India puts pre-registration for ECNR passport holders on hold

November 29, 2018

The Indian government on Wednesday put on hold the mandatory pre-registration for ECNR (emigration clearance not required) passport holders, with employment visas to Oman and 17 other countries, which was to come into effect from January 1, 2019.

India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that the decision was taken in response to the concerns raised by the Indian community in 18 countries. In a public notice issued, M C Luther, joint secretary & protector general of emigrants at MEA, stated, “With reference to the Ministry of External Affairs’ advisory dated November 14, 2018, it is informed that we have been receiving representations from various quarters.

“This includes representations from the non-ECR passport holders already employed in ECR countries, regarding difficulties faced by them in registration on www.emigrate.gov.in.”

He added that Indian missions in these countries have also forwarded representations received by them from the Indian community. “In view of this, the competent authority has decided to keep this advisory regarding the registration of non-ECR passport holders in abeyance until further orders.”

MEA has said that if any emigrant wants to register voluntarily, he/she can still do so on the eMigrate portal.