Before leaving the country, the Indian citizens are required to get a ECR clearance from the POE. The passports under ECR category will have ECR stamp. If the passport does not have ECR stamp, then the traveller is assumed to have ECNR status. On the Indian Passport, there will note be any ECNR stamp affixed. A traveller is eligible for ECNR status if the person falls in any 1 of the following categories and provides proof for the same,
- All persons and thier spouses who are staying aboard for 3 years and above.
- Children below the age of 18 years.
- All Gazetted officers.
- Gazetted officer's spouses and children.
- Income-Tax payers are eligible if provided the proof of income tax for last one year. A copy of PAN card can also be submitted.
- All holders of professional Degree, such as engineers holding engineering degree, etc.
- All educational qualification of matriculation or above holders.
- Permanent Visa holders.
- 2 years diploma issued by National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT) / State Council of Vocational Training (SCVT)holders.
- 3 years diploma or equivalent degree from Polytechnic institutions.
- Persons having 50 years of age and above.
- All Diplomatic/Official Passport holding persons.
For countries North America, Japan, Pakistan, Australia, all countries in Europe, New Zealand, Bangladesh, South Africa South Korea, and Singapore no emigration clearance is required. Before they under take the travel, the passport holders are required to have the ECR endorsement from the offices of the Protector of Emigrants (POE) if visiting other countries for any no-employment purposes. The passport holders are stopped from traveling if ECNR is not thier.
Applicants are advised to apply for ECNR, to ensure trouble free travel aboard. If the passport does not have ECR stamp, the applicant would be assumed to have ECNR status.