Consular, Passport and Visa Division Consular, Passport and Visa Division

Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)

Q: What is a Police Clearance Certificate (PCC)?
A:

Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) is issued to Indian Passport holders in case they have applied for Residential Status, Employment or Long term visa or for immigration. PCC cannot be issued for persons going abroad on Tourist Visa.

Q: What are the documents required to apply for a PCC in India ?
A:

I. DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED BY PCC APPLICANTS GOING TO ECR COUNTRIES FOR EMPLOYMENT PURPOSE: [List of ECR Countries: 1. United Arab Emirates 2. Yemen 3. Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 4. Sudan 5. Qatar 6. Afghanistan 7. Oman 8. Indonesia 9. Kuwait 10. Syria 11 . Bahrain 12. Lebanon 13 . Malaysia 14. Thailand 15 . Libya 16. Iraq 17 . Jordan]

  • Documents Required for Skilled/Semi-Skilled Workers (Individuals): Skilled/Semi-skilled individuals who have entered into employment contract directly (and not through Recruiting Agents (RA) registered with Protectorate of Emigrants) with the foreign employer are required to submit copies of the following documents (originals for scrutiny and return):
    • Old passport in original with self-attested photocopy of its first two and last two pages including ECR/Non-ECR page and page of observation (if any).
    • Proof of Present Address (in case of change of address)
    • Self-attested copy of Employment Contract with foreign employer.
    • Copy of valid visa (in case visa is already obtained) along with Official English translation if the visa is not in English.
  • Documents Required for Unskilled/Women Workers (Individuals): Unskilled workers and women (not below 30 years of age) seeking employment directly (and not through Recruiting Agents registered with Protectorate of Emigrants) abroad are required to submit copies of the following documents (originals for scrutiny and return):
    • Old passport in original with self-attested photocopy of its first two and last two pages including ECR/Non-ECR page and page of observation (if any).
    • Proof of Present Address (in case of change of address)
    • Employment contract from the foreign employer duly attested by the Indian Mission or Permission letter from the concerned Indian Mission/Post.
    • Copy of valid visa (in case visa is already obtained) along with Official English translation if the visa is not in English.
  • Documents required for skilled/semi-skilled workers (Through Recruiting Agents**): Skilled/semiskilled workers who have entered in to employment contract with the foreign employer through Recruiting Agents registered with Protectorate of Emigrants are required to submit copies of the following documents:
    • Old passport in original with self-attested photocopy of its first two and last two pages including ECR/Non-ECR page and page of observation (if any).
    • Proof of Present Address (in case of change of address)
    • Copies of Original Employment contract, demand letter and power of attorney from the foreign employer duly attested by the Recruiting Agent (RA).
    • Copy of valid registration certificate issued by the Protectorate of Emigrants, Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Govt. of India.

    Names of licensed Recruitment Agents can be found at http://poeonline.gov.inExternal website that opens in a new window

  • Documents required for Unskilled/Women Workers (Through Recruiting Agents): Unskilled/Women workers who have entered in to employment contract with the foreign employer through Recruiting Agents registered with Protectorate of Emigrants are required to submit copies of the following documents:
    • In addition to the documents specified for skilled/semiskilled workers, all employment documents mentioned in " C.3” above have to be duly attested by the concerned Indian Mission.

II. DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED BY PCC APPLICANTS EMIGRATING TO NON-ECR COUNTRIES:

  • Old passport in original with self-attested photocopy of its first two and last two pages including ECR/Non-ECR page and page of observation (if any).
  • Proof of Present Address (in case of change of address)
  • Documentary proof of applying for Residential Status, Employment (Copy of Employment contract) or Long term visa or for immigration.

III. PCC FOR DEPENDENT FAMILY MEMEBRS OF A PERSON RESIDING/EMIGRATING IN/TO BOTH ECR AND NON-ECR COUNTRIES:

  • Old passport in original with self-attested photocopy of its first two and last two pages including ECR/Non-ECR page and page of observation (if any).
  • Proof of Present Address (in case of change of address)
  • Sponsorship declaration by the person who is sponsoring the emigration of the PCC applicant.
Q: I am an Indian National staying abroad, Local Government has asked me to submit Police Clearance certificate.
  • How to apply for a PCC at an Indian Mission?
  • What are the documents required for a PCC application?
  • What is the procedure of issuance of a PCC?
A:
  • The application form can be downloaded from the website of the Indian Mission and submitted along with the supporting documents indicated.
  • For a checklist of documents required, please check with the Indian Mission concerned through website or in person.
  • On receipt of a PCC application along with required documents, the Indian Mission will forward the application to concerned Passport Issuing Authority (PIA) in India. The Mission will issue a PCC to applicant on receipt of status report from PIA for the same.

Note: For foreign nationals, Police Clearance Certificate needs to be obtained from the District Police or the FRRO at the place of residence in India. Copies of such a certificate may be attested by the Indian Mission on production of the original.