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Gandhi Jayanti Celebration at Embassy

Gandhi Jayanti Celebration at Embassy

Gandhi Jayanti will be celebrated in Indian Embassy on Monday, 2nd October 2017, with one-hour cultural programme from 0900 – 1000 hrs.  Favourite Gandhi Bhajans will be sung on this auspicious occasion.

2.       All Indian nationals are cordially invited to participate.  Please arrive by 0845 hrs.

3.       Light snacks, tea/coffee will be served to all.     

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100th Birth Anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya

 
 The Embassy is celebrating the 100th Birth Anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya on Monday, 25 September 2017 at the Embassy Auditorium at 5 p.m.  All members of the Indian community in Kuwait are welcome to attend the function.  An eminent academician from India will be the guest of honour who will address the gathering on Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’s groundbreaking economic vision and his work for “Antyodaya” meaning “poverty alleviation” and its relevance in present socio-economic environment.
All concerned may please arrive at the Embassy Auditorium by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, 25 September 2017.
 
 
 
 
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Aaj Ki Shaam Desh Ke Naam A Celebratory Concert

 
 
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Indian Embassy Celebrates 71st Independence Day of India in Kuwait

71st Independence Day of India in Kuwait

Independence Day

Despite extremely hot summer, approximately 3,000 Indian nationals joyously participated in the 71st Independence Day celebrations at the Indian Embassy premises. The function started with the unfurling of the tri-colour National Flag by Ambassador Sunil Jain and the singing of the National Anthem. Thereafter, Ambassador read out Hon’ble President’s Address to the Nation. The Bohra Community band played a variety of marching tunes to the delight of the assembled gathering. The cultural programme concluded with the singing of patriotic songs which were sung by various Indian community associations based in Kuwait . 

2.         Kuwait has about 9.5 lakh Indian nationals, working as businesspersons, doctors, engineers, chartered accountants, technicians in oil & gas sector, construction workers, nurses and domestic workers, etc. They participated in the Independence Day celebrations with great joy and enthusiasm, reflecting India’s rich ethnic, linguistic, religious and cultural diversity. 

3.         Ambassador emphasized that the relations between the two countries have been historically close, warm and friendly, and commended the contribution of the Indian community in Kuwait’s socio-economic development. On this auspicious occasion, he extended his warm greetings to the members of the Royal Family and to all members of the Indian community in Kuwait. The Ambassador highlighted several measures taken by the Embassy for the welfare of the community. 

4.         Hot chhole, parathe, gulab jamuns, tea, juice and mineral water were served to all those present. Few Photographs taken on the occasion are attached.

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10th Urban Mobility India Conference & Expo 2017

10th Urban Mobility India Conference & Expo 2017

 

India’s Ministry of Urban Development is organizing the 10th Urban Mobility India Conference 2017 & Cooperation for Urban Mobility in the Developing World (CODATU). Further details about the 3 day event are obtainable from Ms. ReenaAroraSrivastava, Manager (UMI), Institute of Urban Transport (India), 1st Floor, AnandVihar Metro Station Building, Delhi- 110092, Tel : (+91) 11 66578700-709 (10 lines), Ext 715; Telefax - : (+91) 11 66578733-744; E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All interested participants may visit the conference website at www.urbanmobilityindia.in.

 

Indian Embassy Labour Wing

Indian Embassy Labour Wing

Indian Embassy receives complaints on a daily basis from Indian workers in Kuwait on account of ill treatment, excessive working hours, filing of cases on false charges, physical & mental harassment, non-payment of salary, withholding of passport, non-regularization of service/payment of indemnity, denial of leave etc. On receipt of complaints from distressed Indian workers, the Embassy immediately takes up the matter with the Sponsor/employers as well as with the concerned Kuwaiti authorities for early resolution of grievances.While rendering all possible assistance to distressed Indian nationals in Kuwait, the Labour Wing of Embassy extends help in following such cases:-

i) Distressed workers (under Visa-18)

        We have been receiving complaints from female workers who had travelled from India on Visa-18 (company visa) for various jobs like sales lady, ladies tailor, hair dresser, beautician etc. Few workers under these categories are engaged as domestic aids and some are facing hardship in getting offered salary and proper treatment. They directly or indirectly approach Embassy for seeking assistance to resolve their grievances and for early repatriation to India.

In these cases (under visa-18) if sponsor /company does not cooperate, workers need to report to ‘Shoon’ (Public Authority of Manpower) as an initial stage of registering their grievance. However, Embassy is addressing such complaints and extends all possible assistance to amicably resolve the disputes in consultation with respective sponsors.

 

ii)  Distressed workers (under Visa-20)

 Embassy has stopped (since December 2014) attesting any contract agreements in respect of domestic female workers (housemaids) under Visa-20.  Domestic workers (visa 20) come under the purview of the Ministry of Interior while other categories of workers fall within the jurisdiction of the Kuwait Ministry of Social Affairs &Labour. Any Indian domestic sector worker, who contacts the Embassy or about whom the Embassy receives request for help, is being attended promptly by the Labour Wing.  Embassy generally handles the ‘run-away cases’ in cooperation with the Kuwaiti sponsors/authorities. In some cases, cooperation from individual sponsor/employer/agency is not available for resolution of problems being faced by domestic workers. Many Indian male workers (visa-20) have been engaged with various categories of employment like driver, house boy, male cook etc in Kuwait. Upon the request from the worker, he is being accommodated in the Embassy’s shelter till the time of repatriation to India, with the support of local authorities and law enforcing agencies. Those domestic female workers (house maids/visa-20) who got foreign employment before Dec 2014 were also provided needful administrative and logistic support till they travel to India safely.  Embassy provides financial assistance to the distressed workers for contingency expenditure besides managing travel expenses to the needy & deserving ones on merit.

In absence of valid travel documents, the workers have to wait for completing the formalities related repatriation which may sometimes take months as per the local regulations. Existence of a theft case on the worker further leads to judicial proceeding and worker has to wait considerably more time till the final verdict comes. Most of the complaints being received by the Embassy contain partial/inadequate information which restricts the concerned officials to process the case and help the distressed Indian worker. So it is requested to provide maximum information like passport/residency/telephone number, type of visa, details of the sponsor, etc which enable our officials to address the grievances promptly.

iii)Rescue & Repatriation (Illegal confinement)

At times Embassy receives complaints from Indian workers and their well-wishers regarding destitute status of him/her under confinement with the sponsor/at the work place. Most of these cases are reported without sufficient details regarding the sponsor, location etc. restricts Embassy from taking any prompt action to rescue the worker. Whereas, such complaints with adequate details enable the Embassy to seek immediate intervention of Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs and further follow up actions to rescue the distressed worker. Unfortunately, some distressed worker stranded in such environment is not even aware of the location and details of the sponsor and in those cases Embassy officials are restricted to extend needful assistance except advising the distressed worker to urgently reach Embassy by some means.

iv) Wrong employment

Many cases of engaging workers other than the promised job have been noticed in the past. These workers are being exploited at the initial level of their recruitment by unscrupulous agents in India and they are not even aware of any dos and don’ts for those who seek foreign employment. Distressed workers under this category (both visa-18 & 20) are being left with the option to perform the allotted job for their livelihood and to meet family obligations. These workers are even transferred form one sponsor to another without the consent of worker and at some point of their misery, they approach Embassy for repatriation. In most of these cases, a positive response from the sponsor is rare and Embassy extends all assistance for repatriation/deportation with the cooperation of related government agencies.

v)  Shelter for Male & Female Domestic Workers

        In deserving cases, the workers (under visa 20) are accommodated in the shelter, maintained separately for male & female domestic workers under the supervision of Embassy till the formalities for their repatriation are completed

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Indian Embassy’s Passport Services

Indian Embassy’s Passport Services

            Indian Embassy’s endeavour has been to extend all help and assistance to its community members in timely and satisfactory manner.  Majority of the services sought by Indian community are related to passport and attestation matters.  In 2016, Embassy rendered more than 96,000 passport plus another 8,000 passport related services such as birth, death and marriage registrations.  Passport is issued within 3 days of submission of application.  Only in Police Clearance Certificate cases in which applicant’s Police Verification Report (PVR) is not clear, the application is then referred to India for clearance which may take 30-45 days.  Government of India has, from time to time, amended so as to relax passport rules for the benefit of Indian community.  Renewal of passport in Kuwait can be made within 2 years of the expiry of the existing passport.  Relevant information with regard to passport services is given below:

 

I.                   PASSPOSRT SERVICES

 

Service                                                                                                        Fee in KD

(i)          A new passport (ordinary) for 10-year validity                          :        23.500

(ii)      New Passport (jumbo) for 10-year validity                                   :        31.500

(iii)     Birth registration of new born child and new passport                  :        31.500

(iv)     Police Clearance Certificate                                                           :        08.500

(v)      New passport against damaged/ lost passport                                :        46.500

(vi)     Service charge of Application Centre                                             :        01.200

                                                                                               

 

II.               MISCELLANEOUS PASSPORT SERVICES (at the time of renewal of passport):

 

(i)               To add spouse name:   No proof of marriage is required.

(ii)            To remove spouse name:      No proof of divorce or separation is required.

(iii)          Change of date of birth/place of birth:   If the request for change of date of birth/place of birth is made within 5 years of first passport issued with wrong DOB/POB, then:

(a) If there is a clerical mistake, Passport Issuing Authority (PIA) can rectify the mistake after verifying the proof of correct date of birth.  No additional charges are to be paid. 

(b) If the mistake is due to submission of two different documents as proof of date of birth (e.g. School certificate and birth certificate), then in such cases, DOB can be corrected as Birth Certificate takes precedence over school certificate.  However, applicant has to pay prescribed penalty. 

Same procedure is followed for change of place of birth in the passport.

No request for change of date of birth or place of birth will be entertained after expiry of 5 years from the date of issue of first passport. 

 

(iv)          Name change:      Following marriage, remarriage or divorce, no proof of marriage or divorce is required for changing to married name or reverting to maiden name.

 

In other cases, clippings of two local newspapers (one in India and one in Kuwait) or the Gazette notification of the concerned State Government and at least two public/school documents with the new name should be furnished.  

 

(v)            Change of address:       For newly married women, on the basis of address in husband’s passport, for others, address proof to be attached.  Address proof can be Aadhaar car, Voter ID, electricity/water/gas/postpaid mobile bills, driving licence, PAN card, registered rent agreement, account passbooks of public sector banks etc. 

 

(vi)          While applying for a new passport against a lost passport, First Information Report (FIR) from the nearest Police station is required to be attached. 

 

2.        For any clarifications on the above, please send email to Attaché (Consular) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Every working day, Consular Wing of the Embassy conducts Open House from 1000 hrs to 1100 hrs and 1430 hrs to 1500 hrs at the Embassy premises.  

Indian Embassy Extends Help To its Nationals

Indian Embassy Extends Help To its Nationals

 

          Indian Embassy has been rendering all possible assistance to distressed Indian nationals in Kuwait. The Community Welfare Wing in the Embassy extends help in following cases: -

(i)                Issuance of Emergency Certificate: Community Welfare Wing officialsregularly visit Police stations, Detention Cell, Deportation Centre etc. to meet Indian detainees for conducting interviews for issuing travel documents (Emergency Certificates) to those not having passports with them to facilitate their repatriation to India. Detainees at these stations are mainly visa violators, which could be due to non-renewal of residency visa or violation of local Residency law.After completion of formalities in police stations/detention centre, they are shifted to Deportation Centre for eventual deportation to India. The Embassy makes consistent efforts for expeditious repatriation of all such stranded Indian workers. However, due to the strict immigration rules& regulations in Kuwait, the entire process of repatriation is time-consuming and duration varies from case-to-case basis. It is advisable to keep a copy of passport or Civil Id, in case original is not available as this will be helpful in case identity is not established through finger-print report. [Please note that if anyone is deported on the strength of passport despite the fact that EC is applied or made, one should contact Indian Embassy or Passport Office (reference link- http://indembkwt.org/DispNews.aspx?ID=1085. Furthermore, therelease of visa/residency violators from detention depends solely on the timely intervention by the respective employer/ sponsor with appropriate documents before Kuwaiti authorities.]

(ii)             Pursuing Travel Ban cases: Some Indian workers are stranded due to “travel ban” imposed on them for various reasons including ongoing trial/ investigation/ pending dues which prevents them from leaving Kuwait till removal of the restriction. Travel Ban can be removed by paying a fine determined by the court or serving the imprisonment period. In such cases one may need a lawyer. However, in caseEmbassy’s intervention is required at any point, the consular officer in the Community Welfare Wing may be approached for help and guidance.

(iii)           Consular Visit to Jails: Although Indian community in Kuwait is by and large hard-working, honest and law-abiding, few Indian nationals are in Kuwaiti jails either serving sentence or under trial for various charges. Embassy’s Consular officials undertake monthly visits to jails of Kuwait to meet the Indian prisoners and the issues raised by the Indian inmates are taken up appropriately for redressal. Those sentenced for deportation after completion of sentence period are shifted to Deportation Centre for eventual repatriation to India after completion of formalities. In this regard, Embassy officials coordinate with Kuwaiti authorities for their early travel to India including providing Emergency Certificate for those whose passports are not available or expired. However, in case there is no deportation order in the verdict after completion of sentence period, the individual concerned is advised to approach respective sponsor to regularize one’s residency.

(iv)           Repatriation of distressed patients:Officials from Community Welfare section regularly undertake visit to hospitals to look after welfare of destitutes and needy Indian nationals admitted in serious conditions.Many of them do not hold valid residency visa. In such situation, Embassy coordinates with Kuwaiti Immigration authority for finger-print and clearance for deportation of patient from the hospital itself. Free air passage is provided by the Embassy to destitute Indian patients, wherever required. Indian community is requested to come forward specially for arranging an escort to accompany the patient.

(v)             Whereabouts cases:  The Embassy receives queries regarding whereabouts of missing Indians/ not in contact with relatives etc. either directly from the relatives or through Ministers, MPs, MLAs or institutions such as NORKA etc. In such cases, the Embassy undertakes detailed enquiry on the basis of available details viz. passport number, Civil ID, details of sponsors etc. The sponsor and the local Kuwaiti authorities are also approached to locate the whereabouts of missing Indian nationals. [In many instances, it has been noted that relatives do not give full details and also willfully hiding facts like residency status, suspected involved in any illegal activities, outcome of enquiries already made etc which results in wastage of time and resource. Please give all possible details including contact number of known local friends/ contacts of the missing person in Kuwait, which is utilized in tracing missing person in Kuwait].

(vi)           Marriage Disputes: Marriage disputes including complaints against spouses for physical and mental harassment are also dealt by the Community Welfare Wing wherein Consular officers meet both the parties, enquire into the complaints and take necessary action. Embassy’s Community Welfare section can be approached to avail of facilities under Indian government’s scheme for providing legal/ financial assistance to Indian women deserted by their overseas Indian/ foreigner husbands. The details may be seen at link- http://indembkwt.org/DispNews.aspx?ID=971.

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Indian Embassy Attestation Services

Indian Embassy Attestation Services

            Indian Embassy extends all help and assistance to its community in timely and satisfactory manner.  Majority of the services sought by Indian community are related to passport and attestation matters.  In 2016, Embassy rendered more than 95,000 attestation services.  The procedure for attestation services is given below:

I.                               ATTESTATION SERVICES

(i)               Marriage certificate:          Bilingual MC (English-Arabic) is issued on the basis of MC issued by Registrar of Marriages of the concerned State in India.  If the MC is digital, i.e., available online, then no attestations from State Home Department/Ministry of External Affairs are required.  Otherwise, the MC has to be attested by the concerned State Home Department as well as Attestation Cell of Ministry of External Affairs.  Charges are KD 6.750.

(ii)            Relationship certificate:Bilingual RC is issued on the basis of entries in the passport, e.g. Mother/father/spouse/children/brother/sister/in-law etc. Passport copies of all concerned are required to be enclosed. Charges are KD 6.750.

(iii)          Driving licence:        Bilingual driving license certificate is issued on the basis of production of valid Indian driving license.  Charges are KD 6.750.

(iv)          Educational certificates: Indian educational certificates are required to be attested by concerned State Education/Human Resource Department and Ministry of External Affairs.  Charges are KD 3.750.

(v)            General Power of Attorney:       An Indian national living in Kuwait, who wants to execute GPA/POA in favour of someone in India, has to submit GPA/POA in duplicate and sign in the presence of the consular officer, along with witnesses.  Original passport of the applicant and photocopy of the passport/ID of other person is required to be produced at the time of submission of application.  Charges are KD 6.750. GPA/POA executed by someone who is living in India in favour of an Indian national who is living in Kuwait has to be attested by concerned State Home Department and Ministry of External Affairs

(vi)          Life Certificate for Pensioners:           LC is issued to holders of Pension Payment Order “GRATIS”, i.e. free of charge.  Applicant has to come in person along with his original passport and PPO.

(vii)       Death Certificate:    DC is issued “GRATIS”.  It is obligatory to register the death of any Indian national in Kuwait with the Embassy.  Death certificate issued by the Birth and Death Registration Office of Kuwait and attested by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait (along with its certified English translation) needs to be produced at the Embassy, on the basis of which, death is registered and DC issued. In case of accidental death, Police report is also required.

(viii)     Transfer of mortal remains to India:           Embassy seals and certifies the coffin containing the dead body to be taken to India.  Family of the deceased has to take appointment from Sabah Hospital Mortuary.  The doctor issues three slips – for Farwaniya Mortuary, for in-charge of coffin and Indian Embassy.  Once the airline ticket is confirmed, family should approach Embassy along with doctor’s slip for sealing the coffin.

(ix)          General attestation of documents:    True copy/photocopy attestation, affidavit of sponsorship, attestation of translation, transfer of residency affidavit, emergency leave affidavit etc. are also done.  Charges are KD 3.750.

(x)             Commercial documents: All commercial/company documents are required to be attested by Chamber of Commerce of Kuwait and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait before they can be attested by this Embassy.  Charges are KD 15.800.

(xi)          Salary Certificate/Work Permit:        Attestation of salary certificate and work permits are also done as per procedure laid above at Sl. No. (ix).

 

2.        For any clarifications on the above, please send email to Attaché (Consular) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Every working day, Consular Wing of the Embassy conducts Open House from 1000 hrs to 1100 hrs and 1430 hrs to 1500 hrs at the Embassy premises.  

Prominent Yoga and Meditation Centers in India

Prominent Yoga and Meditation Centers in India

ParmarthNiketan

            ParmarthNiketan – a renowned Yoga and Meditation center is located in Rishikesh on the banks of Ganges River and the foothills of the Himalayas.  With over 1,000 rooms, the facilities are a perfect blend of modern amenities and traditional, spiritual simplicity.  Daily activities at ParmarthNiketan include morning universal prayers, daily yoga and meditation classes, as well as Nature Cure and Ayurvedic treatment and other ancient Indian sciences.

            Rishikesh is well connected by road, rail and air from Delhi. There are daily flights operated by Air India and Jet Airways from Delhi to the Jolly Grant Airport, which is about 30 minutes road journey from Rishikesh.  Flight schedules can be seen from the website www.yatra.com

            Maximum stay of 15 days is permitted to first-time visitors.  For reservation the website www.parmarth.orgprovides comprehensive information.  Visitors are required to download an application form and e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   

Full postal address is as follows:

ParmarthNiketan Ashram, P.O. Swargashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand – 249304.

Tel. Nos. +91-135-2434301 & +91-135-2434302. Fax No. +91-135-2440066.

Indian Embassy extends help to its nationals

Indian Embassy has been rendering all possible assistance to distressed Indian nationals in Kuwait. The Community Welfare Wing in the Embassy extends help in following cases: -

 

(i) Issuance of Emergency Certificate: Community Welfare Wing officialsregularly visit Police stations, Detention Cell, Deportation Centre etc. to meet Indian detainees for conducting interviews for issuing travel documents (Emergency Certificates) to those not having passports with them to facilitate their repatriation to India. Detainees at these stations are mainly visa violators, which could be due to non-renewal of residency visa or violation of local Residency law. After completion of formalities in police stations/detention centre, they are shifted to Deportation Centre for eventual deportation to India. The Embassy makes consistent efforts for expeditious repatriation of all such stranded Indian workers. However, due to the strict immigration rules & regulations in Kuwait, the entire process of repatriation is time-consuming and duration varies from case-to-case basis. It is advisable to keep a copy of passport or Civil Id, in case original is not available as this will be helpful in case identity is not established through finger-print report. [Please note that if anyone is deported on the strength of passport despite the fact that EC is applied or made, one should contact Indian Embassy or Passport Office (reference link- http://indembkwt.org/DispNews.aspx?ID=1085. Furthermore, the release of visa/residency violators from detention depends solely on the timely intervention by the respective employer/ sponsor with appropriate documents before Kuwaiti authorities.]

(ii) Pursuing Travel Ban cases: Some Indian workers are stranded due to “travel ban” imposed on them for various reasons including ongoing trial/ investigation/ pending dues which prevents them from leaving Kuwait till removal of the restriction. Travel Ban can be removed by paying a fine determined by the court or serving the imprisonment period. In such cases one may need a lawyer. However, in case Embassy’s intervention is required at any point, the consular officer in the Community Welfare Wing may be approached for help and guidance.

(iii) Consular Visit to Jails: Although Indian community in Kuwait is by and large hard-working, honest and law-abiding, few Indian nationals are in Kuwaiti jails either serving sentence or under trial for various charges. Embassy’s Consular officials undertake monthly visits to jails of Kuwait to meet the Indian prisoners and the issues raised by the Indian inmates are taken up appropriately for redressal. Those sentenced for deportation after completion of sentence period are shifted to Deportation Centre for eventual repatriation to India after completion of formalities. In this regard, Embassy officials coordinate with Kuwaiti authorities for their early travel to India including providing Emergency Certificate for those whose passports are not available or expired. However, in case there is no deportation order in the verdict after completion of sentence period, the individual concerned is advised to approach respective sponsor to regularize one’s residency.

(iv) Repatriation of distressed patients:Officials from Community Welfare section regularly undertake visit to hospitals to look after welfare of destitutes and needy Indian nationals admitted in serious conditions. Many of them do not hold valid residency visa. In such situation, Embassy coordinates with Kuwaiti Immigration authority for finger-print and clearance for deportation of patient from the hospital itself. Free air passage is provided by the Embassy to destitute Indian patients, wherever required. Indian community is requested to come forward specially for arranging an escort to accompany the patient.

(v) Whereabouts cases:  The Embassy receives queries regarding whereabouts of missing Indians/ not in contact with relatives etc. either directly from the relatives or through Ministers, MPs, MLAs or institutions such as NORKA etc. In such cases, the Embassy undertakes detailed enquiry on the basis of available details viz. passport number, Civil ID, details of sponsors etc. The sponsor and the local Kuwaiti authorities are also approached to locate the whereabouts of missing Indian nationals. [In many instances, it has been noted that relatives do not give full details and also willfully hiding facts like residency status, suspected involved in any illegal activities, outcome of enquiries already made etc which results in wastage of time and resource. Please give all possible details including contact number of known local friends/ contacts of the missing person in Kuwait, which is utilized in tracing missing person in Kuwait].

(vi) Marriage Disputes: Marriage disputes including complaints against spouses for physical and mental harassment are also dealt by the Community Welfare Wing wherein Consular officers meet both the parties, enquire into the complaints and take necessary action. Embassy’s Community Welfare section can be approached to avail of facilities under Indian government’s scheme for providing legal/ financial assistance to Indian women deserted by their overseas Indian/ foreigner husbands. The details may be seen at link- http://indembkwt.org/DispNews.aspx?ID=971.

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Extension of Date For Conversion of PIO Cards into OCI Cards

Extension of Date For Conversion of PIO Cards into OCI Cards

 

The Government of India has further extended the date for registration as OCI card holders by erstwhile PIO cardholders till
31 December 2017. The conversion of PIO cards into OCI cards will be done free of charge for applications which are submitted till 31 December 2017.

 

2.      All concerned in Kuwait may please take advantage of the extended dateline.

 

Visa to Kuwait to Meet Relatives/Friends in Distress

Visa to Kuwait to Meet Relatives/Friends in Distress

Indian Embassy often receives requests from its nationals, seeking urgent help in obtaining Kuwaiti visas to facilitate their visit to Kuwait to meet relatives/friends in distress e.g., accident/hospitalization etc. In such cases, all concerned are advised to directly approach concerned Kuwaiti sponsor or the Company under whose sponsorship the particular individual(s) are employed in Kuwait, for facilitation of visa. Kuwaiti Embassy in New Delhi or Kuwaiti Consulate in Mumbai can also provide appropriate visas in such emergencies.

Indian Embassy cannot sponsor visit to Kuwait of relatives of Indian nationals in Kuwait.

POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE (PCC)

 

1.          It has been noticed that India nationals who are born in Kuwait or have been residing in Kuwait for long and have obtained their last two/three passports abroad, face difficulties and delays in obtaining Police Clearance Certificate (PCC) from Indian Embassy for regularizing their residence status, employment or long-term visa for emigration to a third country etc.  Often in such cases police verification report (PVR) is not available in Indian Centralized Passport Database and, therefore, fresh police verification has to be carried out in India through the original Passport Issuing Authority and the police authorities of the place of their address in India, before a PCC can be issued by Indian Embassy.

 

2.         The process of police verification in India takes two-three months.  On its part, Indian Embassy takes immediate action in referring the cases of police verification to authorities in India.  Despite best efforts, the issue of PCC depends on receipt of clearance from concerned authorities in India.

 

3.         In view of the above, Indian nationals residing in Kuwait are advised to anticipate the requirement of PCC and apply for the same with Indian Embassy in advance to avoid difficulties or delays in processing of their residency, emigration abroad etc.

 

4.         It may please be noted Indian nationals who are in Kuwait on Tourist or Visit visa, cannot be issued PCC by Indian Embassy.  They have to obtain PCC from the Passport Issuing Authority in India.

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BETTER, FASTER SERVICES AT INDIAN EMBASSY

 
Indian Embassy is celebrating 50 years of the Passports Act of India on Saturday, 24th June, 2017.  In this connection, Hon’ble External Affairs Minister’s message is enclosed.   The year 2017 saw commendable steps taken by Indian Government towards rendering better and faster passport services to our Diaspora.  Passport Rules and regulations have been amended and simplified in order to make consular services more efficient and faster.  

2.         Indian Embassy remains fully committed to providing timely and efficient consular services to all Indians in Kuwait.   The Embassy is issuing passports within three days (first day applications received, second day processed and third day passports delivered).   Attestation services are rendered within 60-90 minutes.  Besides, new passports on TATKAL basis are provided the same day.  During 2016, Embassy issued more than 96,000 new passports, carried out more than 95,000 attestation services and around 6,000 other miscellaneous services (birth, death, marriage certificates etc.).  Over 14,000 visas were also issued during the last year by the Embassy.    

3.         Indian Embassy takes this opportunity to warn all service seekers about 10-12 touts operating around its premises as well as at three service centres.  

4.         The Embassy welcomes suggestions/comments for further improvement of its services to one and all.
INDIAN EMBASSY Kuwait
INDIAN EMBASSY Kuwait
 
 
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College fee reduced for Indian students in Gulf

Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) Scheme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development of Government of India is a welfare scheme for the benefit of Diaspora children.  DASA 2016 introduced a new category, i.e., Children of Indian Workers in Gulf Countries (CIWG).  One-third of the 15% seats in different educational institutions in India have been reserved for these children. 

 

    DASA 2017, however, revised upwards the fee structure and CIWG category students were required to pay US $8,000 per annum, instead of US $1,600 per annum for DASA 2016.  Parents, especially from the Gulf region, were unhappy at this steep fee hike.   

 

     The Embassy is happy to inform the members of Indian community that Ministry of Human Resource Development has now reduced the fee for CIWG category students, that is, fee of Rs. 1,25,000 (or US $2,000) per annum per student.  For more details please visit DASA website at www.dasanit.org.  

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Travel to India on Emergency Certificate (EC) Issued in lieu of lost/cancelled Passport.

Travel to India on Emergency Certificate (EC) Issued in lieu of lost/cancelled Passport.

 

 

            Indian nationals are issued Emergency Certificates (EC) to facilitate their one-way travel to India due to urgency or deportation, under the circumstances of loss of passport or non-retrieval of passport from their sponsors in Kuwait.  Since it is illegal to hold two travel documents in India at the same time, the concerned passport has to be cancelled before an Emergency Certificate (EC) is issued to an Indian national.  At times, Indian nationals who are either detained or due for deportation may not have their passports with them.  They apply for travel documents (Emergency Certificate) either directly or through Kuwait Police.  In such cases, ECs are issued to them after cancelling their passports.  However, in certain cases, they recover their passports later and travel on those passports which already stand cancelled in data available with immigration authorities in India.  These passports are immediately seized by Immigration authorities in India.  This results in much harassment and inconvenience to these Indian travelers, whose passports are seized. They are also liable to pay penalties as per the law. 

 

Indian Embassy advises all Indian nationals that if an EC is issued to anyone of them, that implies that his/her passport has been cancelled and that he/she should travel only on the EC issued to him/her.  

Long-term Business Visas to India

Long-term Business Visas to India

         

          To further strengthen historical ties between India and Kuwait, Indian Embassy has been issuing long-term (upto 5 year) Business Visa to all businesspersons in Kuwait. All are invited to avail this long-term business visa facility of upto 5 years duration (fee KD 78) with multiple entries. Shorter duration business visa of 1 year duration (fee KD 38) with multiple entriesis also available to businesspersons.

2.       Applicants, alongwith an introductory letter from their Company in Kuwait and the purpose of visit may please visit Passport and Visa Centres of CKGS at (a) 17th Floor, Behbahani Building, Sharq, Kuwait : Tel. No. 22440392 (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)or ; (b) Complex Kais Alghanim, 4th Floor, Mecca Street, in front of Annod Complex, Fahaheel, Kuwait: Tel. No. 22909229 (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). (c) Jleeb Al Shuyoukh (Abbasiya)  2ndFloor,Jleeb Al Shuyoukh Block 1,Street 1, Xcite building, Kuwait Tel. No. 24342428) (e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for this purpose. CKGS’s website is http://www.kw.ckgs.in. All visas are granted within 72-hour.

3.       During emergency, applicants can get business visa the same working day. Indian Embassy accepts visa applications directly at its Visa Wing at an additional charge of KD 12. Embassy Visa Officer at Telephone no. 22530600/ Ext 279 may please be contacted.

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Foreign Tourists Visiting India - The Ministry of Tourism.

Toll Free Tourist Helpline for Foreign Tourists Visiting India

            The Ministry of Tourism, Government of India has taken a major initiative for the benefit of foreign tourists visiting India by introducing a 24x7 Toll Free Multi-Lingual Tourist Help Line.  This facility is available in various international languages namely, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish besides Hindi and English.  This service is available on the toll free number 1800 111 363 and on a short code 1363 and operational for 24 hours and all days of the year offering a multi-lingual helpdesk.  The objective of this helpline is to provide travel and tourism information to domestic and international tourists.  

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