Bureau of Emigration to automate its offices

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 25 (APP): Bureau of Emigration is working on a plan to automate its bureau and regional offices to facilitate citizens planning to proceed abroad for work.

Director General, Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment informed during a meeting here that the PC-1 for automation of work of the Bureau and its regional offices (Protectorates) is almost complete and will be submitted to Ministry for Overseas in next week, says a press release.

Federal Ombudsman Salman Faruqui has directed the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment to complete the work of automation during the current year.

In this regard a meeting was convened in the Ombudsman Secretariat under the chair of Hafiz Ahsaan Ahmad Khokhar, Senior Advisor (Law)/Grievance Commissioner for Overseas Pakistanis and Zafarullah Khan, Adviser.

Hafiz Ahsaan pointed out that a team work of all relevant departments is required to expedite the automation process for overseas Pakistanis workers in a timely manner so as to help emigrant Pakistanis with the opportunities that become available for utilizing Pakistani talents abroad and to earn precious foreign exchange for the country.

The meeting was attended by the representatives of Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, State Bank of Pakistan, OPF, Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment and Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis.

He informed that after automation 13 data fields out of 36 data field boxes presently manually filled in by Pakistanis seeking employment abroad would be filled in automatically.

Hafiz Ahsaan observed that Bureau of Emigration should finalize all issues of automation with the concerned government agencies within seven days and to also approach Passports department for sharing the data information of overseas Pakistani workers related to their departure and arrival.

The meeting was informed that at present Pakistani nationals seeking employment abroad have to deposit fees in three separate banks/accounts to cover OPF, State Life Insurance Corporation and other dues.

Hafiz Ahsaan emphasized that strategy should be designed by all relevant departments that Foreign Exchange Remittance Card (FERC) should be issued along with NICOP.

He said every year millions of Pakistanis are going abroad for jobs and they send their remittance from different channels.

He said Ministry of Finance should consider changes in the procedure regarding Foreign Exchange Remittance Card (FERC) and allow issuance of card along with NICOP without any limit of remittance.