Airports Authority of India

Mission :  ''To achieve highest standards of safety and quality in air traffic services and airport management by providing state-of-the-art infrastructure for total customer satisfaction, contributing to economic growth and prosperity of the nation.''                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Vision :  ''To be a world-class organization providing leadership in air traffic services and airport management & making India a major hub in Asia Pacific region by 2016''.

Source: Bureau of Immigration, Government of India.
Contact No: 011-26711384

ECNR (Emigration Check Not Required)/
ECR (Emigration Check Required)/
POE (Protector of Emigrants)

As per the Emigration Act, 1983, certain categories of Indian passport holders require to obtain "Emigration Clearance" from the office of Protector of Emigrants (POE) for going to certain countries.

As per Emigration Act, "emigration" means going out of India of any Indian citizen with a view to taking up employment in a foreign country.

All Indian passports are divided into two categories as follows:

  • Passports with endorsement:- "Emigration Check Required" (ECR)
  • Passports with endorsement:- "Emigration Check Not Required (ECNR)

The Indian passport holders who have the stamp of ECR, are required to get emigration clearance from Protector of Emigrants if going out to any country except Pakistan, Bangladesh, European countries (excluding CIS countries), all countries of North America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea and South Africa

Indian passport holders who have the stamp of ECNR, do not require to take any emigration clearance from POE for going to any country.

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Indians applying for passport are required to specify the desired category i.e. ECR or ECNR in the application form itself. The following Indians are entitled for ECNR stamp:

  • Persons going abroad in managerial capacity in Hotels/Restaurants, Tea-Houses or other places of Public resort etc. possessing specialized Degrees in these fields.
  • All Gazetted Government servants.
  • ll Income-Tax payers (including Agricultural Income-Tax Payers) in their individual capacity. Proof of assessment to Income-Tax and actual payment of Income-Tax for last three years is required and not merely payment of advance tax. However in most cases as an assessment order is not issued separately by the Income Tax Deptt., Income Tax Return which are stamped by Income Tax authority are accepted.
  • All professional Degree holders, such as Doctors holding M.B.B.S. Degree in Ayurved or Homoeopathy, accredited Journalists, Engineers, Chartered Accountants, Cost Accountants, Lecturers, Teachers, Scientists, Advocates, etc.
  • Spouses and dependent children upto the age of 24 years of category of persons listed from (2) to (4).
  • All persons who have been staying abroad for more than three years (the period of the three years could be either at a stretch or broken), and spouses and children upto the age of 24 years of such persons.
  • 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 / Calcutta / Chennai.
  • All holders of Diplomatic/Official Passports.
  • Dependent children of parents whose passports are classified as ECNR in the case of such children ECNR classification to be restricted until they attain 24 years of age.
  • Persons holding Permanent Immigration Visa, such as the Visas of UK, USA and Australia.
  • Persons holding Graduate or higher Degrees. (If final certificate not available, provisional certificate plus marksheet to be attached).
  • Persons holding 3 years Diploma equivalent to degree from recognized Institution like polytechnics.
  • Nurses possessing qualifications recognized under the Indian Nursing Council Act, 1947.
  • All persons above the age of 60 years.
  • No emigration clearance is required for persons possessing certificates of vocational training from Government/Government recognized institutions.

If the passport of a person has been wrongly categorized as ECR, while he was entitled for ECNR category, he will have to get it rectified from the issuing Regional Passport Office (RPO) only before he undertakes a journey to the countries for which emigration clearance is required. The immigration officers at Airports are empowered to grant exemption only in emergency cases.

The POE offices in India are situated at the following places
  • Jaisalmar House,
    Canteen Block, Man Singh Road,
    New Delhi.
    Tel No. 011-2338 2472

  • Building "E" Khira Nagar,
    S.V. Road,
    Santacruz (West)
    Mumbai-400 054
    Tel No. 022-2614 7393

  • Room No. 116 A Wing,
    3rd MSO Building, DF Block,
    Salt Lake, Kolkata-700 064
    Tel No. 033-2334 3407

  • Tamil Nadu Housing Board Complex,
    Ashok Nagar,
    Chennai-600 083
    Tel No. 044-2489 1337

  • 8th Floor, Chandra Vihar Complex,
    Opp. Exhibition Ground, M.J. Road,

  • Suganth, 24/846 (I),
    Trivandrum-695 014
    Tel No. 0471-2324835

  • Kendriya Sadan,
    5th Block, Ground Floor,
    Tel No. 0172-2741790
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