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Emigration clearance not required (ECNR)

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Emigration check not required (ECNR) stamp is not required, if one is not travelling for employment purposes.

The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (Emigration Policy Division) have allowed  ECR passport holders travelling abroad for purposes others than employment  to leave the country on production of valid passport, valid visa and return ticket at the immigration counters at international airports in India w.e.f. 1st October 2007.

ECNR is only required if you are travelling to any of the below 17 countries for employment:
United Arab Emirates (UAE), The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Sudan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Syria, Lebanon, Thailand and Iraq.

For all passports issued before January 2007, a blank second page in the passport means your passport is endorsed with ECR and you need to get emigration clearance if you are travelling to any of the above 18 countries for employment.

For all passports issued after January 2007, a “Blank” page 2 on your passport is deemed to have been ECNR endorsed. If you don’t fit into ECNR eligibility criteria, and Emigration Check is Required, there will be an endorsement in the passport regarding ECR.

Emigration check not required (ECNR)

Emigration clearance required (ECR)

Eligibility for ECNR status:

The following applicants are eligible for Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR) status:

  1. Gazetted Government servants, their spouses and dependent children
  2. Holders of Diplomatic/official Passports
  3. Persons having educational qualifications of matriculation and above
  4. Persons above the age of 50 years
  5. Children up to the age of 18 years. (For re-issue of passport, after they attain the age of 18 years, documents to proof their non-ECR category has to be submitted, else ECR stamping will be done)
  6. Income-Tax payers (including Agricultural Income-Tax payees) in their individual capacity, their spouses and dependent children below the age 18 years.
  7. Persons possessing two years diploma from any institute recognized by the National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) or State Council of Vocational Training (SCVT), or persons holding three years diploma/equivalent degree from institutions, such as Polytechnics recognized by the Central/State Governments of India
  8. Nurses possessing qualifications recognized under the Indian Nursing Council Act. 1947
  9. All professional Degree holders , their spouses and dependent children. Examples of professional degree holders are Doctors holding MBBS degree or equivalent degree in AYURVED or HOMEOPATHY, accredited Journalists, Engineers, Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants, Lecturers, Teachers, Scientists, Advocates, etc
  10. 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
  11. Seamen who are in possession of Continuous Discharge Certificate (CDC), or Sea Cadets and Deck Cadets
    a. who have passed the final examination of three years B.Sc. Nautical Sciences courses at T.S. Chanakya, Mumbai and b. 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 at Mumbai/Kolkata/Chennai
  12. Persons holding Permanent Immigration Visa, such as the visas of UK, USA and Australia. 

How to apply for ECNR stamping

If and only if you are travelling to any of the below countries for employment, you need to get ECNR stamp, if you does not have already:

United Arab Emirates (UAE), The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Malaysia, Libya, Jordan, Yemen, Sudan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Syria, Lebanon, Thailand and Iraq.

You have either to get the entire ECR stamp deleted, or if your are not eligible (categories listed above),  you may get a temporary Emigration Suspension before leaving India. If the applicant does not have Non-ECR status then All such ECR passport holders need to obtain Emigration Clearance Certificate from the Protector-General of Emigrants, Ministry of Overseas India Affairs.

Documents required for ECNR (non-ECR) status:

All eligibility documents list can be seen here: Non-ECR documents list

Protector of Emigrants (PoE) offices for Emigration clearance:

The POE offices in India are situated at the following places:

  1. Protector of Emigrant office New Delhi
    Jaisalmar House, Canteen Block, Man Singh Road,
    New Delhi
    Tel No. 011-2338 2472
  2. Protector of Emigrant office Mumbai
    Building “E” Khira Nagar, S.V. Road, Santacruz (West),
    Mumbai-400 054
    Tel No. 022-2614 7393
  3. Protector of Emigrant office Kolkata
    Room No. 116 A Wing, 3rd MSO Building, DF Block,
    Salt Lake, Kolkata-700 064
    Tel No. 033-2334 3407
  4. Protector of Emigrant office Chennai
    Tamil Nadu Housing Board Complex, Ashok Nagar,
    Chennai-600 083
    Tel No. 044-2489 1337
  5. Protector of Emigrant office Hyderabad
    8th Floor, Chandra Vihar Complex, Opp. Exhibition Ground,
    M.J. Road, Hyderabad.
  6. Protector of Emigrant office Trivandrum
    Suganth, 24/846 (I), Thycaud,
    Trivandrum-695 014
    Tel No. 0471-2324835
  7. Protector of Emigrant office Chandigarh
    Kendriya Sadan, 5th Block, Ground Floor,
    Sector-9-A, Chandigarh
    Tel No. 0172-2741790
  8. Protector of Emigrant office Cochin
    3RD Floor Putherickal Building, Market Road, Ernakulam.
    Kerala – 682035
    Tel. No. 0484-2360187
  9. Protector of Emigrant office Jaipur
    Hall No.3, RIICO CFC Building, Sitapura Industrial Area, Sitapura,


Documents required for emigration clearance at PoE office:

  1. Passport (valid at least for six months)
  2. Valid Employment Visa
  3. Contract Duly Signed by Foreign Employer
  4. Valid Pravasi Bhartiya Bima Policy 2006
  5. Affidavit from Candidate Declaring Genuineness of Documents

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  1. SUYOG AMBLE says

    hi sir, i have employment visa of UAE and my passport issued in 2015, i am not 10th pass.. so if i wnt to make ecnr frm poe office mumbai.. SO AFTER thaT what are the documents are required and within how many days i will get my ECNR???

  2. Sakshi says

    i want the non-ecr stamp but i am permanently residing in india only, how to do so?
    i had not submitted the marksheet while issueing hence recieved ecr. Now how to get the non-ecr? pls guide…

  3. zubair says

    सर मेरे भाई को ECNR करवाना है लेकिन सर वह अनपढ़ है क्या करें सर

  4. mahtab Alam says

    Sir my passport is ECR i am leave two years Saudi Arabia and one month Qatar how can be my passport ECNR

  5. ranjith says

    haiiiii sir,
    i am Ranjith I am passed 10 exam,
    now i am work in bahrain, 4 years ,
    my ecr passport want to change ecnr ,
    i am eligible for ecnr or not ,
    witch proof requirement

  6. Mukulesh says

    Dear sir.
    I have ECNR before came UAE .now moving to other countrie (Qatar)
    Please let me know that’s emigration is fine or what need to know .I have visa for Qatar.

  7. Faheem says

    Dear sir,
    My passport have ECR and i want to go Qatar As a Work business visa one month duration,
    And i dont have 10th certificate,
    How can i go to qatar please advice,

  8. mohammad akram says

    Hello sir i am return 5 years from ksa now I want to make my passport ecnr. Is this possible or not?

  9. Saif Ali says

    Hello sir!
    I have ecr status in my passport! And my passport will be expire in 6 months so
    Now i am going to apply reissue for ecnr status
    I stayed more than 3 years in united kingdom on long term visit visa
    So can i get ecnr status?? Gve answer soon

  10. Maqsood says

    Sir, mera passport ecr tha.main 5 years Saudi mein employee rah chuka hoon.1 year pahle main saudi m hi renew karwaya tha.lekin new passport pe ecr ya ecnr nahi likha hua hai.
    M ye jan na chahta hoon k kaya m ab ecnr passport holder hoon ya nahi ??????

  11. Manmath kamalapure says

    Mai teen sal Bahrain me gujar chuka hoon. How to get ecnr passport

  12. Madhu says


    Pls advice partner visa in uae required ECNR stam in passport

  13. murugan velu says

    Hi sir pls advice me I want trvel to saudi arabia my passport no: N4943451.

  14. murugan velu says

    my passport no: N4943451.i want traval to Saudi arabia I can pls advice me sir

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