About Us Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

Persons of Indian Origin to obtain Surrender Certificate on Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not allow dual citizenship. It is a punishable offence under the Indian Passport Act, 1967, to apply for an Indian passport, continue to hold an Indian passport, get an Indian passport re-issued or travel on an Indian passport acquiring foreign citizenship. Extant rules prescribe penalties for holding Indian passports by foreign nationals.

Under Indian law, Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), who have acquired foreign citizenship are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship.

Even after acquiring the Argentinian/Uruguayan/Paraguayan citizenship, the Indian passport can be used to travel for 3 months from the day of getting the Argentinian/Uruguayan/Paraguayan citizenship. The grace period is only for such cases where foreign citizenship has been acquired but a foreign passport is not available to the person. It is also mentioned that it is illegal to travel on an Indian passport, where a person has obtained a foreign passport.

Penalty will be charged if the passport is used after 3 months.

The salient features of the scheme are listed below

Indian citizens acquiring any foreign citizenship on or after 1 June, 2010 must formally renounce Indian citizenship. This can be done by surrendering Indian passports for cancellation. The Indian passport would be cancelled and returned to the passport holder along with the requisite certificate for future reference.

Production of Surrender Certificate endorsement is essential while applying for Indian visa, PIO/OCI card or any other miscellaneous consular services, in case Argentinian/Uruguayan/Paraguayan citizenship was acquired on or after 1 June, 2010.

Those who acquired foreign citizenship on 31 May, 2010 or earlier need not pay the Renunciation Fee. They must however get their Indian Passport, whether already expired or not, duly cancelled.

Persons of Indian Origins who had earlier obtained OCI / PIO Cards or Visa without surrendering their Indian passports are required to surrender their last held Indian passport and obtain surrender certificates at the time of renewing their OCI / PIO Cards or for obtaining fresh visa.

Procedure for obtaining Surrender Certificate/Renunciation Certificate

  • Duly filled-in Application Form
  • Most recent original Indian passport with one copy.
  • Copy of the Argentinian/Uruguayan/Paraguayan Citizenship certificate.
  • Copy of Argentinian/Uruguayan/Paraguayan passport, if held.
  • Proof of address.
  • Applicable Fee.
  • Name change certificate if applicable.
  • Notarized Affidavit (only if applicable): if the applicant was naturalized after the date of expiry of latest held Indian Passport, a notarized affidavit may be submitted explaining the reason for the gap.
  • In case of a minor: Notarized and duly signed parental authorization forms.
  • Filled up Particulars Form
  • Filled up XXII Form
  • All documents must be self-attested

IMPORTANT: Surrender Certificate cannot be issued if the last held Indian passport is not physically produced. Penalty, if applicable, cannot be waived or reduced. There is no penalty in cases where the PIO opted for foreign nationality before 1.1.2005 and the last held Indian passport also expired before that date.