ECR stands for Emigration Check Required while ECNR stands for Emigration Check Not Required. The status is determined as per the rules of the Emigration Act, 1983. As per the act, passport holders need to get emigration clearance from Protector of Emigrants while travelling to a specific list of 18 countries. Emigration checks are conducted on Indian citizens who are traveling abroad for the purpose of employment. For any other reason for traveling to the ECR countries, emigration checks are not required.
ECR/ECNR status on passports denotes if the passport holder needs emigration clearance for travelling to the 18 countries as listed by the Government of India. When the status is ECR, the passport holder needs to get emigration clearance for travelling to those countries or get suspension of ECR status in passport.
Which countries require emigration clearance for work-related travelling?
The following countries are classified as ECR countries:
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates (UAE) and
How To Check Passport Ecr Or Ecnr?
For passports issued before Jan’07 if there is no endorsement/notation on the second page of the passport, it denotes passport ECR status, which means that the passport holder should get emigration clearance before proceeding to the specified countries. ECNR status will be denoted on the passport then.
For passports issued on or after Jan’07 if there is no endorsement/notation on the second page of the passport, it implies ECNR status, which means that your passport is already cleared for emigration. ECR status will be denoted on the passport if you don’t fulfil the eligibility for ECNR status.
How to apply for ECNR status?
The following needs to be submitted to get ECNR status:
- Filled Form EAP-2
- A fee of Rs.300 in cash or through Demand Draft.
- Original passport
- Address proof
- 2 attested copies of any of the eligibility criteria mentioned above
- 2 copies each of first 4 and last 4 pages of the passport
ECNR Exemption List
The following list of passport holders are exempted from emigration checks even while traveling to the above mentioned list of 18 countries:
- Diplomatic/Official passport holders.
- Gazetted Government servants and their spouses and dependent children.
- Individual income tax payers who submit last 3 years’ proof of assessment to income tax or IT returns. Salaried individuals may submit Form 16 from last 3 years. Self-employed individuals or businessmen need to submit last 3 years’ tax clearance certificates. This list also includes spouses and dependent children of included passport holders.
- Professional degree holders including MBBS or equivalent degree in Homeopathy/Ayurved, engineers, chartered accountants, accredited journalists, cost accountants, teachers, lecturers, advocates, scientists etc. and their spouses and dependent children.
- People who have passed at least matriculation.
- Seamen with CDC or sea cadets, deck cadets who have graduated from the 3 years B.Sc. nautical Sciences Courses at T.S. Chanakya, Mumbai and those who have undergone 3 months pre-sea training in government-approved institutions like T.S. Chanakya, T.S. Rehman, T.S. Jawahar, MTI (SCI) and NIPM, Chennai, on production of ID cards issued by Shipping Master Mumbai/Kolkata/Chennai.
- Permanent immigration visa holders.
- 3 years polytechnics diploma holders from recognized state/central government institutions.
- 2 years diploma holders from NCVT or SCVT.
- Certified nurses under Indian Nursing Council Act, 1947.
- People over the age of 50 years.
- People who have stayed abroad for more than 3 years, either broken or unbroken, and spouses.
- Children under 18 years of age if accompanied by parents.
Emigration Clearance For Passports With ECR Status
In case your passport does not have ECNR status, you need to get Emigration Check Stamp before proceeding to the list of specified countries for employment purposes. The passport in question will be stamped with a specially printed adhesive stamp and duly signed by the Protector of Emigrants. Emigration clearances are provided for a period of 6 months to workers applying through recognized recruiting agents and who have a valid work visa. This is a temporary clearance and will cease to be in effect after the first journey.
You may also apply for suspension of ECR status if you are traveling to one of the ECR countries for any purpose other than employment. You need to submit the following documents for the same:
- Filled in application form
- Fee of Rs.400
- Visa copy
- Original passport and one copy
- Copy of return tickets
- Attested sponsorship declaration from Indian Consulate/Mission
- Address proof
The government also allows emergency clearance for ECR endorsed passports in international airports. This clearance helps in avoiding the process of suspension of ECR as described above. The following cases are considered for emergency ECNR status while traveling to ECR countries:
- Persons travelling abroad on sudden death of relatives.
- Persons travelling abroad for treatment of accidental injury to self or relatives.
- Sportspersons travelling abroad to represent India in international training/coaching/competitions subject to approval from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
- Students traveling abroad for higher studies subject to submission of admission proof from a university.
- VIPs including central/state ministers, MPs, MLAs and so on, as well as accompanying family members.
- Central/state government officers with official/diplomatic passports and accompanying family members.
Protector Of Emigrants Offices In India
- Jaisalmer House, Canteen Block, Man Singh Road, New Delhi (Ph: 011 2338 2472)
- Building ‘E’ Khira Nagar, S.V. Road, SantaCruz (West), Mumbai (Ph: 022 26147393)
- Room No.116 A Wing, 3rd MSO Building, DF Block, Salt Lake, Kolkata (Ph: 033 2334 3407)
- Tamil Nadu Housing Board Complex, Ashok Nagar, Chennai (Ph: 044 2489 1337)
- Chandra Vihar Complex, M.J. Road, Hyderabad (Ph: 040 2465 2557)
- Putherickal Buildings, Market Road, Cochin (Ph: 0484 236 0187)
- Suganth, 24/846 (I), Thycaud, Trivandrum (Ph: 0471 232 4835)
- Kendriya Sadan, 5th Block, Sector 9-A, Chandigarh (Ph: 0172 274 1790)
- Hall no.3, RIICO CFC Building, Sitapura Industrial Area, Jaipur (Ph: 0141 277 1529)
- Rudra Plaza, Hospital Road, Rae Bareilly (Ph: 0535 221 1122/1123)
News About ECR/ECNR Passport Status
Bangladeshis Crossing Over to Assam for Indian Passports
It has come to the notice of Indian security establishments that hundreds of Bangladeshi nationals are getting Indian Passports each year by producing fake documents. In some cases the fraudsters had travelled to several countries with the work permits issued against these passports. An investigation into the racket reveals that a large number of Bangladeshis are crossing the Assam border to obtain Indian passports.
Security agencies report that the passports have genuine names and addresses of Indian citizens, especially those persons who are not likely to apply for one. Some of the people who were arrested had even forged birth certificates and identity cards. National security sources demand a stringent verification process by the state police department for issue of passports.
5th October 2016
Passport Seva Kendra might be set up in Belagavi
The second largest state of Karnataka, Belagavi, has no PSK (Passport Seva Kendra). In order to avail passport services, the people of Belagavi travel to Hubballi which is 120 kilometres away. In the year 2015, BCC (Belagavi City Corporation) passed the resolution for a Passport Seva Kendra. However, Uday Kinjvadekar’s RTI (Right to Information) application to the ministry of external affairs to know the Passport Seva Kendra status in Belagavi revealed that the ministry of external affairs has not got any request for establishing a Passport Seva Kendra in Belagavi.
BCCi (Belagavi Chamber of Commerce and Industries) had given a memorandum to district authority in the year 2013. They had requested for setting up a Passport Seva Kendra in Belagavi. According to Satish Tendolkar, member of the past presidents forum, Belagavi Chamber of Commerce and Industries, a resolution to offer the infrastructure for the Passport Seva Kendra was passed in the year 2013, in the corporation. It would have been set up at the Goveas Shopping Complex.
The council secretary of Belagavi Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Laxmi Nippanikar, agreed there was delay in getting the resolution passed regarding the Passport Seva Kendra. She mentioned that there will be discussions with the commissioner and the mayor for taking appropriate measures for setting up the Passport Seva Kendra.
25th August 2016