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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

Sir,
I have got ECR stamped on my passport. I am a cost accountant and going for employment to UAE and have got the employment visa also. Please advice how should I get the ECR removed from my passport?

Thanking u.
Regards,

Bharat

my wife want to travel to dubai is ECNR stamp required as she is holding ECR PASSPORT PLEASE ADCICE

KIRAN DESHMUKH

Dear sir,
My passport was issued on 2005. It had ECR (except for Bangaladesh, Pakistan,etc) stamped on it. On Oct 2008 I went to passport office for ECNR stamp. But they gave me the stamp of ECR deleted. I am going to Qatar on work visa. Please advice me may I go to Qatar with ECR deleted passport, for job, or again I have to take ECNR stamp from office Protector of Emigrant. My visa says I need to make entry before 21-2-2009.
Visa type: Work visa-one visit
Puropse of visa: Visit
Duration of Residense: 5 Years
Profession: General Supervisor
so please advice me.

Hi
I need a urgent help please. I have recently got my job in Sharjah UAE. And within a month I will be getting my visa. But recently I have found that in my passport there is no any page for emigration check and for its seal. As in old passport there used to be emigration check page. But in my new passport there is no such thing. Is there something wrong. Is it necessary to travel abroad for job. Is emigration check required now a days? If yes the how will I get that. Please help me in this. As every new passport issued nowadays doesn't have that emigration check page. Can u please guide and clear my confusion?

its very good that we get online information about immigration. i have query, me & my mother r going to dubai on 4thNOV. FOR A WEEK, on my passport there is a stamp ECNR, & On my mom's passport thre is stamp ECR, I want to know that what is the process of getting immigration clear. plz send me information about this.

Thank you,
Archana

i am going u.a.e on dated 11, Oct. 2008 but for 3-4 days and i have also my retrun tickets. i have tourist visa for journey. My passport has ECR written on it.

Pls. advise, do i need to get ECNR Clearance, if yes, than how.and how many working days is requried to stamp ECNR. And what are the documents requried? Pl let me know since i m confused.

Dear Sir,
I am writing this on behalf of my brother, my brother got an employment visa to Dubai, now he is in Mumbai he suppose to come here but there is no ECNR in his passport he is coming for the building cleaning work he doesn't have certificates with him. Is it necessary to get ECNR for this type of work. He came to Dubai in visit visa for 3 - 4 times. Please advice me what we have to do. I am working in Dubai and I want to bring him in my companies visa.

All these queries shows the lapse on our Government Departments in Communicating CLEARLY to the people.
After reading the press release or Notification also, people are unable to understand whether ECNR is required or NOT. This is very pathetic.

If this Notification were to contain a table of very common cases and subsequent ECNR requirements against each of them, so much of doubts / confusions would have NOT come from people.

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, then how. It takes how much time.

So if I say it like this would I be correct in interpreting it :-
(1) Going on Visit VISA just have the return ticket and no need to worry about ECR; and
(2) Going on employment VISA get the ECR status removed.

Pls correct me if I am wrong.

Dear sir
My wife with children will be coming to UAE on faimely visa.They have ECR stamp on Passport. Do we require an ECNR or ECRS formality to be done before leaving. Kindly let me know the procedure if yes.

i m a cabin crew and i stay in gurgaon ,i have ECR stamp on my passport,i want an ECNR stamp on my passport .please assist me on the above with the nearest possible office asap.

Iam required to undertake journey early next week to U.K. on job assignment from my present Employer; and I am professional diploma holder in Hotel Management; am I required to get ECR STAMPED ON MY PASSPORT. Please clarify.

hi i am leaving for singapore on 21st september nd i have alkready got the visa but i do not have ecr stamp on my passport do i need ecnr stamp on my passport??

I am working as an engineer in UAE(SHARJAH) (With stay permit) from the last 6 years.Now i wants bring my wife to UAE on Residence visa(Family visa).I got residence visa for my wife.

But in my wife passport stamped with ECR Required.

Please guide me wheather ECR Suspension required to bring her to UAE
Regards
Selvam

Dear Sir/Madam,

I have Residance VISA OF Sharjah, UAE,(3 Years)

Now i want to bring by wife and doughter (4 Years Old) to Sharjah under my residance VISA,
My passport with Stamp ECNR as i am Engineer.

My Wife non-graduate but Income come tax payer.

Now i can directly take air ticket of both my wife and doughter without emigration Clearance Stamp??

Please guide the procedure. My wife is in Mumbai Now.

Regards,

Ravindra Nar

Ihave passport affixing ECR on it. Iam matriculate and i want ECNR stamp on my passport. within how many days it will be done and what documents needed

My brother is visiting Dubai on employment visa. Please confirm what emmigration stamp does he required to avail in the passport. Also, inform what documents he needs to produce before POE and the time required to get the requsite stamp endorsed in the passport

Hi..
I would like to know the formalities for the emigration check required - reg., my mother is 53 years old, and we would like to send her to Dubai to be with my younger sister for her meternal period, just in visit visa only....
I will be glad if I get the valuable information within a week.
Thanking you
Banu

i am travelling to sharjah on 15th june for a visit for 3 weeks.my passport say emmigration check required.and my ticket is booked from sharjah.my uncle booked it for me.do i need the stamp for ecnr???

Dear Sir

I am leaving for Indonesia (Surabaya), There is written on my passport that emigation check required, Do i need emigation check not required clearence for my tour to Indonesia. pls reply soon

Iam leaving for australia in july on student visa with family. but my passport does not have ECNR stamp . is ECNR required for student visa to australia.

Hi Gaurav,

If you show your return tickets and Visitors Visa, then you are allowed to go UAE though you have ECR Stamp on your passport. But if you want to go UAE for Employement purpose, then you need to delete or suspend ur ECR Status

Arun

Sir/Madam,
I'm planning to visit UAE for two months , i m planning to visit on visitors visa,,,, and in my passport its ECR for UAE, so do i need to get it changed or it's fine with visitors visa.... and secondly if i go for work permit then do i need to get the same done...

regards
gaurav

Hi All,
Today morning i went to passport office bangalore to delete my ECR. I got it done by showing my SSLC certificate and address proof. Please carry your original documents with you, they will ask it for reference.

As per the new rule, even if you have have ECR STAMP on your passport, if you have the valid tourist visa and retun ticket, you will be allowed to go to any countries including UAE,Malaysia,thailand etc. but its always good to delete the ECR Stamp on your passport for hassle free journey.

If you are travelling to the any of the 18 countries for employment where ECR is required then you will have to go to passport office to delete it or temprorily suspended

Hope this post helps someone

Arun

Sir

As I would like to go to Dubai on employment purpose. In my
passport ECR is required stamp affixed. Please advise whether
I should get ECNR stamp to be get it done. If so, whether I can
send my spouse to Passport office to get the job done on my behalf.

Thanks and regards

R.P Sarathy

Dear Sir,
I want to travel to U.A.E (dubai)for meeting for five days and from there i want to go Muscat,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.and how many working days is requried to stamp ECNR. And what are the documents requried? Pl let me know since i m confused.
Thanking you
Regards,
Rahul

Can you publish a scanned copy of the notice / communication with the MOIA's Emigration Division Director (EP) Dr Ranbir Singh.
This will help all of us.
We can take a printout of the letter and carry it with us. If any immigration officer tries to harrass us, we can show them a copy of the notice.

Vyalar Ravi can come out with a crystal clear 10-short-sentence restatement---unlike India government doubletalks.

hi
if a person on visit visa travelling from india to dubai does it required to stamp ecnr?

Dear sir
My wife with children will be coming to UAE on faimely visa.They have ECR stamp on Passport. Do we require an ECNR or ECRS formality to be done before leaving. Kindly let me know the procedure if yes.

Dear Sir,

I will be visiting China today for Seven days in official work. I got VISA. Although I am an engineering gradate,in my pasport it is mentioned that ECR. Please confirm whether I will be allowed to visit China or not.

Also in June,08, I will be visiting Indonasia in official work. Will I be allowed to leave my country with ECR stamped in my passport.

Regards,

S.Mohanty

My wife travelling to Singapore and Australia from 28th march to 28th April,08.She is having passport with ECR reqd.We are going on valid passport,visa and return tickets on tourist visa to meet children in Australia and three nights stay at Singapore during onward journey.Pl confirm emigration check is not reqd
S R Bansal
Additional General Manager

Hi,

As most of the people here are confused, I am too about getting ECNR stamp or not for just visiting mentioned 18 countries for less than 1 month period (I have return ticket with me.)

One more doubt is if I am flying from Canada to India with a flight change in Qatar and I have ECR stamp on my passport, then am I allowed to step down on Doha airport and change flight ?

Its urgent ,if anybody have any info about it plz share.

Thanks.

DEAR SIR,
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF I CAN TRAVEL TO BRUNEI ( ONE OF THOSE 18 COUNTRIES FOR WHICH ECNR IS REQUIRED).

I HAVE ECR STAMP IN MY PASSPORT.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

Hi,

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

reply me soon as posible

I am travelling to Dubai have ECR stamp on my Passport. I have a Travel visa & would be back in 15 days. Do I require an ECNR or ECRS formality to be done before leaving. Kindly let me know the procedure if yes.

I am working as an accountant in qatar (With stay permit) Now i wants bring my wife and children to qatar on vist visa / visa on arrival.

But in my wife passport stamped with ECR Required.

Please guide me wheather ECR Suspension required or not to bring her to qatar
Regards

Am still not very clear.. I want to go to uganda for visiting purpose (not for employment) . My passport shows Emmigration check required). Pls let me know after the emigration check norms eased, still do i need to get the emigration check done ???

Sir,
My father got his New passport issued in January 2008, It does not have any information on ECR or ECNR. He is 60 years. I want to bring him on Visit to UAE.

Please advise as to why the Passport does not have the ECR / ECNR status. and should we obtain ECNR from the POE.
Thanks
Jayashree

Dear Sir,

I am working as an engineer in Indonesia (With stay permit) from the last 18 months.Now i wants bring my wife and children to indonesia on social vist visa / visa on arrival.

But in my wife passport stamped with ECR Required.

Please guide me wheather ECR Suspension required to bring her to indonesia.

Regards
Vasu

Dear sir,
I heared in news that dubai Govt. is issuing 6 Months Work permitt visas . please let me know the details & Required Documents,

Thanks

Good Afternoon. My wife is coming on visit visa to Dubai. Her passport requires immigration stamp inside. She is 10 failed. She wants to apply for immigration before coming in Dubai.
I want to purchese Air India Express ticket.
Pleae reply me.
Thanks

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 daughter is traveling to Sharjah on 06th February 2008 on visit visa, so i am confused whether she has to do the ECNR or not. Please advice.

Best regards
Himhit

hello

I want to travel to UAE on visit visa. The rule says that i should possess a valid return ticket. can i buy ticket for COK-DXB sector from Air India and DXB-COK sector from Emirates Airlines? In effect i will be possessing a return ticket but from two different airlines

Best Regards
Sajith

I need to travek Israel for a short term (1-2 months) work assignment. I have Emmigration Check Required stamped on my passport. Please advice me do I need get ECNR as per the above amended policy. Your Advice is going be of great help.
Thanks,
Shilpa.

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