Truths and Myths about banning overseas nurse recruitment by Private Agencies – New rule change from April 30

Central govt has issued an order which will come to effect from April 30 2015 banning all private agencies from recruiting nurses to UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Jordan, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Syria, Lebanon and Thailand.(includes all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries).
It means that Nurses will get an immigration clearance only after they apply through the selected agencies ie ODEPC/Norka (both managed by Govt of Kerala) after April 30. Both the agencies will expand their organization in metro cities outside Kerala. More staff will be appointed to handle applications from across the country, said K.C. Joseph, Kerala’s Minister in charge or Norka.

According to the new rule if a foreign nation needs nurses from India it should first approach the External Affairs Ministry of India. We don’t know how far this decision will go practical?
Kerala government will strengthen facilities at the Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants Limited (ODEPC) and Norka after the Centre chose these agencies to exclusively recruit Indian nurses to Gulf and other countries. Already nurses are recruited to Saudi Arabia through ODEPC(15 – 20 % of total recruitment). They charge Rs. 60000/head for any recruitment through ODEPC. That money is told to be used for nurses welfare.

Delegates from ODEPC and Norka are going to Kuwait soon for holding discussions with Indian Embassy and Kuwait Authorities.

The nurses will be selected after a test and interview conducted by officials from the respective countries. ODEPC and Norka will prepare all facilities for them.

Usually in most of the gulf countries, job vacancies in private hospital will be given contract to a huge agency, who will then give sub contract to small agencies. The money collected form applicants are shared between these two agencies. The hospital authorities either don’t know or keep quiet regarding these money matters. This is what usually happens in Indian recruitment scenario. Eventhough govt can take over all govt job recruitment abroad, we have been not assured about these private hospital nursing jobs abroad. Lets wait and see what happens.

Besides this, all recruitment to other countries especially European countries, Australia, Singapore etc will be carried out by agencies. But in all these countries if you are qualified enough to practice there, you can directly apply online through hospital websites or job agencies.

You can register in ODEPC and Norka Roots through online. Since these two are two separate autonomous agencies, you have to register in both if you want to apply for the upcoming job options.
The online registration links are given below

For registering with ODEPC – Click Here

For registering with Norka Roots – Click Here
 

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