Renunciation of Indian Citizenship or Surrender of Indian passport

Renunciation of Indian Citizenship or Surrender of Indian passport

  • Overview
  • Renunciation Fees
  • Documents Required
  • Photo Specifications
  • Processing times
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  • Overview

    Surrender and Renunciation of Indian Citizenship applies only to applicants of Indian Origin.

    Under The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, Persons of Indian Origin is not allowed DUAL Citizenship. If a person has ever held an Indian Passport and has obtained the Passport of another country, they will be required to surrender their Indian Passport immediately after gaining another Country’s nationality.

    If a person has ever held an Indian passport and has obtained the passport of another country, they will be required to surrender their Indian passport immediately after gaining another country's nationality.

    After Renunciation of Indian Citizenship, it is necessary to apply for Surrender or a Renunciation certificate.

    A stamp saying "cancelled due to acquiring foreign nationality" is required. It should be noted that Indian passports that carry only a "cancelled stamp" are not considered renounced of their Indian citizenship.

    While applying for consular services Visa or OCI, it is mandatory to provide proof of your cancelled Indian passport. If such evidence cannot be provided, applicants will be required to obtain a renunciation certificate.

    While applying for Renunciation of Indian Citizenship, there are many procedures that must be followed, including the submission of the duly filled application form as well as current photographs and relevant documents. While enquiring about the fees that are levied for the relevant stamps and certificates, it is also essential to identify your area of jurisdiction and service centers.

    It is not necessary for travellers to carry a Certificate of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship during their travel to India.

    It should be noted that it is illegal to continue to use an Indian passport after the renunciation of Indian citizenship and defaulters will be faced with penalties.

    • Guidelines for Shipping Service & its packaging

      • VFS offered courier service via FedEx- points to note
        • You can select and pay for VFS provided courier service at the time of paying the fee online on VFS website.
        • Please enclose only one application per package. Don’t enclose multiple applications in the same package.
        • If used VFS offered courier service via FedEx, Max. weight limit per package should be less than 0.5 Lbs & its a signature not required service.
        • Pick-up from home/ office service is not included in the price. If you use any additional service, please ensure you make a separate payment directly with FedEx
        • Only FedEx Pak, FedEx envelope or or FedEx reusable envelope packaging can be used while shipping your application to the VFS Indian Consular Application Centre. Do not use FedEx box or tube. Additional charges will apply if any other type of packaging is used which must be paid before your application is processed.
        • Your return shipping address must match with the proof of address submitted as part of your application.
        • VFS won't be responsible for any delays or damages if packages are in transit for inbound or outbound couriers.
      • Use your own pre-paid labels
        • FedEx pre-paid labels are not acceptable to return your documents.
        • Return address on the shipping label must match the address on the application form. Do not provide shipping address of Courier stores or Hold at Location stations.
        • We don’t accept USPS pre-paid labels having expiry date limitation.
        • Since our agreement of services is with FedEx only, we cannot guarantee collection of your shipment by any other service provider from our officeYou are responsible for tracking your package and schedule a pick up from the VFS Consular application Centre once ready.
        • VFS won't be responsible for any delays or damages if packages are in transit for inbound or outbound couriers.
    • Policy - Return of incomplete documents after 20 days.

      Incomplete application: If the application is not completed within 20 calendar days, then VFS will return your application unprocessed. In this scenario, the Consular and ICWF fee will be refunded post deduction of applicable postal charges (if applicable). Photocopy documents received after 20 days will be shredded and originals if any received will be returned to the Embassy of India or Consulate General of India. Applicants should contact the Embassy of India or Consulate General of India directly to receive their original documents, once VFS returns the original documents to the Embassy of India or Consulate General of India. In this scenario, only the Consular and ICWF fee will be refunded post deduction of applicable postal charges (if applies).

    • Policy – Additional documents after 07 days.

      Additional documents: If the additional documents are not completed within 07 calendar days then Embassy/Consulates may stop processing your application. In this scenario, no fees will be refunded.

  • Renunciation Fees

    Renunciation Fee structure:

    If Naturalized before 1st June 2010

    Renunciation Fee Criteria Renunciation Fee VFS Fee ICWF
    RENUNCIATION WITH PASSPORT - Naturalized before 1st June 2010 and has Indian passport $25 $15.90 3
    RENUNCIATION WITHOUT PASSPORT- Naturalized before 1st June 2010 and does not have Indian passport $25 $15.90 3

    Note: Online payment/ Payment by card (s) convenience charges @3.5% will be charged over and over the total payment.

    If paying by Money order or Banker or Cashier check, then it should be made in favor of “VFS Services (USA) Inc.

    If Naturalized after 1st June 2010

    Renunciation Fee Criteria Renunciation Fee VFS Fee ICWF
    RENUNCIATION WITH PASSPORT - Naturalized after 1st June 2010 and has Indian passport $175 $15.90 3
    RENUNCIATION WITHOUT PASSPORT- Naturalized after 1st June 2010 and does not have Indian passport $175 $15.90 3

    Note: Online payment/ Payment by card (s) convenience charges @3.5% will be charged over and over the total payment.

    If paying by Money order or Banker or Cashier check, then it should be made in favor of “VFS Services (USA) Inc.

  • Photo Specifications

    Advice for Applicants to Submit Proper Quality Photograph

    The quality of the photograph appearing on the passport depends on the photograph that is submitted at the time of applying for a passport. The passport seekers are, therefore, advised to submit the photographs, as specified, to avoid delay in processing their passport applications.

    Sample Photo

    photo specification
    • The photograph should be in colour and of the size of 2 inch x 2 inch (51 mm x 51 mm).
    • The photo-print should be clear and with continuous-tone quality.
    • It should have full face, front view, eyes open.
    • Photo should present full head from top of hair to bottom of chin.
    • Center head within frame.
    • The background should be a plain white background.
    • There should not be any distracting shadows on the face or on the background.
    • The photograph must be taken in a colored attire, for example, a medium blue shirt etc.
    • The attire should not be patterned / textured or pure white.
    • Head coverings are not permitted except for religious reasons, but the facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of the face must be clearly shown.
    • The expression on the face should look natural.

    Photograph Specifications

  • Processing Times

    The normal processing times for Renunciation application is 6 - 7 working days after a complete application is submitted to the Embassy / consulate

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