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Emigration check norms eased in India

India has decided to do away with the Emigration Check Required (ECR) norm for people travelling abroad on overseas job assignments.

India has decided to do away with the Emigration Clearance Requirement Suspension (ECRS) norm for Emigration Check Required (ECR) passport holders travelling abroad on overseas job assignments.

The requirement for getting emigration clearance will be waived with effect from October 1 for all but 18 countries, saving paperwork and harassment for people.

Under the Emigration Act, 1983 a person holding a passport as Emigration Check Required (ECR) is required to obtain emigration clearance from the Protector of Emigrants (POE) before leaving the country for overseas employment. This is a statutory requirement.

The Emigration Act does not cover ECR passport holders who travel overseas for visits other than for employment. However, for the last two decades administrative instructions have been in force requiring them to obtain Emigration Clearance Requirement Suspension (ECRS).

In a statement issued in Lok Sabha on Thursday, minister for overseas Indian affairs Vayalar Ravi admitted that the scheme was ‘‘retrograde'' and was a cause of ‘‘harassment and corruption.''

The minister said that the ECRS system has no statutory basis. No other country imposes such restrictions on international travel. It has led to considerable inconvenience and harassment to passengers and resulted in corruption in POE offices.

Accepting that a nexus between unscrupulous recruiting agents and middlemen has come up resulting in the exploitation of a large number of poor people, Ravi further said that the initiative will benefit 5.5 lakh people and save an average of Rs 600 crore spent by them every year in getting ECRS stamped on their passports.

The move will also prevent duping of the poor and unlettered by travel agents who would get ECRS clearance instead of emigration clearance even though vast amounts would change hands. With the ECRS stamp, many potential workers became ineligible for jobs abroad because they did not know the distinction between the requirement of emigration clearance and this stamp which allows them to only visit other countries but not take up job.

To ensure that the data on ECR passport holders going abroad on a visit visa is captured, the Union Home Ministry will modify the arrival and departure cards by inserting a column seeking the status of the passport.

Countries for which emigration clearance is still required include the Gulf countries, Malaysia, Syria, Jordan, Afghanistan, Thailand, Indonesia, Iraq, Brunei, Yemen, Sudan, Lebanon and Libya.
—iGovernment Bureau

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UAE visit visa required ECNR?

Do I need ECNR clearance?

Sir,

I have to visit Georgia. My passport has been issued on dated 13-2-2009 from Patna office.

So please give me feedback that ECNR is required or not. There is no stamp on my passport.

Regards
Jitendra Kr Singh
9860299831

My passport has a page ECNR required where I got stamped ECNR Not Required from the passport Office but my wife and daughter has been recently issued passports where there is no page for ECNR. Does it mean that they are automatically in the category ECNR Not Required? Please reply as I am planning to visit Malaysia & Singapore for tourism next month.
Thanks

Dear Sir,

I and my wife are going to Dubai on visit visa for 9 days. In my wife’s passport emigration check required is mentioned, so I am confused whether she has to do the ECNR or not.

Please advice.

Regards,
CA Mahavir Jain

I have been given to understand that ECNR is not required w.e.f 1st Oct., All the same in your article above it is stated that it is required for gulf countries. My Cousine is traveling to Dubai on 19th January 2008 on visit visa, so i am confused whether he has to do the ECNR or not. Please advice.

Best regards
Himhit

Dear sir,
I want to go to US for visit for three monts. Is emigration compusary or not?
Pls advice.
thank u.
arif

I intend to travel Thailand for a week. My passport does not have ECNR stamp. I possess a valid return ticket with me and VIsa will be obtained on arrival in Thailand.

DO I need to get ECR suspended from POE before visiting ? Else I can travel on the same passport witout ECR suspension.

With the new regulations in effect, I've come to know that people holding professional degrees are not required to get an ECNR status even if they are traveling to the Gulf countries for employment purposes. Is this true?
I'm an engineer intending to travel to the Middle East and Gulf countries. Should I apply for an ECNR status also when I apply for a passport? Please guide me.
Thanks for the information.

Hi All,

I am traveling to Indonesia.
I am having ECR Passport.
I am having valid passport and Return tickets. to go to indonesia their is a return Visa. Please Guide me if ECNR stamp required on passport.

Thank You and Regards,
Rups...

Dear Sir,

I am writing you from Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

I intend to bring my daughter for Visit to U.A.E. who has ECR on her passport. Do I need to get her ECRS before she fly?

Please reply as there is confusion after reading the article which is given above.

Thanks & regards,
Rajeev Pande

I have been given to understand that ECNR is not required w.e.f 1st Oct., All the same in your article above it is stated that it is required for gulf countries. I am traveling to Dubai on a 2mth visit visa, so am confused whether to do the ECNR or not. Please advice.
Thanks

Hi,

I want to travel to U.A.E. for the purpose of employment. My passport has ECR written on it.
Pls. advise, do i need to get ECNR Clearance, if yes, than how.

[quote comment="128"]I am still confused on ECR issue. What I understand that ECR is not required w.e.f. 1st October for a person who is visting abroad for only 'Travel' purpose. But as per the press note, it is written that the requirement for getting emigration clearance will be waived with effect from October 1 for all but 18 countries. I intend to visit Malasiya for travel purpose and not for employment/job purpose. Do I need to get my passport with 'ECNR' check, if it is 'ECR' at present.[/quote]

Dear Mr Nangia,

Thanks for asking the question as it helped us take a fresh look at the report and amend a major error that had creped in (see corrected version above).

We also sought clarification from the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and according to Emigration Division Director (EP) Dr Ranbir Singh, “From October 1, 2007 the ECR passport holders can travel abroad on tourist/visit visa without obtaining ECR Suspension (ECRS) from the Protector of Emigrants (POE).”

“What the government means by abolition of ECRS is that ECR passport holders will not need to go to POE at all,” Singh clarified adding that, “However, they will have to produce return ticket (apart from passport and visa) at the immigration counter.”

ECR passport holders travelling on employment/work visa will, however, have to obtain emigration clearance from the POE as usual.

—Editor, iGovernment

I am still confused on ECR issue. What I understand that ECR is not required w.e.f. 1st October for a person who is visting abroad for only 'Travel' purpose. But as per the press note, it is written that the requirement for getting emigration clearance will be waived with effect from October 1 for all but 18 countries. I intend to visit Malasiya for travel purpose and not for employment/job purpose. Do I need to get my passport with 'ECNR' check, if it is 'ECR' at present.

Great News

hello sir,
i have arrival visa & two way ticket from uk for working in kenya capital noirobi as job of accountant. i have completed my Bcom & MBA. i have ENCR passport. i can leave from coimbatore to noirobi via sharja in air arabia flight. but offcial told that u could not travel from coimbatore becase of arrival visa.
pl explain brief.

hello sir,
i have arrival visa & two way ticket from uk for working in kenya capital noirobi as job of accountant. i have completed my Bcom & MBA. i have ENCR passport. i can leave from coimbatore to noirobi via sharja in air arabia flight. but offcial told that u could not travel from coimbatore becase of arrival visa.
pl explain brief.

Dear Sir,

I want to travel to U.A.E For workng,but i haveing ECR Passport i am haveing one week time to go U.A.E and i didnt have 10th pass certificate.
pleace help me how i clear my Emigration tell me what is the procijer.

Thanking You Sir
S.Haja

hi,
Ihad a ECNR passport my doubt is on my p.c.c. it is written that iam in eligible for visa but p.c.c is clear and what are the things to be done before going to aborad like Medical, Attestation etc can i get the details plz waiting for your reply

Dear Sir,

I was with family in Qatar till May 2009 and went back to India on EXIT. Now my family is coming back this month. My wife passport is having ECR stamp. The stay period in India is three months. Please advice whether ECRS is required for wife passport?

Thanks

Anwar Ali

Dear sir,
I am going to Dubai next month. My passport was issue on 2002. In my passport it is mentioned emigration check required. Do I require to get my emigration check not required in my passport. I am a professional degree holder. What should I do now.

I am traveling to Doha on work permit,am i suppose to get the emigration clearance or not?If yes then what is the fees for it?

dear sir
i am working in Dubai
i got married in april and wish to bring my wife here. my wife passoprt donot have my name incorporated in in it in husband name column and same with me i do not have her name in my passport in spouse name column
i have applied for a family visa and hope so by next month or so the procedures would be completed for visa
do the incorporation of husband name in my wife passport mandatory before she fly from india ? or will the officials stop her at india airport or dubai airport ?
please advice.....

dear sir
i am working in Dubai
i got married in april and wish to bring my wife here. my wife passoprt donot have my name incorporated in in it in husband name column and same with me i do not have her name in my passport in spouse name column
i have applied for a family visa and hope so by next month or so the procedures would be completed for visa
do the incorporation of husband name in my wife passport mandatory before she fly from india ? or will the officials stop her at india airport or dubai airport ?
please advice.....

dear sir/mam
i am going to dubai on employment basis and i know that i need ecnr stamp on my passport but there is a ecr stamp on my passport so from where can get my passport stamped with ECNR, wht documents to be neede. kindly send me proper address

thans
karan Punj
Amritsar(Punjab)

Dear Sir,
I plan to visit China in the first week of June 2009. I have a ECR status in my passport. Do I have to go for the Emigration Clearance procedure?

I am suppose to travel Goa to Bahrain on a visit visa and on to my passport emigration check not required has been cancelled. Do I need to get ECNR stamped on my paasport?

Dear Sir, Presently I am having employment visa for UAE now I am planning to bring my wife here in UAE with residence visa. I  am confused whether ECNR stamp is required?kunal bapodara

Sir,My husband is going to UAE on work visa, his passport has ECR stamped on it, his post is not yet confirmed, his certificates are lost. So what does he need to do for getting emigration clearance. Guide us. Amisha

Dear All, What is the purpose of ECR? Why it is imposed in India? Is there any reason for it? Thanks and Regards, Kamlesh Patel

HI SIR I GOT MY NEW PASSPORT, IN TAT THEIR IS NO ECNR SEAL, SO PLZ HELP ME OUT WETHR I NEED TO GET ECNR SEAL FROM PASSPORT OFFICE R NOT.......? PLZ DO THE NEEDFULL

I am going to Sharjah and want to know about the things that r required to check in the airport. Plz let me know. Plz help me out on this.

I got visit visa to kuwiat. do I need ECR staming. They wrote on passport emigration status ECNR deleted

I had visited your sight for detail information on ECNR because I am working as "Travel Coordinator" in global IT company. The above site gives information only that ECNR stamp is not required for Indians traveling except above 18 countries but what about other countries traveling on work permit i.e countrie in South America & African continent. Even if you provide me websight ID more information it will be a great help. Please reply as earliest as possible . Thanking You

Dear Sir/ madam I have a business associate of mine who is from INDONESIA who wants to visit Kerala. Is it possible for them to travel to India without a Visa and obtain a Visa on Arrival Stature? or do they have to get a Visit Visa from the Indian high commission based in Indonesia?

Dear sir, I have work visa but do not have ECNR passport so what should I do? thanks elango

hallo sir,
i am working with emirates airlines in engg. dept. i have to go to dubai for training. my visa is ready its tourist visa. i am having ECR passport issued in 2002 from patna now i am in hyd or next week i will be in amd. please confirm me do i need ECNR stamp, if yes then how fast i can get it done and how. reply as early as possible.

thanks
vishwesh

i am a 22year old female. i have to go to sultanate of oman on visit visa. my passport is ECR do i need to have ECNR stamped on my passport. please let me know at the earliest.
thanks

I'm bring my mother to visit Dubai for one month,she had the temporary ECR done 3yrs back when she visited me first time, does she require to do ECR or ECNR to visit me on visit visa to Dubai.

Therre is lot of confusion and no proper answer, will appreciate if answered before 25th as she is travelling on 31st Jan'09

Dear Sir, I am 38 yaer old female. I can go to Kuwait with visit visa. My passport is ECNR. Thanks Jaya

I have just received my passport and it says ECR required.I would like to have it replaced by EC not required is it possible and what is the way out.Kindly advise.

Thanks

Dear,sir/madam
I am going to Dubay for Jobe perpose next month but I am very confused about emigration,I have an work visha for above and my pasport is issue by calcutta pasport center so my quession is that for the emigration where do i sapose to go or for dubay no need of emigration please I need your valuable information.
Tank you
Sincerely,
KUNAL PRADHAN

Sir,

One of my friend is going to Dubai for baby sitting job and she is class IX passed. How to apply for ECNR stamp. Please do advise. I have not still got clear instruction as to how and where to apply for the ECNR stamp for such trip.

Thanks

Kelsang

Respected Sirs,i Hitesh B Ranpara willing to go Dubai for job.I want to know for ECNR requirement, where i have to go.?i will get employe visa. so please suggest me soon.Thanks.please send me u r guidense on my mail.thanks.

I want to go to abroad on company assignment along with my wife.Both of us are having Passport and also the name of each other are endorsed in each other passport.Is still marriage certificate is required to get the valid visa?
Also as I hail from Bihar and there the marriage certificate is issued by Mukhia as per the order of the Commossioner cum secretry ,Registration Deepartment ,Bihar.Will it be valid as mukhia has been declared as Registrar of Marriage. Pls reply

Dear sir,
I am going to Isreal for Postdoctoral Research. As per university hospitality advise,I have alsready received B2 visa. I travelling to Isreal on Dec 15. My passport is ussued with ECR (Emigration Check Required). Do I need to get my passport with 'ECNR' check, if it is 'ECR' at present.If is necesary what I have to do? Kindly help me.
somnath Maity

i had taken a loan in india, now i m in gulf country.

my question is that if i am going to defalut the loan which is in india, will i face any problem for emmigration clearance at gulf country or at the time of coming back to india

Sir,
My nephew is going to Bahrain on sponsored visa. His flight is on 26-11-2008. Our travel agent says there is no need for ECR. On passport there is no mention of "Emigration check required" Kindly inform that exact position.
I shall be very greatful to you is message is conveyed over my mobile No 9988136905
Thanking You
With regards
NK Verma

Dear Sir,

Please advise me bfor below :

I got job in UAE. The co.(emplyoer of UAE) has sent my Appontment letter, VISA thru mail.

Based on the same I have purchased the ticket to fly. But at the time of entry I came to know there is no ECR stamp on my passport.

Hence, the etnry was denied & informed me to get it ECR.

Now ECR office need al original paper which will be getting me after reaching to Dubai.

Is it not posiiblle to give me ECR stamped based on mail sent to me??

Please advise

i want to know how many times i visited to dabai in year 2007-2008 bcz i need details & i lost my passport my passport no is E5895306 TYPE-P

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