Precautions while applying for new passports and s...

There are many unauthorized agents and sub-agents claiming to recruit for vacancies in the gulf countries. These agents collect huge amounts from the needy job seekers by giving attractive and misleading advertisements in newspapers.

# While applying for a new passport, fill up the application form and pay the money at the counter of the Passport office personally, instead of the self proclaimed agents loitering outside.

# There are no authorized agents appointed by the Passport Authority.

# Passports cannot be SOLD. Touts may try it on you, but remember traveling on a bogus Passport is Illegal.

# Look for the registration number of the recruiting agents on all advertisements for jobs outside India.

# Insist on seeing the original registration certificate of the agent and check its validity before handing over your passport.

# Get your passport, valid visa, travel tickets and ensure completion of all immigration formalities before handing over full payment.

# Payment should be made only to the authorized agents and receipt thereof must always be obtained.

# The job seeker should know that the agent is bound to give employment to the candidate within 60 days from making the final payment.

# Prior agreement should be made regarding the type of job and terms of agreement should be gone through carefully.

# In the event of any foul play, the job seeker should immediately contact the local police station or CID (Crime Branch), Andhra Pradesh.