Leaving Pakistan? Did You Get Your Protector Done?
Many people who are about to leave Pakistan to accept foreign employment usually do not know that they can’t leave the country without a stamp by Protectorate of Emigrant office on their passport. The official website of Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment is at www.beoe.gov.pk.
Allow me to break the process down in steps
- Medical Examination: This is only required for certain countries (Mostly in Middle East). Call the Protectorate office and check with them if you need medical examination. There are certain gcc approved medical centers for conducting the medical examination and giving you fitness report that you have to submit at the protectorate office.In medical examination following test are conducted
- Eye sight
- Chest X ray
- Blood test
- Urine test
- Physical examination
- NICOP: National ID Card for Overseas Pakistanis is the English version of your ID Card. Once you go there take the pictures, give thumb impressions, fill out form, e.t.c; you get a receipt. This receipt is enough to get your protector done. You get the actual NICOP card after 8 working days. This costs you another 3000 to 5000Rs (Depending upon your target country of stay).
- Protectorate Office:Now you can go to the office of protectorate, fill out forms and complete the process. You get your stamped passport after a couple of hours. This can cost you 6500Rs or above (Depending upon the target country). You have to go to a couple of places to submit chalan forms.
Documents required at Protectorate Office are:
- Original Passport
- Offer Letter/Contract
- Copy of VISA
- Your Picture
- Photocopy of your sibling, child or wife’s ID card (For insurance)
- NICOP card or its receipt
- Medical report (stamped by GAMCA)
- Keep your original passport and original ID Card with you wherever ever you go or who ever you meet
- Take at least 20 passport size pictures. Everyone needs them on their form.
- Take plenty of your ID card photocopies.
- Leave home with at least 15,000Rs in pocket.
Another step-by-step explanation of the process is at http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Your-Passport-Stamped-from-Protectorate-of-Emigrants-in-Pakistan
Though not directly related to protector but its good to get your bachelor degrees attested by HEC and Foreign office. Your employer might ask for them.
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