BUREAU OF EMIGRATION AND OVERSEAS EMPLOYMENT, was setup on 1st October, 1971 with the amalgamation of three federal government departments viz. i) National Manpower Council ii) Protectorate of Emigrants and iii) Directorate of Seamen’s Welfare under the directive .of .Government .of .Pakistan. Bureau .started ..functioning under the Emigration Act of 1922 and Rules (1959) which were subsequently replaced by the Emigration Ordinance 1979 XVIII and Rules made there under. As such, Bureau has evolved a conducive, pragmatic, effective and systematic emigration policy under the emigration laws.
Bureau being, a regulatory body/authority controls, regulates, facilitates and monitors the emigration process conducted by the Overseas Employment Promoters (OEPs), in the private sector which are more or less 1119, besides ‘direct employment’ by which mode the individual procures foreign employment either through his own efforts or relatives and friends serving abroad
Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment was set up in October, 1971 under the directive of the then President by amalgamating the three different agencies viz. National Manpower Council, Protector of Emigrants and Directorate of Seamen’s Welfare. Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment is a centralized agency of the Federal Government for processing recruitment demands of the Pakistani manpower through Licensed Overseas Employment Promoters, etc. for the different manpower importing countries in the world especially in the Middle East.
The main objectives and functions of the Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment are:-
1. To control and regulate emigration.
2. To look after the interests and welfare of such emigrants.
3. To look after the welfare of seamen.
To achieve these objectives, the Bureau has evolved a systematic policy under the Emigration Ordinance 1979 and Rules made there under. This policy is implemented through different field offices of the Bureau within and outside the country.