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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.
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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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Long-term Business Visas to India - Embassy of India

Long-term Business Visas to India - Embassy of 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.

 

FALSE NEWS IN MEDIA REGARDING GRANT OF AMNESTY

 

PRESS RELEASE

FALSE NEWS IN MEDIA REGARDING GRANT OF AMNESTY

 

1.       The Embassy has recently noticed that misleading news about of grant of amnesty to residence/visa violators in Kuwait by Ministry of Interior during the Holy month of Ramadan.

2.      As per information available, no such amnesty has been announced by the Kuwaiti authorities to visa/residency violators and news being circulated in the social media is fake.  Indian community is advised not to fall prey of such misleading information.

3.      As per our information, there are about 29,000 Indian nationals staying in Kuwait due to visa/residency violations.  The Embassy has been seeking assistance of local authorities for their early repatriation by instituting a bilateral mechanism for speedy processing of documents/completion of formalities and for travel to India.  The modalities remain to be finalized.

4.      The Embassy advises once again to all Indian nationals in Kuwait to abide by the laws and regulations of the land with regard to legal stay.

 

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Fee for Rationalization of Visa

Rationalization of Visa fee         

The Government of India has rationalized visa fee with effect from 1 April 2017 for various types of visas as described under. The visa fee for country specific has also undergone change and a complete list new visa fee structure is available in the Website of the Embassy and CKGS, Kuwait.

Sl. No.

Visa

Fee in

KD

1.

Tourist Visa (T)

Up to 1 year/Single or Multiple

Up to 5 year/Multiple Entry

 

32.000

63.000

 

2.

Business Visa (B)

Up to 1 year/Single or Multiple

Up to 5 years/Multiple Entry

 

38.000

78.000

 

3.

Entry Visa (X)

Up to 6 months/Single/Multiple

Up to 1 year/single/Multiple

Up to 5 year/Multiple

 

25.000

38.000

63.000

4.

Employment (E) & Project Visa

Up to 6 months/single or Multiple

Up to 1 year/Multiple entry

Up to 5 year/Multiple entry

 

 

38.000

63.000

94.000

5.

Student Visa(S)

Valid for duration of the course or 5 years, whichever is less/multiple entry

 

25.000

6.

Medical (Med) and Medical Attendant (Med X) Visa

Up to 6 months/Single/Multiple

Up to 1 year/single/Multiple

 

 

 

25.000

38.000

7.

Conference/Seminar Visa (C)

Up to 6 months/Single/Multiple

 

 

 

25.000

 

 

8.

 

Journalist Visa

Up to 6 months/Single (or double entry with the approval of HOM)

 

 

25.000

 

9.

Research Visa (R)

Up to 6 months/single or Multiple

Up to 1 year/Multiple entry

Up to 5 year/Multiple entry

 

25.000

38.000

63.000

10.

Missionary Visa (M)

Up to 6 months/single or Multiple

Up to 1 year/Multiple entry

Up to 5 year/Multiple entry

 

25.000

38.000

63.000

11.

Mountaineering Visa (MX)

Up to 6 months/single or Multiple

Up to 1 year/Multiple entry

 

 

25.000

38.000

 

12.

Transit Visa

Up to 15 days/single or double entry

 

7.000

2.       While all Kuwait and other foreign nationals resident in Kuwait are encouraged to take Indian visa for promotion of people-to-people contact, trade and tourism, it may be noted that the Embassy is issuing tourist visa for Kuwaiti nationals up to 6 months with multiple-entry at the cost of KD 32.000. The visa fee up to one year Business visa is now KD 38.000. Those visiting India frequently are advised to take one-year business visa (instead of tourist visa with validity of 6 month) to facilitate more visits for commercial and trade purposes.

2.       All applicants may visit Passport and Visa Centres of CKGS at (a) 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 ; (b) 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.). (c) Jleeb Al Shuyoukh (Abbasiya)  2nd Floor,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.). CKGS’s website is http://www.kw.ckgs.in.

3.       In emergency cases, Indian Embassy accepts visa applications directly at its Visa Wing from applicants and contact Visa Officer at Telephone no. 22530600/ Ext 279.

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Yoga and Meditation session - Indian Embassy.

Yoga and Meditation session at Indian Embassy on 21 April 2017.yoga
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Suggestions are sought from Indian community members to boost our exports to Kuwait.

Suggestions are sought from Indian community members to boost our exports to Kuwait.

Suggestions are sought from Indian community members to boost our exports to Kuwait.  While our exports to Kuwait include food items, textiles, garments, electrical & engineering equipment, cars, trucks, buses, tyres, jewellery, handicrafts etc., our total exports to Kuwait have unfortunately remained sluggish during the last five years, hovering at about USD 1.2 billion per year.

2.      Specific inputs / recommendations are requested from our community by 25 April 2017 on the following:-

(i)           Export products or product groups of India which can be promoted to Kuwait;

(ii)         Direct measures (tax incentives, financial incentive, insurance, etc.)  which can be adopted by India to increase its exports to Kuwait; and

(iii)        Tariff and non-tariff barriers faced by Indian export products in Kuwait.

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PR on Indian Community Welfare Fund

PR ON INDIAN COMMUNITY WELFARE FUND (ICWF)

          Indian Embassy has been providing assistance to distressed Indian nationals in Kuwait by providing air-tickets (on case to case basis) and token financial assistance of US $ 40 to each person for repatriation. Further, seriously ill Indian nationals are sent to India on either stretcher or wheel chair. The transportation of mortal remains is also provided.

2.      During calendar year 2016, Embassy has provided air-tickets, medical care and contingency travel expenses etc., to the distressed Indian nationals in Kuwait out of the ICWF, as under:

Description of services provided under ICWF

Number of beneficiaries

Expenditure

(KD)

Cost of air-tickets to destitute workers

154

 11,327.00

Total Financial Assistance provided to distressed workers for their travel from Airport to hometown

423

   5,349.00

Expenditure on airlifting of patients

 14

   2,723.00

Expenditure on airlifting of mortal remains to India

 40

   5,456.00

Miscellaneous services

 03

      169.00

Total

        634

 25,024.00

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MADAD - Student Registration Module

PR on Student Registration Module on MADAD

Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi has in July 2016, launched a Student Registration Module on MADAD (Consular Services Management System) to have a centralized database of Indian students who are pursuing their higher studies in foreign colleges and universities abroad.  This database is to help Indian Missions and Posts in contacting and interacting with Indian students studying in foreign countries. 

2.        There are number of Indian students who are pursuing their higher studies in different universities in Kuwait.  Embassy of India would like to encourage these students to voluntarily register themselves on MADAD portal at https://portal1.madad.gov.in/AppConsular/welcomeLink.  This database will help Embassy in communicating with Indian students and disseminating information on policies and programmes of Government of India from time to time while remaining in close contact.

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Aadhaar Card

Aadhaar Card

While “Aadhaar” has been made mandatory for filing of Income Tax Return as well as for seeking PAN (Permanent Account Number) cards, Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), Department of Revenue, Ministry of Finance, New Delhi has now clarified that mandatory quoting of Aadhaar for PAN applications and filing Income Tax Return shall not apply to a Non-Resident Indian (NRI) as he/she is not eligible to get “Aadhaar”.  Only a resident Indian is entitled to an Aadhaar Card.

 

2.  Please note that Aadhaar Card is not mandatory for obtaining Driving License or a SIM card in India.  It is only one of several documents recognized for address proof of the applicant.

 

Recruitment of Indian Nurses

RECRUITMENT OF INDIAN NURSES FOR KUWAIT

Some private hospitals in Kuwait have made enquiries about recruitment of Indian nurses. It is reiterated that to streamline the recruitment of Indian nurses for work in Kuwait, the Government of India has restricted since May 2015 the recruitment of nurses through a few designated State-run recruiting agencies and placed nurses under the “ECR” regime so that emigration clearance through E-Migrate becomes mandatory for them for any employment in any of the 18 ECR countries (including Kuwait).

2.       Presently, there are six State Manpower Corporations in India which are authorized for recruitment of Indian nurses abroad:

     I.        Non–Resident Keralites Affairs Department  (NORKA-ROOTS),NORKA CENTRE, Thycaud Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel. 0091-471-2330530

  II.        Overseas Development and Employment Promotion Consultants Ltd. (ODEPC),T.C. 27/741(3), Ambalathumukku, Vanchiyoor. P.O, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, E-mail – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel. 0091-471-2576314

   III.        Overseas Manpower Corporation Limited (OMCL),No.42, Alandur Road, Thiru-vi-ka Industrial Estate, Guindy, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, E–mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Tel. 0091-44-22505886, 22502267, 22500417.

   IV.        Uttar Pradesh Financial Corporation, Government of Uttar Pradesh (UPFC).14,/88, Civil Lines, Kanpur-208001, Phone: EPABX: +91-512-2530041-44 Fax:+91-512-2530073, +91-512-2533743 mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

   V.        Telangana Overseas Manpower Company (TOMCOM) Govt. of Telangana, Govt. IT Campus, Vijaya Nagar Colony, Masabtank, Hyderabad-500057. 009140-23221705.  E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  VI.        The Overseas Manpower Company of Andhra Pradesh (OMCAP).  ITI Campus, Vijayawada (OMCAP),Krishna (Dist), Andhra Pradesh -520008, , Tel/Fax: 91 0866 2484948, Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3.       The process of recruitment of Indian nurses under E-Migrate system is easy, transparent and user-friendly. Recruiting Agencies in Kuwait which are keen to recruit Indian nurses for Kuwait should register themselves with the E-Migrate system. The Embassy has an E-Migrate Helpdesk in its premises – for those wishing to register in E-Migrate system.  For any query, please contact: Second Secretary (Labour) at Tel. No. 22531716, Mobile: 97229914 and Attache (Labour) at Tel. No. 22530409 or send e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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2nd Agri Leadership Summit 18-20 March 2017

2nd Agri Leadership Summit

18-20 March 2017

The State of Haryana, India is organizing the 2nd Agri Leadership Summit from 18-20 March, 2017 at Surajkund, Faridabad, Haryana. Haryana is a leading State in the field of agriculture with immense opportunities in the field of horticulture/ peri urban agriculture and allied activities.

2.         The objective of the summit is to bring together policymakers, progressive farmers, scientists and technologists and initiate interactive meetings on agricultural business and marketing leadership. The summit will focus on issues such as climate smart agriculture, micro irrigation/ soil health, organic farming, risk management, A2 milk production, dairying, aquaculture and agro product marketing. Latest innovations, technologies, and farm machinery used in the agricultural sector will be on display by leading private companies and entrepreneurs. Various seminars and workshops as well will be held during the summit.

3.         For more details about the summit you may visit website: www.hryagrileaders.com.

Indian Embassy - New Category of Visas

New Category of Visas - Indian Embassy

The Government of India has introduced with effect from 1st March 2017, two new categories of visas, titled “Intern visa” for foreigners intending to pursue internship in Indian companies, and, “Film Visa” for shooting of feature film or television/cinema and reality TV shows/commercial TV shows and TV serials by a foreign team.

2.         The visa fee structure for aforementioned visas is as below:   

 

S. No.

Visa Type/Duration/Entries

Fees in KD

1

Intern Visa (I)

Up to 1 year/Multiple Entry

25.000

2.

Film Visa (F)

Up to 1 year/Single or Multiple entry

(Maximum duration of the visa will be 1 year)

37.000

 


3.         Applicants need to provide following information while seeking these visas from the Embassy:

 

For Intern visa

i)   Name of company/institute/NGO in India  

ii)  Address

iii)  Phone/Fax 

iv)  Email  

v)   Duration of internship in months 

vi)  Annual remuneration to be received in Indian Rupees

 

For Film visa

i)   Approval of Information and Broadcasting ministry for shooting the film 

ii)  Type of production

       a) Feature Film

       b) Reality TV show

       c) Commercial TV serial

iii)  Complete address of shooting location

iv)  Phone/Fax

v)   Email

4.         The Indian Passport & Visa Service Provider, M/s Cox & Kings Services (CKGS), Kuwait has been providing visa services to Kuwaiti nationals and expatriates through their three centers – Sharq (City), Fahaheel and Abbasiya (Jleeb Al-Showaikh). The above centre functions from 8 AM – 12 noon and from 4 PM - 8PM on all working days except on closed holidays on Fridays and Saturday, the working hours are from 4 PM-8PM.

5.         For further queries in the matter, Visa seekers in the above-mentioned category may approach Embassy’s Visa Officer at Tel. No. 22550600 Extn. 279.

 

 
 
  
 
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