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ECR and ECNR in Indian Passport : Frequently Asked Questions

There are several terms and rules associated with a passport that seems to be very complex for the masses due to use of abbreviations and varying mandatory requirements. ECR/ECNR in Indian passport is one such issue. As this status can have major implications on employment application, people would generally rely on travel agents for ECR/ECNR issues. However, if you would pay a little attention, you wouldn’t need any external help, can save a serious amount and of course, gain more confidence. So here are important FAQs answered regarding ECR/ECNR. What is Emigration Clearance? Emigration : The act of migrating to another country for employment. In simple words, a person who visits a foreign country for employment purpose is an Emigrant. The Emigration Act 1983 makes it compulsory for specific categories of the Indian passport holders to have Emigration Clearance from POE office (Protector of Emigrants) for going to specific countries. What…

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Guide : How to change your name in Indian passport

The name is the prime identity of an individual, Hence it is of utmost importance on a person’s passport. Change of a name, whether substantial or partial, must therefore be notified to the passport department in order to avoid any future complications while travelling. With the latest rules one does not have to sweat it out in the passport office. You can easily go to the office and follow some simple procedure to get your name changed. In case an individual wishes to change middle name or surname, he/she will have to visit the Passport Seva Kendra (Indian Embassy / Consulate for NRIs aborad) or the official website and apply for a ‘Re-issue’ of Passport. 1. What are the documents required while applying for a name change? Duly filled in miscellaneous application form (available at Embassy / Consulate or download here) Present passport (original) and a photocopy of first 2 and last 2 pages and all…

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Top 7 investment options for NRIs to get high returns in India 2016

India is counted among one of the best markets of the world. With its large numbers of young population and encouraging economy the country offer a variety of investment opportunities for the people. Its favorable investment climate is also attracting NRIs who would like to park their hard earned income in various promising investment schemes to earn a decent revenue over a period of time. Here are 7 different ways in which an NRI can invest in Indian markets: A. Fixed income options – Less Risk, Medium Returns The fixed income options include a variety of investments that offer a fixed return on your investments. These products generally invest in government securities and bonds. The major emphasis is on offering some income benefits while securing your principal. As these schemes are keenly committed to principal security rather than generating revenue, you cannot have many expectations with these schemes. Though most of…

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Guide : How to apply for newborn baby passport in India

Passport is the most important document required for traveling abroad. At one point of time, issuing of a passport was a tedious task and most people would rely on travel agents for the same. The agents’ charges for getting you the newborn baby’s passport were even higher. Thanks to the revolutionary measures and extensive digitalization, it is now much easier to obtain a passport in India. So, here are the steps for obtaining passport for new born baby: Birth Certificate At the time of your baby’s birth, generally, the hospital will give you a form regarding the relevant details that will be sent to government bodies to obtain the birth certificate. So, you don’t have to worry too much about the procedure. However, in some cases you might need to apply yourself: Birth Certification Procedure Obtain registration form by the nearest registrar. Fill it and submit at nearest local authority…

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Guide : What to do if your baggage is lost at an Indian airport

Losing or misplacing a bag leaves one with a bad taste at the end of a journey. It robs you of the excitement when one is getting back home to family with goodies. According to the data released by regulator DGCA, missed baggage continues to be among the top three complaints of fliers in India. In fact, mishandled baggage is one of the biggest issues with the aviation industry worldwide, costing a whopping $2.3 billion in 2015. This guide explains what you should do if your baggage is lost during travel or at the airport. Baggage lost at departure airport In spite of all the technological advancements, airlines are still handled by humans and mistakes do happen. Your baggage might have been sent on a wrong flight or may have been left out at the departure airport. There might also be other reasons like a loose packing, wrong label or a suspicious item. If you cannot…

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Qatar Guide : How to add or delete spouse name in Indian passport

This guide explains the advantages and procedure to be followed to add or delete spouse (husband or wife) name in Indian passport. Advantages of adding spouse name Adding your spouse name to your passport is not a legal requirement. The marriage certificate is good enough document in most cases. However in some case, this will be great help, such as : While applying for your children’s passport As per Indian Passports website, if either parent of a minor holds a valid passport with spouse name endorsed, passport will be issued to the minor without any police verification. If parent(s) hold a valid passport, but spouse name is not endorsed, then they must get the spouse name added in their passport. If father is abroad, then a sworn affidavit attested by the Indian mission along with attested photocopy of passport needs to be submitted OR Annexure G can be submitted by mother. While…

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Guide : 10 things to do if your Indian passport is lost

Your passport is your most important proof of identity and should be handled with care. The thought of losing your passport can be terrifying for many, especially as expatriates or while travelling in a foreign country. It may seem like it’s the end of the world, but it’s really not. More often, the situation is nothing as exotic, but it can be very stressful nonetheless. Here are 10 steps to handle the unfortunate situation : 1. Keep a backup plan ready Well, this is something you should do before you lose the passport. In fact you should do these NOW, if you haven’t done yet : Keep backup photocopies of your passport. Scan the passport and mail the file to yourself, so that you have them handy in case of a crisis. Also it is a good method to have your phone number & contact details attached to the passport. You can paste / staple a small piece…

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No need to fill Customs Declaration Form, unless you carry dutiable goods

Passengers flying into India will not have to fill the baggage declaration form if they are not carrying dutiable or prohibited goods. The rule on filling baggage declaration forms is no more mandatory, which will save international passengers’ time and the cost of production. Earlier, every international passenger had to fill this form but now this new rule states that only passengers who “intend to declare” dutiable items/prohibited items need to fill the “little customs form” on arrival. Rest can just enter green channel and walk out. However, entering the green channel without declaring the dutiable items (if any) will stand for a fine. This change will be effective from 1 April 2016. Passengers, officials welcome decision Along with the passengers, Custom officials have also welcomed the decision. “We are happy that the mandatory baggage declaration form will soon be done away with. A passenger has to either fill the form in…

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NRI Alert : India announces Baggage Rules 2016; Raises free allowance to Rs 50,000

As declared in the Union Budget 2016-17, India government has substituted the existing Baggage Rules 1998 with Baggage Rules 2016 to simplify and rationalise multiple slabs of duty-free allowance for various categories of passengers. The new Baggage Rules 2016 was notified by the Finance Ministry yesterday. Here are the major changes : Major changes to baggage rules Please note that all these changes shall come into force only from 1st April 2016. Increase in baggage allowance Under the new rules, duty free baggage allowance carried by an international passenger, when coming to India, is increased from Rs 45,000 to Rs 50,000 (from 1 April 2016). This incremental allowance would result in customs duty saving of approximately Rs 1,800 for international passengers. No restrictions on age & minimum period of stay Restrictions on age and minimum period of stay abroad has been withdrawn. Free baggage allowances are same for all passengers irrespective of their age and period…

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Indian Customs Baggage Rules 2016 – Complete Text

Below is the complete text extracted from Notification No.30/2016 – Customs (N. T.) for reference purpose only. No modifications in the content have been made by NRICafe.com If you have difficulty in understanding technical terms, please follow these links which explain the same in simpler language : Major Changes in Indian Baggage Rules 2016 Duty Free Allowances for Indian Citizens Indian Customs Duty on LCD/LED TVs 2016 Indian Customs Duty on Gold 2016  Seeks to notify Baggage Rules, 2016 – 30/2016 – Dated 1-3-2016 [TO BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE OF INDIA, EXTRAORDINARY, PART-II, SECTION-3, SUB-SECTION (i)] GOVERNMENT OF INDIA MINISTRY OF FINANCE (DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE) Notification No.30/2016 – Customs (N. T.) New Delhi, the 1st March, 2016 G.S.R.           (E ).- In exercise of the powers conferred by section 79 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), and in supersession of the Baggage Rules, 1998, except as respects…