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Renunciation of Indian Nationality

Overview

The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955 does not allow dual citizenship. Holding an Indian passport / acquiring an Indian passport / travelling on an 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 can do this through any ICPVAC in France.

Deemed Surrender Certificate: Obtained Foreign Citizenship before 2001.

Deemed Renunciation Declaration: Obtained Foreign Citizenship after 01 June 2010

Applicants would be required to apply for Surrender and Renunciation if they are holding an Indian passport and acquired Foreign Citizenship after 01 June 2010

The renunciation / surrender certificate procedure and fee structure is based on the date, the person of Indian origin, has acquired French/Foreign Citizenship.

If the Date of French/ Foreign Citizenship is on or before 31 May 2010 If the Date of French / Foreign Citizenship is after 31 May 2010

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.

Please Note: The date on the Naturalisation Certificate will be treated as date of acquiring foreign nationality and not from the date the French/foreign passport was issued. The date of publication must therefore be mentioned on the Naturalisation Certificate.

Penalty fee schedule (in €) with effect from 11 October 2012 is given below as per your case. Note that the table is exclusive of Embassy fees and VFS service charges.

Sr. No. Case Penalty
1 If the passport was not surrendered after obtaining the foreign nationality on or before 1 January 2002 and the Indian passport expired on or before 31 December 2004 No Penalty
2 Indian passport retained for three years or more after acquiring foreign nationality only in cases where the Indian passport expired on or after 01 January 2005 250
3 If travelled beyond grace period of three months after acquiring foreign nationality and the passport expired on or after 01 January 2005 250 per trip (up to a maximum of five trips and the penalty not to exceed 1250 euros)
4 If the Indian passport was renewed after acquiring foreign nationality and the passport expired on or after 01 January 2005 (In this case no additional penalty should be charged except in the case of travel after misc service availed – see below) 625
5 If any misc consular service was availed of after acquiring foreign nationality 250 per service

Fees

Your payment allows you to deposit an application. The latter can be accepted, refused or modified by the Embassy of India in its full right. Once fees have been paid, they cannot be refunded, even in a case of an application refusal or cancellation.

Modes of payment

Please refer to the page of the mode of submission that you are planning to use to find the list of accepted modes of payment.

Fees Chart

The price of your application is made up of fixed service charges and variable consular charges. Please consult the fees chart below in order to calculate the total amount to pay. In addition to the service charges penalty fees will be charged in case of violation of passport rules as mentioned in the overview page.

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Documents Required

Kindly print the check list which corresponds with the service you wish to apply for and attach it with your application. It must be filled in and signed. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

  Print Renunciation Checklist

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 plain white 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.

Please Note:
There is one self-service Photo-booth available in our Paris and Marseille office.

Processing Time

The Embassy of India and VF Services (UK) Limited cannot, in any circumstances, be held responsible for any applications which are not completed in time for your intended date of departure. Kindly note that obtaining a Surrender Certificate is not automatic; your application may be accepted, modified or refused by the Embassy of India in its full right.

Applications processed individually

Each application is processed individually by the Embassy of India: as a result processing times may vary between applications that appear to be similar.

Minimum processing times

The company VF Services (UK) Limited has no influence over the processing times of a Surrender Certificate application: these depend essentially on the Embassy of India and to a lesser extent on the postal services (in case you have opted for a return courier service). We are therefore not in a position to guarantee maximum processing times. We are only able to communicate minimum processing times, provided for information purposes only.

Minimum processing times for an Surrender Certificate application
Mode of Submission Minimum Processing Time
In Paris Minimum 1 working day but may take longer
In Marseille Minimum 7 working days but may take longer
In Lyon Minimum 7 working days but may take longer
In Bordeaux Minimum 7 working days but may take longer
In Strasbourg Minimum 7 working days but may take longer
The Embassy of India reserves the right to withhold any application submitted for an in-depth examination

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APPLICATION FORM

As a private outsourcing partner of the Embassy of India, Paris, VF Services (UK) Limited has no influence over the content of the application form and are not in a position to modify its content or structure.

Instructions to fill in the application form

  • Applicants must fill the form in block capitals
  • The form should be signed and dated accordingly

Please note that if the supporting documents provided are not satisfactory, the applicant will be asked to provide more documentary evidence.

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