Saudi Arabia on Thursday announced that Indian nationals will no longer be required to submit a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) to obtain a visa, a decision that is expected to benefit workers seeking employment in the Saudi Arabia.

The Indian community in Saudi Arabia is the largest expatriate community, and one of the largest concentration of Indians in Saudi nation.

A police clearance certificate is a document that Indian citizens wishing to go abroad for employment, residential status, or long-term visas are required to apply if required by the visa process of the destination country. The document helps in detailing the criminal record of the citizen.

Saudi Arabia had earlier announced that the Kingdom would exempt Indian nationals from submitting PCC for visa purposes, adding that the decision was taken as part of efforts to further strengthen ties between the two countries.

Saudi Embassy in a statement said, "In view of the strong relations and strategic partnership between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of India, the Kingdom has decided to exempt Indian nationals from submitting a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)"

It also added "The PCC will no longer require Indian citizens to obtain a visa for travelling to Saudi Arabia. This decision has been taken as a part of the efforts of the two countries to strengthen their relations further. The Embassy appreciates the contribution of over two million Indian citizens living peacefully in the Kingdom,"


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