Citizenship Renunciation/Surrender of Indian Passport Citizenship Renunciation/Surrender of Indian Passport

Citizenship Renunciation/Surrender of Indian Passport

1.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.

2.The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not provide for 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.

3.In view of these provisions, Persons of Indian Origin, intending to apply for OCI Cards, should surrender their Indian passports and then apply for these 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 notarized 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).

4.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.

5.Please click at to apply for Surrender of Indian passport. The print-out of the (1) filled in online application form complete with pasted photograph and signature; and (2) Renunciation of citizenship form (see link below for downloading the form) are required to be submitted at the Embassy of India, Berlin.

Appointment may be sought for submission of the documents at the Embassy by writing at Fee details are given in the renunciation of citizenship form. Bank details for payment of the fee may be seen HERE.