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  • Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)

    The Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is issued to Indian citizens looking to move to a foreign country for the purpose of employment, long term stay or residential stay. People travelling abroad on tourist visa cannot apply for PCC from Indian authorities.

    Currently, there are 17 countries which have been designated as Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries due to their relatively lenient rules regarding entry and employment of foreign nationals. To protect the citizens from undue stress especially those arising out of wrongful employment, the Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR) status is mandatorily required for non-tourist visa travelling to the below mentioned States.

    1. United Arab Emirates
    2. Saudi Arabia
    3. Yemen
    4. Sudan
    5. Qatar
    6. Oman
    7. Afghanistan
    8. Syria
    9. Kuwait
    10. Bahrain
    11. Thailand
    12. Lebanon
    13. Malaysia
    14. Indonesia
    15. Iraq
    16. Libya
    17. Jordan

    Documents required for PCC application for work-related travel to ECR countries

    For skilled/semi-skilled individuals

    In case of skilled/semi-skilled individuals who have signed a contract directly with a foreign employer and not through Recruiting Agents (RA) recognized by the Protector of Emigrants (POE), the following needs to be submitted for PCC:

    • Passport in original plus self-attested copy of first 2 and last 2 pages of the passport which includes the ECR/ECNR page as well as page of observation (if any).
    • Address proof if change of address from what is given in the passport.
    • Self-attested copy of employment contract.
    • Copy of visa and translation of the same into English if original language is something else.

    For unskilled individuals/women applicants

    In case of unskilled individuals as well as women (30 years or over) applicants who have signed a contract directly with a foreign employer and not through an RA, the following needs to be submitted:

    • Passport in original plus self-attested copy of first 2 and last 2 pages of the passport which includes the ECR/ECNR page as well as page of observation (if any).
    • Address proof if change of address from what is given in the passport.
    • Employment contract attested by the relevant Indian Mission or Permission Letter from relevant Indian Mission/Post.
    • Copy of visa and translation of the same into English if original language is something else.

    For skilled/semi-skilled individuals (through Recruiting Agents)

    In case of skilled/semi-skilled applicants who have signed a contract with a foreign employer through an RA, the following needs to be submitted:

    • Passport in original plus self-attested copy of first 2 and last 2 pages of the passport which includes the ECR/ECNR page as well as page of observation (if any).
    • Address proof if change of address from what is given in the passport.
    • Employment contract copies, demand letter and power of attorney from foreign employer, attested by the concerned RA.
    • Registration certificate copy issued by the POE.

    For unskilled individuals/women applicants (through Recruiting Agents)

    In case of unskilled individuals or women applicants who have signed a contract with a foreign employer through an RA, the following should be submitted:

    • Passport in original plus self-attested copy of first 2 and last 2 pages of the passport which includes the ECR/ECNR page as well as page of observation (if any).
    • Address proof if change of address from what is given in the passport.
    • Employment contract copies, demand letter and power of attorney from foreign employer, attested by the concerned Indian Mission.
    • Registration certificate copy issued by the POE.

    Documents required for PCC application for emigration-related travel to non-ECR (ECNR) countries

    • Passport in original plus self-attested copy of first 2 and last 2 pages of the passport which includes the ECR/ECNR page as well as page of observation (if any).
    • Address proof if change of address from what is given in the passport.
    • Documentary proof denoting application for long term visa, residential status or employment (employment contract copy).

    Documents required for dependent family members of a person emigrating or residing in both ECR and ECNR countries

    • Passport in original plus self-attested copy of first 2 and last 2 pages of the passport which includes the ECR/ECNR page as well as page of observation (if any).
    • Address proof if change of address from what is given in the passport.
    • Declaration of sponsorship by relevant person sponsoring the emigration of said applicant.

    How to apply for PCC online?

    The online PCC application submission is a simple process. The steps to be followed are outlined below:

    • Register on the Passport Seva Portal and login to your account.
    • Click on the ‘Apply for Police Clearance Certificate’ link.
    • Fill up the form that comes up and submit it.
    • Next, browse to ‘View Saved/Submitted Applications’ option on your screen and click on the option titled ‘Pay and Schedule Appointment’.
    • You will need to make the payment online as it is mandatory. Payment can be made through any credit/debit cards, internet banking of SBI and associate banks or through SBI bank challan.
    • Now, print the application receipt by clicking on the relevant option and make note of the Application Reference Number or Appointment Number,
    • Be present on the day of appointment with all the required documents.

    Alternatively, the process above can also be done by first downloading an e-form from the website, filling and saving it in XML format. You need to follow the same steps as above, except the part where you fill the application form online. Here, you can directly upload the already filled XML file. Note that both form submissions have to be done online while online payment is also mandatory.

    Police Clearance Certificate Application Form

    The police clearance certificate application form can be found on the Passport Seva website. The form can be filled out online and submitted through the website. The form contains the following items which have to be filled out:

    • Passport number.
    • Passport date of issue and date of expiry.
    • Country for which the Police Clearance Certificate is required.
    • Applicant’s given name (includes middle name).
    • Applicant’s surname.
    • Applicant’s date of birth.
    • Gender.
    • Town or city of residence.
    • Marital status.
    • Indian citizenship type (select from options provided).
    • Employment type.
    • Educational qualification.
    • Family details (either mother/father/legal guardian’s details to be mentioned):
      • Father’s given name (includes middle name and surname, no initials).
      • Mother’s given name (includes middle name and surname, no initials).
      • Guardian’s given name (includes middle name and surname, no initials).
    • Residential address details:
      • Duration of stay at address.
      • Street name and house number.
      • Village, town or city name.
      • State or Union territory.
      • District.
      • Police station under whose jurisdiction applicant falls under.
      • PIN code.
      • Applicant’s mobile number.
      • Telephone number (optional).
      • Email address (optional).
      • If permanent address is same as residential address. If not, the section on permanent address is to be filled out.
    • 2 References from the town/ city mentioning the reference’s full name, address, telephone/mobile number.
    • Whether any criminal proceedings were conducted against applicant. If yes, details to be provided.
    • Self-declaration to be ticked.
    • Place of filling the form as well as date to be entered.

    The form is then to be saved and uploaded on the website.

    Police Clearance Certificate Format

    Depending on the country for which the Police Certificate Clearance was requested, the document will be printed in a particular format. All formats will contain a photograph of the applicant as well as his/her personal details such as the applicant’s full name, date of birth, passport number as well as a declaration that the individual is cleared for travel to the specified country.

    Police Clearance Certificate Status

    The status of the Police Clearance Certificate differs from state to state. In some cases, the applicant is notified via SMS regarding the status of the clearance, after which he/she will have to visit the police station along with his/her passport and collect the certificate.

    Once the applicant has received the Police Clearance Certificate, it is to be uploaded on the Passport Seva website.

    The application status can also be tracked through the Passport Seva website. Applicants can go to the ‘Track Application Status’ tab on the website’s homepage, whereupon they will have to enter the type of application (select ‘Passport/PCC/IC’), their date of birth and File Number.

    The application status will then be displayed on the screen.

    News about Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)

    • Shahupuri police Organizes Police verification Camp for Passport Aspirants in the Region

      Last weekend, Shahupuri police organized a city camp allowing people in and around the city to be able to enjoy a hassle-free process for police verification for those who have applied for a passport. This initiative, by the Shahupuri police is an effort to save time for people and make the the process of getting a passport more efficient in the region.People who reside under the Shahupuri police station as well as are passport applicants in the Pune office before or on November 10 were allowed to attend the camp.

      28th November 2016

    • Police Clearance becomes Smoother thanks to Passport Office

      Passport holders who wish to make changes to the details entered in their document can now find it relatively easy to go through the entire process thanks to the Regional Passport Office. Going forward, applicants who need a PCC (Police Clearance Certificate) to change their marital status or residential address in their passport, or any other kind of change in the same document no longer have to avail a fresh passport to incorporate changes.

      The Regional Passport Office of Ahmedabad has taken the initiative to ensure that applicants will receive the PCC without the need to obtain a fresh passport, thereby making the entire process less tedious and ensuring that applicants waste no time or effort in having changes made to their passports.

      4th August 2016

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