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Surrender Of Indian Passport

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Renunciation / Surrender of Indian Passports

The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not allow dual citizenship. Holding Indian Passport / acquiring Indian Passport / travelling on Indian passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship constitutes an offence under the Indian Passport Act, 1967, and attracts penalties.

Under the Indian law, Persons of Indian Origin who have acquired foreign Nationality are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship.

Applicants applying for Declaration of Renunciation/ Surrender Certificate under different scenarios may Click Here for the detailed information on the below categories.

All applicants are required to check the Jurisdiction Information before applying at the application centre and booking the appointments

Deemed Surrender Certificate: Obtained Foreign Citizenship before 2001.

Renunciation Declaration: Obtained Foreign Citizenship after 01 June 2010 and Indian Passport is lost/misplaced.

Applicants who are unable to provide the physical Indian Passport are required to provide a self-written declaration, addressed to the ‘High Commission of India, London’ or it’s respective consulates, with a detailed explanation for the misplacement/loss.

The renunciation / surrender certificate procedure and fee structure is based on the date, the Person of Indian Origin, has acquired British/Foreign Citizenship.

If the Date of British / Foreign Citizenship is on or before 31-May -2010 If the Date of British / Foreign Citizenship is after 31- May – 2010
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The Government of India has prescribed imposition of penalty on a graded scale, depending on the number of trips made on the Indian passport, renewal of Indian passport after acquiring foreign nationality and Retention of Indian Passport for more than 3 years after acquiring foreign nationality, for the violation of Passport Rules ranging from a minimum of £145 up to a maximum of £1088

Please Note: The date on the Naturalisation Certificate will be treated as date of acquiring foreign nationality and not from the date the British Passport was issued.

Collection Procedure for Surrender Certificates:

Surrender/Renunciation Certificates once issued by the competent authorities will be delivered by Post/Courier. Applicants are required to provide A4 SIZE self-addressed envelope (Special Delivery, Silver, tamper proof envelope only) per application or seek information from the advisor at the application centre for secured delivery courier services available at the application centre.

Main Provisions For Surrender of Indian Passport / Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

Under Indian law, Applicants of Indian Origin, who have acquired foreign citizenship, are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship.

In view of these provisions, Applicants of Indian Origin, intending to apply for an OCI Card and Visa, should surrender their Indian passports, obtain Surrender Certificates and then apply for these services. This would also be applicable to the Applicants of Indian Origin who seek to renew their OCI Card or seek fresh Visa.

The Surrender Certificate, once obtained, should be produced henceforth for any service required from the High Commission and its respective Consulates in Birmingham & Edinburgh, a copy of the Surrender Certificate should be enclosed with any application in future.

Applicants of Indian Origin, who have already acquired foreign citizenship on or before 01 June 2010, are now required to pay £20.00 (Pound twenty only) towards Miscellaneous service charge plus applicable charges including Consular Surcharge of £ 2.00 and would not be required to pay any Surrender Fee under Citizenship Act for surrendering their passports whether valid or expired. There could however be penalty charges on applications with Indian passports expiring on or after 01 January 2005 for retention, renewal and travel.

Applicants of Indian Origin who acquired foreign citizenship on or after 01 June 2010 will have to pay £117/- plus applicable charges including Consular Surcharge of £ 2.00 along with a declaration of renunciation of their Indian Citizenship.

The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not allow dual citizenship. Holding Indian passport/acquiring Indian passport/travelling on Indian passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship constitutes an offence under the Indian Passport Act, 1967, and attracts penalties. The Government of India has prescribed imposition of penalty on a graded scale for the violation of Passport Rules, depending on number of trips made on Indian passport after acquiring foreign nationality (with a three month grace period from the date of acquiring foreign nationality i.e. the date of Naturalisation certificate), renewal of Indian passport after acquiring foreign nationality and retention of Indian Passport for more than 3 years after acquiring of foreign nationality. The date on the Naturalisation Certificate will be treated as date of acquiring foreign nationality and hence, it is mandatory for the applicants to produce his / her Naturalisation Certificate for obtaining Surrender Certificate.

The fee structure is given below:-

Service Fee*
Travels made using Indian Passport after 3 months of obtaining foreign nationality £ 160.00 for each travel made using the Indian Passport (total penalty on travel will not exceed £800)
Retention of Indian Passport for more than 3 years after acquiring foreign citizenship £ 160.00
Renewal/Reissue(each time)after obtaining a foreign nationality £399.00
Indian Passport got re-issued/renewed after obtaining foreign nationality and travelled using Indian Passport £399 for renewal + £160 for each travel made on that passport
Misc. Service obtained on Indian Passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship for each occasion £ 160.00

*The fee/penalty is being collected in local currency at official rate of exchange fixed by the Government of India. VF Services (UK) Ltd. has been authorised to charge a service fee of £ 7.44 per application over and above the normal fee for surrender of Indian Passport / renunciation of Indian citizenship. Postal/Bank/agency charges, wherever applicable, will be additional, to be borne by the applicant.

Information regarding applicable fee could be viewed at http://www.mha.nic.in/.

Provisions on declaration of Renunciation / Surrender Certificate under different scenario:-

  1. Applicants of Indian Origin, who acquired foreign nationality on or before 31 May 2010 and produced last held Indian passport, will be issued 'Surrender Certificate' on payment of miscellaneous service fee of £ 20.00 plus applicable charges including Consular Surcharge of £ 2.00 and applicable charges for M/s VFS (UK). Penalty for misuse of Indian passport would be imposed if the last held Indian passport expired on or after 1 January 2005 and it is retained beyond three years i.e. not surrendered or the PIO travelled on this passport beyond the grace period of three months or the validity of the last held Indian passport was renewed after acquiring foreign nationality;
  2. Applicant needs to provide a Declaration addressed to High Commission of India, London or respective consulate in Birmingham or Edinburgh, explaining the reasons for not being able to provide the physical Indian passport.
  3. Applicants of Indian Origin, who acquired foreign nationality on or before 1 June 2010 but do not produce Indian passport, will not be issued Surrender Certificate;
  4. However, Applicants of Indian Origin who acquired foreign citizenship more than ten years ago and their Indian passport also expired more than ten years ago, could be issued 'Deemed Surrender Certificate'** if they furnish copy of Indian passport, or a letter from the Government of applicants present nationality mentioning the Indian passport detail at the time of acquisition of foreign nationality and also furnish proof of acquiring foreign citizenship more than ten years ago. It may please be noted that date of Registration or Naturalisation Certificate is to be counted as date of acquisition of foreign nationality and not the date of obtaining foreign passport. The fee for 'Deemed Surrender Certificate' will be £ 20.00 plus applicable charges including Consular Surcharge of £ 2.00 and applicable charges for M/s VFS (UK);
  5. Applicants of Indian Origin, who acquired foreign nationality on or after 01 June 2010 and produced Indian passport, will be issued Surrender Certificate on payment of Renunciation fee of£ 117.00 plus applicable charges including Consular Surcharge of £ 2.00 and applicable charges for M/s VFS (UK). Penalty for misuse of Indian passport would be imposed if the last held Indian passport expired on or after 1 January 2005 and it is retained beyond three years i.e. not surrendered or the PIO travelled on this passport beyond the grace period of three months or the validity of the last held Indian passport was renewed after acquiring foreign nationality;
  6. Applicants of Indian Origin, who acquired foreign nationality on or after 01 June 2010 but fail to produce Indian passport and only furnish a copy thereof, claiming to have misplaced/lost the Indian passport, will be issued 'Renunciation Declaration'*** with remark that original Indian passport not surrendered. A fee of £ 117.00 plus application charges including Consular Surcharge of £ 2.00 and applicable charges for M/s VFS (UK) will be collected. The applicant will be additionally required to furnish a duly Notarised Affidavit in this regard and a Police report (to rule out any misuse);
  7. For a child born outside India, who held Indian passport although entitled to foreign nationality but now opts for surrendering the Indian passport, the Renunciation fee will be £ 117.00 plus applicable charges including Consular Surcharge of £ 2.00 and applicable charges for M/s VFS (UK). Penalty for misuse of Indian passport would be imposed if the last held Indian passport expired on or after 1 January 2005 and it is retained beyond three years i.e. not surrendered or the applicant travelled on this passport beyond the grace period of three months or the validity of the last held Indian passport was renewed after acquiring foreign nationality.

**Deemed Surrender Certificate:-

'Deemed Surrender Certificates' could be issued to PIOs, who are not in possession of Indian passport, if they had acquired foreign nationality more than ten years ago (from the year 2011) and their Indian passports also expired more than ten years ago (from the year 2011). 'Deemed Surrender Certificate' may be issued in such cases provided the PIO can furnish a copy of the Indian passport or a copy of a letter from British Home Office mentioning details of the Indian Passport held earlier by the PIO and also furnishes conclusive evidence of having acquired foreign nationality more than ten years ago (from the year 2011). The fee will be £ 20.00 plus applicable charges including £ 2.00 as Consular Surcharge and applicable charges for M/s VFS (UK).

***Renunciation Declaration:-

For PIOs, who acquired foreign nationality on or after 01 June 2010 and their valid Indian passport has been misplaced or lost, can apply for 'Renunciation Declaration' by furnishing a copy of the Indian passport along with a duly Notarised Affidavit in this regard and a Police report (to rule out any misuse). The fee for Renunciation Certificate is £ 117.00 plus applicable charges including Consular Surcharge of £ 2.00 and applicable charges for M/s VFS (UK).

Clarifications

  1. Surrender Certificate cannot be issued if the last held Indian passport is not physically produced. Only exception is for those who acquired foreign nationality more than ten years ago that is before 2001 and whose Indian passports also expired more than ten years ago that is before 2001;
  2. Penalty if applicable cannot be waived or reduced.
  3. There is no penalty in cases where the PIO opted for foreign nationality before 1 January 2005 and the last held Indian passport also expired before that date.
  4. There is a grace period of three months after acquisition of foreign nationality (to be counted from the date of registration / Naturalisation Certificate and not from the date of foreign passport) for using Indian passport for travel.
  5. Penalty for retention of Indian passport for more than 3 years after acquiring foreign citizenship is not imposed on applicants who could furnish proof of having obtained visa to visit India on their first foreign passport immediately after acquiring foreign nationality or if they have already obtained OCI / PIO Cards or Visa. However, if there is a gap of more than three years between acquisition of foreign nationality and obtaining OCI / PIO Cards or Visa, then applicable penalty, if any, would have to be paid.
  6. PIOs who had earlier obtained OCI / PIO Cards or Visa without surrendering their Indian passports are required to surrender their last held Indian passport and obtain surrender certificates at the time of renewing their OCI / PIO Cards or for obtaining fresh visa.

Surrender Fees

The VFS Service fee for all surrender applications is £7.44 inclusive of applicable VAT. All the applicants are requested to include the service fee while organising their payments. There is no online payment facility available for Surrender of Indian passport service.

Mode of payment could be Cash, Debit or Credit Card (except American Express Card), Postal Order or Bank Draft payable to “VF Services UK Ltd”

The Government of India has fixed a fee for renouncing the Indian Citizenship / Surrender of Indian Passport based on the date, the Person of Indian Origin, has acquired British/Foreign Citizenship.

Service Rendered Fee in GBP Service Charge in GBP Total In GBP
Miscellaneous Service fee for surrender of passport / renunciation of citizenship (for applicants who have already acquired foreign citizenship till 31.5.2010) 22 7.44 29.44
Fee for surrender of passport/ renunciation of Citizenship (for applicants who acquire foreign citizenship with effect from 1.6.2010) 119 7.44 126.44

*Please Note:

All High Commission/Consulate/fees once tendered are non–refundable

The fee in the table is inclusive of the £2 Consular Surcharge.

A Surcharge of 1.98% - 2.05% will be applicable on all credit card payments, depends on the type of credit card used.

Documents Required

Documents Required for Surrender of Indian Passports

  • Duly filled application form
  • Printed & signed copy of the declaration form (to be attached with each application)
  • Original Indian Passport (Last/Valid Indian passport at the time of Naturalization)
  • Self-attested photocopy of Indian passport (All used pages)
  • Two recent 50 mm * 50 mm size photographs. Please check the Photo Specification.
  • Self-attested photocopy of the current British / Foreign Passport( Only the photo page*)
    *Note- If the applicant has had more than one British passports since naturalisation, They are required to submit the original first British passport & self-attested photocopies of all the pages of the first British passport’.
  • Self-attested photocopy of British / Foreign Naturalisation certificate
  • If UK Passport has not yet been obtained, a declaration from the Applicant stating “My UK passport is under process should be submitted.
  • If the applicant is born in UK /abroad and obtained foreign/British Nationality on the basis of Birth in the country and not by naturalisation then applicant is required to provide a photocopy of the full Birth Certificate.
    Applicants applying under Deemed Surrender Certificate category are required to submit the photocopy of the last Indian passport and first British passport in addition to the above applicable documents.

Applicants need to be aware of the below:

  • If the applicant has had more than one foreign passport since naturalization, he/she is required to submit the original first foreign passport obtained after naturalization & self-attested photocopies of all the pages of that foreign passport
  • In case of Minor’s Application/Declaration either of the parents can sign the application form/declaration.
  • Applicants are requested to submit/send the photocopies of the supporting documents (not the originals) unless originals are requested.
  • All applicants who have had a name change after acquiring British or any other nationality should fill in the surrender form using the name mentioned on their last/valid Indian Passport. Applicant should also be aware that the surrender certificate will be issued on the name mentioned of their ‘surrendered’ Indian Passport.

    Processing times vary from application to application at the sole discretion of the High Commission of India and its Consulates in the UK, and some applications may take longer than others to get processed.
  • This list is not exhaustive and does not guarantee a Surrender Certificate. The High Commission of India or its Consulates reserve the right to ask for additional documents if required

Collection Procedure for Surrender Certificates:

Surrender/Renunciation Certificates once issued by the competent authorities will be delivered by Post/Courier. Applicants are required to provide A4 SIZE self-addressed envelope (Special Delivery) per application or seek information from the advisor at the application centre for secured delivery courier services available at the application centre.

Photo Specification

Photo Specifications

Photographs should be in colour and strictly as per the specifications below.

  • Un-mounted - 2 inch x 2 inch in size.
  • Face should cover about 70 to 80% of the photo area.
  • Frame Subject with Full Face, Front view, Eyes open
  • Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance.
  • The photographs must be clear, well defined and taken against a light-coloured coloured background.
  • Appropriate brightness and contrast showing your skin tones naturally
  • Even lighting (no shadows across or behind the face)
  • Face must be square to the camera with a neutral expression, neither frowning nor smiling and with your mouth closed.
  • If you must wear a head covering for religious reasons, make sure your full facial features are not obscured.
  • Non-tinted prescription glasses are allowed as long as your eyes are clearly visible. Make sure that the frame does not cover any part of your eyes. Sunglasses are not acceptable.
  • Headphones, wireless hands-free devices, or similar items are not acceptable in your photo.
  • Photograph for Child/babies - The photograph should show the baby or child awake, looking straight at the camera with mouth closed and nothing covering the mouth. It should also show both edges of the face clearly (no toys, blankets, chair backs or other people visible) and no hair across the eyes.

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Surrender/Renunciation of Indian Passport/Citizenship

Application Form for the Surrender of Indian Passport/Citizenship