What is a protector stamp?
It is mandatory for every Pakistani (with a valid abroad work visa) to get their Passport stamped from Protectorate of Emigrants in order to leave Pakistan.
Whilst Pakistani’s travelling abroad for a holiday are exempt from this, it is extremely important to understand that for those relocating to another country for work, without a protected passport, the Pakistani airport personnel will not allow one to board their international flight.
What is its purpose?
The original purpose of this protection is to receive the appropriate data of the emigrant, cover the emigrant through life insurance, and to eliminate illegal international travel.
The process of passport protection is complicated and can last for a whole day, sometimes more. So, this article aims to help IMGs better understand and follow the procedure.
To apply for your protector stamp you will need the following documents:
NICOP is a computerised card for identification of a single person visiting a country. The card is issued by the National Database and Registration Authority and typically takes 15 days to arrive after you have submitted your application.
To apply for a NICOP you can visit your nearest NADRA centre.
Please note that only a NICOP receipt is necessary for Protectorate of Emigrants department and the plastic card is not needed to receive your protector stamp.
Once you have collated the above documents you can visit your nearest Protectorate of Emigrants office.
When you arrive go to the window and show the officer your CNIC, NICOP or its receipt, your passport and the photocopy of your UK visa to the officer.
The officer is likely to sign to sign your visa photocopy and then ask you to take it to another window. At the second window, you will be asked to submit the rest of your documents.
After you have submitted all your forms, you will need to wait for a few hours to get your passport stamped. The office typically asks people to return after 3pm.
You can find a public notary official at any court.
Questions and Answers
Yes, you are legally required by the Government of Pakistan to have a protector stamp before you travel.
The stamp will expire with your visa, so look for the validity of your visa to find the expiration date.
No, a protector stamp is only necessary for work visas only.
Each country will have different emigration rules, so it is important to check this information before you travel.
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wikiHow. (2018). How to Get Your Passport Stamped from Protectorate of Emigrants in Pakistan. [online] Available at: https://www.wikihow.com/Get-Your-Passport-Stamped-from-Protectorate-of-Emigrants-in-Pakistan [Accessed 15 Aug. 2018].