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Surrender of Indian Passport
Under Indian law, Persons 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.

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.

Persons of Indian Origin applying for Indian visa for the first time after acquiring foreign nationality are required to first renounce/surrender their Indian passports. All applications for renunciation/surrender of Indian passports are to be made at the High Commission of India, London or respective Indian Consulates at Birmingham and Edinburgh.

Persons of Indian Origin, intending to apply for OCI/PIO Cards, should surrender their Indian passports and then apply for any further visa services.

In case they do not have the Indian passports in their possession for any reason (loss/misplacement/submission to Home Office long time back, etc.), they are required to furnish duly notarised affidavit in this regard. If the Indian passport is still valid but has been misplaced/lost, then Police report should be submitted additionally (to rule out any misuse).

All the persons of India origin, who have acquired foreign nationality on or before 31st May 2010 must surrender their Indian passport. They will be issued 'Surrender Certificate' and cancelled Indian Passport.

All persons of India origin, who have acquired foreign nationality on or after 1st June 2010, must surrender their Indian Passport and Renounce Indian citizenship. They need to apply for a Surrender Certificate and Renunciation Certificate. Surrender certificate, cancelled Indian Passport and the Renunciation certificate will be given back to the applicant. Any delay in surrendering Indian passport and its use for travel shall attract penalty charges.

All persons of India origin, who are unable to produce Indian passport should apply for a sworn affidavit stating the reasons for not being able to produce the Indian Passport.

Penalty for misuse of Indian passport shall be imposed if the last held Indian passport expired on or after 1st January 2005 and it is retained beyond three years from the date of acquisition of Foreign Nationality i.e. not surrendered or the person travelled on Indian passport beyond the grace period of three months from the date of acquisition of foreign nationality or the validity of the last held Indian passport was renewed after acquiring foreign nationality.

  • Delivery of OCI card v
    • 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

  • What is the Penalty v
    • 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.

  • What is the grace period? v
    • 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.

  • What are the documents required Surrender of Indian Passport? v
    • The full list of documents required to process OCI card can be downloaded from the link.

  • Fees
    • Surrender of Indian Passport
        TYPE OF VISA & VALIDITY Indian High Commission Fees
      (To be paid at Submission)
      VFS Service Charge
      (To be paid at Submission)
      Our Fees
      Total Fees
      Fee for surrender of passport / renunciation of citizenship (for applicants who have acquired foreign citizenship till 31st May 2010) £20 £7.44 £100 £127.44
      Fee for surrender of passport/ renunciation of Citizenship (for applicants who acquire foreign citizenship with effect from 1st June 2010) £108 £7.44 £100 £215.44

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