consulate has made special arrangements for companies seeking to employ labourers during the amnesty.

Such companies can collect particulars of job-seekers at its collection centres in Dubai and Sharjah by placing collection boxes or sending their representatives to meet them.

They can also place posters and leaflets with their contact details at our collection centres. Companies interested in availing of this facility may please contact B.S. Mubarak at the e-mail and fax indicated above.

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