Crown World Mobility immigration update: India

UPDATE: Citing technical difficulties, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has issued a public notice suspending registration requirement until further notice.

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UPDATE: Citing technical difficulties, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has issued a public notice suspending the registration requirement until further notice.

Mandatory registration of all ECNR (Emigration Check Not Required) Indian passport holders will be required. The MEA issued the measure to extend protection and ensure the welfare of overseas Indian emigrants.Previously, the requirement to register with MEA was limited to Indian nationals with Emigration Clearance Required (ECR) stamped in their passports. The requirement will extend to ECNR Indian passport holders.The employment/work permit includes 18 countries; Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

Key considerations

All Indian ECNR passport holders traveling on employment/work permits will be required to register online. The registration is to be completed at least 24 hours prior to travel. Failure to register will lead to cancellation of travel.This summary was prepared using information obtained from emigrate.Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Debra Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager, APAC or Bopanna Nanjappa, Immigration Manager for India.Crown World Mobility tracks policy in changes in over 120 countries, so you don’t have to! Find out more.Follow more of the latest developments in Relocate's Immigration section.  Take a look at Crown World Mobility’s Brexit research report to see the views from around Europe.
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