November 14: Nepali migrant workers will now onward receive the labour permit through email. This has effectively ended the practice of attaching a sticker provided by the Department of Foreign Employment on the passport of the out-bound workers.
The department started issuing e-sticker from Tuesday (November 12). From now on, migrant workers will get labour permit through online medium.
The workers can either print the e-sticker or show it from their smartphones to the immigration officials at the Tribhuvan International Airport while leaving the country for foreign employment.
Unlike in the past, the prospective workers will no longer require to submit their passports to the Department of Labour for more than once to obtain work permit. Once they receive the e-sticker, they can simply give their passport number to the department instead of the passport.
On Tuesday, the department provided e-sticker to workers seeking labour permit for the first time. For those who wish to renew their labour permit, the e-sticker will be provided from Wednesday, November 13.
Meanwhile, the department will start distributing e-sticker outside the Kathmandu valley from this Friday.
The department has been issuing new labour permits only from its Soltimode-based office while renewal of labour permit is done from the provincial offices.
According to Director General of the Department of Labour, Bhishma Kumar Bhusal, they have already written letters to the provincial offices to issue e-stickers.
“All the offices operating under us will start issuing e-stickers by Friday,” said Bhusal.
Despite introducing this new system, Bhusal said workers are still not comfortable using email.
“We adopted this new approach to ensure that the workers learn to use email, which is a prerequisite for foreign employment,” added Bhusal.
It is mandatory for migrant workers to have email address but very few use this service, said Bhusal.