The protector stamp is an actual passport stamp given to any Pakistani travelling abroad on a work visa. It is an official Pakistani government requirement and without the protector stamp you will not be allowed to travel.
In addition to allowing you to work abroad, it will also cover you for life insurance, with the person you nominate receiving one million Pakistani rupees in such an event.
Do I need the Protector Stamp?
Every intending emigrant is legally bound to get their foreign service agreement protected from the concerned Protectorate of Emigrants (PE) office in Pakistan.
It is important to remember that the protector stamp is needed alongside your offer of employment and your visa. Visits to the UK for leisure or PLAB 2 do not require the Pakistani Protector Stamp.
As well as granting you access to work overseas, the Pakistani Protector Stamp will also cover you for life insurance to a figure of PKR 1,000,000
Whilst life insurance is an obvious perk, you do have to pay for it.
You will be required to deposit PKR 2,500 to cover life risk for a sum of PKR 1,000,000.
This insurance is valid for five years.
There are also a number of other benefits that come once your life insurance and protector stamp are in place, you can read through them on the Pakistani Government website here.
How do I get my passport stamped?
You will need to attend an appointment at your local Protectorate Office in order to receive the stamp.
The process of getting your Pakistani Protector Stamp can be a little arduous. Specific documents are required and be prepared to spend up to one whole day completing the process.
Documents you will need:
Your Visa work permit
Contract or a conditional offer of employment from the UK employer
Pakistani CNIC (Computerised National Identity Card)
Next of kin information (including CNIC for recipient of insurance compensation)
Bank challan receipts
One passport photo
Please note, until very recently NICOP was an essential document for this process as well. There has been a little confusion over this recently so if you have a card already, it does not hurt to bring this along with you.
It is best to make any copies of your documents in prior to attending your local Protectorate Office, it will help you avoid any delays once you are there and make for a smoother process.
Attend your local Protectorate Office early in the morning with the original copies of your documents. You can find your local office here.
The main reception will direct you to a window to show the checking officer your CNIC, passport and the copy of your UK visa.
As soon as your visa copy is signed, you will need to take this and the rest of your documents to the next window to submit the rest of your documents.
Once these are ready you can expect to wait a few hours until your passport is stamped.
I have my Protector Stamp. What happens next?
You need to have your passport stamped once you have a job offer and work visa, so this should be one of the last steps before relocating.
Once your passport is stamped you will be cleared to work outside of Pakistan and begin your journey in the UK!
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