Be cautious of recruiting agencies, Goans advised


 The commissionerate of NRI affairs has cautioned those seeking jobs abroad that it was ‘in their own interest’ to first find out whether the recruiting agency was genuine and registered under the Emigration Act, before responding to any advertisement for jobs abroad.  
Under the Emigration Act, 1983, it is mandatory for the recruiting agent to be registered under Section 10 or the Foreign employer/project exporter permitted under Section 16 of the said Act, and to indicate his Registration Certificate or Permit Number, issued by the Protector General of Emigrants, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs , New Delhi. He has also to indicate his full address, contact details, name of post / job, number of positions / vacancies in each category and salary offered, while inserting advertisements in newspapers for recruitment of jobs overseas, as otherwise the job seekers are bound to be fleeced.
“Those aspiring for jobs abroad are advised in their own interest to first ascertain the veracity of the recruiting agency before responding to any advertisement for jobs abroad,” the Director for NRI Affairs, U D Kamat said in a communiqué.
Stating that in response to advertisement released in local papers by an unauthorized recruiting  agency from Mumbai in December 2012, one of the jobseekers from Goa had applied for a job in a hotel in Singapore. He was also informed by the agency that he had been selected. However the appointment is subject to advance payment of Rs. 1.40 lakh.   
Before making the payment, the jobseeker got in touch with the NRI Commission to ascertain the veracity of the job offer, Kamat informed, adding “The NRI Commission, in turn, got in touch with the High Commission of India in Singapore.   However, to the surprise of the High Commission, the hotel in Singapore confirmed that they do not have any records of such an application being received by them.” [H]