by cmauadmin | Nov 19, 2018 | Indian PassportOCI | 0 comments

Indian citizenship must now be formally renounced as soon as possible after acquiring foreign citizenship. This is now the law. Those who do not do so can be denied consular service at Indian consulates. For example, if you apply for a visa to visit India, the consulate may ask to see proof of your passport surrender, a renunciation or surrender certificate. The cost of getting a passport surrender certificate is currently US$175/-.

Those who acquired foreign citizenship on or before 31 May 2010 and have “Canceled” stamp on their Indian passport, then there is currently no requirement of acquiring “Surrender Certificate”. However, those who do not have a cancelled stamp on the Indian passport, then you need to get the “Surrender Certificate” and in such cases, the fee is US$ 20. Former Indian citizens, who acquired foreign citizenship before 31st May 2010, fall into one of the following categories:

1. Their passport was cancelled by the Indian consulate and they already have a cancelled stamp on their last Indian passport.

2. They acquired foreign citizenship before 31st May 2010 and do not have a cancelled stamp on their last Indian passport.

3. They acquired foreign citizenship more than 10 years ago and lost their Indian passport.

While only the Indian consulate officials can answer specific queries on this topic. Here is what currently appears to be applicable:

Passport Surrender Penalties

Passport fees & penalties shown here for general knowledge only and can be changed at any time at the discretion of Government of India. Kindly confirm with Indian consulates in your area.

What is the difference between Surrender and Renunciation

Surrender certificate or Renunciation certificate! are two words normally associated with the surrender of Indian passports when acquiring foreign citizenship. What is the difference between the two?

Surrender Certificate:

Once you acquire foreign citizenship and renounce your Indian citizenship, the procedure basically involves surrendering your passport for cancellation. Once cancelled the passport is returned to you and a ‘Surrender Certificate’ issued.

Renunciation Certificate:

Those who have misplaced or lost their last Indian passports several years back and hence do not have a passport that they can surrender for cancellation are given a ‘Renunciation Certificate’. Whether you get a surrender or renunciation certificate they both have the same effect.