The outbound workers of Chittagong do not have to go to the capital for immigration clearance and smart card since it will be available for them in the port city from today, said Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training sources.
With an aim to ease sufferings of the workers wishing to go aboard, BMET is going to start this service for the first time outside Dhaka, they added.
Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam will inaugurate the service today, Mohammad Jahirul Alam Majumder, assistant director of BMET, Chittagong, told The Daily Star over phone yesterday.
All the required services will be provided from the Chittagong office of BMET from now on, he said, adding that the smart cards will be provided within two working days after filing of apllication.
To go abroad for work purposes, immigration clearance and a smart card is compulsory for a worker alongside biometric registration, BMET sources said.
In a smart card, there are 18 kinds of information regarding the outbound worker including their photographs and fingerprints, said AD Majumder. Today seven workers will be provided cards and clearance, he added.
According to BMET sources, last year about 32,399 workers went aboard from Chittagong. In the last six months, about 21,973 went to different countries and since 2005 to 2015, about 5.41 lakh workers from Chittagong went abroad.