Surrender and Renunciation of Indian Citizenship applies only to applicants of Indian Origin.

Under The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, Persons of Indian Origin is NOT allowed DUAL Citizenship. If a person has ever held an Indian Passport and has obtained the Passport of another country, they will be required to surrender their Indian Passport immediately after gaining another Country’s nationality.

If a person has ever held an Indian passport and has obtained the passport of another country, they will be required to surrender their Indian passport immediately after gaining another country's nationality.

After Renunciation of Indian Citizenship, it is necessary to apply for Surrender or a Renunciation certificate.

A stamp saying "cancelled due to acquiring foreign nationality" is required. It should be noted that Indian passports that carry only a "cancelled stamp" are not considered renounced of their Indian citizenship.

While applying for consular services Visa or OCI, it is mandatory to provide proof of your cancelled Indian passport. If such evidence cannot be provided, applicants will be required to obtain a renunciation certificate.

While applying for Renunciation of Indian Citizenship, there are many procedures that must be followed, including the submission of the duly filled application form as well as current photographs and relevant documents. While enquiring about the fees that are levied for the relevant stamps and certificates, it is also essential to indentify your area of jurisdiction and service centers.

It is not necessary for travellers to carry a Certificate of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship during their travel to India.

It should be noted that it is illegal to continue to use an Indian passport after the renunciation of Indian citizenship and defaulters will be faced with penalties.

Choose the service which you want to continue.

1Only Renunciation Service

Standalone service Renunciation not combined with any other Services.

2Renunciation with OCI Application
  • Only applicable for applicants applying from the jurisdictions below:
    Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and Washington DC
  • Applicants applying from San Francisco or New York Jurisdiction have to follow 2 steps:
    1. First apply for “Only Renunciation Service”
    2. After receiving their Renunciation Certificate or Deemed Surrender Certificate only then apply for an OCI card.
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3Renunciation with Visa Application

It is very important that you follow the process defined on the CKGS website for VISA applications at

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