For those looking to ease out their international student journey abroad, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of India has suggested a number of portals, serving as a one-stop solution for all concerns related to visas, immigration, registration of grievances and others.
In light of the recent India-Canada conflict and the resultant uncertainties for those aiming to study or work overseas, these Indian government-recognized portals serve a higher purpose of connecting Indians abroad with the government in the times of adversities.
The MADAD Portal, or Consular Services Management System, is a web-based platform that provides consular services to Indian nationals and students abroad. It can be used to register grievances, track their status, and get updates from the MEA.
Student Registration Portal
The Student Registration Portal allows Indian students studying abroad to register voluntarily with the MEA. This helps the MEA to track the number of Indian students abroad and provide them with assistance in case of an emergency.
India Centre for Migration (ICM) Website
ICM is a think tank under the MEA that focuses on migration issues. Its website provides information on migration trends, policies, and research. It also includes a section on migration and education, which contains resources for Indian students studying abroad.
e-Sanad is a platform aimed at providing online attestation and apostille of documents. This is particularly beneficial for students who require the authentication of their Indian-origin academic certificates by foreign institutions.
It provides a transparent, accessible, and affordable mechanism for users to get their documents attested or apostilled.
MEA India Mobile Application
This mobile app is an initiative by the MEA to bridge the gap between the ministry and the vast diaspora of Indians residing abroad.
It offers a range of services including real-time updates on public advisories, locating the nearest Indian mission or post, and even setting up appointments.
Passport Seva Portal
It’s an essential portal for all passport-related services and queries. Indian students abroad often require assistance with passport renewals or other related issues that can be easily resolved via this issue.
Key Features: Enables users to apply for a new passport, renew an existing one, or seek any passport-related services.
Related Social Media Accounts
In addition to these portals, the MEA also has a number of social media accounts where Indian students abroad can get information and assistance. These include:
- Twitter: @MEAIndia, @DrSJaishankar
- Facebook: facebook.com/MEAINDIA
- YouTube: youtube.com/user/MEAIndia
Indian students studying abroad are encouraged to use these portals and social media accounts to stay informed and to get assistance from the MEA if needed.