New Delhi: Thinking of moving abroad to work or pursue studies? Well, you might have to register with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) before doing so.

This may soon be a reality if the proposal, which is a part of the draft Emigration Bill 2019, is introduced by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in the Parliament.

The bill is not yet out in the public domain as the ministry officials are working on the feedback collected from citizens.

According to a report in the Times of India, the proposed bill reads, “The bill makes mandatory registration/intimation of all categories of Indian nationals proceeding for overseas employment as well as students pursuing higher studies abroad. Registration/intimation is proposed to be technology/digital platform driven so as to keep emigration a swift, efficient and hassle-free process without causing any inconvenience to our workforce and students pursuing higher studies abroad.”

This proposal also comes close in tow of a recent process of registration initiated by the MEA for students studying abroad- wherein the students will be expected to fill their details to help government monitor and advise them.

A recent PTI report says that ‘The Students Registration Module on the Indian students studying in various countries has been placed within the ministry’s MADAD portal (the Consular Services Management System).’ Reportedly, the data entered in this module will be voluntary and will help provide the Indian government with useful inputs on the pattern of migration and other related matters.