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What is Non ECR Category in Passport ?

While applying for Indian Passport and filling up Passport Application form you must have come across a term ‘NON-ECR Category’. ECR stands for Emigration Check Required. It can be a bit confusing to understand this term but our Article will explain it in detail. We will tell you if you fall under this category or not and if you do then what are the documents required as a proof of NON-ECR.

Now let us know about NON ECR Category in Passport.

Eligibility for Non ECR Category in Passport

Applicants falling in any one out of the below mentioned categories will be eligible for NON-ECR Status :

1. All the Diplomatic & Official Passport Holders.

2. All the Gazetted Officers in State and Central Government, their spouses and Children(If Dependent on them).

3. All people with qualification of High School/Matriculation and Above.

4. All people above the Age of 50 years.

5. All people till the age of 18 years.

6. Income Tax Payers(including Agricultural Income Tax Payees), their Spouses the Children dependent on them.

7. Nurses with qualifications under the Indian Nursing Council Act.

8. All the professional degree holders such as Engineers, Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, Scientists, Advocates etc.

9. All the Persons who possess Permanent Immigration Visa OR other documents like Green Card, Permanent Residence Card etc.

Only the Applicants falling under the above mentioned categories have to put a “YES” , otherwise “NO”.

Documents Accepted for Non ECR Category in Passport

1. Diplomatic/Official Passport Holders

Only Diplomatic/Official Passport is necessary.

2. Gazetted Officers in State and Central Government & their Spouse and dependent Children

(a) For Gazetted Officers

(I) Identity Certificate in accordance with Annexure B, OR

(II) NOC as per Annexure M, OR

(III) PI i.e. Prior Intimation Letter in accordance with Annexure N.

(b) For Spouses of Gazetted Officers

(I) Identity Certificate in accordance with Annexure B, OR

(II) Marriage Certificate issued by Registrar of Marriage, OR

(III) Joint Affidavit in accordance with Annexure D

(c) For dependent Children of Gazetted Officers

(I) Identity Certificate in accordance with Annexure B, OR

(II) Birth certificate by Municipal Authority or Registrar of Births and Deaths, OR

(III) School Leaving Certificate/ SSLC / Certificate from the School Last Attended.

(IV) Passport Copy of the Gazetted Officer (Your Father or Mother)

3. People having Qualification of High School/ Matriculation & Above

High School Marksheet / School Leaving Certificate / Passing Certificate.

4. All People with the Age of more than 50 years

(a) Birth Certificate by Municipal Authority or Registrar of Birth & Death.

(b) School Leaving Certificate or Secondary School Leaving Certificate.

(c) Notary Affidavit mentioning Date/Place of Birth in accordance with Specimen in Annexure A(Only for people who are illiterate or Semi-literate i.e., less than 5th Class)

Hope you liked to know about NON ECR Category in Passport. If you have any feedback or queries, you may leave your comments below.

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74 comments

  1. Sir bimistakely I marked “yes” for non-ecr category and I paid and submitted. What should I do now I doesn’t fall under it

  2. What if I am falling in more than one non-ECR categories? Can I submit the proof for any category I want?

  3. Minor corrections can be made when you go for your appointment.

  4. Aranganathan Rathinavelu

    i have mistakenly filled wrong Date of Birth in my application form …. will they allow me till counter A for changing the details in application form ????

  5. Any person who is 10th pass come under Non-ECR. Means for that person Emigration check is not required. . So he or she should attach Matriculate certificate & its sufficient

  6. Yes you are right ! If you are 10th pass you will come under Non-ECR category. High School Marksheet/passing certificate is required for non-ecr proof.

  7. if any person who not pASS 10TH THEN HOW CAN HE WILL COME UNDER NON-ECR CATEGORY

  8. I AM ENGINEERING GRADUATE … MY PASSPORT IS NEW i.e TAKEN IN NOV 2015… IS IT NECESSARY TO GET ECNR STAMP FROM POE OFFICE..

  9. My brother is a non matrix and he has a passport with marked ECR.
    What documents do he need to submit to remove the ECR mark except 10th certificate

    He has not travelled to any foreign country. And he is looking for jobs in gulf.

    Please advise what is the procedure to get the ECR marked removed in this situation

    Also please advise what is the applicable fee to do this

  10. Jitendra Panchal

    Sir,I am falling in two categories: Matriculation pass and Income Tax payers,but I have only Form 16 from my company since I do not file return. So is only Matriculation certificate is enough.

  11. Hi Jitendra,

    Matriculation Certificate is enough for Non-ECR Proof.

  12. hello sir,
    i want to apply for passport my birth year is 1986, i do not have birth certificate(and i do not wish to apply for this). my query is can i use my 10th certificate (which is certificate cum mark sheet) for both as a “Date of birth proof” and as a “Proof of non-ECR category”. i am in confusion that could i use this one document in both place or not. kindly reply .
    thanks in advance
    yours
    praveen

  13. Hi Anirudh,

    Am going to apply passport for my Mom, She has the School certificate for Date of Birth Proof and Non-ECR Category proof. For address proof she has UCO bank pass book only. The Voter’s ID of her has old address and the Adhaar Card(which is two years old) has correct address but wrong Date of Birth.( We didn’t check the DOB before :()

    However she has one valid proof of address that is Bank photo pass book , for secondary proof which is the fastest way to get the process done? Changing the address in Voter’s ID or Changing the DOB in Adhaar Card(which is two years old)? Or just the bank pass book is enough?

    However i applied for the change in the aadhar card ,and the status is showing “The request has been processed” What does that mean? Did they approve my request.

    Kindly advise. Many Thanks in Advance

  14. Minati Chatterjee

    I have my mark sheet issued by WBBSE as a proof of my passing 10th class exam but my certificate and admit card is lost (DT of birth is written there) May I now submit an affidavit as a proof of my DOB?

  15. Matriculation Certificate is enough for Non-ECR Proof & what about married women FOR CHANGE OF NAME AFTER MARRIAGE

  16. FOR CHANGE OF NAME AFTER MARRIAGE foe Non-ecr

  17. Can i submit photocopy of matriculation certificate since my original memo is with my professional college as a proof that i am under non ecr category?

  18. Hi Asim,

    Originals are mandatory for verification purpose.

  19. Vishakha Khatri

    I have completed my graduation and presently pursuing CA. What should i fill in “Are you eligible for NON-ECR Category” ??

  20. hello Anirudh ,
    i want to apply for passport my birth year is 1986, i do not have birth certificate(and i do not wish to apply for this). my query is can i use my 10th certificate (which is certificate cum mark sheet) for both as a “Date of birth proof” and as a “Proof of non-ECR category”. i am in confusion that could i use this one document in both place or not. kindly reply .
    thanks in advance
    yours
    praveen

  21. Hello anirudh,
    I have applied for fresh passport under tatkal, and i fall under non-ecr category. I am a postgraduate, but i don’t have my sslc mark sheet, can i submitt my BE or M.Tech mark sheets…? or please tell me the alternate documents for non-ecr category. I fall under Matriculation pass category.

    Thanks in advance

  22. Hi Divya,

    They will need your High School Marksheet / School Leaving Certificate / Passing Certificate. Without any of these documents your Application will not be accepted.

  23. Sir i have 10th passing certificate,10th and 12th marksheets.Are these documents enough for non-ecr category?I dont have 12th passing certificate .Are both the passing certificates compulsory ya only 10th passing ceritificate is enough?

  24. GURPREET SINGH

    SIR I AM FROM PUNJAB . I COMPLETE MY 10 FROM NIOS THEN DIPLOME IN AUTOMOBILE ENGINEERING FROM PUNJAB TECH. UNIVERSITY . BUT THE ECO APPLIED ME ON ECR. WHAT CAN I DO SIR

  25. Hello Anirudh sir
    Can i submit affvidate with notary to remove my ecr stamp at POE office .i dont have any 10 th memo.

  26. Hi,

    My mom is 45 yrs old and she is illiterate. Can you answer me the following questions. She is not an income tax payee or fall under any other category
    Does she fall under Non ECR?
    If ECR do I need to submit any additional document?
    What happens if Passport is marked as ECR

    Thank you in advance

  27. sir my dad is not 10 pass but he is incometax payer how they get non ecr passport
    what docoment needed for non ecr passport he is 43 years old

  28. DURYODHAN MOHANTY

    Sir
    I m duryodhan mohanty lwant apply passport but my qualificationis 9th sir please advised

  29. Sir,

    i have applied for an passport and it is in ECR stamped, i have discontinued my 10th class, but i have completed my graduate with state university, it is possible to change it for NERC,
    My intention is to work in abroad.

    pls advice or suggest me.

  30. Hi Aniruddh Ji,
    I do not possess matriculation pass certificate. But I want to remove the ECR stamp on my passport?
    I saw that with “Income Tax Payers(including Agricultural Income Tax Payees), their Spouses the Children dependent on them.”
    What does this mean?
    I have my ITR file every year. So does it mean even I don’t have educational qualification of 10 or above, I can remove the ECR stamp with the help of this?
    Please guide.
    Regards

  31. Hi Anirudh, i always find your blog helpful in all documents related problems and some of my problems also got solved by the procedures you explained in detail.

    This time my parents (Father age: 54, Mother age 46) are applying for a passport as they are visiting US with me (already have a passport with Non-ECR category). They do not possess any documentary proof of their education. Should they apply for Non-ECR category or ECR category.
    We are preferring Non-ECR over ECR. Is this possible without any documentary proof of there education.

  32. Hi Umesh,

    I am glad to hear that my blog could help you to solve issues related to various govt. documents. As your father is above 50 yrs of age, he can also submit his Birth Certificate as NON-ECR Proof. In fact, this single document i.e., Birth Certificate will be helpful for him both as a Date of Birth Proof as well as NON-ECR proof.

    If your father is a Gazetted Officer, your mother can submit Identity Certificate of your Father as per Annecure B, Marriage Certificate or Joint Affidavit. If your father is not a gazetted officer and your mother has passed 10th class or above, she will need to provide her High School Leaving/Passing certificate/Marksheet.

  33. I am a working professional and I file ITR V returns, so I am eligible for Non-ECR category. Am I correct?

  34. Yes Devdatth, you are eligible for Non ECR.

  35. Hi Anirudh Ji,
    You blog has helped me a lot.
    Now I have a passport but with ECR stamped on it.
    I have no matriculation certificate. So while I was checking on process to make it Non- ECR, I saw that ITR returns file can be use for this.
    So even if I have not pass 10th standard, is still ITR returns file can help me to remove ECR stamp on it.
    Also I would really appreciate if you could show some bright on this topic.
    Thank you very much and your work much appreciated.
    Regards
    Vivek

  36. hello sir iam 10th fail and i have a ECR passport cant i subbmit my 10th fail result and get a ECNR passport

  37. If the student is studying in class 3 then she belongs to whic category

  38. Hi sir

    My name karimulla iam 2015 ECR passport
    Issue tha passport office Vijayawada
    Iam Getting ECNR passport
    Iam
    resented ap open school 10th studed
    Passed marks sheet
    Eligible or not eligible please answer me sir

  39. Hi Anirudh,

    My brother has did passport appointment but in that application they put No for non-eligible ECR.

    he did his 10th in open school, so what is the solution for this.

    Thanks in advance.

  40. Sir,

    Currently i m studying and pursuing B.Tech in ViT university near chennai. I want to make passport and im confused about the proof i need.

    Im not staying in the hostel, im living outside . So can u guide me what do i need to take as proof.

  41. Ashok Kumar Acharya

    Hi Mr.Anirudh,
    I am Retd. Group A Gazetted Officer (qualified as Diplma in Mech. Engg) under Govt. of India . My private passport has expired on09/10/2016 .My wife is Graduate and her passport is due to expire on 30/11/2016 and my son is B. Tech and his passport is due to expire on 31/12/2016.
    I may kindly be advised for:
    1. Yes or No to be marked for Non-ECNR for all of us ?
    2. Whether any affidavit required to proof the status of my spouse ?
    3. Since I have retirement PPL with photo of spouse , still an affidavit required?
    4. We all three have PAN, Aadhar,and I am having my IT Return Acknowledgement.

  42. Hello Anirudh,

    My Mother’s Name is wrong in my 10th result. Can I use my ITR-I returns to apply for Non-ECR Category?

  43. Hi!
    sir.
    My brother has a passport and he has passed two-year in Qatar and again he wants to go gulf.
    But he has not passed matriculation.and he is not able to pay Tax so.
    Sir…. How will he get ENCR?
    His DoB of 1988.

  44. Hi sir,
    My name is SURESH.I have one Dought on form filling.what is NON-ECR ?.I completed my B.tech last 4 months back means 30-5-2016.so,
    What documents submitted to passport office.

    Please say answer to my question.
    I have 10,inter,btech mark sheets and b.tech bonified certificate and originals is their.
    Is their asking Tc of b.tech?

  45. i perusing MCA last year.but i completed my bca which document i have to submit for non ecr category.i applying for fresh passport.but i don’t know which docs i have to upload for non ecr category. Can i upload bca certificate.but my MCA is not completed

  46. for non-ECR.
    10th in open school, so what is the solution for this.

  47. Anirudh Singh ji
    Thanks a lot very helpful info. more than govt. site and instruction book for passport.
    keep up.
    as u are writing on amazing india, u ll be amazed to visit site : landscapesofindia.com.
    because india looks amazing, wonderful when seem from above.

  48. DOES WE CAN USE 12 PASSING CERTIFICATE FOR NON ECR AS DOCUMENT .AS MY 10 PASSING CERTIFICATE ARE SUBMITTED IN UNIVERSITY

  49. Hello,
    I am a graduate but I.dont have my 10th certificates apart from my TC xerox and bonafide.will they accept my 10th TC and Bonafide work for my ECNR category?

  50. i have query about ECNR. if student had done graduation with YCMOU university with prepatry examination.
    i mean candidate is 10 th fail but he cleared entrance exam and completed graduation with YCMOU university so student can clear ECNR.

  51. Hello Everyone,

    My parents are above 50 years and are not matriculate. They also do not have their birth certificates. Please advise if affadavit for date & place of birth would help us for applying passport. Also request you to share the specimen of affadavit.

  52. आदरणीय सर
    मे पोस्ट ग्रेजुयट हु मेलिए ने पासपोर्ट के liye अप्लाई किया हे मे कोण सी केटीगिरी मे आता हु
    non ecr मे मे क्या करू yes / no

  53. Hello freinds, I need to apply passport for my Mother(age 58),in Non-Ecr. But the problem is for Non-Ecr required School Leaving certificate or 10th marks required (http://www.passportindia.gov.in/AppOnlineProject/onlineHtml/NonEcrDocuments.html) But we have lost/missing the both documents! how do I get the passport with Non Ecr??? Please guide me.. is it possible May I apply, with Adhaar Card??? Thank You

  54. Hi Sir

    I have seen the info n find it helpful very thanks to for ur effort. But in the article about doc’s reqd for NON ECR you have mentioned only till ppl age of above 50, what doc’s needs to submit if

    6. Income Tax Payers (including Agricultural Income Tax Payees), their Spouses the Children dependent on them.
    7. Nurses with qualifications under the Indian Nursing Council Act.
    8. All the professional degree holders such as Engineers, Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers, Scientists, Advocates etc.
    9. All the Persons who possess Permanent Immigration Visa OR other documents like Green Card, Permanent Residence Card etc.

  55. Can I get non ecr stamp on my passport by showing engineering degree?

  56. My fathers age is 60 but he don’t have a school lc or birth certificate so which document can be use for non-ecr

  57. Am falling under non ecr categeory .can i submit birth certificate for proof of date of birtg

  58. hello sir,
    My mom has passed class 9 only. she doesnt have the dateof birth certificate of the municipality and neither she has the school leaving certificate. i guess she has lost it.
    in such a situation i have submitted the form marking yes to NON ECR category.
    What evidence can i provide for Non ECR Proof?
    I have uploaded E-aadhar for DOB & DOA proof. Will that suffice?
    please respond i have limited days till my user id gets deactivated.

  59. I have my new passport… i belonged to non ecr category but I filled no in application… so what should i do? I have to apply second time for that?? Or is it ok??? Plzzz tell me fast…

  60. Hi

    My brother has did passport appointment but in that application they put No for non-eligible ECR.

    he did his 10th in open school, so what is the solution for this.

    Thanks in advance.

  61. Hi Anirudh Sir
    I m applying for passport I want to know whether madan and madanlal are minor or major name change.

  62. Hi Anirudh

    my husband applied for new passport. He passed inter but he lost all certificates. he mentioned 10 th above in passport application for non ecr, he pays IT returns,so what certificate required to submit. Is 10th mandatory.
    please help us

  63. Hai I am 10th fail how change to ecr to ecnr passport
    But I am complete diploma hotel management

  64. bhargav ganatra

    Hi Sir,
    if any person who not pASS 10TH THEN HOW CAN HE WILL COME UNDER NON-ECR CATEGORY

  65. My mother is illiterate above 50 years. Does she fall under nonECR category? And what proof will she show for nonECR and illiteracy?

  66. DEAR ANIRUDJI ,

    I HAVE YASHWANTRAO UNIVERSITY FYBCOM PASSING CERITFICATE BUT STILL THEY SAID THEY WILL NOT ACCEPT THIS CERTIFICATE FOR NON ECR AND PUT THE ECR STAMP ON MY PASSPORT CAN YOU HELP ME HOW TO REMOVE WITH THIS .

  67. If I am 12 fail from college and dont hv 10 std marksheet school leaving certifcate can I b elegible for non ecr emmigration

  68. SIR I AM praveen FROM jaisalmer . I COMPLETE MY 10 FROM NIOS THEN DIPLOME IN AUTOMOBILE ENGINEERING TECH. UNIVERSITY . BUT THE ECO APPLIED ME ON ECR. WHAT CAN I DO SIR

  69. SIR I AM praveen FROM jaisalmer . I COMPLETE MY 10 FROM NIOS THEN DIPLOME IN AUTOMOBILE ENGINEERING TECH. UNIVERSITY . BUT THE ECO APPLIED ME ON ECR. WHAT CAN I DO SIR

    Realy please help us

  70. Sir I m government servant , my wife dependent on me. It is mandatory show education marksheet to show passport office.cause in present address I have not my wife education marksheet n certificate.. plzz reply

  71. hello sir i am 10th fail and can i submit my 10th fail result and get a NON-ECR passport

  72. Hi sir,

    This is akshaya.while filling the passport application form by online. I have filled non- ecr option ‘No’,but I am a post graduate.we can rectify this issue

  73. Hi Akshaya,

    You can rectify all the minor mistakes when you reach the passport office for your appointment. This shouldn’t be a big issue.

  74. Hi Aniruddha,
    Can PAN number alone serve for age proof for Non-ECR? My mom is under matriculate and has no birth certificate. She is 74 years.

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