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Emigration Check Required (ECR) - Indian Passport

As per the Indian Government Emigration Act, 1983, ECR passport holders should get permission from Protector of Emigrants (POE), Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs for traveling to 18 countries given below.

List of 18 Countries where you need to take a clearance before your travel if your passport is ECR

Iraq (emigration banned)
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)
United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Nurses Recruitment: Norka-Roots, Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants (ODEPC) and Tamil Nadu Overseas Manpower Corporation are the three government agencies entrusted with the recruitment to 18 ECR countries.

As per the new rule, ECR countries will have to register with the government of India’s eMigrate system for getting nurses from India. Once they register electronically and post their requirement of nurses, the Indian missions will vet them and forward to it to the state entities for selection.

After the selection is done and the receipt of the visa; the POE will issue the emigration clearance to the nurses to go to the 18 ECR countries.

• Medical for Kuwait, KSA, Bahrain & Oman Recruitment can be done from GAMCA Clinics.

How do I check my passport is ECR or ECNR?

You can check the status of your passport very easily all you need to do is check the pages of your passport usually the stamp of the Emigration Check required ECR will be on the first two pages of the passport or the last two pages. It is a stamp from the passport office which will Say ECR or Emigration Check required.

If this stamp appears on your passport you need a clearance from the POE office to travel to the Countries listed above.

Recent Exemption from Government of India for ECR passport holders
With effect from 1st October 2007, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (Emigration Policy Division) have allowed Indian Passport Holder who ECR to travel without a Clearance from the POE office for purpose other than Employment. So if you are traveling for Purpose other than Employment you need to produce and the following documents:

1. Valid Indian Passport
2. Valid Visa for the Destination Country
3. Valid return Air ticket for travel

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t have ECNR stamp in my Passport. Can I get it on the basis of my provisional matriculation or above certificate issued by the University/Board concerned?

A: ECNR stamp is no longer affixing  in passports. In fact it is not even printed in the new passport booklets. Currently, only ECR stamp is being put in passports if applicant is not eligible for ECNR. However, you are entitled to ECNR status if you possess qualification of Matriculation or above. Even you can get ECNR status on the basis of provisional matriculation certificate if the mark sheets of all semesters of your course are available with you. Further to get ECNR stamp, the applicant should have stayed abroad for more than 3 years excluding the period(s) of visit to India or should be a dependent who is below 18 years and whose parents have ECNR status in their passports or should be a person (he/she) whose spouse has ECNR status in his or her passport or should be above 50 years of age.

Q: What if my passport is not carrying any stamp regarding ECR or ECNR do I still need to get a Clearance from POE office?
A: Now a days Passport offices are issuing passport without the Emigration Check Required (ECR) or Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR) pages. So if your passport does not have the stamp or the page for ECR that means you are not required to take a POE clearance for your travel. POE clearance is only required if your passport is having a ECR page, Endorsement stamp on it.

Q: What if I have an ECR stamp I want to travel as a tourist?
A: According to the new rule you are not required to take permission from the POE office.
In case the passport booklet does not have ECR stamp, the passport holder would be deemed to have been granted ECNR status

Who are eligible for cancellation of ECR Status?

a. All holders of Diplomatic/official passports.

b. All Gazetted Government Servants.

c. All Income-Tax payers (including Agricultural Income-Tax Payees) in their individual capacity. Proof of assessment of Income-Tax and actual payment of Income Tax for last one year or copy of PAN card to be insisted upon, and not merely payment of advance tax. However, in most cases as an assessment order is not issued separately by the Income Tax department, Income Tax Returns which are stamped by Income Tax authority can be accepted.

d. All professional Degree holders, such as Doctors holding MBBS Degree or equivalent degree in AYURVED, or Homeopathy, accredited journalists, Engineers, Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants, Lecturers, Teachers, scientists, Advocates, etc.

e. Spouses and dependent children of category of persons listed from (b) to (d).

f. All persons having educational qualification of matriculation and above.

g. Seamen who are in possession of CDC or Sea Cadets, Deck Cadets:

h. who have passed final examination of three year B.Sc. Nautical Sciences Course at T.S. chanakya, Mumbai and

i. who have undergone three months pre-sea training at any of the Government approved Training Institutes such as T.S. CHANAKYA, T.S. REHMAN, T.S. JAWAHAR, MTI(SCI) and NIPM, CHENNAI after production of Identity cards issued by the Shipping Master, MUMBAI/KOLKATA/CHENNAI.

j. Persons holding permanent Immigration Visa, such as the visas of UK, USA and Australia.

k. Persons possessing two years diploma from any Institute recognized by the National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT) or State Council of Vocational Training (SCVT) or persons holding three years’ diploma/equivalent degree from institutions like polytechnics recognized by central/state Governments.

l. Nurses possessing qualifications recognized under the Indian Nursing Council Act, 1947.

m. All persons above the age of 50 years.

n. All persons who have been staying abroad for more than three years (the period of three years could be either in one stretch or broken) and their spouses.

o. All children up to the age of 18 years of age. (At the time of re-issue at the age of 18 years, ECR stamping shall be done, if applicable).

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
No.12, Al Jaleel Street, Al Hilal Area, P.O. Box 2788, Doha, Qatar.
Telephone: 00-974-4255777; 4255700 (After office hours)
Fax: 00-974-4670448 (General); 4672684 (Consular)
E-Mail: ambassador@qatar.net.qa (Amb); indembdh@qatar.net.qa (General)
consular@qatar.net.qa (Consular)

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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