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Repatriation of 24 Hospitalized Indians

Repatriation of 24 Hospitalized Indians

In our efforts to help the distressed members of Indian community in Kuwait, the Embassy  has been attending hospitalized destitute Indians in various hospitals in Kuwait and extending all possible assistance in their medical treatment by way of coordinating with doctors and facilitating their travel to India. It involved coordinating with sponsors to meet the expenditure for repatriation to India. In deserving cases, the monetary assistance from Indian Community Welfare Funds (ICWF) by way of their air tickets is also provided by the Indian Embassy. During the year 2014, Embassy’s representatives made 102 visits to various hospitals to attend to critical cases involving destitute Indians. By the efforts of medical authorities and help of Indian community, following 24 hospitalized Indians were repatriated to India. 

Sl No.

Particulars

Embassy Efforts

Expenditure

(KD)

Remarks

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5

01

Hakim Mohammad,

·        Adan Hospital

·        Head injury

Coordinated with sponsor (Stretcher patient).

Nil

Repatriated on 10.04.2014

02

Rama Nandan Manappully Krishnan,

·        Passport No. G6676358,

·        Farwaniya Hospital

·        Cardiac arrest.

Coordinated with sponsor (Stretcher patient).

Nil

Repatriated in May 2014.

03

Abhimanu,

·        Passport No. J1089508

·        Mubarak Al Kabeer Hospital

·        Paralysis due to high BP.

Coordinated with sponsor to bear the cost of air ticket (stretcher patient).

Nil

Repatriated on 26.04.2014.

04

Subramaniam Kaliaperumal,  

·        Passport No.J0368820

·        Al Adan Hospital

·        Brain stroke.

Facilitated his repatriation to India as stretcher patient.

 

KD 820.000

Repatriated on 08.05.2014.

05

Antony Selvester Mendonca,

·        Passport No. J5545422

·        Jahra Hospital

·        Brain stroke.

Facilitated his repatriation to India as stretcher patient.

 

KD 870.000

Repatriated on 12.05.2014.

06

Rasu Pandiyan,

·        Passport No. F3847774

·        Jahra Hospital.

Body organs were donated through Kuwait Organ Procurement Unit, Ministry of Health by  his family

NIL

Admitted on 24.04.2014, died on 13.05.2014

07

Rajeshwari Raginutala,

·        Passport No.J5491628

·        Al Sabah Hospital

·        High BP.

Facilitated her repatriation to India as wheelchair patient.

 

KD 240.000

Repatriated on 12.06.2014.

08

Thavar Chand Katara

·        Passport No.K1162039

·        Albabtain Hospital

·        Burn injuries.

Facilitated realizing his due salary and cost of air ticket from the sponsor.

Nil

Repatriated on 20.06.2014.

09

Savitri Tirumani,

·        Passport No. A3966651

·        Farwaniya Hospital

·        Brain hemorrhage.

Facilitated her repatriation to India as stretcher patient.

KD 940.000

Repatriated on 23.06.2014.

10

Ali Sabir Manedath,

·        Passport No.L1164872

·        Al Amiri Hospital f

·        Brain stoke due to high BP

Facilitated repatriation to India as stretcher patient.

KD 1184.000

Repatriated on 27.06.2014.

11

Marriapan Mohandoss,

·        Passport No.F2486876

·        Al Amiri Hospital.

·        Cancer

Coordinated with sponsor and facilitated Deportation Process

Nil

Repatriated on 03.07.2014 under escort of an attendant.

12

Chandini Mustafa Ansarbasha,

·        Passport No.H1048905

·        Al Sabah Maternity Hospital

Admitted, completed all deportation formalities for repatriation

KD 364.000

Repatriated on 07.08.2014 under escort of an attendant.

13

Booka Ramana,

·        Passport No. G9765945

·        Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital

·        Brain hemorrhage & paralysis.

The sponsor put residency for her repatriation

Nil

Repatriated on 13.08.2014 as stretched patient.

14

Bindu Appu,

·        Passport No. K2262663

·        Al Razi Hospital & Amiri Hospital

·        Traffic accident.

Coordinated with sponsor for air ticket and her dues.

Nil

Repatriated on 01.09.2014.

15

Syed Chanbasha Syed Khaderbasha,

·        Passport no. H4233730

·        Mubarak Al Kabeer Hospita

·        Brain hemorrhage.

Coordinated with the sponsor and hospital authorities. Cost of air ticket born by her sponsor.

Nil

Repatriated on 20.07.2014

16

Krishnan Kovvammal Kundile,

·        Passport No. G5435359

·        Farwaniya Hospital

·        Fracture of legs.

Coordinated with the sponsor and hospital authorities.

Nil

Repatriated on 05.10.2014

17

Mangadevi Undurthi,

·        Passport No.K3405123

·        Al Razi Hospital

·        Injuries.

Coordinated with hospital and deportation authorities

Nil

Travelled on 22.10.2014

18

Paik Shambu Gaonkar,

·        Passport No.G2641082

·        Mubarak Al Kabeer Hospital

·        Brain hemorrhage & paralysis.

Coordinated with sponsor and arranged attendant. The air ticket was given by sponsor.

Nil

Repatriated on 16.11.2014.

19

Shaji Kizhakke Purakkal,

·        Civil ID No. 272053103918

·        Jahra Hospital

·        Brain hemorrhage.

Coordinated with the hospital authorities. However he expired

Nil

Mortal remains sent to India on 05.11.2014

20

Ananje Panchallah,

·        Passport No.E9556003

·        Amiri Hospital

·        Cardiac problem. He needed implantation of cardio version defibrillator.

Coordinated with the hospital for proper medical care. Due to a case on him, he was put in jail and repatriated after completion of jail term.

Nil

Deported in November 2014.

21

Kuttan Raju,

·        Passport No.F4737881

·        Adan Hospital

·        Cardiac problem.

Coordinated with hospital authorities for his treatment and arranged travel documents.

Nil

Deported on 02.01.2014 due to a case on him.

22

Marripalli Sankaraiaha Chari,

·        Passport No. F3882392

·        Amiri Hospital

·        Diabetic sickness.

Followed his case and competed all formalities pertaining to deportation

Nil

Repatriated on 23.12.2014 under escort of an attendant..

23

Sujatha Lakkireddy Palli,

·        Passport No.L6323832

·        Amiri Hospital

·        Brain stoke and was  in critical condition

Her condition remained critical for 3-4 months and repatriated to India as stretcher patient

KD 820.000

Repatriated on 11.12.2014 under escort of nurse.

24

Ms. Koramulta Ademma,

·        R/o Kadapa, Andhra Pradesh,

·        Ibn Sina Hospital from Detention Cell.

·        Brain tumour (Meningioma) surgery.

Embassy traced out  the details of her family in India and make all the arrangement .

KD 375.000

Deported on 23.12.2014 under escort of an attendant

 

Register the Validity of Your Personal Details

 Register and check the validity of your personal details
 
According to the Ministry of Interior, there are around 20,000 Indian passport holders who renewed their passports but without registering it at the Immigration Department, which led to the expiry of their iqamas.  As a result, the fines started accumulating day by day. 
 
In order to check your validity of passport, sponsorship details, residency details, car insurance, driving license, traffic violations, travel ban etc., Ministry of Kuwait introduced a new service over the internet.  All the information is under one roof. 
Kindly register and check the validity of your personal details
 
The said service is available under the Ministry of Information (www.moi.gov.kw) – English -  E- Services – Personal Inquiry.  Please forward to your friends and relatives too. 
 
Kindly make use of this service to avoid unnecessary problems.
 
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Change In Working Hours At The Ootsourcing Centers

Change in working hours of Indian  Visa & Passport Centers of CKGS

at Sharq, Fahaheel and Abbasiya

    

In view of the huge surge in demand for issue of machine readable passports and for re-issue/renewal of Indian passports, it has been decided to increase the working hours of CKGS offices in Sharq, Fahaheel & Abbasiya from 0800 hrs to 1700 hrs on all working days, i.e. from  Sunday to Thursday  (without any break) with effect from 8 January 2015.

2.         As usual, the Centers will also function on Fridays and Saturdays from 4 PM to 8 PM providing their passports and visa services.

3.         All are requested to note the above timings and cooperate with the CKGS staff  for receiving their services at all the above-mentioned Centers.

Best wishes for 2015 !

A Shelter For Female Expatirate Workers - Opening

Opening OF A Shelter For Female Expatirate Workers

The Public Authority for Manpower, Kuwait has opened a shelter for expatriate female workers in Jleeb Al-Shuwaikh (Abbasiya) from 23 December 2014.   The Embassy has transferred its distressed 64 Indian female domestic workers to the Kuwaiti Government shelter with effect from 6 January 2015.  The Kuwait Government shelter will provide free of cost board and lodging and limited medical attention. 

 

2.       The address of the Kuwaiti Government Shelter is as below: 

          Kuwait Shelter for expatriates

          Block No. 2, Police Station Street

          Near Nimran Pharmacy

          Jleeb Al-Shuwaikh (Abbasiya)

          (Contact person: Mr. Abu Turki-Supervisor)

 

3.       Any distressed Indian female domestic worker who is in need of accommodation in Kuwaiti Government shelter, can contact the Embassy of India in Kuwait on a working day before 12.00 hrs for her transfer to the above Shelter, after completion of formalities at the Embassy.  As per the regulations of the Kuwait Government shelter, they will not accept any pregnant female domestic worker.  

4.       Contact numbers of Embassy officials are as follows:

       i.            Telugu speaking             : Ms. Thriveni Reddy     97108538

     ii.            Tamil speaking              : Mr. Hamza                            66586006

  iii.            Malayalam speaking      : Mr. Sudheendran         99183576

  iv.            Bangla speaking            : Mr. S. Goldar              97229942

     v.            Hindi speaking               : Mr. Ashok Kumar       97229946

Services Rendered by Embassy During 2014

Consular Services Rendered by the Embassy During 2014

It has been the endeavour of the Embassy to make its services prompt, courteous and easily accessible to all in Kuwait. As part of these ongoing efforts, the Embassy rendered various consular services during the year 2014.The highlights are as under:

(a) Passports services: The Embassy issued over 77,700 passports during the year 2014, representing a growth of about 5.5% over the year 2013.

(b) Visas: The Embassy issued over 12,700 visas during 2014, registering an increase of 20% of visas issued during the year 2013.

(c) PIO/OCI cards: There has been significant jump in issue of PIO cards during 2014. Embassy issued 80 such cards, showing 117% increase over the number of cards issued in 2013. With regard to OCI cards, it has also showed an increase of 20% over the number of OCI cards issued in 2013.

(d) Death registration: The total number of deaths of Indian nationals registered with the Embassy during 2014 is 559, registering an increase of about 5% over the deaths occurred in 2013. During the period, 434 mortal remains were transported to India while 125 dead bodies were buried locally. The total death compensation (including outstanding dues from the companies) remitted by the Embassy to legal heirs in India was Rs. 6.20 Crore. The Embassy is updating on a daily basis the status of the disposal/transportation of mortal remains of Indians died in Kuwait as well as updating data information of the deceased Indian nationals in Kuwait in the Website under e-migrate (transportation of mortal remains from ECR countries) of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, Govt of India.

(e) Attestation: The Embassy attested a total of 96,145 documents like Power of Attorney, Driving License, Relationship certificates, affidavits etc. There is an increase of about 23% in attestation work in 2014 over the attestations done in 2013.

(f) Emergency Certificates (EC): During the year 2014, the Embassy issued 2815 ECs to Indian national for their repatriation to India showing an increase of about 7% over the figures of ECs issued in 2013.

Outreach to Indian nationals:

2.      To assist Indian national in Kuwait, the Embassy opened a Passport Centre in Jleeb Al Shuwaikh (Abbasiya) from August 2014. Further, the visa procedure was streamlined and simplified for the benefit of Kuwaiti and other foreigners travelling to India. Also, to render assistance with regard to passport, visa and attestation services, an ‘open house’ is being held every working day, once in the morning from 1000-1100 hrs and again in the afternoon from 1430-1530 hrs. During the “Open House”, any member of the Indian community can interact with the officer on duty in the Meeting Room without prior appointment.

(b) “Open House” by Ambassador on every Wednesday from 1500-1600 hrs. During this “Open House”, any member of the Indian community can interact with Ambassador without prior appointment.

(c)     Mobile numbers of all officers are given on the Embassy’s website. All Indian nationals may use this facility to call the concerned officer as per the need.

(d) An emergency contact number 22530600 is available on 24/7 basis for all Indian community members residing in Kuwait.

3.            In order to provide even greater avenues for interaction with the Indian community, following officers of the Embassy are available from 1000 hrs-1200 hrs to all members of Indian community without prior appointment. Their areas of responsibilities are mentioned below:

(a) Shri J.S. Dangi, Second Secretary (Consular), Mobile No. 97229947 for Consular matters, including passport issues, attestation, family disputes.

(b) Shri Ashok Kumar, Attache (Labour-I), Mobile No. 97229946 for individual labour issues apart from company labour diputes.

(c) Smt. Sunila Krishnan, Attache (Labour-II), Mobile No. 97264247 for company labour disputes.

(d) ShriArvindSrivastava, Assistant(Visa), Mobile No. 65127918 for visa related issues.

(e) Shri B.K. Sinha, Assistant (Community Welfare), Mobile No.97164067 for jail & detention cases and Emergency Certificates.

(f) Shri Deepak Seth, Local Staff, Mobile No. 66565703 and ShriShakeel Ahmad, Local Staff, Mobile No. 99793382 for death cases.

Comments, suggestions etc. from Indian community in Kuwait are most welcome to further improve the Embassy services. 

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Bank Guarantee Sus pens by Indian Embassy

Indian Embassy SUSPENS the BANK GUARANTEE

1.      India implemented the KD 720 bank guarantee measure in September 2014 for the welfare of Indian female domestic workers coming to work in Kuwait.

2.      After discussing this issue with Kuwaiti authorities, it has been agreed to suspend with effect from 12 December 2014 taking any bank guarantees from sponsors in Kuwait, while keeping in abeyance the attestation of employment contracts of Indian female domestic workers.

3.      Indian and Kuwaiti sides are constantly engaged in finding a long-term resolution of this issue. 

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HANDWRITTEN PASSPORTS

PHASING OUT OF HAND WRITTEN PASSPORTS

All Indian nationals residing in Kuwait are advised to apply for urgent re-issuance of new passports under the following circumstances-

(i).    HANDWRITTEN PASSPORTS  

(a)       The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has set a deadline of the 24 November 2015 for globally phasing out of all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs). From the 25 November 2015 onwards, foreign Governments may deny Visa or entry to any person travelling on a non-Machine Readable Passport.

(b)      The Government of India has been issuing Machine Readable Passports since 2001. The Passports, however, issued before 2001 and particularly those issued during mid 1990s with a validity of 20 years will fall in the category of non-MRPs. All handwritten passports with pasted photographs are also considered non-MRPs.

(c)    Indians living in Kuwait holding handwritten passports as explained in Para(b) above, with validity beyond the 24 November 2015 are advised to apply for re-issue of their passports well before the deadline in order to avoid any inconvenience in obtaining valid visa or international travel.

 (ii)   PASSPORTS VALID FOR LESS THAN SIX MONTHS

Many international travellers may not realise that having a  passportwith short validity remaining is sometimes not good enough to obtain Visas or to enter certain foreign countries. Indian citizens travelling on Passports which may expire in less than six months, should renew their passports before any upcoming international travel. It is especially important to check the passports needs of any minor who may be accompanying their parents as passports for minors have a shorter validity period (5 years) than passports for adults (10 years). The universal practice in vogue now is: “Once your passport crosses the nine-year mark, it is time to get a new passport”.

(iii)   EXHAUSTION OF VISA PAGES

Some countries do not accept passports which may have fewer than two pages remaining. Please check your passport to ensure that you have enough blank visa pages. There is no provision now of additional booklets/pages and you will be required to apply reissuance of passport following standard procedures. Frequent travellers may opt for a Jumbo Indian Passport containing 64 pages, as against a normal passport with 36 pages.

(iv).  For more details related to passport services, visit the website – http://www.indembkwt.org/Pages/Passport.aspx  - or call Mr.Kalidas Roy, Attache(Cons) at Mob: 97295728 or Mr.J.S.Dangi, Second Secretary(Cons) at Mob: 97229947. 

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Swachh Vidyalaya

Swachh Vidyalaya
Our Hon’ble Prime Minister has urged in his address to the Nation on 15 August 2014 that all schools in the country should have toilets, with separate toilets for girls.  The Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resources Development, New Delhi has accordingly launched a campaign “Swachh Vidyalaya” with the aim of providing toilets to all schools in India within a period of one year.
2. Some of the salient features of this nation-wide campaign are:
(i) Individual/corporate institutions who are interested in building toilet blocks in any school will be encouraged to do so and will be allocated schools of their choice by the Ministry of Human Resource Development/State Governments;
(ii) The list of schools requiring toilets and the contact details of nodal officers in each districts/states are available at http://udise.in/SRC-New/ReportModule/Toilet/Report.aspx.; and
(iii) The indicative design of the toilet blocks, along with estimated unit cost are available at www.mhrd.gov.in/sites/swt/index.html.  Contributors are encouraged to provide maintenance as well.
3. All Indian Associations and nationals  in Kuwait are encouraged to participate in the “Swachh Vidyalaya” campaign.  Those interested may get in touch either with Embassy or the Department of School Education and Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development.  The Nodal Officer is Dr. Nagesh Singh, Economic Adviser – Tel: 0091-11-23381721, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

India Policy Measures on welfare of female domestic workers

India Policy Measures on welfare of female domestic workers

The Government of India has taken several policy measures since the year 2007 for the protection and welfare of Indian female domestic workers coming to the GCC countries for employment, as stated below:-

I. A  female domestic worker should not  be less than  30 years of age;

II. The Employment contract should be between the sponsor and the worker and that the attestation of this contract is  mandatory from Indian Embassy;

III. Every foreign employer recruiting Indian female domestic worker has to provide bank guarantee of US$ 2,500 with the Indian Embassy;

IV. A pre-paid mobile phone should be provided by the employer to domestic worker;

V.  Payment  of minimum monthly wage to female domestic workers (KD 70  per month in Kuwait); and

VI. 24X7 Telephone Helpline, run by the Embassy, for information and advice to Indian workers as regards their grievances, immigration and other matters.

2.        The bank guarantee policy measure has already been implemented in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar.  As it is now necessary to submit bank guarantee of US $ 2,500 by sponsors in Kuwait employing Indian female domestic workers, the Embassy had issued a press release on 12 September 2014.  There is no denying of the fact that there have been many instances in the past of non-payment of wages, severe physical and mental abuse, and acute harassment of Indian domestic workers in Kuwait.  Very often passports of Indian domestic workers are kept by their sponsors in Kuwait.

3.        While the bank guarantee provision has been implemented for Indian female domestic workers in other GCC countries since 2007, its implementation has been effective in Kuwait from 13 September 2014.  The bank guarantee is required only for female Indian domestic workers and that too those coming to Kuwait after the introduction of bank guarantee provision in September 2014.  The bank guarantee is not needed for those Indian female workers who are already working in Kuwait. 

4.        The bank guarantee will be returned to the sponsor once he/she fulfils his/her contractual obligations.  Only in rare cases of non-payment of  dues etc., the bank guarantee will be used to  settle the dues. 

5.        The Indian authorities have proposed in March 2014 to the authorities of Kuwait to conclude early an Agreement on labour cooperation for domestic workers recruitment.  India has signed a similar agreement with Saudi Arabia in January 2014.

6.        The Embassy is working with concerned authorities in Kuwait for the strengthening further of historically close and friendly ties between India and Kuwaiti. 

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas - 2015

 Pravasi Bharatiya Divas - 2015

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas - 2015
 
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Establishment of Department of NRI Affairs under the Government of Uttar Pradesh-India

Establishment of Department of NRI Affairs under the Government of  Uttar Pradesh-India

The Government of Uttar Pradesh has recently transformed the existing NRI cell into a full- fledged Department of NRI Affairs. It aims at creating an effective and meaningful relationship with the NRIs of Uttar Pradesh to provide support to families and relatives for any matter which they might face in their home state.

The department plans to roll out cards certifying NRIs and PIOs from the State which will ensure prompt response, in addition to multiple third party benefits. It has also been decided to launch a website of the Department of NRI Affairs which will have the contact numbers of all senior officers in the State government of all districts so that they can be contacted directly. The state’s diaspora are always welcome to give any suggestion/feedback at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The contact details of Department of NRI Affairs are: Shri Sanjiv Saran, Principal Secretary, Infrastructure and Industrial Development, Udyog Bhavan, 12-C, Mall Avenue, Government of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow-226001, Office Telephone No-0091-522-2238316 & 2215510. FAX-0091-522-2239306.

Gandhinagar, 7-9 January 2015, Thirteen Pravasi Bharatiya Divas,

Thirteen Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, Gandhinagar, 7-9 January 2015

 

The Ministry of Indian Overseas Affairs is organizing the Thirteenth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) in Gandhinagar, Gujarat from 7-9 January 2015. The registration for participation of Non-Resident Indians in the PBD may please be done at the website : www.pbd-india.com.

The Registration types include Conference Package, Non-Conference Package, Student Package, Youth PBD and Gopio Member. An early bird discount is available to all those participants who register before 20 November 2014. All members of our community residing in Kuwait interested in participating in the Thirteenth PBD may please register at the earliest. Your registration may be intimated to the Embassy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

THE REPATRIATION OF MORTAL REMAINS OF 21 DECEASED PERSONS

THE REPATRIATION OF MORTAL REMAINS OF 21 DECEASED PERSONS”

It has been our endeavour to assist in the earliest repatriation of mortal remains of Indian nationals who die in Kuwait.   As cremation facilities are not permitted in Kuwait, it becomes necessary that many bodies are airlifted to India for final rites.   Last year, 533 Indian nationals died in Kuwait.

              During last three months (July-September 2014), there were 158 Indian deaths in Kuwait.  Mortal remains of 125 Indian nationals were airlifted to India. The remaining 33 were buried in Kuwait as per the wishes of their family members. From those sent to India, 104 were transported within 1 to 5 days of reporting the death to the Embassy (3 days being the average time taken for transportation of the mortal remains). 

              THE REPATRIATION OF MORTAL REMAINS OF 21 DECEASED PERSONS, however, took longer time, ranging from 6 to 25 days. Delays in 21 cases occurred as police investigations were required to be conducted in cases of suicides, murders and traffic accidents.  In some cases, local sponsors took time to complete formalities. Non-availability of flights and intervening holidays were among the other reasons contributing to delays in repatriation of mortal remains of Indian nationals from Kuwait. 

 

              Complete data of Indian nationals who have died in Kuwait since 1 July 2014 is available on the Embassy’s website.  

 

Simplification of Visa Procedures

Simplification of Visa Procedures

To further enhance travel from Kuwait to India for business, tourism, medical treatment and study purposes etc., the Embassy has simplified its visa procedure for Kuwaiti nationals as well as expatriates living in Kuwait. The Embassy has issued 10,000 visas this year, as against 7,600 visas issued during the same period last year, representing 30% jump in grant of visas. 

2.        The Embassy has been issuing 5-year & 1-year business visa (multiple entry), 1-year medical visa (multiple entry) and 6-month tourist visas (multiple entry) for Kuwaiti nationals and expatriates resident in Kuwait so that they can visit India for business, tourism, medical treatment etc., as per their convenience. 

3.        Visa applicants may approach Embassy’s Passport and Visa Centres operated by Cox & Kings Global Services (CKGS) at 17 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  Complex Kais Alghanim, 4 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.). 

4.        The Embassy will continue to accept visa applications directly in cases of emergency and for all diplomats/Special Passport holders.  For any visa related query, please contact at Tel. No. 22550600 Extn. 279 or call Mr. J.S. Dangi, Second Secretary (Consular) at Mobile No. 97229947.

Advisory - Passport and Visa applicants

Advisory - Passport and Visa applicants

            The Embassy has outsourced its passport and visa services to M/s Cox and Kings Global Services, Kuwait. The Company is operating through their offices in Sharq, Fahaheel and in Abbasiya (Jleeb Al Shuwaikh) since 3rd August, 2014. For information and advantage of all service seekers, the Embassy would like to inform the following:

Beware of touts/agents-   All Indian nationals in Kuwait are advised not to be misled by touts hanging around any of the three outsourced centres in Kuwait for passport related services.  It is informed that rates for their services like charges for filling up various forms is quite high as compared to the very reasonable charges for value added services made available in the outsourced centres of the Embassy.   Applicants are also misled by these touts to provide documents which may not necessarily be required to be enclosed with the applications and thus fleecing them.   The rates for the value added services are displayed prominently in the outsourced centres for payment by service seekers.   For ready reference the rates are as follows.

Services

Fee (Kuwaiti Dinar) KD

SMS Service

0.400

Courier

1.250 for Indian passports
4.500 for Foreign passports

Photocopy Service

0.100 per page

Photo booth

2.750 for  6 Photos

Assisted Form Filling

1.000 for Indian Nationals
3.000 for Foreign Nationals

Internet Kiosk

1.000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Beware of Bogus website fleecing applicants:   It has also come to the notice of the Embassy that some applicants applying for visa for India have been duped into filling visa online by some fake websites. eg: https://india-visas.com/index.php. They also accept online payment of fees from the applicants.   All visa applicants are advised to be very careful about it and requested to fill in their online visa applications by logging on to www.indianvisaonline.gov.in.  This is the only official site for this purpose from Government of India. All visa fees are compulsorily to be deposited in cash at the outsourced centres at Sharq and Fahaheel.   In cases of emergency, visa can also be obtained at the Embassy on the same day with applicable fees. They can contact the Visa Wing of the Embassy of India in Kuwait (Tel. No. 22530600 Extn. 279) or Manager CKGS office in Sharq  (Mob: 97928978)  for any doubt or clarification in the matter.

3.  Passport & visa services (timgings) at Sharq, Fahaheel and Abbasiya and visa services at Sharq and Fahaheel are available from 0800 hrs to 1200 hrs and again from 1600hrs to 2000 hrs Mondays to Thursdays.  To help the Indian community, who are not able to visit during any of the working days due to the working time/nature of duty, it may be noted that  on Fridays and Saturdays, these services are also available from 1600 hrs to 2000 hrs.

Indian Embassy Notification on PIO CARD

Indian Embassy Notification  on PIO CARD
 
The Government of India has implemented the following measures with immediate effect with regard to Persons of Indian origin (PIO) card:
 
i.            A PIO Card issued to an applicant shall be valid for his/her lifetime, provided that such an applicant has a valid passport;
 
ii.          Similarly, a PIO Card,  which has been issued previously,  shall be deemed to be valid for his/her lifetime from the date of issue, provided that such an applicant has a valid passport; and
 
iii.        PIO Card holders henceforth will be exempted from the registration with Ministry of Home Affairs. 

Floods in Jammu and Kashmir - Donate

Floods in Jammu and Kashmir

 

            Due to the unprecedented floods in Jammu and Kashmir, a large number of people have died and many have been displaced; property and infrastructure worth crores of Rupees have been damaged.  Our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has appealed to all the citizens of India to donate generously to thePrime Minister’s National Relief Fund.  The full text of the appeal is as under:-

 

“My Fellow Citizens, You are all aware that unprecedented floods have caused havoc in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. A large number of persons have died or have been temporarily displaced. Property and infrastructure worth crores of rupees have been damaged. Our fellow countrymen in Jammu and Kashmir need our help at this critical hour to tide over the calamity and to rebuild their lives.

The Central Government is extending full cooperation to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir in the measures for rescue, relief and rehabilitation besides, direct assistance to the affected people. I request all fellow countrymen to stand shoulder to shoulder with our distressed brothers and sisters in Jammu and Kashmir and be part of the national effort to support them in this hour of crisis.

I appeal to all citizens to donate generously to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.”

 

2.         Payment to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund can be made as per following details:-

 

(i)        Payment may be made by cheque/draft/cash in the name of “Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund” and sent to the Prime Minister’s Office, South Block, New Delhi-110011. As per directions on the subject the nationalized banks will not charge any commission on preparation of drafts favouring the PMNRF.

 

(ii)       Online Contributions can be made through the website of Prime Minister’s Office i.e. https://pmnrf.gov.in/payform.php

 

3.         Indian nationals in Kuwait may contribute generously for the distressed flood affected people in Jammu and Kashmir.  The contribution can also be sent to the Embassy by cheque / cash.  All donations made will be acknowledged.   

Indian Embassy welcomes J & Kashmir Flood Relief Fund

Indian Embassy welcomes  Jammu and Kashmir Flood Relief Fund

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 Due to the unprecedented floods in Jammu and Kashmir, a large number of people have died and many have been displaced; property and infrastructure worth crores of Rupees have been damaged.  Our Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has appealed to all the citizens of India to donate generously to thePrime Minister’s National Relief Fund.  The full text of the appeal is as under:

“My Fellow Citizens, You are all aware that unprecedented floods have caused havoc in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. A large number of persons have died or have been temporarily displaced. Property and infrastructure worth crores of rupees have been damaged. Our fellow countrymen in Jammu and Kashmir need our help at this critical hour to tide over the calamity and to rebuild their lives.

The Central Government is extending full cooperation to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir in the measures for rescue, relief and rehabilitation besides, direct assistance to the affected people. I request all fellow countrymen to stand shoulder to shoulder with our distressed brothers and sisters in Jammu and Kashmir and be part of the national effort to support them in this hour of crisis.

I appeal to all citizens to donate generously to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.”

Payment to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund can be made as per following details:-

(i)       Payment may be made by cheque/draft/cash in the name of “Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund” and sent to the Prime Minister’s Office, South Block, New Delhi-110011. As per directions on the subject the nationalized banks will not charge any commission on preparation of drafts favouring the PMNRF.

(ii)      Online Contributions can be made through the website of Prime Minister’s Office i.e.

https://pmnrf.gov.in/payform.php

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Indian nationals in Kuwait may contribute generously for the distressed flood affected people in Jammu and Kashmir.  The contribution can also be sent to the Embassy by cheque / cash.  All donations made will be acknowledged.  

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Security deposit for Female Indian workers

 

Mandatory submission of Bank Guarantee of KD 720 (Kuwait Dinar Seven hundred twenty only) equivalent to US $ 2,500 as security deposit for brining female domestic workers from India to Kuwait

 

Kuwait Indian Embassy Press Release:

The Government of India has made it mandatory for employers in Kuwait wishing to bring female domestic workers from India to submit a Bank Guarantee of US $ 2,500 equivalent to KD 720 (Kuwaiti Dinar Seven hundred twenty only) as a security deposit with the Embassy of India in Kuwait with immediate effect.

Henceforth, the employers in Kuwait bringing female domestic workers have to deposit a Bank Guarantee of KD 720.000 (equivalent to US $ 2,500) in favour of Embassy of India along with the documents submitted for attestation by the Embassy. The Bank Guarantee, provided by a bank in Kuwait needs to be valid till such time the female domestic worker remains in Kuwait. The Embassy will attest agreements for employment of female domestic workers in Kuwait once the above condition of Bank Guarantee is fulfilled.  This measure is being taken to safeguard the welfare of female domestic workers in Kuwait.

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ONAM Holiday Notice Indian Embassy

HOLIDAY NOTICE

       

        The Embassy of India will remain closed on 7th September, 2014 Sunday, on account of ONAM.

 

        However, needed/emergency services relating to Consular, Visa and Labour wings would be available to the visiting service seekers.

 
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