The federal government has refused the circulating media reports that have claimed that the government has waivered the requirement of National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) for all the Pakistanis residing abroad.
It has been clarified by the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development on Thursday that the bar has been lifted only for the immigrant workers.
The media reports mentioned today that they have wrongly cited the Ministry and stated that NICOP is not a requirement for any Pakistani living abroad.
The Ministry came forward for clarification two days after the news surfaced, a spokesperson of the Ministry said that there is no such uplift and it is just a misunderstanding.
The Ministry has only given directions for not demanding NICOP from the emigrant workers for the process of registration at its Protectorate of Emigrants Offices.
He said that NICOP has become a prerequisite for the protector clearance after NADRA launched an ordinance in the year 2000 making it a compulsion for the intending emigrants.
He further said that the imposition of NICOP requirement was nation specific hence its fees is different for every country.
The decision was taken during a meeting session held between the Secretaries of Ministry of Interiors and Overseas Pakistanis & HRD.
During the meeting, both the secretaries had agreed that the Protector of Emigrants would not be asking for NICOP from the intending emigrants for protecting the clearance of the passports.
If any immigrant who wills to work in another nation shows a valid CNIC, his or her registration would be done.
NICOP is a registration card that is issued to any eligible Pakistani who lives abroad or has got some reference there.