PROCEDURE FOR SURRENDER OF INDIAN PASSPORT/ FEE FOR RELATED SERVICES

PROCEDURE FOR SURRENDER OF INDIAN PASSPORT/ FEE FOR RELATED SERVICES

MAIN PROVISIONS FOR SURRENDER OF INDIAN PASSPORT / RENUNCIATION OF INDIAN CITIZENSHIP -


Under Indian law, Overseas Citizen of India Card (OCI) who have acquired foreign citizenship, are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship.

Those who intending to apply for OCI Cards, should surrender their Indian passports, obtain Surrender Certificates and then apply for these services.

The Surrender Certificate, once obtained, should be produced henceforth for any services from the High Commission and copy of the Surrender Certificate should be enclosed with any application in future.

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. The Government of India has prescribed imposition of penalty on a graded scale for the violation of Passport Rules, depending on number of trips made on Indian passport after acquiring foreign nationality (with a three month grace period from the date of acquiring foreign nationality i.e. the date of certificate of citizenship), renewal of Indian passport after acquiring foreign nationality and retention of Indian Passport for more than 3 years after acquiring of foreign nationality. The date on the Certificate of citizenship will be treated as date of acquiring foreign nationality and hence, it is mandatory for the applicants to produce his / her Certificate of citizenship for obtaining Surrender Certificate. 

The fee structure is given below:-

Sl. No.

Service

Fee (in RM) + ICWF(RM8)

1.

Fee for surrender of passport/renunciation of citizenship for applicants who acquired foreign citizenship on or before 31.5.2010

 112.00 +9 = 121

2.

Fee for surrender of passport/ renunciation of Citizenship for applicants who acquire foreign citizenship on or after 1.6.2010

 511.00 +9=520

3.

Travel each time on Indian Passport after acquiring foreign citizenship subject to maximum of Rs.50,000/-

 730.00+9=739

4.

Retention of Indian Passport for more than 3 years after acquiring foreign citizenship

 730.00+9=739

5.

Renewal/Reissue(each time)

1825.00+9=1834

6.

Misc. Service obtained on Indian Passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship for each occasion

730.00+9=739

7.

OCI Fresh application

1245.00 + service charge (debit card)

8.

OCI Miscellaneous application

125.00 + service charge (debit card)

9.

Lost OCI application

461.00+ service charge (debit card)

10.

PIO to OCI Conversion application

461.00 + service charge (debit card)

  

Note:

service fee of RM 9.50/-would be charged by the 'Passport and Other Consular Services Application Centre' (PCSAC) per application over and above the normal fee for surrender of Indian Passport / renunciation of Indian citizenship. Postal/Bank/agency charges, wherever applicable, will be additional, to be borne by the applicant.


Provisions on declaration of Renunciation / Surrender Certificate under different scenario:-

PIOs, who acquired foreign nationality on or before 31.05.2010 and produced last held Indian passport, will be issued 'Surrender Certificate' on payment of miscellaneous service fee of RM 112 plus ICWF (RM 9.00) and applicable service charge of M/s BLS. Penalty for misuse of Indian passport would be imposed if the last held Indian passport expired on or after 1.1.2005 and it is retained beyond three years i.e. not surrendered or the PIO travelled on this passport beyond the grace period of three months or the validity of the last held Indian passport was renewed after acquiring foreign nationality or any miscellaneous service was obtained;

PIOs, who acquired foreign nationality on or before 1.06.2010 but do not produce Indian passport, will not be issued Surrender Certificate;

PIOs, who acquired foreign nationality on or after 01.06.2010 and produced Indian passport, will be issued Surrender Certificate on payment of Renunciation fee of RM 511.00 plus ICWF of RM 9.00 and applicable charge for M/s BLS. Penalty for misuse of Indian passport would be imposed if the last held Indian passport expired on or after 1.1.2005 and it is retained beyond three years i.e. not surrendered or the PIO travelled on this passport beyond the grace period of three months or the validity of the last held Indian passport was renewed after acquiring foreign nationality or any miscellaneous service obtained;

PIOs, who acquired foreign nationality on or after 01.06.2010 but fail to produce Indian passport and only furnish a copy thereof, claiming to have misplaced/lost the Indian passport, will be issued 'Renunciation Declaration'***with remarks that original Indian passport not surrendered. A fee of RM 511.00 plus ICWF of RM 9.00 and applicable service charge of M/s BLS will be collected. The applicant will be additionally required to furnish a duly Notarized Affidavit in this regard and a Police report (to rule out any misuse);

For a child born outside India, who held Indian passport although entitled to foreign nationality but now opts for surrendering the Indian passport, the Renunciation fee will be RM 511.00 plus ICWF of RM 9.00 and applicable charges for M/s BLS. Penalty for misuse of Indian passport would be imposed if the last held Indian passport expired on or after 1.1.2005 and it is retained beyond three years i.e. not surrendered or the applicant travelled on this passport beyond the grace period of three months or the validity of the last held Indian passport was renewed or any miscellaneous service obtained after acquiring foreign nationality.

***RENUNCIATION DECLARATION:-

For PIOs, who acquired foreign nationality on or after 01.06.2010 and their valid Indian passport has been misplaced or lost, can apply for 'Renunciation Declaration' by furnishing a copy of the Indian passport along with a duly Notarised Affidavit in this regard and a Police report (to rule out any misuse). The fee for Renunciation Certificate is RM 511.00 plus ICWF of RM 9.00 and applicable charges for M/s BLS.