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Describe ECR. Indian passport required emigration clearance

Describe ECR. Indian passport required for emigration clearance

For travel to the 18 nations listed below, ECR passport holders are required to obtain authorization from the Protector of Emigrants (POE), Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, in accordance with the Indian Government Emigration Act, 1983.

List of 18 countries where travelers with ECR passports must obtain clearance before departure

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Thailand, UAE, and Yemen are among the countries that are mentioned.

Nurses Recruitment:

The recruiting to 18 ECR countries is being handled by Norka-Roots, Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants (ODEPC), and Tamil Nadu Overseas Manpower Corporation.

In order to obtain nurses from India, ECR countries will now be required to register with the eMigrate system of the Indian government. The Indian missions will screen them and send them to the state authorities for selection when they register electronically and post their need for nurses.

The POE will provide the nurses’ emigration clearance to travel to the 18 ECR countries once the selection process is complete and they have received their visas.

* GAMCA Clinics may provide medical services for recruitment in the UAE, KSA, Bahrain, and Oman.

How do I check my passport is ECR or ECNR?

It’s quite simple to check the status of your passport. Typically, the first two pages of the passport or the last two pages will bear the Emigration Check needed (ECR) stamp. The passport office will affix an ECR, or “Emigration Check Required,” stamp to the document.

If you have this stamp or print on your passport, you require permission from the POE office before you can travel to any of the countries mentioned above.

Indian government recently granted ECR passport holders an exemption.

The Emigration Policy Division of the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs has permitted Indian passport holders with ECR to travel without a POE office clearance for purposes other than employment as of October 1, 2007. Therefore, if you are traveling for a reason other than work, you must present the following documentation:

  1. A current Indian passport
  2. A valid visa for the country of destination
  3. A valid round-trip airline ticket

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. My passport doesn’t contain an ECNR stamp. Can I obtain it using my provisional matriculation or higher certificate from the relevant University or Board?
A. Passports no longer have the ECNR stamp applied. In the new passport booklets, it isn’t even printed. Only the ECR stamp is now placed in passports if the applicant is not qualified for the ECNR. However, if you have a Matriculation-level qualification or higher, you are eligible for ECNR status. Even if you just have a provisional matriculation certificate, you can still obtain ECNR status if you have access to your course’s mark sheets for every semester. Additionally, in order to receive an ECNR stamp, the applicant must have lived abroad for more than three years, excluding any time spent on a visit to India, or they must be over 50 years old and a dependent who is under 18 and whose parents have an ECNR status in their passports.
Q. What happens if my passport doesn’t have an ECR or ECNR stamp? Do I still need to receive a clearance from the POE office?
A. The Emigration Check Required (ECR) or Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR) sheets are no longer issued by passport offices. Therefore, you are not required to obtain a POE approval for your trip if your passport lacks the ECR stamp or page. Only if your passport has an ECR page, Endorsement stamp, is POE clearance necessary.Q. What if I wish to travel as a tourist but I have an ECR stamp?
A. You are exempt from the new rule’s requirement to obtain approval from the POE office.
The passport holder would be considered to have been awarded ECNR status if the passport booklet did not include an ECR stamp.
Q. Who is qualified to have their ECR Status cancelled?
A. Emigration Check Required following status to be considered:

  • All owners of official or diplomatic passports.
  • Every Government Employee with a Gazette.
  • Each individual income tax payer, including agricultural income tax payers. It is necessary to insist on proof of assessment of income tax and real payment of income tax for the previous year, rather than just payment of advance tax. However, since the Income Tax department does not issue a separate assessment order, most of the time, Income Tax Returns that have the Income Tax authority’s stamp can be accepted.
  • All individuals with professional degrees, including doctors with an MBBS or a comparable degree in AYURVED or homeopathy, accredited journalists, engineers, Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants, lecturers, teachers, scientists, and attorneys, among others.
  • Spouses and dependent children of the individuals listed in categories (b) through (d).
  • All individuals with matriculation or higher in their educational background.
  • Possess CDC, Sea Cadets, or Deck Cadet credentials
  • Who, upon production of identity cards issued by the Shipping Master, Mumbai/Kolkata/Chennai, have completed three months of pre-sea training at any of the government-approved Training Institutes, including T.S. CHANAKYA, T.S. REHMAN, T.S. JAWAHAR, MTI(SCI), and NIPM, Chennai.
    • Those in possession of a permanent immigration visa, such as those issued by the UK, USA, or Australia.
  • Individuals with a two-year diploma from an institution accredited by the National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT) or the State Council of Vocational Training (SCVT), or individuals with a three-year diploma or an equivalent degree from a polytechnic accredited by the federal or state governments.
  • Nurses with credentials accepted by the Indian Nursing Council Act, 1947.
  • Every person over the age of 50. But in order to remove the ECR endorsement from the passport, the holder must update it after turning 50.
  • All individuals who have lived abroad for more than three years, whether continuously or intermittently, and their spouses.
  • All minors under the age of eighteen. When a license is reissued at the age of 18 (if appropriate), ECR stamping must be completed.

Authorised recruitment agencies in India

  • NORKA-Roots – Kerala
  • Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultant (ODEPC) Kerala
  • Overseas Manpower Corporation Ltd (OMCL) – Tamil Nadu
  • Uttar Pradesh Financial Corporation (UPFC) – Uttar Pradesh
  • Overseas Manpower Company A.P. Ltd. (OMCAP) – Andhra Pradesh
  • Telangana Overseas Manpower Company Limited (TOMCOM) -Telangana
Describe ECR. Indian passport required for emigration clearance
Describe ECR. Indian passport required for emigration clearance

Address of Indian Missions in ECR Countries

1. UAE Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi 
Plot No. 10, Sector W-59/02 Diplomatic Area, Off-Airport Road,
PO Box No.4090, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Telephone: 00-971-2-4492700; 4447729
Fax: 00-971-2-4444685; 4447768 (Consular)
E-Mail: indiauae@emirates.net.ae (General);
Web: www.indembassyuae.org

Consulate General of India, Dubai 
Al-Hamaria Diplomatic Enclave, PO Box No.737, Dubai, UAE.
Telephone: 00-971-4-3971222 / 3971333 Fax: 00-971-4-3970453 & 3972297
E-Mail: cgidubai@emirates.net.ae Web: www.cgidubai.com

2. KSA Embassy of India, Riyadh 
B-1, Diplomatic Quarter, P.B.No.94387, Riyadh-11693, Saudi Arabia. Telephone: 00-966-1-4884144, 4884691, 4884692, 4834254, 4884697, 4881982 (24 hour Help Line)
Fax: 00-966-1-4884750 (Chancery) 4804764 (Commercial)
E-Mail: minister@indianembassy.org.sa (Minister);
Web: www.indianembassy.org.sa

Consulate General of India, Jeddah 
Building of M/s Bughshan & Bros., Madinah Road, Sharafiah Distt., P.O. Box No. 952, Jeddah-21421, Saudi Arabia.
Telephone: 00-966-2-6520104, 5520112 Fax: 00-966-2-6533964 (Admn)
E-Mail: admin@cgijeddah.com (Admn); cg@cgijeddah.com (CG)
Web: www.cgijeddah.com

3. Qatar Embassy of India, Doha 
Villa Nos. 86 & 90, Street No. 941, Al Eithra Steet, Zone-63, Onaiza, Doha, can be reached through any of the following:
Email: labour.doha@mea.gov.in
Tel. No. during Office hours: 44255777
Tel. No. after Office hours: 55575086
Indian Cultural Centre (ICC): 50536234
Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF): 55512810, 55532367, 55342708

4. Oman Embassy of India, Muscat 
Diplomatic Area, Jami at Al-Dowal Al-Arabia Street,
Diplomatic Qtrs., Al-Khuwair, PO Box 1727, Postal Code: 112,
Ruwi, Muscat, Oman.
Telephone: 00-968-24684500 Fax: 00-968-24698291 (General); 24697591 (Ambassador)
E-Mail: indiamct@omantel.net.om (General), Web: www.indemb-oman.org

5. Kuwait Embassy of India, Kuwait City 
Diplomatic Enclave, Arabian Gulf Street,
P.O. Box No. 1450 Safat, 13015-Safat, Kuwait.
Telephone: 00-965-22530600, 22540612 / 13 Fax: 00-965-22546958 (Amb); 22571192 (General)
E-Mail: amboffice@indembkwt.org (Amb); Web: www.indembkwt.org

6. Bahrain Embassy of India, Adliya Building 182, Road 2608, Area 326, Ghudaibiya, PO Box No. 26106, Adliya, Bahrain.
Telephone: 00-973-17712683, 17712649, 17712785, 17713832 Fax: 00-973-17715527 (Gen)/177103229(Cons)
E-Mail: indemb@batelco.com.bh (Amb), Web: www.indianembassybahrain.com

7. Malaysia High Commission of India, Kuala Lumpur 
No. 2, Jalan Taman Duta, Off Jalan Duta, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Telephone: 00-603-20933504, 20933509 to 11, 20931015
Fax: 00-603-20933507 (HC Office) 20925826 (Admn)
E-Mail:hc@indianhighcommission.com.my (HC)
Web: www.indianhighcommission.com.my/index.php

8. Libya Embassy of India, Tripoli 
Fashloom Area, Nafleen, PO Box 3150 Tripoli, Libya.
[*Concurrently accredited as High Commissioner to Malta (Valetta)].
Telephone: 00-218-21-3409288 / 89 Fax: 00-218-21-3404843; 3409282 (Amb office)
E-Mail: amb.tripoli@mea.gov.in (Amb office);  Web: www.indembtrip.org

9. Jordan Embassy of India, Amman
Jabal Amman, 1st circle, PO Box No.2168, Amman 11181, Jordan.
Telephone: 00962-6-4622098, 4637262 Fax: 00962-6-4659540, 4611916
E-Mail: amb.amman@mea.gov.in (Amb), Web: www.indembassy.org.jo

10. Yemen Embassy of India, Sanaa
Building No. 12, Djibouti Street, P.O. Box No.1154, Sanaa,
Republic of Yemen.
Telephone: 00-967-1-441251 / 52
Fax: 00-967-1-441257
E-Mail: indiaemb@y.net.ye (Amb s office);
Web: www.eoisanaa.com.ye

11. Sudan Embassy of India, Khartoum 
P.O. Box No. 707 61-Africa Road, Mailing Code 11111 Khartoum-II
Telephone: 00-249-1-8357 4001/2/3/4 Fax: 00-249-1-8357 4050 (Ambassador), 8357 4051 (HOC),
E-Mail: ambassador@indembsdn.com; Web: www.indembsdn.com

Consulate General of India, Juba 
Plot No. 522, Hai Matar Area Juba, South Sudan
Telephone: 00-249-811-822 552 ,Mob: 00-249-9224 58006/7
Fax: 00-249-811-822 236
E-Mail: cgjuba@indembsdn.com; cgijuba@indembsdn.com
Web: www.indembsdn.com

12. Afghanistan Embassy of India, Kabul 
Malalaiwat, Shar-e-Naw, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Telephone: 00-873-763095560 (satellite tel), 00-93-20-2200185, MEA Tel No. 00-873-763095560 (satellite tel), 00-93-20-2200185, MEA Tel Fax: 00-873-763095561; Telefax: 23794460
E-Mail: embassy@indembassy-kabul.com Web: www.meakabul.nic.in

Consulate General of India, Mazar-e-Sharif 
Darwaza-e-Balkh, Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan
Telephone: 00-93-700500372 (CG), 797929515 (Consul)
E-Mail: cg.mesharif@mea.gov.in (CG), hoc.mesharif@mea.gov.in (General)
Web: http://meakabul.nic.in

Consulate General of India, Herat 
Ameriat Cross Road, Near Ab Bakhsh Badmerghan, Herat, Afghanistan.
Telephone: 00-93-40-221145 (General), 253637 (CG), 251318 (Consul) Fax: 00-93-40-250032
E-Mail: cg.herat@mea.gov.in, cgiherat@yahoo.co.in (Consul General)
Web: http://meakabul.nic.in

Consulate General of India, Kandahar 
Shahr-e-Nau, District 6, Kandahar-Herat Road, Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Telephone: : 00-93-30-753011512 (O), 753010874 (Consular), 753011525, (Admn), 753011512 (CG), 753010874 (Consul)
E-Mail: cg.kandahar@mea.gov.in (CG), cons.kandahar@mail.nic.in (Consul Cons)
Web: http://meakabul.nic.in

Consulate General of India, Jalalabad 
Ilaka No.2, Habibabad, Jalalabad, Afghanistan.
Telephone: 00-93-75-6003162 (CG), 6003163 (Chancery), 6003164, (Consular), 00-873-763096146 (Satellite Tel)
Fax: 00-873-763096147 (Satellite Fax)
E-Mail: cg.jalalabad@mea.gov.in (Consul General)
rajeev.ifs@gmail.com (Consul) Web: http://meakabul.nic.in

13. Indonesia Embassy of India, Jakarta 
Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said Kav.S-1, Kuningan, Jakarta-12950.
[*Con. acc. as Amb to Democratic [*Con. acc. as Amb to Democratic Telephone: 00-62-21-5204150, 5204152, 5204157, 5264931 Fax: 00-62-21-5204160, 5265622, 5226833, 52922074 (Amb)
E-Mail: ambindia@indo.net.id (Amb), eoipolitical@indo.net.id (Counsellor)
Web: www.embassyofindiajakarta.org

Consulate General of India, Medan 

19, Jl. Uskup Agung A. Sugiopranoto – Medan-20152, Indonesia.
Telephone: 00-62-61-4556452, 4531308, 4522169
Fax: 00-62-61-4531319
E-Mail: cgimedan@indosat.net.id
Web: www.congendiamedan.or.id; www.embassyofindiajakarta.org

Indian Cultural Centre, Bali 
Jl. Raya Puputan 42-44, Renon, Denpasar-Bali, Indonesia. [*Under the overall supervision of Director JNICC Jakarta and E/I Jakarta].
Telephone: 00-62-361-241978 Fax: 00-62-361-241980
E-Mail: jnicc@indosat.net.id Web: www.doijkt.org

14. Syria Embassy of India, Damascus 
3455, Sharkasslyeh, Ibn Al Haltham Street, Abu Rumaneh,
PO Box No.685, Damascus, Syria.
Telephone: 00-963-11-3347351 / 52, 3347900
Fax: 00-963-11-3347912, 3345711
E-Mail: hoc.damascus@mea.gov.in (General); Web: indianembassysyria.com

Honorary Consulate of India, Aleppo 
5th Floor, Shabarek Building, Al- Etfayieh Al-Qadimeh Square, Aleppo, Arab Republic of Syria.
{*Under Embassy of India, Damascus].
Telephone: 00-963-21-4463925 (O) 4664525 (R)
Fax: 00-963-21-4654925
E-Mail: hm.dm@scs-net.org; h.d.moorad.dam@hotmail.com

Honorary Consulate of India, Lattakia 
(i)Near the Central Hospital, 8th March Street, Lattakia, Syria.
(ii) Banias Highway, Syria.
[*Under Emb of India, Damascus].
Telephone: (i) Lattakia: 00-963-41-469515 /6;
(ii) Tartous: 00-963-43-631856 / 7; 11-3734854 (R)(T&F – Damascus); 43-785701 (T&F – Tartous)
Fax: Lat.: 00-963-41-465514; Tar..: 00-963-43-631858
E-Mail: larzatrading@net.sy

15. Lebanon Embassy of India, Beirut 
31, Kantari Street, Sahmarani Building, P.O. Box No.113-5240 (Hamra ) and 11-1764, Beirut, Lebanon.
Telephone: 00-961-1-373539; 372619; 373530 / 31
Fax: 00-961-1-373538; 366029 (Amb office)
E-Mail: amb.beirut@mea.gov.in (Amb);  cons.beirut@mea.gov.in (Consular)

16. Thailand Embassy of India, Bangkok 
46, Soi 23 [Prasarnmitr] Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok-10110.
[*PR of India to UN-ESCAP; **DPR of India to UN-ESCAP].
Telephone: 00-66-2-2580300-06 Fax: 00-66-2-2584627, 2621740
E-Mail: indiaemb@mozart.inet.co.th Web: www.indianembassy.in.th

Consulate of India, Chiangmai 
33/1, Thung Hotel Road, Wat Kate, Muang,
Chiangmai 50000, Thailand.
Telephone: 00-66-53-243066 Fax: 00-66-53-247879
E-Mail: bharat@loxinfo.co.th; cgi.chiangmai@yahoo.com

Consulate of India, Songkhla 
170/17, Nakon Nok Road, Tambon Boyang,
Amphur Muang, Songkhla-90000, Thailand.
Telephone: 00-66-74-307313 Fax: 00-66-74-307312
E-Mail: coi_songkhla@yahoo.com Web: http://www.indianembassy.in.th

17. Iraq Embassy of India, Baghdad 
House No. 6, Zokak No. 25, Mohalla 306, Hay Al-Maghrib,
PO Box No.4114, Adhamiya Baghdad, Iraq.
Telephone: 00-1-914-1-3604746; 3605956 (O);
00-964-7901926591 (M) 3601627 (M)
E-Mail: eoibaghdad@yahoo.com (General); amb.baghdad@mea.gov.in (Amb)

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