ECR/ECNR seals in Indian Passport

It is very important to understand the purpose of ECNR and often many people confuse with ECR and ECNR.

As of Oct 1, 2007 Government of India has abolished Emigration Check Required Suspension (ECRS), as a result of this The Indian Passport Office no longer stamps ECNR stamp in new passports by default if you have passed class X or income tax payee. But ECR stamp is being put in passports if applicant is not eligible for ECNR.

No emigration clearance  is required for visiting Bangladesh, Pakistan and all countries in Europe (excluding CIS states), North America, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, South Africa and Singapore.

If the passport does not have ECR stamp, the applicant is deemed to have been granted ECNR status. No ECNR stamp will be affixed on the passport.


Why do you need to remove ECR from your passport?

Passport holders with ECR stamp affixed who leave the country for employment purpose require emigration clearance from the office of Protector of Emigrants (POEs).  Otherwise, they will be stopped from travelling at the port of exit. For more information, please see this page.

How to remove ECR seal from your passport and obtain ECNR status?

The procedure is very easy and you have to apply for “Deletion of ECR” in the passport office in your city.

1. Download the FORM 2 application for Miscellaneous services. Download here

2. Mention the service requested as “Deletion of ECR status”

3. Attach copies of your class x, +2, college degree certificates as proof for education along with address proof.  You can also produce PAN card with 3 years income tax receipts (sometimes it is asked).

4. Hand over your original passport at the counter and it should take about 2-3 days to get the whole process done..

PERSONS ON WHOSE PASSPORTS ECR STAMPS WOULD NOT BE AFFIXED:

(a)  All holders of Diplomatic/official Passports.

(b)     All GAZETTED Government servants.

(c)     All Income-Tax payers (including Agricultural Income-Tax Payees) in their individual capacity. Proof of assessment of income tax and actual payment of income tax for last one year or copy of PAN card to be insisted upon, and not merely payment of advance tax. However, in most cases as an assessment order is not issued separately by the income tax department, income tax returns which are stamped by income tax authorities can be accepted.

(d)    All professional Degree holders, such as Doctors holding MBBS degree or equivalent degree in AYURVED or HOMEOPATHY, accredited Journalists, Engineers, Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants, Lecturers, Teachers, Scientists, Advocates, etc.

(e)     Spouses and dependent children of category of persons listed from (b) to (d).

(f)      All persons having educational qualifications of matriculation and above.

(g)      Seamen who are in possession of CDC or Sea Cadets, Deck Cadets;

(i) who have passed final examination of three years B.Sc. Nautical Sciences Courses at T.S. CHANAKYA, MUMBAI; and

(ii)  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, MUMBAI/KOLKATA/CHENNAI.

(h)      Persons holding Permanent Immigration Visa, such as the visas of UK, USA and Australia.

(i)      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 like Polytechnics recognized by Central/State Governments.

(j)       Nurses possessing qualifications recognized under the Indian Nursing Council Act. 1947.

(k)     All persons above the age of 50 years.

(l)     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.

(m)    All children up to the age of 18 years of age. (At the time of re-issue at the age of 18  years, ECR stamping shall be done, if applicable)..

Note: The information given above is for general information only and may not be interpreted as professional advice. For specific information and procedures, please call the passport issuing office in your city directly.

You can get the phone numbers on the respective passport office websites below:

Source: http://passport.gov.in/

Official Website Passport Office: http://passport.gov.in/

Application Forms  Download: http://passport.gov.in/cpv/Forms.htm

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  • mohan

    dear sir,
    i have uae visa .but my passport have ecr stamp only.i want to go urgently in dubai.how to clear this issue.my qualification 10th fail. i am currently doing operation theater technician course in second year only second year exam pending. i have first year mark list everthing.pls give soulsion. relay help for me.given reply shortly.

  • http://yahoo balbeer

    good morning mr. brabhu sir

    sir im working in dubai i have alredy ECNR stamps in my passport then i renew passport this month in dubai show sir now if i go another country like Kuwait show ifi go from india show i need new ECNR stamps in my passport plz sir send me sms

  • Devang Parekh

    i have ECR passport and i want to go honkkong n dubai for tour.then i should have ECNR passport or not?

  • Jarisa

    I applied for a US- Religious worker Visa, more than 10 months over, till now US Government not able to take any action in it. My passport has ECR in it, though I am having 10th Marks card, my agent has done like this, Is it necessary for me to do ECNR to go to TEXAS. Kindly help me sir by your valuable reply.

  • abdul zahir

    Dear Respect sir,
    i am working in saudi arabia from 29 months more. first time i was working in my company later on i got transferred another company. now i am on vacation but in my passport attached visa of first company. my vacation going to finish nearest. so going time its needed emigration or not. Because i have ECR Passport.

  • qureshi

    Hiii sir
    My passport is ecr
    But now m already finished 4 years work in saudi arabia so now need eCNR stamp or not for go to other encr passport recuired country pls help

  • khushboo lalwani

    greetings!
    i am currently in UAE on visit visa and i have the ECR stamp on my passprt. Is there anyway i can get it changed to ECNR while i am still in UAE? or i will have to go back to india no matter what?

    • Prabhu Balakrishnan

      You can get it done at the indian consulate in DUbai

    • Beauty and much more (Diya)

      hi khusboo

      i have the same issue ,i have ecr in my passport and iam planning to go to dubai ,would like to know how diid you travel with that passport to uae …did u have it removed?pls reply urgent

      • khushboo lalwani

        They did ask me at the immigration check about it but they let me go somehow. Thats probably coz I have relatives and my job people are also giving me a visa with the stamp but it’s better if you get it removed before you come to uae Co there’s no way you can get it done from abu dhabi. If you get it done from dubai then you will have to go to dubai for renewals and all passport related issues in the future.

  • Ishaq

    Hi Prabhu,

    I have an ecr and going to work in singapore does I need ecnr to work in singapore as well? Please let me know.

    • Prabhu Balakrishnan

      Yes, it is advised that you get ECNR (delete the ECR) before you go to singapore? Just show them PAN or 10th certificate, they will delete it.

      • Ishaq

        Thank you so much for the info Prabhu, unfortunately If I don’t have both10th certificate and pan, and I have seen in other sites that ecnr is not required to travel to singapore, kindly let me know or else can I go for poe by showing a visa of sg

        • Prabhu Balakrishnan

          Yes, it is only optional.

      • Rahim Khan

        Can i remove ecr without submitting any qualification certificate and is there is anyway to remove it please do reply

  • Rahim Khan

    Sir in my passport there is an ECR i want to remove it but i havent completed my education but i have an it return for last three years and even though i pay tax and i have all the supporting documents related my business please do reply me how to remove it without submitting my qualification certificate…

  • Anand S

    Sir i am going to apply for a fress passport,the doubt is i am not having the SSLC Marksheet but i am having the plus two marksheet amd B.E course completion certificate,the thing is TO get ECNR they will accept my plus two mark sheet or not,kindly reply me sir,Thank you

  • priyanka raut

    Sir , I have a ecr passport going to Singapore on tourist visa, what will happen on the airport ?

    • Prabhu Balakrishnan

      Nothing, ECR is only for those who go for jobs.

  • Reju varghese

    Good Morning Mr. Prabhu,
    I have a doubt regarding ECNR. My son is holding an ECR Passport and recently got a Job in Kuwait. PCC is done, Medical is over and now, His visa got Stamped by Consulate. Please advice what is the next step to get the ECNR in the Passport? the passport is taken in 2010 from India when he was studying for +1, now he is graduated. Please advice

    • Prabhu Balakrishnan

      If his passport has fresh pages, (does not have ECR stamp), then that means he is automatically ECNR.

      • Reju varghese

        Thanks for the prompt reply Mr. Prabhu,

        He has ECR stamp in his passport. My question is how to get that removed. What is the procedure?

        regards,
        reju

      • Reju varghese

        Thanks for the prompt reply Mr. Prabhu,

        He has ECR stamp in his passport. My question is how to get that removed. Can he enter Kuwait with a new ECNR Passport? What is the procedure?

        regards,

  • sachin

    Hi Prabhu
    my passport is ECR and got a visa for job in Dubai.
    but at time Emmigration in Bombay airport they rejected me. and saying breing new ECNR Passport or POE letter.
    in this case what should i do pls help
    if i make new passport then i will get new passport no and on my visa old passport no. is metion.
    pls sugges me what to do in this case…
    and what will heppen….

  • Sheik Mydeen

    I am not finish my x th STD I got passport with ECR category. Now I got Oman job opportunity .how to clear ECR problem .please help any one.

  • Santhosh Karunanithi

    Hi Prabhu I have ECNR passport and I got job visas from Qatar is there any documents required to travel ?????

  • Anu Aishwarya

    Sir have submitted with my it returns filed for my ecnr in the passport office. But still it did not happn. So please let me know when can i apply for an ecnr again.

    Regards
    Anu

  • Reddy

    Sir , I have a ECR passport. I am going to attend a traning in gremany for 1 week. Will i face any objections at the time of Emmigration