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 21 days.

      Incomplete application: If the application is not completed within 21 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 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 convenience charges @3.5% will be charged over and above the total payment.
    • If you pay by Money order or Banker or Cashier checks only & 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 convenience charges @3.5% will be charged over and above the total payment.
    • If you pay by Money order or Banker or Cashier checks only & 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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    Steps to Follow

    • Step 1:I have reviewed the overview and ready to review the checklist to identify specific requirements.

      The checklist for the application category that you apply for will provide details on which specific forms you may need to download. In some instances, there may be more than one form.

      Complete a separate checklist and application form/s for each person applying. Ensure the documents are completed accurately and signed where needed.

      Mandatory or Non-Mandatory Document Checklists and Forms for Renunciation with Passport Document Checklists and Forms for Renunciation without Passport
      MANDATORY Document Checklist - Naturalized on or after 1st june 2010 - With Passport Document Checklist - Naturalized on or after 1st june 2010 - Without Passport
      MANDATORY Document Checklist - Naturalized before 1st june 2010 - With Passport Document Checklist - Naturalized before 1st june 2010 - Without Passport
      MANDATORY 02 Original Renunciation Certificate – To be filled by Customer who are in possession of Indian passport {Note: You must open this on adobe Acrobat - } Declaration of Renunciation – To be filled by applicant who are not in possession of Indian passport {Note: You must open this on adobe Acrobat - }
      MANDATORY FOR MINORS Parental authorization form for minor Parental authorization form for minor
      MANDATORY FOR MINORS Sworn Affidavit by Parents (for Minor)

      Sworn Affidavit by Parents (for Minor)

      MANDATORY
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      Affidavit of Loss of Passport
      MANDATORY
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      Sworn Affidavit for Loss of Passport
    • Step 2:I have reviewed the overview, checklist, and am ready to complete online application form.

      Please refer to the table below and select the correct Indian Mission when filling out your online Application Form.

      Please Note: Incorrect selection will require you to fill a new form.

      Locations of VFS INDIA CONSULAR APPLICATION CENTRE VFS INDIA CONSULAR APPLICATION CENTRE - Washington VFS INDIA CONSULAR APPLICATION CENTRE - New York VFS INDIA CONSULAR APPLICATION CENTRE - Atlanta VFS INDIA CONSULAR APPLICATION CENTRE - Chicago VFS INDIA CONSULAR APPLICATION CENTRE - Houston VFS INDIA CONSULAR APPLICATION CENTRE - San Francisco
      Jurisdictions Bermuda, Delaware, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virgin Islands Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Nebraska Alaska, Arizona, California, Island of Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands , U.S. Territory of American Samoa and Wyoming

      Apply Now - Govt. Online Form

      IMPORTANT NOTES

      • Once you have completed the form on the Passport Seva site and uploaded it, please also note the ARN number, print it and return to the VFS Website to proceed with the subsequent steps to complete the application onward submission process. Note: Filling or submitting online form on the Govt. website does not complete the process, you will have to submit the physical application to the VFS India Consular Application Centre
      • Date Format on all forms must follow DD/MM/YYYY format. Date of Birth cannot be corrected after issuance of document and you would need to reapply again’
    • Step 3:how do I submit my application?

      Now that you have completed Step 2, you’re ready to submit your application. Make sure you have signed the application form/s and checklist where required and have all supporting documents in place.

      Incomplete applications or applications with incorrect photographs specifications cannot be accepted and will be returned. Refer to Application and Service Terms Complete Online profile to Pay the fee, generate courier labels and subsequent instructions

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