How to get protector certificate against employment visa in Pakistan


Today, I will explain how to get protector document (a MUST document for all employment VISAs by Immigration of Pakistan). Without protector (in case if you have employment VISA) you will not be allowed to leave Pakistan and will be returned from the airport.
  1. Get passport sized pictures with white background (at-least 20 – rest will be consumed in UAE).
  2. Getting the degrees verified from (in order) HEC, Foreign Office and UAE Embassy (please follow my blog post https://ahmedmuneeb1.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/steps-to-apply-for-employment-visa-for-any-gulf-based-country/
  3. Once the employment VISA is processed then there is a requirement from Immigration office Pakistan to get a ‘protector certificate’ which usually takes one day and can be done from their Lahore or Rawalpindi office – Lahore office’s address is 117-G Model town, Lahore. Fee is PKR 6500/- and following are the pre-requisites
  • NICOP (National Identity card for overseas Pakistanis) or if you don’t have it then apply for it at NADRA office (this will take one extra day) they will issue you a slip and a number which can be submitted instead of card itself.
  • 2 copies of Passport + 1 copy of employment contract + 1 copy of NICOP or NADRA’s NICOP application slip (in case if you don’t have NICOP card) + 1 copy of NADRA card (National Identity card) and couple of picture with white background.
  • Go to 117-G Model town, Lahore at 9AM sharp (it will be a long queue). Must take your original documents with you (Passport, CNIC, NICOP). Submit documents along with fee before 12 Noon and they will give you the certificate by 3PM. 

Must keep your original documents with you (Especially Passport and NIC) all the time.

Please note that if the candidate does NOT have a protector certificate he wont be allowed to travel by the immigration of Pakistan and will be returned from the air port.

There is no concept of ENCR stamps for Pakistani Passports- It only applies to Indian Passports.
Ok to board – Self explanatory :-)

Very important: Please get the employment contract and VISA from your employer at-least 4 days before the date of flight so that you can get ’protector document’ easily.
Without VISA and employment contract this ‘protector document’ is NOT issued and without protector you won’t be able to travel.
Please DON’T do any processing on 11th hour in Pakistan even if you are 100% sure :-|
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545 Comments

  1. ali

    how i can get overseas nicop and kindly tell me about fee ?

    • Hello Ali.

      You can go to any NADRA office with the following documents to get your NICOP.

      1. Original ID card with a photocopy of it
      2. Original Passport and copy of it
      3. Copies of ID cards of your family (parents and siblings)

      Fee is 1000 Rupees for urgent (which comes in 7 days) and I guess around 400 Rs. for normal which comes in 20 days.

      For more information please contact any NADRA office.

      • Muhammad Imran

        Now a days Smart NICOP Fees is 5400/= which will be deliver in 10 days.

      • Waqas Ahmed

        Is there any immigration office in hyderabad-sindh to get the protector certificate?
        i am having visa pasted on my passport.

      • Dear Waqas,

        If you have ‘RESIDENCE visa’ pasted on your passport then you do not need protector (as far as I know) but please check with authorities before flying.

        Not sure about hyderabad but there is one in Karachi for sure. If you come to know about one then please do share office location with us. Thanks

        Regards,
        Muneeb

      • Waqas Ahmed

        thanks dear,,yes the visa is a 1 year work permit pasted by the hiring company..guess it is called a residence visa may be,,so as the protector is not required now in that case would i be in need of NICOP for traveling?

    • sir plz help me I want to check my dubai visa details.my visa no. Is 401/2014/3/3032021.This visa issued in 2014

      • Dear Ali,

        As far as I know you cannot check the visa online. There is no service so far.

        Your sponsor will do “OK TO BOARD” for you which is a confirmation that your airline has seen the original visa and you are allowed to travel which is enough confirmation. Without “OK to board” you will NOT be allowed to fly.

        Please also get protector if you have employment visa. Good luck!

        Regards,
        Muneeb

    • Muhammad Salman

      Sir,
      Is this necessary of NICOP and Protector for Multiple visa for Afghanistan?

      Muhammad Salman

      • Dear Salman,

        I have no idea about Multiple visa for Afghanistan. I guess, yes protector is required but check with concerned authorities. Good luck.

  2. Sajid

    Are Medical Test Reports necessary for Protector stamp or we can still get it without medical test ?

    • No it is not mandatory. you can get protector without medical.

      • IMRAN

        Honourable Sir,
        An employer of UAE has sent me an employment visa. Do I need to get my medical exam done as a pre-requisite of/for visa protection ?
        And how about this link :- http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Your-Passport-Stamped-from-Protectorate-of-Emigrants-in-Pakistan
        This guy has given a prolong and extensive process.

      • Yes he is right. I have explained the same process. Thanks

        Regards,
        Muneeb

      • Honourable Sir,
        kindly guide me sir.Actually i want to go UAE through vist visa and there i want to find job and if i got job there then it is necessary to get protector??

      • Dear Waheed,

        Once you are in UAE and find a job for yourself then they will process your employment visa and during that period you might have to come back to home country for visa change. In that case, yes, you need protector (as you will have employment visa with you). Once, you get your job immediately apply for your NICOP and once you get your employment visa (in scanned format) then apply for protector. Thanks

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  3. khan

    Hi Muneeb.

    kindly guide me, i have z visa for work in China, do i need a protector, i never heard about that, i have many friends working there but none of them applied for protector ever.

    if we must need then every time when we come to Pakistan and travel back we need a new stamp. because our visa is only for one year and china gov issue new visa every year.

    • Hi Khan,

      Two points to clarify here.

      1. You need protector certificate when you have employment visa on paper (I mean first time when you are leaving country on protector VISA then you must have got a scanned copy of it. In that case you need protector. Once your VISA is stamped on your passport then protector stand null & void and there is no need of protector.

      2. After every year when you VISA changes and if you are still in china then no need to get protector but if you come back to Pakistan and then go back to china based on that paper visa then you need protector again. So in order to avoid protector you must travel when you have VISA stamped on your passport.

      I hope I made things clear and easy for you. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Thanks for your reply. I already got Visa on my Passport. And when I came back in next year I will get visa on my passport from China before coming to pakistan for next year. In this case I do I need protector?

      • mohsin

        thx for useful information

    • Hi Khan,

      I have also got Z Visa for China this week. It is pasted on passport. Did the airport authorities required Protector Stamp ?

      • Hi Khan,
        I guess yes you need it but check with concerned authorities. Thanks

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  4. Ahmad

    AOA. Dear Brother, does i need protector for Iraq? The company send me visa and i have scan copy of visa. They said when you arrive here we will apply for your employment visa. So i go to airport but immigration people say you can not go because you have no protector. But i hear that no protector required of Iraq visa.
    kindly guide me…

    • Protector is required for all employment visas regardless of destination country. It is required by immigration.

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Shakeel

        Ahmad/Rajab,

        I have a visit visa to Erbil, Iraq. I just go for visit only. Do I need any protection of passport.

        Regards,

        Muhammad Shakeel

      • Hi Shakeel,

        I am not sure about Iraqi visit visas (I AM ONLY GUESSING) if it is NOT an employement visa then you might NOT require any protector but I would advise you to still check with competent authorities. Thanks and good luck!!

        Regards,
        Muneeb

    • rajab ali

      No need or Iraq I went 20 times for work .

      • Thanks Rajab for this.

  5. Habib Ahmed

    Dear Muneeb
    hope you will be fine. i need some information from you. i am in Saudi Arabia now a days i want to switch my job in Dubai as i already got the UAE visa. so i have to come in Pakistan. please guide me whether i need a protector for UAE as my passport as already protector stemps there but it for Saudi Arabia.
    what documents required?????

    Please guide me what steps i have to follow to go in UAE.( i am coming form Saudi Arabia on exit/re-entry not on final exit please guide me accordingly

    • Habib Ahmed!

      Your visa is stamped on your passport or you have paper visa? If you have paper visa and you land in Pakistan then while coming back to UAE you need protector. But if you VISA is stamped on your passport (in case of UAE it is residence VISA) then you do NOT need protector. Good Luck!!!

  6. maryam

    I have a employment visa I am 22 years old and i want the protector but govt not alowed to me for protector they said under 35 years old womens are not allowed for sponsor in Arab contries. Is this true?

    • I’m not sure about this. I have heard that the first time. I know few females who are working here and are on job.

      Why dont you rather come on visit visa and start a job here. You can do that without any problems.

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  7. Khalid

    Dear Mr.Munib,
    I came from saudia to Qatar on work visa.My residence visa alredy stamped in Qatar.Do I need protector stamp from Pakistan?

  8. usman

    Aslam o alikum SIr i got a work visa For Oman please tell me visa protector requirements. usman

    • For oman its same.

      For employment of any country the process of protector is same!

  9. zain

    Brothers Fee for NICOP is 4500 PKR at the time of writing and protector fee is 6500 PKR add about 1000 PKR for agent who get your visa protector don’t take tensions do it smoothly on time and save your time and travel within 30 day from the date of protector.

  10. tahire

    aoa i am going to china on study visa. have i to protect my paper visa and to get nicop. I am tahir

  11. Kashif

    Assalam o Alaikum Muneeb,
    I hope this msg finds you well. I’m working in Qatar and since my job is rotation based,they are giving me business work visa which is valid for 3 months and again after roster,they issue me a new but same visa to come back again.Should i get protector each time or once is enough for this visa?
    Regards,
    Kashif

    • Kashif,

      If you leave from Pakistan for any country based on employment visa (irrespective of duration) then you need to get protector. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  12. Zahid

    please let me know.. if my Passport and NIC are issued from Karachi and I get a visa from Abu Dhabi company, so I can get the protector from Islamabad office or not. bcoz now I am in ISB and I will be travelling from Islamabad.

    • You have to go to same District from where your Passport and NIC is issued to get the protector which in case is Karachi.

      In case if you wannt to try from Islamabad then their office is on Mureee road, RWP.

  13. shah

    Hello
    I got protector on my passport and then I renew my passport still I am working with same employer with new passport with out protector I contacted with the headoffice for protector in Islamabad and mentioned my situation they said you need protector but as he was not sure he give me number for peshawar protector office i talked to the director over there and he mentioned I dont need protector as I already have on my old passport and you dont need if you working for same employer and same visa condition. Then I was satisfied but I called Lahore protector office and ask him he said you need protector I am very confused .I am seeking your advice
    Thanks

    • Brother Shah,

      3 things here!

      1. Protector is valid till you have paper visa. Once your visa is stamped on your passport then you do NOT need protector.
      2. If you visa is same then you do not need a new protector. Protector is issued against a visa.
      3. If your visa gets cancelled and you get a new visa then you surely need new protector but if you are outside country and you get your visa stamped on your passport then also no protector is required.

      I hope it will help you. Thanks

    • Ali

      Hi Shah
      Just got to your post here from google. I have the same situation as i recently got new passport and my employer or visa hasn’t changed. But the protector stampt is on the old passport. Do i need to re-do it?
      What was your exp?

      • Hi Ali,

        AS per my experience. Since, visa has not changed nor the employer therefore, no need for new protector. Thanks

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  14. Ibrar

    Dear Ahmed,

    Thanks for so much clarification…
    I had my first visa on paper without protector in 2011…. Immigration did not stop me they allowed me to go…Later my visa was changed during my stay abroad…& new visa is already stamped on my passport …. Now I am in Pakistan for vacations…. it means I can go back safely … Immigration will not stop me for protector?

    • Dear Ibrar,

      Yours is exactly my case and no you do NOT need protector in case if your visa is already stamped on your passport. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • kanwal

        Hello sir! If one is refused to go from immigration and back from airport due to unavailabilty of protector.. can he go again with protector any issue ? because he got the load off stamp also?

      • Hi Kanwal,

        Yes, he/she can go again after getting protector from the immigration office. Good luck!

        Regards,
        Muneeb

      • kanwal

        Hello sir! can you help me that the company in Malaysia “synergic sports consultancy kuala lumpur” is fake or original .Because the company send me agreement letter for protector making? also in agreement non kind of info is found like my visa or passport number they just mention my name only.

      • Kanwal, If they ask you to give them money – They are fake. Do NOT in any case send money to anyone. Thanks

      • faraz ahmed

        dear muneeb,

        assalam o alekum.. boss i got a visa of malaysia from an agent, but i am not sure that it is visit or employement,so plz tell me that how i verify it..

      • Dear Faraz,

        I have NO knowledge about malaysian visas. Sorry but cannot help you on this. Good luck!!

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  15. shah

    Dear Ahmed Muneeb
    Yes my visa renewed and stamped on my passport with same condition although I am on holiday but I am very tensed because of this confusing situation. what will happened if on airport they stopped me and demand money from me?
    dear bro I hope you understand my situation I will wait for yor reply
    Regards
    Shah

  16. shamwail

    Is protector office open on monday or it’s closed

  17. Fawad Ahmed

    Dear Ahmed.
    I am in Pakistan and i got my visa paper through mail by my previoys employer. Because i didn’t made any contract or agreement with employer. So Can i get protector only with visa paper or i have to provide them Contract also, Please guide me.
    Fawad

    • Dear Fawad,

      To get protector you need employment contract, Passport, couple of passport size pics & paper VISA.

      Without contract – you cant get protector.

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  18. Syed Akhtar Hussain

    Dear Ahmed Muneeb
    At this time i am in Pakistan but my company transfer to Dubai office for two years my passport copy send to Dubai office through our HR Department.
    Please guide me:
    1- I need for apply for protector or not and when (Received on visa than aply).
    2- My CNIC in urdu inwhich have any issue or not.

    Regards

    Akhtar

    • Once you get back your passport then check the status of your visa.

      If it a residence visa & it is stamped on your passport then you do not need protector.

      If you get VISA on paper and it is ’employment visa’ then only you need protector.

      No protector is required for residence VISAs…. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  19. Fawad Ahmed

    Dear Ahmed,
    I want one more advice from you brother that if i have offer letter from company instead of contract,then can i get protector stamped on my passport.

    • Yes you can. Offer letter should server the purpose. Good luck!

  20. shah

    Dear Ahmed Bro
    I need your suggestion in this scenario
    my visa renewed and stamped on my passport with same condition although I am on holiday but I am very tensed because of this confusing situation. what will happened if on airport they stopped me and demand money from me? As you Know I already got protector on my expire passport.Please throw somelight on this issue.
    dear bro I hope you understand my situation I will wait for yor reply
    Thanks
    Shah

  21. alia

    asalam alikam Mr Muneeb,
    I wana ask abt Visa protector for UAE,
    if you provide any services regarding the subject plz drop me your direct contact number so i can call you an dask abt,
    thanks
    Alia.

    • Dear Alia,

      I am a software engineer and I wrote this blog to help fellow Pakistanis to know the process so that they can avoid some pain and hassels involved in this process.

      I DO NOT provide any such services nor I have contact with anyone else who can provide you these services. Either I take money nor asks you to give money to anyone for this.

      I just wrote this post to help all of you explain the process. You have to go to protector office in person to get the protector certificate. Thank you and best of luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  22. Tariq

    Dear Muneeb As Salam O Alaikum
    I am in abu dhabi and i am switching my JOB to Qatar i want to ask can I make NEW NICOP from Abu Dhabi Embassy for Qatar. Blood relation NIC is must requirement. And also can I get protector stamp from Abu Dhabi Embassy.

    Please let me know thanks

    MT

    • Ahmed Muneeb

      Dear MT!

      If you are in Abu Dhani abd you directly go to QATAR then you do NOT need protector. Protector is only the requirement of Immigration of Pakistan on Employment VISA when they are in paper format and moreover, as per my knowledge protector is valid only for 3 months unless you get your VISA stamped on your passport. Once you have VISA on your passport then protector is not required. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Tariq

        Dear Mr Muneed
        Thanks for you reply. And please also tell me about NICOP and NIC. Can I renew my NIC AND NICOP here in abu dhabi.
        Is blood relation NIC copy must requirement.

        Thanks I shall wait for your reply

  23. Ahmed Muneeb

    Dear Tariq,

    Just get your new smart card (NIC with a chip in it) and that would be enough and yes you can get your CINC from consultant general of Pakistan office in Abu-Dhabi.

    • A. Afzal

      Apply for an ordinary NICOP because if you apply for the smart NICOP, they retain you NIC and that is something you need to show the Protectorate. They return your NIC if you apply for the ordinary one.

      • Thanks for the tip!

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  24. Salam,
    Dear I have a stamped h1b(Work) visa for USA. I never traveled before to another country. Do I need a protector stamp , although I got my visa stamped on my passport?
    Thanks

    • Since that is work VISA not a residence VISA (like in UAE) so yes you need protector. In UAE you come on employment VISA and once it is stamped on the passport it is called residence VISA so once it is stamped then protector is not required.

  25. Shahabz ahmed

    Aslamualikum Muneeb.
    Dear, i have a visa cortdastan IRAQ. 16oct, jab me Airport gya to Emigration offcer ne kaha k protector k elawa aap nahi ja sakty. hala k i have visit visa with return tick. But Emigration officer ne nahi mani or hamy out off kar diya.. ab mujy protector k liye kaha hai.. kiya ye sahi hai. hala k mujy compny ne visit visa diya tah jaha me ne ja kar job k try karni th.

    • Ahmed Muneeb

      WAS Shahbaz Sahab!

      As far as I know for visit VISAs no protector is required! However, the rule might vary from country to country. Please check with immigration or any other officer over there. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  26. Faysal Muneer

    Dear Muneeb Sb,
    I have the Class D visa for Austria and the main purpose of this visa to seeking the job, its validity is for 6 months, so now i have not any job offer, can i need the protector stamp / certificate etc. on visa just printed the Class D and this visa has been granted upon point based system.

    • Ahmed Muneeb

      Dear Faysal Muneer,

      I have no idea about class D visa for Austria. Please check with immigration office at the airport. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  27. Shahabz ahmed

    Thanks Muneeb Sahib… I have a solve problem… Your Information Thanks A lot.

    • Dear Shahbaz,

      Please share your experience which can help others get protector quickly. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  28. Faiza

    Dear faysal,
    Plz let me know where this protector fees submit, in bank or there is a counter for that, is there anyother process for girls visa protector

    • Faysal Muneer

      Dear Muneeb,
      Today i can got the NICOP slip, and on friday i intend to go to Lahore for protector, and i don’t have any idea to get the protector and where the fee will be deposited, please brief me, i have the NICOP slip with passport etc. Regards

      • Dear Faysal,

        Go to 117-G Model town, Lahore. They will guide you. You need to submit fee in bank and all instructions are written outside protector office…… Bank name and branch is written over there :)

        Regards,
        Muneeb

    • Dear Faiza,

      Go to protector office. They will guide you. Do NOT rely on just information available over the internet as process keeps on changing. Information about Bank/Branch and amount with challan form will be given by the protector office guys so dont worry.

      Protector office in Lahore is at: 117-G Model town, Lahore (near Makro on link road – Model town)

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  29. Mubashar

    Hi Muneeb,

    Currently, I am staying in Saudi Arabia and trying to arrange visit visa for my wife and kid. Please spare few minutes and advise me the process of getting stamped family visit visa on their passports. Also please provide me with list of authorized agents in Lahore who can process visit visas for Saudi Arabia.

    Stay blessed!
    Mubashar

    • Dear Mubashir,

      Brother, I wrote this blog with the experience I had for getting protector. I do NOT have knowledge about getting visit visas for KSA so I am sorry that I cannot help you in this regard. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  30. Ahmed Raza

    Dear Muneeb
    I have all the requisite document to get protector, Can I get protector in one day from Rawalpindi

    • Yes. You can.

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Ahmed Raza

        Dear Ahmed Muneeb, many thank for your kind reply. I need your comments that:
        I got offer here from university. The concerned PRO applied for my security clearance on 2nd October 2013 which I received on 13th and due to eid holidays, he applied for approval from Ministry of labour on 20th October 2013 and still I did not receive approval. The expiry date (with extension) of my visa is up to 3rd November 2013, I could not get get approval from labour department up to the said date then what I should do.

        Regards

        Ahmed Raza

    • Ahmed Raza

      Dear Ahmed Muneeb

      I need ur kind reply urgently. I have been employed by university in Dubai and case for labour approval (work permit) has been approved. My visa agent is threatening me for black list because I have been overstayed 3 days

  31. Muhammad Usman

    Dear Mr. Muneeb

    Please tell me which are the documents required for Passport protector (also fee and steps details if you can). I have already traveled with this passport but now I have new visa. This passport have no protector before. Also tell me the location in Rawalpindi office for protector. Waiting for your reply.

    Regards
    M. Usman

    • Ahmed Muneeb

      Usman,

      Requirements are posted in the post. Please read them again. I am not sure about location of Rawalpindi office (it is somewhere near Chandi chowk, Muree Road)

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  32. M. Usman

    Dear Mr. Muneeb

    Is there any requirment of “OK TO BOARD” stamp on visa copy?
    Medical is required now?

    • Ahmed Muneeb

      Yes, There is.
      Check with airline and company/person who is sponsoring your visa.

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  33. muneeb,

    my wife got employment visa for saudia and i got residence visa but i m not permitted to work, what can i do? so that i can do work in saudia arabia
    me and my wife have visa stamped on passport do we need protector???
    regards
    shehzad

    • Ahmed Muneeb

      Dear Adil,

      As far as I understood – your wife has sponsored your VISA.

      There are two options
      1. Find a job – Get your old visa cancelled and get a new visa by your company.
      2. Ask you sponsor (which is your wife) in this case to vancel your visa and re-apply for a new VISA with work permit.

      Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Dear Muneed,

        I can do this with in saudia or i have to leave for new visa

  34. AOA SIR MARA DUBAI KA VISA AA GIA HA JO DETAIL AAP NA BATIE HA MA IS KA MUTABIQ AA JIO TO MITNA TIME MA MARA PROTECTOR BAN JIA GA?
    ZIL HUSAIN

    • Protector takes only one day. Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  35. sohaib

    Dear muneeb bhai,
    i ve got China work permit as a English teacher.I been to embassy and get visa sticker on it. Do i still need a Protector…? Even china Visa got Stamp on passport rather than Paper…..
    Looking forward to you.

    Regards,
    Sohaib

    • If your visa status is a work visa then you need a protector. I am not sure about chinease process but for UAE if its residence visa then no protector is required else you need a protector. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  36. Ahmed Raza

    Dear Ahmed Muneeb

    I need ur kind reply urgently. I have been employed by university in Dubai and case for labour approval (work permit) has been approved. My visa agent is threatening me for black list because I have been overstayed 3 days

    Best Regards
    Ahmed Raza

    • Ahmed Muneeb

      Dear Ahmed Raza,

      Dont worry. There is a one month GRACE period after your visa expires in UAE to shift between jobs. (as per my knowledge). Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  37. ahmed muneeb

    hi im living in iraq how i get smart identity card pls msg me

    • Ahmed Muneeb

      Please go to Pakistani consultant. All Pakistani consultants have NADRA Facilities. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  38. Sir please tell me is it necessary to get protector if u got new job as i have nicop already on my previous employment visa

    • Ahmed Muneeb

      Protector is issued against VISA. If you change VISA then get protector again. But if VISA is stamped on your passport with ‘residence’ status (means residence visa) then no protector is required. . . Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  39. Imran

    I went to NADRA for my NICOP card. After getting application filled for SMART NICOP, they made me surrender my original CNIC.

    Is original CNIC required at protector office? or my token for SMART NICOP will be enough?

    • Ahmed Muneeb

      Dear Imran,

      Token for SMART NICOP would be enough. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

    • Fraz

      Dear Imran! Did you need medical and character certificate to get protector stamp?

  40. Inaam Ullah

    Dear Brother,
    I had a south african protected visa(work permit) which is going to expire on 31st december 2013. Currently I am working in mozambique. I have a visit visa of mozambiq ehich expired on November 11, 2013. After that i applied for a temporary resident permit of mozambique for which I have the receipt. and also the mozambican embassy issued me a letter declairing me a temporary residnt of mozambique which i can use to travel to pakistan as long as i do not get my original resident permit from mozambican immigration department. Now i am going to vacation to pakistan for vacation on december 19, 2013. which means when i come back from pakistan on january 8, 2014 my south african visa will be expired. and i will only have the original receipt of the application of resident permit and the letter of declaration from mozambiq immigration. i want to know if i need to protect my receipt of application of resident permit and will i be able to come back to mozambiq on january 8, 2014? wating for your reply????

    • sir mai janna chahta hon k kia protector ki b koi expiry date hoti hai ya nahi

      • I dont know about that. Please check with concerned department. Thanks

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  41. Ahmed Muneeb

    Dear Inam Ullah,

    Yes, you need protector in that case. Since you have paper visa and that too residence then yes, you need protector. Get it done before you are send back from the airport. Thanks

    Regards,
    Muneeb

  42. Inaam Ullah

    Dear Ahmed Muneeb,
    thanks for your reply. my second question in that case is that can i get a protector with just the receipt of application of resident permit and declaration from mozambican immigration department? Keeping in mind that i dont have original visa or residence permit? because i will most probably receive my residence permit after 2 to 3 months because of very slow process of mozambican immigration department.

    Regards,
    Inaam Ullah

    • Ahmed Muneeb

      Dear Inaam,

      Please go to Protector office well before your departure date. They will give you a very clear picture and tell their requirements. Also dont do anything on 11th hour in Pakistan. Rule change on daily basis and you never know what is cooking for you. . .

      Good Luck! Once you get your process done then let us know what problems you faced and what are the easy ways out.

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  43. Inaam Ullah

    Also you commented earlier that for a residence visa protector is not required. so i have applied for a residence permit. do i need protector for that????

    • Ahmed Muneeb

      Just check with immigration. Immigration rules also vary from country to country. Go to airport or to protector office once and they will guide you in detail.

      Do keep us posted as well. It will help other Pakistanis. Thanks

  44. nauman

    sir i want to ask that my residence visa is pasted on my passport of uae i cam now first time now in pakistan after residence visa pasted on passport.so i need protector?sir i cam after 8 month visa pasted on passport to pakistan just confrm me this

    • Ahmed Muneeb

      Dear Nouman,

      No you do NOT need protector if this case. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  45. Inaam Ullah

    Dear Mr. Ahmed Muneeb,
    I am still waiting for your reaponse.

    Thanks,
    Regards,
    inaam Ullah

    • Ahmed Muneeb

      I have replied to all your queries. Hope it helps you. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  46. Inaam Ullah

    Dear Sir,
    Thanks for for your kind reply. I will surely post my experience.

    Regards,
    Inaam ullah

  47. jmkhan

    A family member left yesterday for Canada on a multiple visa and a work permit-Immigration gave her a very hard time demanding a protector certificate from her-does she really need one when as allowed by canadian work permit she is going to look for employment there.Thank you..found this link very helpful

    • Dear JMKhan,

      Protector is requirement from Pakistani immigration and it is not the requirement from any other country. If she is now in Canada then leave it otherwise, if she is still in Pakistan then yes get the protector ASAP.

      Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • jmkhan

        thank you very much-she is in canada but was wondering what would happen if she comes and goes again-I’ll make sure she at least checks it out at the protector office

  48. Imran

    Is medical from GAMCA necessary for protector stamp in order to go to Qatar? I got a work visa from Qatar and the company over there say no need for medical in Pakistan and that your medical will be done in Qatar.

    Secondly once I get protector stamp on passport, go to Qatar and get resident permit from there, will I have to again get my passport stamped with protector if I come back to Pakistan on leaves?

    • Imran,

      Medical is NOT required for protector.

      If you go to QATAR and come back on leaves on residence VISA then no need to get protector. Protector is only required when you have paper EMPLOYMENT VISA. Protector do NOT apply on residence visas.

      But make sure if you change your job and get new VISA or if your old visa expires and then you get a new VISA and if it in form of paper (Employment visa on paper) then you need NEW protector.

      Protector is issued against your VISA. I hope I have clarified your points.

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Usman Rasheex

        Dear Muneeb
        Csn u plz tell me that NICOP is must or my smart card is also works to get done my passport protected

        Best Regards
        Usman Rasheed.

      • Dear Usman,

        NICOP is mandatory. Good luck!!

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  49. naveed ahmed

    plz tell me visa protector process and fee

    • Mr. Naveed,

      I think this post is about protector. I have mentioned the process and fee above.

  50. Haroon

    My brother got Silver Fern for New Zealand, basically it is work visa, but work is not guaranteed. Once in New Zealand you have to find job according to qualification, so no employment contract here.

    Secondly it is not a paper visa like GCC countries, it is affixed on passport as usually western countries issue visas.

    Does he need to have his visa protected?

    • Dear Haroon,

      Yes. You need protector. However, do check with Protector office with requirements and process as both keep on changing. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  51. Khan Ahmad

    I am working in Iraq, I went there four months before on paper visa of three month, but before left i got protector stamp on my passport. After three month i came back to PAK. Now my company again send me the paper visa of three months. So now i again need protector stamp on passport or not?
    regards.

    • If VISA is same then no need for protector. If they send you new VISA then yes you need to get protector again. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • mustafa

        dear muneeb.
        Plz confirm me that i have got uae visa of accountant job.i apply for protector my agent got only passport visa copy and cnic.he did not got documents and pictures.i got a viechle yellow cab.is there any problem in protector????

  52. Ahmed Muneeb

    You should have gone directly to protector office yourself. Agents do all types of frauds. Good luck!

    Regards,
    Muneeb

  53. faiz ali khan

    dear Muneeb
    i have a student visa of manipal university Dubai ..can i need protector and NICOP

    • As far as I know, protector is only required for employment visa but check before you leave. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  54. Shahbaz Ahmed

    Aslamu Alikum Ahmed Sir,
    Umeed hai k aap kharyt se ho gy.. sir, aap se me pahly b mashwara kar chuka hu aap ne jaisy kaha tah usi trha hua. Me ic waqat quristan (iraq)Erbil city me hu … compny me kuch problum hony ki waja se me yaha kaam nahi karna chahta mera in se agrement hai 6- ,month ka .. abi mery pas jo yaha ka sty hai 5-1-2014 tak. ic k baad mera 6 month ka stay lagy ga. kiya agar me comny ko ka compny mujy fariq karti hai job se to mery pass aqama rahy ga ya wo b cancel ho jai ga. q k me chahta hu k agar mery pass akam hua to me wapis nahi jaao ga balky kici or compny me try karu ga… kiya aisa ho sakta hai aap plz makool sa tarika btai k jis se mujy kal ko koi problum na face karni pary… thanks.

    • Dear Shahbaz,

      Residence VISA (aqama) is issued when someone sponsors your visa. In your case, I am sure that your company has sponsored your VISA so if you will leave job or they lay you off then your residence VISA will automatically be cancelled. I only know about UAE where there is a ban of 6 months if you leave company before 6 months, so be careful with it (if the same process is in IRAQ) – There is also one month margin in UAE after your visa is cancelled (not sure about IRAQ).

      So my advise is just stay in your company and handle all your issues politely rather than leaving that place. If they ban you then you wont be able to get a job for another 6 months and you have to come back to home country.

      Good luck!

      • Shahbaz Ahmed

        okay Boss Thanks A lot.. i will Stay here for our safty… & ruels of compny…

  55. IRSLAN MOHSIN

    hello sir how are you? sir my name is arslan mohsin i got my visa with my passport and this time proble is that my visa not be protect . my visa will be expire after four days i contact my agent he tell me if your visa has expire or not protact after four days no problem your visa will be extend more one month company is issue the latter and your visa is extend one month (you tell me this is true or not if this is not true what is the solution? please gueid me clearly thanks

    • Did you get visit visa or employment visa? You did NOT provide full details about your problem

      Employment visa is only issued on yearly basis and is renewed on yearly basis. Visit visas can be extended but you do NOT need protector for visit visas. Provide me the details and only then I will be able to help you out. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  56. ARSLAN MOHSIN

    sir my visa is employment visa and the company is aljumma al nabudah and Date & place of issue 20/10/2013 DUBAI VALID UNTIL 19/12/2013 and this time my visa is not be protect and the visa expiry data is finished sir please tell me this visa is extendabble and how much visa extend fees (and sir you can tell me any site online visa details)

    • Hi Arslan,

      Your case seems complex. Employment visas are only renewed and are renewed on annual basis. I have never seen extension in employments visas. Please stay safe and be careful.

      Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  57. Wasi Ahmed Khan

    Muneeb bhai mein ne skill development Lahoer se eik sal ka diploma kiya hi.
    jo k FO or EDU se Atast hi UAE Embassy se attast karwana hi kiya karon please help me.

  58. drabdulbasir

    dear ahmed muneeb i have got an offer from oman through oec and the omani delegation endorse visa on my passport after interview. then i got papaer visa too, do i need a protector, if yes, should i go for protector through oec or directly please reply i also recieved contract through mail.

    • Yes, you need protector. Many thanks!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  59. Muneeb bro,

    There are two methods for getting protector certificate according to BEOE official website.

    1. Direct Registration
    2. Through OEP

    Check the given below link:
    http://www.beoe.gov.pk/Emigrants_Registration_Method.asp

    Kindly let me know the difference and which method is for us.

    Umair

    • To get protector just visit a protector office and get information from there. Good luck

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  60. Usman

    Dear Mr. Ahmad

    Your blog is very helpful. I need help regarding protector stamp for Iraqi visa. I am going to join a company in Iraq in near future. I have came to know that in emigrant office is not stamping the Pakistani passport for Kurdistan (Iraqi visa). Can you please guide me in this regard how can i get my passport stamped for Iraqi visa? Is there any different procedure or emigrant pakistan has banned it?

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards

    • Dear Usman,

      I have NOT heard anything like this but please check with immigration as they keep on changing rules time to time. Good luck

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  61. Fraz

    Dear muneeb,
    You told us that medical certificate is not required but it is required for Qatar? Why ur information is not correct? I contacted protector office in lahore and they told me that medical certificate and character certificate is also necessary to your passport stamed, Are you sure that your information regarding no need of medical certificate is correct?

    • Rather than asking me I suggest you should check with immigration. This is NOT an official blog nor official information.

      This blog is only about my own experience and to help other save their time.

      Process and rules keep on changing from time to time. Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  62. Asim Shafiq

    Aslam o Alaikum,
    i have visa of oman i need protector i’ve apply for NICOP and have only it’s token.I don’t have urdu NIC. can i apply for protector without urdu NIC.
    Please reply me soon.

    • Dear Asim,

      I think you can apply for protector with your NICOP token. Just take copy of your old NIC (if you have) and copy of ID cards of your brother & parents and keep all original documents including your VISA with you all the time. Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  63. M Shafiq

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  64. Dear Ahmed Muneeb, what need for protector.and how maney days you compleat youer protector ple ans me.

    • Dear Shabir,

      Take copies of ID cards of your family members (Parents, brothers & sisters) alongwith your employment contract, passport, NICOP, CNIC and around 15,000 PKR. Protector usually takes one day only. You can either go to Lahore office or Rawalpindi office (depends on where your ID is issued). Keep copies of every document with original ones as well. Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  65. Dear Muneeb,
    thnxs bor

  66. dear muneeb salam
    i have work visa for saudi arabia and know i get work visa for dubai so can you tell me is it must to make protector again for u.a.e also or not please replay soon bhai thanks

    • Dear Faizan,

      If you get a new employment visa (in paper form) then yes, you need protector again.

      Protector is issued against VISA so if you change your visa (means your change your job) then you need protector (if you are in Pakistan) and if you have EMPLOYMENT visa on paper.

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  67. Ahmad Shah

    Dear Ahmad Muneeb!
    Salam. I hope you will be fine. I have a dilemma which i want to ask you about. I am about to receive a Work Visa from Qatar Airways. The problem is my place of birth on passport is pakistan while actually (and in NADRA records) its UAE. I will apply for protector as soon as my visa is confirmed. First question is that can i make correction of my birthplace on passport without changing the passport number?if yes then how?
    secondly it is the mistake of passport office to misprint my birthplace. if it remains as it is, is it a serious issue that my NICOP and passport will show different birthplaces?
    I have a valid birth certificate of UAE.

    Regards,
    Ahmad

    • WAS.

      If you change your details on your passport then you will have new Passport with different passport number and if details on your passport changes then your visa stands null and void. So dont change anything for now.

      Yes, it can be an issue in future for you but you can get it changed when you apply for new passport. I would suggest dont keep your employer in dark and be honest with everyone around to an extent where you dont lose your job or opportunity. Thanks & good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  68. Khalid

    aoa, dear Muneeb, protector office Call CNIC even with NICOP, even with CNIC NICOP is necessary, either protector office has acess with NADRA to verify or they
    verify by sending email to NADRA office ?

    • WAS. Khalid I dont know about it. Please check with local authorities. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  69. Arslan

    Hello!
    1)My employer sent me a visa letter on Dec 27, 2013, how can I check its authentic?
    2)Yesterday consultant from whom I am applying through told me on phone that your protector is done. Can I check this with protector office or online that he is speaking truth or not as I have some doubts? Note: I have no protector in my hand now and the consultant is in some other city. My passport is also with him.
    3) What exactly is protector? Is it a paper? A stamp on passport? what is it?

    • Hello Arslan,

      You seems quite skeptic about everything.
      1. VISA has all the details on it. No need to check its authenticity.
      2. Protector is stamped on your passport and an insurance papers are given with that.

      Protector is issued against a VISA. If your VISA changes and you get a new visa in paper form then you have to get a new protector again. Thanks

      Regards.

  70. Ali

    Dear Ahmed

    I am in KSA and leaving on final exit. I do not wish to come to Pakistan but instead go to UAE directly. Can i do that? I understand that protector is only the requirement of Pakistan immigration. Would I require protector when UAE residence is issued and I return to Pakistan on vacations few months later.

    • Dear ALi,

      No. If you have residence visa stamped on passport then no protector is required. Thanks

  71. MNA

    Dear please guide me I have NADRA smart card is it enough for protector because it contains both english and urdu languages??? or I need specific NICOP it is mandatory yet or smart card will cover it??

  72. Ahmad Shah

    Dear Ahmed Mujeeb
    I have an employment contract, a valid visa of Qatar, NICOP, CNIC, PAssport and All my original Educational certificates.
    All i want to ask is that will i have to attest my certificates before submitting their copies?
    My Employer doesnt want any attestation of my documents.

    Regards,
    Ahmad Shah

    • If your employer doesn’t need attested documents then why you want to get them attested???? However, as far as I know – Attested documents are required for VISA processing. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  73. Zain

    I got my employment visa without any educational attested documents. My employer says its a lower category visa and doesn’t require educational documents. Is their a visa like this? So I just need to get the NICOP and Protector and I am ready to fly?

    • Yes, you can get lowest category of visa without any educational certificate.
      Yes, once you get your VISA then get your protector and NICOP and you are ready to go. Thanks

  74. Ahmad Shah

    Dear Ahmed Mujeeb!
    Please let me know that of which family members will i require to have copies of CNIC?
    Only parents or siblings as well.?

    Regards,
    Ahmad Shah

    • First of all its MUNEEB not Mujeeb.

      Secondly, keep all original documents with you and take copies of ID cards of your siblings and your parents. Thanks

  75. Ali Haider

    Dear Muneeb,

    Your blog is very helpfull, i have business visit visa for Oman do i need the protector or i can go without protector.

    Regards,

    Ali

    • Ali, Protector is only required in case of employment visa and that too in paper form only. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Ali Haider

        Dear Muneeb,

        Actually i am not in pakistan so i cannot sure but today i just requested to one of my friend to check the case with emigrant office in model town. They told that yes now a days the protector is required even for business visit visa. So now i can go myself and check how much this info is true but so far i got the same feed back from other ppl. Can you check with your sources as well, that would be the great help.

      • Dear Ali Haider,
        As I am telling everyone that I am not an official representative of any government department nor I have any link in government. I am just helping others to save their time based on information I gathered after going through this process.

        I do NOT have any other sources sitting anywhere. so you have to check it yourself. Thanks

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  76. Ali Haider

    Dear Muneeb,

    I applied for the NICOP card since two years back but i didnt collect it from them. I just took the token and submit it for protector. As of now i have the same token would it be possible that i can get my card now from NICOP office?

    • It was a careless thing to do. Anyways, as far as I know, undelivered cards are returned. Please check with NADRA office. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • arslan

        If its your card, then they will not require token if you collect yourself, happened to me when I made my NICOP. Just go to nadra office from where you applied and tell them your CNIC number

  77. Ahmad Shah

    Dear Ahmed MUNEEB!
    My younger brother do not have a CNIC yet because he is under 18. Will it be a problem if i dont submit his NIC copy. His form B is still in process. While i have got CNICs of all the other family members.

    • Dear Ahmad,
      No worries. Please take ID card copies of your other family members. It should be okay. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  78. Ali Khan

    What is the different between paper form visa and visa on passport?

  79. arslan

    The person I applied through took money after giving visa employment letter and not picking up call. My passport is with him now. What should i do now? Does this visa employment letter hold any value, please look at this visa employment letter in the screen shot and guide me sir…. I don’t know what to do sir
    http://prntscr.com/2o1uqy

    • arslan

      And its just a copy not original.

    • Why you gave him original Passport? I think, it is a legal matter now and I am not able to advise you on this. Please check with local authorities. I also cannot confirm you the status of this visa.

      I can only say that first try to get your original passport back. Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  80. Mohammad

    Sallam Muneeb,

    Really appreciate your effort to revert back to everyone on time. Dear, I intend to inquire some information about Saudi Work visit visa. I will get my invitation letter from my company in KSA within 3 days inshaAllah. The work visit visa will be just for 90 days. When I get stamped my work visit visa on my passport from Saudi embassy do i still need protectant stamp on my passport?

    The work visit visa is just for 90 days means a kind of probation period, company will asses whether or not to keep employee. In this case, what do you say? Protectant stamp yes or No?

    reply soon please

    • Dear Mohammad,
      Yes, you need protector. To get protector take copies of your offer letter, passport, visa and copies of ID cards of your parents and siblings.

      Good luck! Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Mohammad

        Thanks Muneeb for reply.
        One more thing, in my previous NICOP my work location mentioned was CHINA. So do i need to change now my work location on NICOP to KSA.

        I mean I want to avoid paying again for that NICOP fee, at present my work location will be KSA inshaAllah but in order to avoid from fee. Is it OK if I just make some copies of my previous NICOP and submit to protector office for the stamp of KSA. will they do any objection regarding this or no?

  81. ismail shah

    can u tell me protecter fee and in how much day i will get 4m when i apply for protecter

    • Ahmed Muneeb

      Read comments. Same query is answered many times above. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • moeed

        Hi in decembet i got Job in singapore. I got approval letter and cm to sg without protectr stamp. Now i hv emplyment pass which is in the form of card. When i vl be back in pk do i need to get protector stamp? Does it require for my family also?

      • I am not sure about singapore process and status of this employment pass. Check with immigration office before going to airport otherwise, they will not allow you to fly without “protector”. Thanks

        Regards,
        Muneeb

    • Check with protector office. It was 6500Rs. and it took one day for me to get it done. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  82. Sher Muhammad

    Dear Mr. Muneeb Saheb,

    Sir,

    Which documents require for NADRA Protector for Saudi Arabia for Job Visa & Fee?
    I am in Karachi.

    Sher Muhammad

    • Protector requirments are same.

      1. Offer letter
      2. Copy of your passport and visa and both original as well
      3. Photocopies of ID cards of your parents and siblings for kinship
      4. Passport size pictures

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  83. sir, i am from gujranwala. protector office is divisional? or i have to go to lahore or islamabad to get protector for libya visa??

    • Dear Irfan,
      I am not sure about this. As far as I know, there are two office one is in Lahore and other in Islamabad. Check with protector office. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  84. Abdul Bari

    AOA, Muneeb I just got a mission 90 days visa of UAE. Actually I am going for a training of 45 days, do i still need a protector document. I dont have visa stamp on my passport, instead I have scanned copy of the visa and original visa will be delivered to me on Abu Dhabi Airport.

    • WAS,
      As far as I know, concept of protector applied only to employment visas issued in paper format but rules do change from time to time so check with immigration department even before you go to the airport. Good luck and keep us posted with your experience. Thanks and good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  85. shahid hussain

    Thanks Muneeb for providing such important information

  86. Rizwan Ali

    Hello Ahmed,

    V. Nice article Ahmed. Since 2012, it is still going on.

    Few questions from my side:
    1. For Protector, do we really need academic documents attested from Foreign office and HEC (as mention in point 2)? I checked other website where it is not mention.

    2. Do we also need to attest previous experience letters from Foreign office?

    3. What is the background color required for passport size photographs?

    4. If smart CNIC is there, whats the use of NICOP?

    Thanks.

    • Hi Rizwan,

      Here are your answers.

      1. No
      2. No attestation of experience letters is required unless asked by your employer
      3. ONLY white
      4. NICOP is ID card for overseas Pakistanis – It has your country of stay mentioned on it where as SMART CNIC is only for use in Pakistan.

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Rizwan Ali

        Thanks Ahmed. I visited Protector office in Karachi. One thing I am finding is that NICOP from outside Nadra office is taking Rs. 5400 (I didn’t mention urgent) for UAE but from information desk I got to know that Nadra office in Protector office is taking around Rs. 3000. Will update with further information.

      • Thanks for the info Rizwan.

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  87. MUHAMMAD KHALID KHAN

    Dear Ahmed Muneeb
    mere pas smart card hai NIC ka mujhe zarorat pere ge protector ke U.A.E job ke liye ya wahe chale ga SMART CARD protector ke jaga

    • NICOP is for overseas pakistanis so yes, you need it. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  88. Kamran

    AoA Muneeb,

    Thanks for helping us all out with this information.

    Do we need a protector for an employment visa issued BY Canada IN Canada (while a person was IN Canada?) The employment visa IS stamped directly on the passport. My friend who studied in Canada, got his degree, got 1st job, came to Pakistan to visit, and when going back to Canada – FIA gave him the HARDEST time possible and asked to get the visa protected right when boarding the plane!

    I know you have mentioned above, it is required for all countries, so I have suggested my friend to report this fraud when he arrives in Canada, to Canadian Officials. Since WHO can protect/attest/verify Canadian issued visa – other than Canadian themselves. To me, it is just another way of making money from overseas Pakistanis.

    I would also appreciate if you can suggest, where do I find supporting information on http://www.beoe.gov.pk/index.asp or any other govern”mental” website.

    Thanks a lot!

    • Dear Kamran,
      Lolz @ govern”mental” website.

      I can understand the pain your friend went through. As far as my limited knowledge is concerned protector is required only when the employment VISA is in form of paper. Generally what happens for gulf countries is they give you Employment VISA in paper form (also known as entry permit) to enter the country and once you enter the country then they stamp the actual “RESIDENT” visa.

      Protector is kind of life insurance from Govt. of Pakistan in case of death and it is issued against visas of “EMPLOYMENT” type. In the scenario, I have mentioned above, the visa type changes from “Employment” to “Resident” and no protector is required thereafter. Once Residence visa is stamped on passport then protector is not applicable.

      However, the case which you mentioned says that the visa type was “EMPLOYMENT” (however, I am not sure) therefore, yes protector was required. Although, validity of protector will be a big question mark in that case.

      There are no official website as per my limited knowledge and that is why I wrote this post to HELP fellow Pakistanis to avoid the pain at last moments. I really hope someday they clearly mention it on some website.

      I hope, this answer your queries. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  89. Hi Ahmed

    First of all I really want to appreciate your guidance and continuous support to your readers of this blog

    Here are my few queries:

    – I got G-4 (International Organization Employee) visa of US, and according to American Express guy, no protector is required for this visa.. However, I am not sure. Can you please advice in this regard.

    – Further, I have already protector stamped on my KSA visa in 2012 Jan.

    Now I need to understand a clear scenario, whether I require to have protector again?

    Appreciate your reply

    • Dear Muhammad Sadiq,
      I am not sure about this visa type. You need to check with concerned authorities. Double check with authentic institution. Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Thanks Muneeb. You have referred authentic institution but no one (including protector office guy) is sured, On the advice of every one now I have decided to get it stamped for the sake of my traveling.

        Thanks for your wishes anyways!!

        Cheers

  90. Kamran

    Thanks Muneeb. Australia/Canada/U.K./U.S.A never issues visa of any kind on paper so that’s why my friend was quite upset. May Allah bless you for this effort – to help others.

  91. Mehmood

    Asalam o Alikum sir Muneeb.recently company send me employment visa from Dubai.it is necessary for Protector OK TO BOARD stamp on visa before procedure..

    • Ok. Thanks for the info.

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  92. M.Qasim

    All information is very Good,helpfull for the people.
    thanks

  93. usman

    Thanks Everyone…its a very good forum.I just get in one day.
    Can anyone help me.I am facing an issue,I just received visa from Dubai,I protect it and plan the departure.Now My current salary is low from my expectation.Can I change my job whenever I reach there or I bound to spend 2 year with the company whom I am going to join.Is there any that kind of requirement?

    • Yes, as per labor laws there are rules to spend two years with one employer and if you shift employers they ban you for 6 months if your salary is less than 12K UAE Dirhams. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  94. JAVED

    HOW I CAN GET PROTECTOR CERTIFICATE FOR MALAYSIA?

    • Follow the same process. Protector is not country specific. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  95. Faisal Muhammad

    i am having a malaysian employment pass of 2 years issued on my passport.It was issued 0n 27th jan and on the last page of my passport I am having that protector stamp which was issued on 17th of feb.Can you please tell me is there any time period like the protector will get expired or anything?because I have seen a blog on a website that protector is valid for only one month.

    • Protector is issued against visa and it has no expiry.It is to give you life insurance in case of death or disability in first 3 months of leaving Pak (as far as I know) I can be wrong here.

      But if your visa is same then no need to get protector again. You get protector one time only against each visa. Good luck! Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  96. Faisal Muhammad

    I wanna ask one more thing bro that I have my employment pass of two years on my passport but the problem is that i have seen like”aj kal jitnay bhi visa hain kya wo copy paste hotay hain like kyu key i have never seen it before key aisay bhi visa hotay hain?

    • I didnt get your question. Please explain it more in English. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  97. Faisal Muhammad Sadiq

    I wanna ask some questions?can you please tell me that kya aj kal saray visa sticker based hain kya mera malaysia ka employment pass aya wa hai 2years ka but jo visa hai it looks like it has been pasted on the passport and it was issued from Islamabad on 27th Jan then I went for protector 0n the 17th of feb I got my passport and the protector was stamped on the last page.Manay ek site pey parha after getting protector you have only one month to leave the country or else it will be expired but aisa kuch likha hi nahi hai protector pey?

    • As far as I know, its nothing like this but I am NOT the ultimate authority. You need to check with immigration before you leave.

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  98. Faisal Muhammad Sadiq

    Can I send you the copy of my employment pass which is pasted on my passport?

    • NO. I do NOT accept any papers or money or anything else. I am only helping you guys by sharing my personal experience. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  99. Usman Afzal

    kindly tell me for how much time a protector is valid if i have not gone abroad yet. Mine is issued at 09-09-13 but for some reasons i could not fly. thnx

    • Protector is issued against visa. If a new visa is NOT issued then no need to get new protector. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  100. Imran Qureshi

    Salam ahmed bhai
    I am in uk at the moment. looking to move to uae.
    from your experiences how do you think that job hunting is easy or difficult and do people get job there easily. what is the best way to come and look for job and do i need to visit any agencies.

    Thanks

    • Job hunting is a tedious task and requires lots of patience but people do get jobs by searching for it. You can also try your luck.

      Remember: Do NOT give money to anyone for job. If he/she asks for money then its fraud. Do not get into that.

      Good luck and do let us know about your experience. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  101. abbas

    to get a protector any body came or or visa person must

    • As far as I know you have to be there in-person. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  102. Rizwan

    Dear Ahmed Muneeb, I have valid employment visa of Dubai , now I am in Pakistan and I want to cancel my Dubai employment visa from Pakistan , is it possible to cancel my visa from Pakistan.
    Please reply me on my email address

    • I am assuming that you are talking about ‘pink’ paper with title ’employment’ which is actually an entry permit. If thats a case then you are not required to do anything as it has a validity and it is automatically cancelled if you do not enter UAE within the expiry date mentioned on it (normally it is 3 months). I hope I have answered your query. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  103. Ann Marie

    Dear Sir. I have looked up the
    LAHORE, Protector of Emigrants, (Bureau of Emigration & Overseas Employment)
    City: Lahore Office
    PH: 092-41-9230338, 9230488 Fax 092-42-9230492
    ADDRESS: 117-G Block, Model Town Lahore.
    EMAIL: protectorlahore@gmail.com
    These number dont seem to be in working order. When My husband phones, It says number no longer in use. Do you have a number for this office? And is this the only office in Lahore that can deal with a protecor?
    Or is this an agent? I am sorry for my confusion on this, and hope you can assist.
    Thank you

    • Dear Ann,

      The office address you mentioned is right and as far as I know, that is the authorized protector office. In your number I see that Lahore’s dialing code is wrong. Lahore dialing code is 42 so number should be +92.42.39230338 and as far as I remember there was an addition of digit ‘3’ as prefix to number. You can give it a try. I hope it will solve your issue. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  104. azmat

    dear ahmad muneeb kindly guide me what if protector of emigrants validity expired , can i re-validate it, my visa validity stands but protector validity is expired ,

    • Hi Azmat,
      As far as I know, you need to get a new protector but check with concerned authorities. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  105. I am repeatedly answering same questions so all of you are requested to please read all comments above before writing your question here. I am sure, you will find the answer you are looking for. Good luck!

    Regards,
    Muneeb

  106. nisar

    i having NICOP for oman can i used it to protect my iraq visa or i need to make new for iraq.

    • On NICOP, country of stay is mentioned so (I think, in my opinion) by law it cannot be used but check with authorities. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  107. Hassan Adnan

    I am a consultant and have traveled to KSA before on Visit Work Visa (validity 90 days), without protection, now again the company to whom I am providing consultancy wants me in KSA for a 2 week training session plus some meetings, they would again be getting Visit Work Visa (Ziyarat e Amal) stamped as before. But reading this post I am confused that for visiting KSA even with a stamped visa (rather than an employment paper visa) I would require NICOP and protection? I do not have any employment letter or any other letter from the Saudi company neither am I employed by them they pay mu company in Pakistan for services

    • Dear Hassan,

      Visa types are different for different countries. I wrote my blog based on my own experience of UAE and even these findings are subject to change as rules do change. If you have gone before then there should not be any problem going this time without protector. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  108. Imran

    AOA,
    How AOA,

    If I apply for Employment visa in Malaysia with Air ticket, how much buffer for visa protector? if I apply it from Karachi. I heard that it takes 15 days.

    • WAS,
      Getting protector is just one day job (if you go in-person). Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  109. zahid iqbal

    Dear I got protector but my visa cancel due to some reason now I got new visa from other employer now I want to know that will get new protector or pervious protector is enough. Kindly reply urgent.

    • Dear Zahid,

      Protector is issued against an employment visa. So if you got new visa then obviously you need new protector. There is no doubt about it. Get a new one. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  110. Dear Muneeb,
    Company offer me job in oman and they tell me your medical test in oman. its possible without medical protector

    • Dear Abdur Rehman,
      Please check with protector office. Their requirements change from time to time but there is no harm in getting medical done in Pakistan and in Oman as well. Omani medical is must. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  111. Imran

    Dear Ahmed.

    i want to complete my protector in one day is it possible what are the timings location in Islamabad can i have any contact detail who can do it for me urgently. Thanks

    Regards
    IMRAN

    • Dear Imran,
      As I mentioned before, I do NOT have ANY direct connect with any person inside nor I am sure about timings (normal office timings are from 9AM). Please check with concerned. However, if you go in person and if you have all documents ready then you can get it done in one day. They will take your documents in the morning and will return them by 3PM. Good luck! Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Muhammad Saqib

        Is protector required for German visit visa?
        I am traveling for training in Germany and hope I will get the visa so protector is required for visit visa.
        Please guide me and If it is required so where I can get the protector stamp and how take time for protector stamp.

      • As per my knowledge, protector is NOT required on visit visas but you must confirm this with concerned authority. I have shared things only as per my limited knowledge. Good luck and do keep us posted later on so that it can help others. Thanks

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  112. Rana

    Dear Muneeb,
    I am Rana From Oman.Recently i am working here in Oman but i belong to Pakistan.i switch my job form Oman to Abu Dhabi in another Company.and this new Company send me a E-Visa Entry permit for work.Have you any idea about E-Visa entry Permit For Work.
    and what is the requirement for traveling from Pakistan To Abu Dhabi with above mention Entry Permit.
    Please help me.

    Thanks,

    • Dear Rana from Oman,

      E-Entry permit is new form of entry permit. If you go to Pakistan and then come back to Abu-Dhabi then you have to get protector because it would be your ‘EMPLOYMENT/WORK permit’. My advise is instead of going to Pakistan just come directly to AbuDhabi, join your new job and once you get your ‘RESIDENCE’ visa stamped on your passport then go to Pak for a visit. Once, you have your residence visa stamped on your passport then there would be NO need for protector. Good luck. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Rana

        Hi Mr,Muneeb,
        Thanks for your reply with nice suggestion.I have one more question about NICOP.I already have NICOP but that card country name mention is Oman.So what you think can i use this card for the protector of UAE Visa? Or need a new NICOP for UAE.
        Another question about OK TO BOARD Stamp.is it necessary in my case because i have E-Visa entry permit for Work.So please help me i am little bit confused.

        Thanks,
        Jabbar

      • YES, OK TO BOARD is required.

        My suggestion is: If you are coming directly to UAE from Oman then no need to get your NICOP changed for now. When you go back to Pakistan after getting your “RESIDENCE” visa stamped then you can get it changed. Moreover, you can get it changed from Pakistani consulate here in Dubai/Abu-Dhabi. Thanks

        Good luck!!

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  113. Usman

    I recently revalidated my visa protection which they extended for five days (1.4.14 to 5.4.14) As i showed them to flight ticket on 3.4.14 but i couldnt fly of some reasons. Nw can i fly on 7 or 8 of this month? Will immigration on airport allow me to fly by giving me some relaxation that its only 2 3 days late?

    • Dear Usman,

      Please check with concerned authorities, as I do NOT have any idea about this. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  114. Muhammad Hanan Tariq

    Muneeb bhai mjy dubai k hotel sy employment visa mila hai , ab unho ny protector k liye kha ha. kindly ap mjy urdu main protector k bary mai bta dain, or kha sy sy mily issue hoga certificate………!!!!

    • Protector daftaar ja kar visa dekhao aur apna job contract dekhao aur protector lay loo. Aik din lagta ha ‘protector’ kay liey. Lakin us say phalay tum NICOP banvao. Sukriyaa. Apnay saray original documents sath lay kar janna. Passport haar waqt sath rakhna.

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  115. Muhamma Saleem

    i have a visa from Yemen which last date is 27-04-14 my smart card in process i want to protect my visa urgently i have smart card token but nadra mention not allowed for visa protection my smart card will come on 18 april after in hand me only 9 days for trevlling pl help me in this process

    • Dear Saleem,

      Although it is mentioned but you can still request them. Go to protector office tomorrow and try your luck! Good luck

  116. Abid

    Dear Muneeb,

    I am from Karachi, I got an employment opportunity from Dubai and the company is in free-zone. I was in the impression that its not required to attest the educational documents for any free-zone visa. I got the job in Dubai Silicon oasis free-zone where one of my friend is working too who confirmed me that its not required to attest educational documents for free-zone company visa however recently I got an email from their HR asking me about the attested educational documents. Now I am confused here and I have following concerns:

    1. Do I need to attest my educational docs. even for free-zone company visa ?
    2. is it required for visa approval or its just for company records ?
    3. I have Higher diploma in business administration certificate which I did via online from overseas education portal, Now does it need to be attested too if yes then how should I attest it and from where ?
    4. They asked about my highest level of education and I told them I did higher diploma now if I only provide HSC document attested does it effect my application process ?
    5. How much time it will take to attest HSC documents from IBCC, MOFA and UAE embassy altogether ? and what would be the total charge ?
    6. Can you please let me know about time how much time it will take to get everything done ?
    7. They already applied for my visa application with position name : “Sales Assistant” does it effect if I only provide them my HSC doc. or it’s acceptable to be Sales Assistant with highest level of education HSC.

    I will be waiting for your immediate feedback.

    Thanks

    • Dear Abid,
      Here are your required answers.

      1. Yes, get your degrees attested. From HEC, MoFA and UAE Embassy in Pakistan through SASHA company.
      2. Although, your company can get visa of lowest category but its better to send your attested degrees.
      3. I have no idea about online educational certificates.
      4. No it should effect your process.
      5. Around 20 days if you everything in urgent. About money, you need to check with concerned departments.
      6. No, as I already mentioned that you can get a visa of lowest category so its fine but get your degrees attested ASAP.

      I hope, I have answered your questions. Good luck! Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  117. Affan Sadiq

    can I delegate any other person to go with documents and collect protector certificate on my behalf? what is the fee for protector certificate.? is it necessary to also carry original Smart Card/NICOP? Photo copies will not work

    • Dear Affan,
      I have NOT heard anything like this before. I think, you have to go in-person to collect protector. You have to carry your original passport and if you have already applied for NICOP then its receipt would be enough. You have take photocopies of ID cards of your siblings and parents. Protector will cost you something around 6K PKR. Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  118. Asif

    Nice work

  119. Inam

    Dear ASSALAMOALAIKUM ! I just wanna know, is the stamp of protector of Immigrants over passport is a one time process? I mean I resigned from Oman in 2013 from Ministry of Health. Now I am going to rejoin the same ministry of health job in same country Oman. I have already a stamped Protector over passport in 2011 when I was going Oman first time. Do I need another Protector or that old one is enough, as I am going to same country and same Job. Thanks

    • Dear Inam,

      As far as I know, Protector is issued against EMPLOYMENT visa so if you have new employment visa then you need a new protector. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  120. Faraz

    Dear Muneeb,

    You are doing a fantastic job. Just want to add my experience in this regard. As a graduate of FAST Karachi, I faced quite a twisted situation in getting it attested from UPS/Bukhari and then I opted for Sasah and couriered my docs to Islamabad. The reason to do this was Bukhari travel told me my docs cannot be attested by Karachi Consulate as my degree was issued in Islamabad.(FAST is a Federal Chartered University) and you have to contact UPS. I went to UPS guys and then Told me first get a fresh stamp from HEC (I got my HEC and MoFA attestation back in 2012) and just to get it attested from UAE Embassy it will take 20 days from Karachi. So I contacted Sasha and told them my situation. They told me its okay if my degrees are attested back in 2012 and they will get it attested from UAE Embassy ISB in 2 days for a Urgent fee of 60$. Now I am keeping my fingers crossed that they get my docs attested.

    Regards
    Faraz

    • Dear Faraz,

      HEC stamp is valid for 6 months only and then you need to get it re verified but whatever, SASHA has told you is final because they will get it attested from UAE Embassy and they know the latest requirements. Thank you

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  121. khalid

    Assalam, Sir,
    My brother is going to Madagascar country from Karachi for visit. 3 months visit Visa is issued on arrival in the Madagascar. He has got inivitation letter from cousin who leaves in Madagascar. Please kind advise that does protector will be required if not, then what will be he required that imigiration of karachi airport clear him and plesae also kind advise if any. Your prompt reply will be thankfull.

    Regards,
    Khalid

    • Dear Khalid,
      I am NOT sure about process of Madagascar country. Please check with concerned authorities. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • khalid

        Dear Mr. Muneeb

        Thanks for your prompt response and advise. Can you plesae advise me about/contact of concerned authorities of Madagascar in Karachi.

        Regards
        Khalid

  122. Ali Hussaini

    Dear Sir,
    My Employer has sent me Employment Visa via email. i need to apply for the Protector before Travel. but i have no Employment Agreement. Please advice can i receive the Protector without Employment Agreement???

    Thanks

    Ali Hussaini

    • Dear Ali,

      Please check with authorities but how is that even possible that they sent you employment visa without an offer letter? Do you have offer letter? That would be enough. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  123. Moazzam

    Any body please tell if we need thst protector certificate for uk work permits?

    • Dear Dr. Moazzam,
      Protector is required for all kinds of work permits. Please get your protector certificate. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  124. Sardar

    what is the minimum age required to get work permit for Qatar

    • Minimum 18 is world-wide standard. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  125. Dear all,

    Can any one help me I have paper visa for Iraq.as i listen for iraq visa govt. of pakistan protector ban.

    what the procedure for travel to iraq,protector required or not required if required then protector office stamping or not.

    • Dear Ansar,
      I am not sure about Iraqi process. Please check with concerned authorities. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  126. Sir actually the problem is that i want to go UAE for visit visa and after that i ll find job there and i also want to continue my study with my job so is it possible?and it is possible to get NICOP without visa?and in that case when i get job there then how can i get visa for that company?

    • Yes, it is possible to get NICOP without visa. Doing a job with your studies is not advisable as you will not be able to focus on either of them. Company will process your visa you do not have to worry about it.

      I hope, I have answered your questions. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  127. Muhammad Waqas

    Asalam U alaikum Ahmed,

    Firstly, Jazak Allah khair for creating such a useful blog for Pakistani’s.

    I have 2 questions if you kindly reply would be really appreciating.

    I have directly travelled from KSA to QATAR on Employment visa (Paper Visa) my passport has been submitted in Qatar Authority for stamping of Visa on passport & Residence ID etc.

    Following are my questions.

    1) Do I need protector when I travel to Pakistan for Vacation same as previously I got when I travelled for KSA from Pakistan?
    2) My NICOP was issued for KSA do I need to get it change for Qatar ? if yes then from Pakistan Embassy of Qatar or from Pakistan NADRA on my visit there?

    Regards

    Muhammad Waqas
    Doha, Qatar

    • Dear Muhammad Waqas,
      Once, you got your passport with your visa stamped (Residence visa – IQAMA) then you do not need protector when you travel to Pakistan. For NICOP check with Pakistani consultant in Doha. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  128. Jabbar

    Dear Muneeb
    i have abu dhabi entry work permit but it become expire before my travel due to some family problem i can’t travel.so what happened now my company can renew or extend the same permit?if yes then what is fee and procedure.
    and have you any idea about fee is refundable or not
    Please help me

    • Dear Jabbar,
      Check with your sponsor. I cannot help or suggest any further. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  129. M. Asim Siddiqui

    What about this new requirement to acquire POLIO Certificate before leaving Pakistan? Can anyone suggest on that. Thanks Muneeb for your valuable information. Moreover, are you certain of the requirement for NICOP, the copies of your siblings ID cards are required? Lastly, can anyone confirm the latest fee structure for both; NICOP and PROTECTOR.

    • Dear Asim,

      I am not sure about polio certificate. Please check with authorities.
      Copies of ID cards of siblings and parents is required for NICOP and Protector both.
      Not sure about updated fee structure. Keep around 12K PKR for both. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  130. M. Asim Siddiqui

    One more thing. I am due to travel to UAE by the mid of June, 2014. And my passport is due to expire on 21-1-2015. Is that going to be a problem? Or can I have it renewed during my stay in UAE, from Pakistan Embassy?

    • You can get it renewed from Pakistan consulate in Dubai. That should not be a problem. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  131. Hamna

    it means if you dont have confirmed employement visa/stamped visa on passport then you need to get protector stamp. However, if you have stamped visa on passport then you dont need it…..

    • Protector is only required against work permits. Once you get the visa stamped on your passport and it is a ‘resident visa’ then NO protector is required in case of resident visas. Moreover, in case if you are coming from Pakistan and you have paper visa (but residence visa) then you don’t need protector.

      However, I would still suggest to check with concerned authorities. Airline office might be able to advise you too. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  132. aftab

    which nicop (token)slip should i take with me ,(photo copy or original)

    • Keep all original documents with you alongwith copy of each all the time. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  133. Najia

    muneeb thanks for sharing. does the procterate have to be renewed every year ? i.e we get this once we exit the country but do we get this renewed every year

    • Protector is issued against your employment visa. If you change your visa then you need a need protector. As far as I know protector is valid for 3 months and you do not need to renew it if your visa is stamped on your passport. However, rules do change from time to time so it is always better to check with concerned authorities. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  134. Abdul Rauf

    Dear Sir

    Please guide me.
    I got visa stamp on passport . its working visit visa duration 90 days and stay duration is 30 days.
    so do i need Medical and protector on passport?
    secondly – as after 30 days my sponser will either extend my visa or provide me iqama , so in this case do i have to return back to pakistan or by staying in KSAcan i get iqama or extended visa .
    then what about medical and protector?

    Regards
    ARauf

    • Medical is NOT required for visit visas. Check with your sponsor for visa extension. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  135. Zain

    Dear Muneeb

    I have applied for NICOP through NADRA Executive center today. They have kept my original CNIC, and i will get it back after seven days along with NICOP. But I want to get Protector Stamped tomorrow. Will BEOE accept my application without original CNIC? I have token/receipt of NICOP application and copy of CNIC.

    • Dear Zain,
      Please check with BEOE. I have heard for the first time that NADRA keeps your original CNIC. This is new information for me. Good luck! Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  136. Sir plz confirm is protector requited for work visit visa of 30 days.

    • As far as I know, yes it is required but please check with authorities as I am not the final authority and rules do change from time to time. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  137. Ahmed

    Hi Muneeb, I have 457 visa for Australia, do I need a protector certificate / stamp on passport?

    • Hi Ahmed,
      I have no idea about this visa type. If it relates to employment then you might need protector. Please check with authorities. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Ahmed

        Thank you Muneeb

  138. nimir

    Nice info. One should get this certificate to avoid any problem at the airport.

  139. Wazi Iqbal

    Hi, Can you please reply quickly that i got a job in UAE on Canadian Passport and they send me the visa on Canadian Passport. I am dual National so How can i get Protector ? They will not stamp on Canadian Passport as they are not Authorized and on Pakistani Passport i don’t have Visa ! What to do know ?

    • Hi Wazi,

      As far as my limited knowledge is concerned, protector is a requirement from immigration of Pakistan and is applicable on Pakistani passports. You seems to have immunity from protector and you do not need it. Moreover, your visa is also against your candian passport. However, I would advise you to check with concerned department as I am not the final authority. Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  140. Adnan Jahangir

    Dear Muneeb u have guided very nicely..Actually i m here in D.G.Khan so do u know from where i need to get protector certificate.

    • Dear Adnan,

      I am not sure. Most probably, Multan otherwise Lahore. Please check with concerned authorities. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  141. Waqas

    Dear Sir
    Assalam o Alaikum
    Please tell me any agent who can make protector for our construction employees in Lahore………..
    Thanks.

    • Dear Waqas,
      I would recommend you to go directly to protector’s office and get it done. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  142. mehfooz

    dear ahmed
    please inform me about where is protector office in karachi i want to oman protector
    and what is documents requirement

    • Dear Mehfooz,

      I am not sure about protector office in Karachi. You need to find it out yourself. Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • a

        dear muneeb,

        i want to apply for work visa in uk for 2 year my passport validity is 20 months, tell me if i want to renew my passport or not?

      • Dear Arshad,

        Mostly 6 months validity of passport is required. Good luck!! Thanks

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  143. Sana Khan

    Hi Ahmed, I have an US L1 (intra company transfer) visa and have been traveling in and out of Pakistan regularly for past couple of years.I just heard about protector today. As I was never asked about it on airport I am confused what to do here. Do I need protector? I come Pakistan twice a year. You mentioned that the protector stamp is valid for 3 months. Will I need to get this stamp every time I come to Pakistan?

    • Dear Sana,
      Since, you have been already travelling and was NOT facing any issues before then why are you worrying now? This protector stamp is only required once when you get the visa for the first time. Good luck!! Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  144. memon

    Hello Ahmed,

    I have offered a job in UAE. My degree is already attested from UAE embassy Islamabad. I am currently working in Saudi Arabia. I have received a visa paper from my employer in email. Within 4 weeks time i am leaving from Saudi Arabia and going to UAE. I guess in that case i don’t need protector of immigration i am not returning to Pakistan but going to UAE directly from Saudi Arabia on employment visa. Do i need protector incase i will come in holidays to Pakistan.

    • If you have work permit visa then you need protector. Please double check with authorities before your departure date.

      In case, if you start working in Saudi or UAE and once you have “IQAMA meaning Residence visa” stamped on your passport then if you come to Pakistan during vacations then you don’t need protector.

      Protector is issued against Employment visas only. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  145. Shuaib

    Dear Muneeb,

    Kindly guide me in my case;

    I have renewed my passport and protector stamp was on old passport. Previously I have 90 days working visit visa of saudi arabia which is also expired and i am in pakistan with new visa offer and will apply in embassy again for 90 days visit working visa but from the same employer.
    Do I need to protect my new passport after getting my visa?

    Kindly give me a quick response.

    • Dear Shoaib,
      As far as I know – Since, you are in Pakistan and having new work permit visa so yes, you need new protector. Take your old passport with you all the time during this process. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  146. Dear Muneeb,

    i m in saudia i want to apply for work visa in uk from saudia is it possible?

    • Dear Adil,

      I think geographic boundaries do not stop you from applying. If you think there might be any issue then you should contact with authorities directly and be pro-active about it. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  147. Sohaib

    Dear Muneeb,
    I am currently working in UAE and am coming back to pakistan on eid after visa cancellation from my current employer. I am joining another company after eid but I currently do not have a protector on my visa. Since I have already worked in UAE do I require a protector or not. Kindly also let me know if i will need OK to board stamp on my visa or not as it is not my first time travel to UAE.

    Kind Regards,
    Sohaib

    • Dear Shoaib,

      Yes, you need new protector. Get yourself protected before your departure and plan your tickets accordingly. Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  148. ENGR. ADIL

    Sir i went to NADRA office. I applied for NICOP for UAE but they cancelled my old URDU CNIC card. They said your this NICOP (smart chip card) is valid for both UAE and in PAKISTAN so that’s why they kept my old urdu CNIC card.
    But you said for Passport Protector NICOP and CNIC both are required but i don’t have CNIC as i told NADRA office kept my Old CNIC card.
    Now how i can apply for Passport Protector?
    What is difference b/w CNIC and NICOP. NADRA office told NICOP can be used in place of CNIC in pakistan.

    • Dear Engineer Adil,

      NADRA is final authority! Whatever they say is correct and valid. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  149. tariq

    Plus let me know is it compulsory to depart for saudi arabia within 30 days of issuance of protector certificate. My agent has wrongly without my consent had got my protector certificate issued earlier than my original plan and he is saying that u will have to leave within 30 days.while if I study all the protector doc , I don’t see any such term and condition. Pl let me know and guide.moreover can it be extended 7 to 10 days more? And what would be the procedure.

    • What I know is: Protector is valid for 30 days so yes, you need to depart within 30 days. Otherwise, get a new protector. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  150. Imran

    Salam alaykum everyone, just wanted to chip in. Polio vaccination is a requirement for all persons travelling out of pakistan even if you have been previously vaccinated (ie in childhood). The process in Lahore is quite straight forward. I got mine at Services hospital. all you need is a valid passport and its photocopy. the vaccination certificate is issued on the spot and its free of cost. Government hospitals have special timing for Ramadan (7pm to 10pm) in addition to the usual morning working hours. Hope this helps. peace

  151. Hi,
    I got my work visa (paper form) from my employer in qatar and at the airport I was told that I need protector stamp on my passport. After arguing with FIA that I didnt know about it etc, they asked to get my visa stamped by airline that its OK to Board. After that they let me go. Now my passport has got residency stamp in Qatar, but I am still worried if they will make an issue out of it when I travel to Pakistan. Can you please guide me if I need it now or not. Secondly, Can I get it from Pakistan Embassy in Qatar. Lastly, if it is not needed, as I have seen in your earlier comments, when residency is stamped on my passport, what reference do I give to Immigration ppl if they ask for it.

    • Once, you get ‘IQAMA’ residence visa then there is no need for protector stamp. As per my knowledge, you will not face any issues. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  152. Niaz Khan

    Dear Sir,

    I have sponsored my Wife on Husband Visa. Its a UAE Residence Visa. Please suggest , do I need Protector?

    Regards,
    Niaz

    • Dear Niaz,

      No you don’t need protector for residence visas but rules do changes from time to time. Please do check with your airline before your flight’s date. Good luck!! Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  153. Abid Zaheer

    Assalam_0_Alikum,
    Ahmed bro hope u fine.

    I would like ask u that i have received my employment permit now protector is required. Can i receive protector if my permit is not ok to board. Second, if havn’t ok to board, then, can i use my offer letter.
    Please help.
    Regards,
    Abid Zaheer

    • Yes you can get protector without “OK to board” and yes you need protector. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  154. Niaz

    Thank you very Much Mr. Ahmed Muneeb.

  155. Tariq

    Karachi se medical karna must hai Dubai ka liye, i got a offer from Dubai…

    • Dear Tariq,

      Medical is first step after you enter Dubai. No need to get medical from home country. Polio certificate and protector is must requirement for Pakistani immigration now a days. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  156. Tariq

    Thanks for Swift Response Bro, can you tell me how to get Polio certificate (Medical Center) and its fee.

    • Yes polio certificate is free and you need to get it from any Government hospital.

      In Lahore: You can get it from Jinnah hospital. Do take your original passport and a copy of it with you. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  157. Suleman Shahid

    for how long the protector will remain valid?? suppose if visa was protected in june and you want to travel in august, then i have to apply again or the same will work??

    • What I know is that it remains valid for 3 months. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  158. uzair

    Is police certificate necessary for Protector ?

  159. Ali

    I have work visa for Malaysia. Please tell me about medical. My blood test for hepatitis B is positive. But in further detailed tests of Hepatitis B says that i have a dead virus which is not communicable and non contagious. Will i qualify my medical test? If you have no information regarding this then please ask to anyone else by using your reference.. Your positive response will be anticipated..
    Thanks

    • Dear ALi,

      I cannot comment on this. You need to check with authorities. May Allah Bless you with good health. Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  160. Tariq Munir

    What is the benefit of protector on work visa?

    • In case of death or disability (till you get your residence visa – MAX 3 months) then they give some money to your family or nominated person(s). Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  161. Saad

    Dear Brothers, As-salamo-alekum

    Please can anyone guide me, I have my work visa for UAE, I have slip for NICOP and tomorrow I will get my protector inshaAllah. But my SMART NICOP CARD will not be with me as it is in process. Can I still travel to UAE on NICOP slip? I do have my regular NADRA SMART card though…

    JazakAllah

    • Dear Saad,

      I have heard that these days they are NOT issuing protector on NADRA slip. It is also written on NADRA slip that it cannot be used for protector. However, I got my protector using the same slip. You MUST MUST MUST give it a try. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Saad

        Dear Mr Muneeb,

        Thankyou so so much. Your forum entries are highly appreciated. May Allah bless you for that, amen.

        Just one more thing, can I travel without this slip, I have my original ID card with me though. Shall I keep the photocopy of slip so that my parents can collect my NICOP when it arrives?

        I got my protector without any difficulty. Yes I called NADRA office on the number given on slip and they did say that it is not possible now to get protector on slip, but I still gave it a try and NO PROBLEM! They easily accepted the slip from everyone I saw.

        NOTES:

        CURRENT FEE:

        I got my protector for a total of 6500 rupee, excluding 100 rupee the photocopy guy at the office charged for undertaking form and arranging and guiding me.

        KARACHI LOCATION:
        The office location: at NURSERY – Shahrah – faisal, in the street of KFC , Karachi.
        The banks location is under BALOACH COLONEY BRIDGE where you will have to pay the required fee.

        CAR OR BIKE IS A MUST:
        Please make sure you have some form of conveyance.

        TIMINGS:
        Make sure to arrive before office opens i.e 8:00 am during ramadan.

        DON’T FORGET TO BRING A BLUE BALL PEN WITH YOU!

      • Dear Saad,

        Thank you for your valuable comments. Jazak Allah.

        About your query: Just give your Original Reciept to your family and they can collect your ID card on your behalf. Just tell them to take their original ID card and their copies with them. Thanks

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  162. Saad

    Dear Mr Muneeb,

    I get it now. Thanks again. JazakAllah khair

    Regards,
    Saad

  163. obaid

    i went at 10am to the office which is at nursery (right in the street of KFC)

    step1: Go to photocopier (the one in office he will charge 100 rs for all his services) all u need is passport, nic, 1 photograph, visa copy and your employment contract. he will arrange and will handover it to you again.

    step2: go to the counter give the copies of required documents (see step 1). the guy will give u a challan, and also u need to get the visa signed from director…… u also need to submit 2000 x 2 in Hbl (challan is required to be taken from the photocopy shop) and one nbp challan of Rs 2500 (challan will be given by the counter guy) (total money required: 6500)

    step 3: once you paid all the challan, come back and go to insurance room with a copy of your passport, a filled form of insurance (will be given at insurance office) and hbl challan (blue one).

    step4: now again go to photocopier shop and give all the documents to the guy.. pay him 100 he will arrange it and ask you to submit it in a room.

    step5: collection

    JazakAllah

  164. Muhammad Awais

    Dear Munib,

    Hope you will be fine there. According to your advice i have attested my latest degree from HEC, MoFA & UAE embassy. I am going on DUBAI visit on 02-09-2014 for job search. Today, i have checked this forum & understand about PROTECTOR.

    Please tell me can i apply for NICOP (Normal Category) before leaving to DUBAI. Because it will save my money & it will collect-able when i will return to Pakistan after Visit. It is also save my time afterwards.

    Waiting for reply.

    Regards,

  165. Samir Bashir

    Asalam-0-Alakum

    Kindly if any body know the place at Peshawar from where I can get a protector. I mean address of the office as I don’t know who in prshawar issue the protector.

    Thanks and Best Regards.

  166. Sami

    Ahmed Muneeb

    You are doing a great job brother. Keep it up.

    جزاك الله

  167. Shaji

    Dear Ahmed,

    I am working in private company located Dubai. Please confirm is it important to have protector on passport with every new job within UAE or only one time on first job required?

    Regards

    • Dear Shaji,

      Protector is issued against your employment visa only (Pink paper format). So technically if you change your employment visa then you need a new protector BUT if you have changed your job within UAE (and didnt go to Pakistan) AND if you have already got your IQAMA (Residence visa) stamped on your passport then no need for new protector as it is NOT issued against residence visa. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  168. Sheikh Mohammad Nafees

    Assalam U Alikum,

    Dear Brother Muneeb,

    My name is nafees and i am kinda stuck in this protector issue, recently i got a job offer from saudi Arabia, as mentioned by you i got all the legal documents for protector except one, I do have “NICOP” which was issued in “saudi arabia” during my stay with my parents on “Residential Visa” but not any more, for such a reason i don’t have any CNIC. Does it really matters for my protector. Do i need CNIC? or NICOP is enough, beside my nicop is still valid till 2017. Please reply asap, Thank you very much,

    Best Regards,
    Nafees.

    • Dear Nafees,

      Check with protector office. If they accept your NICOP it would be great. Otherwise, apply for your CNIC and give that on that receipt you can apply for your protector. Good luck and do keep us posted. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  169. Sheikh Mohammad Nafees

    Will keep posting Brother, by the way do we have any Website of “protector office” or “contact number”? please do share, Thank you.

    Best Regards,
    Nafees

    • I do NOT have their contact details. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  170. N Qazi

    Assalamualakum Muneeb. MashaAllah bro, you are doing a great job, that too free of charge.
    Is there a Protectorate office in Karachi or Sindh or does one have to go to Lahore mandatorily?

    Regards
    Naeem

    • Dear Naeem,

      Thanks. Although, I am not sure about protector office in Karachi but I am sure there is. Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Nasir

        Sir italy k seasonal vise ke liye protectar requird hai??

      • I am not sure about seasonal visa. If it is visit then not required but if it allows you to stay and work then yes it must be required but please check with authorities. Thanks

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  171. Hi Guys,
    Actually i am going to USA on H1B..
    I have one question about protector. I have done with protector today, at the time of receiving my passport they said this protector is just valid for 1 month.
    but due to some reason but my flight scheduled after 40 days………….
    what should I do…?

    • Dear Moazzam,

      As far as I know, protector is valid for 3 months for UAE’s employment visas (entry permits on Pink paper) but I am not sure about H1B. You must check with authorities otherwise, they wont let you fly and you have to return from airport. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

    • Kamran

      Assalamu Alaikam Moazzam/Muneeb,

      I agree with Muneeb, please do check with authorities asap. A friend of mine was travelling on work visa to Canada and didn’t know about the PROTECTOR. He was almost sent back from the airport (after over hour of argument with Authorities). Pakistan FIA should NOT ask Protector for UK/U.S.A./Australia/NZ/Canada since their employment visas are NEVER on a separate paper – always stamped on the passport.

      Please check and share with others – thanks!

      Kamran

  172. Aamir Shahzad

    Hi dear Muneeb,
    I have an employment offer from UAE they sent me Paper Visa i have my passport and smart card of NADRA Pakistan is that enough to get protector on my Passport? or i will have to apply for a NICOP in NADRA?????

    • NICOP is must required. Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  173. Rana

    Hi Muneeb,

    This is Rana From UAE i want to share my experience for Protector.I don my protector from Lahore office in the Month of April but due to some family problems i cant travel to UAE.So my Thats entry permit become expire after that my Company send me a new entry permit so that time i again visit the protector office and i ask about my previous protector that i was don in april. Officer said your protector is expired so now we can Extend your same protector but only for 7 Days.So if you can travel with in seven days then no need for new protector otherwise after 7 days you must need a new protector.So i agree with him and i extend my expire protector for next seven days.
    Now with in 6 Days i arrange my ticket and easily travel and join my duty here in Abu Dhabi.and on airport no anybody arise any question about my protector.They allow me for travel.So now i am here in Abu Dhabi and working with my Company.

    This is my experience about renewal (extend) my expire Protector.
    So if any body have expire his protector you can extend your protector validity for 7 Days.

    Thanks,
    Rana

  174. m khan

    hello dear sir i have a employment visa for china do i need a protector for this also or its ok i can fly

    • No sure about china. But if it is employment then yes you need protector. Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  175. Assalamu Alaikum
    sir
    i want to ask u one thing sir…..
    is smart NICOP valid or only NICOP for visa protector?

    • Smart NICOP and Smart CNIC are two different things. If you have NICOP or smart NICOP then its good otherwise, get one! Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  176. Nabeel 123

    I have a residence visa for UAE, i am not an employee but have a partnership in dubai and on my visa it is showing director in employment category. Do i need protector?

    • Dear Nabeel,
      Protector is required only for EMPLOYMENT visas. If the title of the visa is employment then YES you need protector otherwise, you dont (as per my knowledge). Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  177. salam dear..
    can u plz tell me, what is the fees for nicop ? did single nicop is accepted in all countries, or there is change nicop for regions or different countries, what is fees for it and how long it will be acceptable i mean do nicop has long validation date like nic,…

    • Dear kashif,

      Country of stay is mentioned on your NICOP so if you change country then you should inform NADRA about it and get a new NICOP and yes NICOP has an expiry date. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  178. Hello Muneeb,
    Waqqas here,

    Dear Brother, I am just going to UAE on an employment visa. I was gone there on visit visa and came back to exit purpose. The duration for Qualification documents to be attested, is a long procedure. I just want to confirm, either I can travel just by getting protector and thats all. Is there any margin, If I did’nt get attested my study certificate. Any escape plan??

    • You can tell your company that attestation will take some time. Please check with your employer. Good luck!! Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  179. dear muneeb,
    employment contract is must for protector or offer letter is enough?????

  180. Aamir Shahzad

    and what about the medical for Dubai, UAE????

  181. adnan

    where we submit( in which bank) fee for visa protect in lahore ???/ any bank near office?? plz help

    • Dear Adnan,

      Go to protector office. They will guide you about all the steps. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  182. amaan khan

    Dear muneeb,
    could you tell me what is the difference of residence visa and employment visa…?
    because recently i got job in uae .and company said to me we will issue you residence visa for work not provide you employment visa.do i need protector ?

    • Dear Amaan Khan,

      Employment VISA is issued once your job is confirmed (it is on PINK paper) and is in paper format. In this case, you need protector.

      Residence VISA gets stamped on your passport (in visas section) which is also called IQAMA and is stamped after getting medical and other stuff done in UAE. Once, visa is stamped on your passport (Residence visa) then there is no need for protector.

      Before flying get polio certificate from any Government hospital.

      I hope, I have clarified your query. Good luck!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Ahmed

        Dear Muneeb
        First of all let me thank you on behalf of everyone who you have helped here. I traveled to join a job in Bahrain last month. i had no idea of protector. Somehow at the airport they allowed me to go. I have come on eid and have flight back on coming Saturday. I have visa stamped on my passport and is valid untill 2015. I read here in this piece of blog that there is no need for protector now in my case. How sure are you. will they not ask me at the airport. Can you give me an urgent reply please

      • Dear Ahmed,
        As far as I know, If stamped visa is of RESIDENCE type then no need for protector but check with authorities before flying… Thanks

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  183. Umer

    Hello Muneeb,
    there is some really useful information here. I just want to confirm that if i already have UAE residence visa pasted on my passport as i work in UAE, do i still have to get protector while flying back to UAE.

  184. Umer

    Thanks for the quick reply, could you please share the source of your information, any govt website, contact number where i can confirm this as i have very short time here in Pakistan and do not want to waste it on the protector thing if it is not required.

    • Dear Umer,

      I have been through all this pain and information is based on my personal experience just to help others to avoid some KHARWARI. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

    • Ahmed

      I travelled in fly dubai without protector, my passport had residence visa pasted, a week ago. They did not stop me. I dont know if they forgot to check or it is their policy. but when I checked from Protectorriate dictorrate they said that I still needed protector even if I have residence permit pasted. May be its their trick to earn money. God knows.

      • Good luck!

        Regards.

  185. M.Rehman

    Hi, Moneeb,
    I want to know, I received employment visa ( validity 90days) from KSA. and I received NICOP (Nadra) card for saudi arabia also I got protector. but now I received also one new employment visa from UAE. Can I apply for UAE again (for NICOP and protector certificate)?
    Thanks,

    • Yes you can. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  186. muhammad atif paracha

    tell me about the visa on arrival detail please

    • Please check with travel agent. I am not a travel agent. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  187. asad butt

    dear sir i got my residence permit for sweden for 2 years and its a card not a stamp on passport card pr jis company may job hay uska ka name b likha hay do i need protector?

  188. Sohaib

    Hi Ahmed,
    I need to know if I require a protector or not as I am going to UAE on a 3 month mission visa. Please let me know if you have any info on this matter.
    Thanks

    • As far as I know, NO you dont need but check with authorities as rules keep changing and I am NOT the final authority. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  189. asad butt

    thx munib bahi
    apki waja say maira time or paisy dono bach gae guys agar ap k pass residence permit hay tu apko protector ni chahiye mairi kal flight thi magar wo pilots ki strike ki waja say cancel ho gai mai immegiration sari clear kar k 11 ghantay flight ki rawangi ka wait karta raha immegration pr kisi na b protector ka ni pocha so jin k pass residence permit hay unko zarorat ni protector ki
    once again thx tu munib bhi apki post pr k he ma na apni flight cancel ni ki thi

  190. Akhtar

    i have received my original visa and need to confirm if i still need my visa to stamp OK TO BOARD from airline

    • Dear Akhtar,

      Check with airline. Go to their office, they will exactly guide you, but as far as I know, if you have your original visa then there is NO need for “OK to board” but still check with airline office so that you can avoid last minute hassle at the airport. Thanks.

      Regards.

  191. Shahzaib Hashmi

    Salaam,
    Does it it matter if we get protector from Punjab or Sindh ?
    Or its all the same across Pakistan.?
    Someone told me that terms and conditions vary between provinces.
    For instance, The applicant who has got protector from Punjab cant fly from Karachi.

    Pls clear this confusion.

    • Dear Shahzaib,

      Protector is issued against your visa BUT for issuance you have to go to same DIVISION where your CNIC is issued from. E.g. If my CNIC is issued from Lahore then I have to go to Protector office in Lahore to get it. About flying it is wrong. You can fly from any airport in Pakistan as protector is issued against your visa NOT against your province. Thanks

      Regards.

  192. Qammar Ajaz

    Salam
    I Need To Know, I am Making New LLC Company In UAE Have a Partner Director Visa. And Also VISA Paste In My Passport In Dubai UAE. If I Require a Protector Or Not Please Let me Know If Any Information On This Matter Kindly ….

    • Dear Qammar,

      As far as I know, NO you do NOT need protector if your visa is pasted on your passport and it says “IQAMA or RESIDENCE” Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Qammar Ajaz

        Dear Muneeb Bro Thanx a Lot For Your Consideration And Replying

  193. tauqeer

    Hello dear, could you please guide me regarding protector. i am working in Uae and already protected myself but just after 3 months of doing job have switched to other job now going to take exit to Pakistan. ‘will i have to get protector stamp again this time’??? Reply please need your guidance!!!

    • I assume your previous residence visa has been cancelled.
      Yes, you need new protector as you will have paper visa. Good luck!

      Regards

  194. amaan khan

    Dear muneeb ,
    Could you tell me whats is difference of residence visa and employment visa .because i heard some peoples doing job or do work in uae on residence visa and other have employment visa……so any benefit on these type visa ……?

    • Once you go through interview formalities then you get an EMPLOYMENT visa (on pink paper) which is used to enter UAE. It is kind of your entry permit (if you are here in UAE when you get job then you still get the same pink paper – Employment visa)… After that you have to go through formal medical examination here in UAE and have to apply for Emirates ID card. Once, you are done with these things then you apply for VISA Stamping on your passport (This visa is called IQAMA – Residence) and it is stamped on your passport and your visa status changed to “RESIDENT”. It doesn’t mean you cannot do job now. It means you are now resident of UAE and doing job here.

      I hope, I have answered your query. Good luck!!

      Regards.

  195. Ather

    Hi,

    I used to work in Malaysia and i got the protector stamped and now i have been working in Thailand and i guess i need anotehr protecotr stamp, would like to know the requirements for Thailand Protector Stamp.

  196. Rana

    Hi Muneeb,
    This is Rana From Abu Dhabi boss 3 months before i join my new company here in abu dhabi.But i want to switch my job from this company to another company.Is it possible can i resign from here.otherwise what is the best option for me.
    Please guide me.

    • Hi Rana from Abu Dhabi,

      As far as I know (I could be very wrong here)… If you leave within two years of your joining date then you get Labor BAN for 6 months in MoL and your new employer will NOT be able to apply for your new visa. My suggestion is to stay cool calm and focused. Just work hard and Allah will not let it get wasted.

      Regards.

  197. Umair

    HI Brother Ahmed Muneeb i have a problem that my brother is in hong kong, he is there round about 8 years, now he get married with a hongknog nationality holder girl . I send him All document related to requirement of hongkong immigration and he submited. but the problem is which document i send him there mention our cast on the front of my father name and its not mentioned in his marriage certificate which provide by hongkong Govt.
    My father name is CH : Muhammad Arif , and he write in there documents only arif so tell me what is the solution of this case i am so worried about it ..

    • I am NOT sure about HK process. Good luck!

  198. Muhammad Haseeb Qamar

    Dear Muneeb,
    Kindly tell me the protector office timings of Lahore and it’ll be remain opened on Saturday?
    Regards,
    Muhammad Haseeb Qamar

    • Follow normal office timings. Not sure whether it is open on saturday or not.

  199. Dear Ahmed muneeb
    Aslam-u-Alikum,

    I am shahbaz from karachi kindly guide me i am so woried as i have received my visa for Qatar. and want to know that what documents required for protecter and from where i can make police clearnce certificate becuse my addres on id card is from punjab. and am living in karachi. and also acknowledge me that what kind of certificate needed hope for your early response.

    Bes Regards,

    • Everything is written in the blog and other people experiences are mentioned in comments. Please read them all. Thanks.

  200. Mansoor ali

    Dear
    could you tell me the timing of protector office karachi on friday and office is open on saturday?

    • Follow normal office timings. Not sure about immigration office location.

  201. munir

    My B.E degree was verified by foreign affair office in 2008. Now is there any requirement to re-verify it again?

    • Yes for HEC if its older than 6 months and NO for MoFA. Its valid for life….

  202. Umair Ashraf

    Dear Mr. Ahmed Muneeb,
    Do you know about the Pre-requisites for the Protector of Qatar ?
    Yesterday i came back at home from Jinnah International Airport due to no stampled Protector on Passport.
    My VISA type is work visa and i have returned ticket too in 29 days but they didn’t allowed me.
    Hoping a quick response from your side.

    • Its same.

      I have mentioned it in lot of comments that protector is country independent but VISA dependant. Please check with protector office. You can get protector in just one day. Good luck!

  203. Omar khan

    i have valid passport , valid NICOP but my cnic expired. i have to apply for protector so there is need to apply for cnic renewal keep in mind my passport and NICOP are valid for ten years. please advice

  204. muhammad yousaf

    is there any contact number of visa protector office Lahore of islamabad

    • Please go to protector office yourself. Please don’t act so lazy.

  205. Mahmood

    Dear I am in UAE nowadays. Initially when I came here I came on the visit visa. And after that on visit visa I got a job here in Dubai and did not went back to Pakistan since then and went to Oman to EXIT UAE. Now first time I am coming back to Pakistan on 2nd Nov 2014. I want to ask whether protector required once I will come back to UAE on 16th Nov 2014 or not? As of now I have my residence visa stamped on my passport. And I have also lost my CNIC once I came here in UAE first time on visit.
    I will appreciate if you can please guide me on following:

    1) Protector required?
    2) What do you suggest about my lost CNIC? Will it be required at the airport by any authority or any type of requirement?

    • I am assuming that you already did your medical/Emirates ID and then finally got your visa stamped on your passport (Residence visa called IQAMA). If thats the case then protector is NOT required. Otherwise, if you still have PINK paper visa which say “employment” then yes you need protector. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  206. Atta

    My dear all brother I have only one question about protecting passport.
    can i check my protected documents through online system.

    • No there is no ONLINE interface for public.

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  207. Usmaan

    AoA,

    Thanks for sharing such useful information. I have a couple of questions regarding the “OK to Board” stamp and the original NICOP.

    1. Is it mandatory to have “OK to Board” stamp on the visa before submitting it for protector?
    2. Is it necessary to produce original NICOP at the airport?

    Cheers.

    • WAS,

      1. No
      2. They might ask for it. It is good to have it.

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  208. rehan

    Respected Ahmed muneeb i just want to ask that any other person can go for visa protector office for visa protection on behalf of original person.

  209. Adeel Sami

    Hi
    i m sponsoring to my wife in dubai. should i go for visa protector for my wife passport ?

    • If your wife’s visa will be a ‘Residence visa’ then no need.

  210. afshan

    Dear Mr.Ahmed, i have finish my first visa . i changed my job and get 2nd visa so i want to know again we need protector??

    • If you are in Pakistan then yes you need protector but if you got your RESIDENCE visa stamped on your passport then protector is NOT required. Good luck!

  211. amaan khan

    Dear Ahmed,
    please tell me this is my first travelling to uae.do i need uae employment visa for nicop card…?can nadra will issue nicop without employment visa ….?because my employment visa is in process ..so can i apply nicop before.employment visa…?

    • Muhammad Ali Gulzar

      Dear Amman Khan,

      No need of visa just go to nadra and show them your passport, Id card, and your family id card (anyone) father, brother or mother etc. they will issue you token first and take your id card. Remember take photocopy of your previous id card.

  212. salman

    Dear Ahmed sb.

    I am in uk and intent to visit Pakistan to see my relatives . i have work visa . Will i need

    protector. regards

    • Dear Mr. Salman,

      I am not sure about work visas of UK. I have my personal experience of UAE and I wrote my blog on my personal experience. Just check with authorities before you fly back. I have heard it once that protector is required in case of UK work visas. Again: Just check with authorities before you fly back. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  213. Ali

    Hello,
    I belongs to KPK but I want to get protector stamp from Rawalpindi. Is it possible. I have a KPK ID Card. Please clarify me. Thanks

    • Dear Ali,

      As far as I know, Protector data is available on division basis. If you belong to KPK then your division would surely be Peshwar. Get it done from there. Good luck!!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  214. raza abbas

    I got working Visa of Oman and having protector as well but not allowed to step in Oman. What would be the reasons behind it ??> Kindly reply.
    Regards

    • Dear Raza,

      Please check with authorities there could be many reasons which are ONLY known to them. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  215. Ahmed Anas

    Dear Ahmed.
    i hope you are well.I am employee in Jordan company. My company takes contract abroad. whenever they need my expertise they called to customer issue temporary work permit. usually my visit less then 90 days. After that i come back Pakistan. After two or three month they call me again another country.My question is Whether each visa i will apply protector stamp.

    • Dear Ahmed,
      As far as I understood, you are going there on visit visas. If thats the case then as per my knowledge you do not require protector.

      If you go on employment visa then yes you need protector. However, if you have already got your employment visa (Called IQAMA) stamped on your passport then no need for protector but I always advise people to check with authorities as rule change very fast. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  216. Muhammad Rameez

    AoA,

    I HAVE PROTECTOR ON MY OLD PASSPORT, DO I HAVE TO MAKE ANOTHER PROTECTOR ON THE NEW PASSPORT…?? (As my Job status is same, and currently working in DUBAI)

    Regards.

    • As far as I know, once you have got your VISA stamped on your passport (called IQAMA) then no need for protector but since, your visa is on your old passport then you need to carry both (old & new) with you unless you get a new visa stamped on your new passport.

  217. Syed Ali

    Salaam,
    I got skilled immigration to New Zealand and got residence visa sticker on my passport. Do I need protectorate for that?
    Brothers who immigrated to Canada/AUS/NZ as skilled immigrants can also please share their experience.
    Regards, Syed

    • I personally do not have any experience of New Zeeland visas so I cannot comment on this. Anyone else? Please advise on this.

  218. ali

    Plz tell me the cancellation process of protection….

    • I am NOT sure about it. Never heard about it. Please check with concerned authorities about it. Thanks.

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  219. HUSSAIN KHAN

    MERA COUSIN ABU DABAI JA RAHA HA US KA PROTECTOR KESE BNANA HA.

    • Procedure is written in the post itself.

  220. arfan

    heollo respected sir, i want to know about weekly holidays please

    • In Gulf region, Friday and Saturday are off and working days are Sun, Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  221. rizwan

    sir main nay protecter lagwaya tha lahore sy mgr ksi wja sy within 1 month nai ja ska ab dbra protecter ka kya procedure hai or fees ktni hai plz tell me???????????

    • Same process and same fee. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  222. salman shah

    sir compony send me visa.i do not make any contract with them.could u plz tell me that how can i apply for protector?

    • Dear Salman Shah,

      Whole process is already written above. Copy of your signed contract is required as per my knowledge. Please either ask your employer to send you a copy of signed contract or check with protector office about procedure in case if you do not have signed contract. However, my advise is that you should sign a contract (after reading and understanding it properly). It will be beneficial for all stake holders to sign contracts before engaging work. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  223. Ali

    Sir, i’m already working in canada. I had a V1 visa which is a visitor visa but after recently renewing it, I got W1 visa which is a worker visa. I am going to Pakistan for vacation for only 2 weeks so will I need a protectorate when I go back?

    • Dear Ali,

      What I have heard, YES, you need protector. However, I personally do not have any experience about it so its better to check with concerned authorities. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  224. Afzal

    Dear Sir
    I have a question… If I have an HCV Antibodies in blood test, but PCR HCV medical test is negative (no HCV infection in blood analysis, just antibodies), so can I get a work Permit for office job in Qatar, Kuwait etc.,? pl reply
    Thanks a lot!

    • Dear Afzal,

      I am not a medical specialist. Please check with concerned authorities. I have no clue about what you have mentioned above. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  225. aftab

    Dear Muneeb,
    Aslam ailaikum:
    Dear i want to know about protector current fees and where is office in Karachi …………..

    thanx
    aftab baig

    • Dear Aftab,

      I am not sure about protector office in karachi. You need to find it yourself :)

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  226. mohd hanif mansehra

    diar sir i have qatr visa copy i ned protcter praices but must medicl if need befor protcter ar not

    • If you have paper visa which states “EMPLOYMENT” then yes, you need medical. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  227. talha

    sir malaysia main student part time job kar skte hain?

    • I am not sure about it Talha. Please check the rule book :)

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  228. ahmed muneeb.1wordpress.com

    i have already qattar empolyment visa i need protector process but need medicille if medicile need then which hospital lape peshawar ya islamabad

    • As far as I know, they will do your medical once you are in Qatar (this is the process in UAE). Good luck!

  229. Dear Muneeb
    i have got my employment visa of uae(dubai)….the company recommended me do the immigration formalities….what does its mean?????
    how i can proceed so that after these formalities..they will send me a air ticket…
    can you eloborate my case???

    onething more..i have read ur previous post too…without medical report how i can stamp(protector)my visa???

    • Dear Akhtar,

      Your employer will apply for your visa and you will get your visa in scanned format (once you have it) then you must apply for protector (this is requirement of Pakistani Immigration) without protector you cannot fly out of Pakistan and will be returned from the airport.

      Please make FRESH 40 passport sized pictures. They are required in UAE and will be used here.

      Once, you reach here then company will guide you as you will be required to do your Medical tests and also apply for UAE-ID card. Good luck!!

      Regards,
      Muneeb

      • Muhib

        Dear muneeb.
        I got job offer letter from a company at tanzania They didn’t send me visa but sent me a document for visa on arrival instead. Will I be able to get protector based on this document.
        Please reply asap

        Muhib

      • Dear Muhib,

        Yes, you should be able to get protector based on those documents.

        Good luck and keep us posted. Thanks

        Regards,
        Muneeb

  230. amaan khan

    Dear muneeb,
    i received my job visa from uae Dubai in soft copy.now whats the documents requirement for protector.please tell me complete detail.. with thanks..
    1- Documents.?
    2- Fees……?.
    3- Time duration..?

  231. amaan khan

    Dear muneeb,
    i received my job visa from uae Dubai in soft copy.now whats the documents requirement for protector.please tell me complete detail.. with thanks..
    1- Documents.?
    2- Fees……?.
    3- Time duration..?

  232. Usman Safdar

    Dear Muneed,
    Sadly one of my friend death accidentally happened in Saudi Arabia during his work over there, he left with his family having Parents and siblings (Unmarried). Please guide us about the procedure where we need to contact for any kind of Insurance other amount which his family can get ?? Please respond promptly your help can do something good for grieved parents. Please share the detail if possible with address and contacts.

    Regards

    • Dear Usman,

      I am sorry about your loss. However, I am NOT personally of any procedure for claiming insurance amount. Do keep us posted your experience. Thanks

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  233. I have been previously to Kuwait on a different job and plan to go now after a gap to a new job. Will protector will be required again?

    • As far as I now Yes, if you get new visa on paper. Protector is issued against your paper “EMPLOYMENT” visa… Good luck!

  234. Bilal Tariq

    my Original CINC has been taken by the NADRA while making smart NICOP , now can i protect my visa on receipt?

    • Few months back I heard that now they DO NOT protect your visa based on NADRA Smart ID receipt but you can still try your luck as rules change from time to time. Thanks

  235. Ahmed

    Salam
    I am here in Bahrain for one year. My work visa is stamped until 2016. Do i still need protector when I have to return to Bahrain after finishing my summer vacations?

  236. Hi Muneeb,

    I hope you are fine.

    if i have a Dubai Pink Visa so i need Offer Letter or Contract for getting protector because Company said if you have Dubai Pink Visa so Offer Letter or Contract is not necessary, You get the Protector the without Offer Letter or Contract. Please clear me this point i am a bit confused…Please

    Waiting your response…

    Thanks…

    Tariq

  237. sajid

    hi buddy .

    Brother i get calling of service sector visa from Malaysia ,, my question is do i need medical check up for protractor if yes then can i do it for any medical center or shall i have to go their specific medical centers ??
    thank hope to hear from u soon : sajid

    • Sorry. I am not sure about Malaysian visa procedures.

  238. Muhaamad Arshad

    Dear Brother,

    I am going to apply for my family visa in Dubai, I am a government employee here,
    Is this necessary to get protector for my wife and two kids.

    • As far as I know, protector is required when you have employment visa in paper form. Your wife and kids will be on residence visa. However, I always advise to check with concerned authorities. Thank you.

  239. I got protectorate stamp and certificate recently from Lahore Model Town office, and I would like to share latest with everyone. Following documents are required (along with application forms):
    1. Passport (Original and Copies)
    2. VISA
    3. NICOP (English Card) OR NICOP NADRA slip is also acceptable

    Please keep extra copies of NICOP and VISA with you. Total Fee is 6500 PKR. Please note that they do not ask about contract or offer letter. Fill all the required forms and submit (forms along with original passport) before 01:30 PM. They will give you back your passport and certificate from 03:30 PM onward.

    Thanks.

    -Azeem

    • Thanks Azeem.

    • Ahmed

      Do you really need protector even if your visa is stamped on passport. Some people think that no one checks it at airport but protector office says that you would still need it. Whats the truth?

      • salam ahmed muneeb brother my national id from abbottabad but this time i am in lahore how i am my visa protector in peshawar or lahore i am in lahore now kindly tell me which location am i going to protect a visa…?

      • Please check with Protector authority. They have offices in Lahore, Rawalpindi (Two i know of). They will guide you. They need to see your file. Thank you

      • muhammad ashraf

        asslam-o-alaikum!

        sir
        Is there any office in multan city of protector certificate?
        Sir please inform me sharply.

        Thanks Regards
        Muhammad Ashraf

      • Dear Ashraf;

        I have absolutely no idea about it :)

  240. Rana Fuad

    i got may protector stamp on 1991 now I am going to Saudia again on new job my question is that shall i need protector again?

    • As far as I know yes you need protector again but please check with concerned authorities to avoid any last minutes surprised. Thank you

  241. Mumtaz Shaikh

    Hi Ahmed,

    My flight on 18th November for Thailand I will going for just visit. please suggest me what can I do ?

    • Dear Mumtaz;
      I have NO idea about visit or job visa process for Thailand. Please check with someone else who has knowledge. Thank you

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  242. Omer HAYAT

    Hi Muneeb. I have NICOP. On my NICOP country of is Thailand but i have to travel to UAE for job. Do i need to reapply for NICOP for UAE for protector purpose.

    • As far as my limited knowledge is concerned yes you need new protector but check with concerned authorities first. Thank you

  243. muneeb

    Dear MR. Ahmed Muneeb,

    this protectorate of emigrants is only required for the work visa…what about the sponsoring of wife visa as housewife?…does she also requires to get this procedure done before traveling?

    thank you

  244. M Aftab

    dear Muneeb,
    which documents are required for visa protector for KSA??

    • Hopefully the same however, check with concerned authorities. Thank you.

  245. Imtiazahmad Khan

    I went to oman airline in order to book ticket karachi to jadha they told me that your protector have expired you need a new protector then i went to protector office they said u dont need a new protector the protector validity is till you have valid visa.your protector will expire when your visa will expire.but oman airline told me you have to get new protector might be possible emigration officer will stop you .my visa validty date is 27 feb and my flight date is 19 feb .kindly tell me what should i do ?

    • I can only wish you good luck here :-) You have to do per authorities…. Discuss your case with higher management. Good luck and do share your experience so that other people can be saved from getting the same pain… Thank you!!

  246. Saim Fawad

    I am in Pakistan for visa change, I forgot my Matric & Birth certificates in UAE and I think it will required for NICOP,
    Kindly share ur knowledge that NICOP is mandatory for Protector ?? or I can hire an agent for the same.???

    • Dear Saim,

      As per my knowledge. Yes, NICOP is necessary for protector. However as I always advise people to check with concerned authorities as rules change from time to time. Thank you

  247. Laiq Khan

    Dear Sir,
    i changed my employment visa there in uae (without in/out) now after six months i have come to pakistan for holidays. i had protector certificate for my first visa but do not have for this new residence. my sponser is now changed. so which will i require a new protector certificate before going back to uae or my old protector is sufficient? please reply me soon as im going back on 7th april 2016,
    Thank You,
    regards Laiq khan

  248. Nasir

    aoa.
    can any one guide me regarding business visa for Qatar.Do i need protector for business visa ??

    • WAS. I have no idea about Qatar visa processes.
      Good luck!

      Thank you

      Regards,
      Muneeb

  249. mohsin

    I want chk visa it fake o original
    how can i chk

    • OK TO BOARD stamp from airline can help. Thank you

  250. Amna

    I have got my passport protected on first employment visa. Now I m changing job and I need to go pak and I will got my employment visa on paper there I need to do protector again.
    Kindly assist me in this regard.

    • For every paper visa you need protector. Thank you

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