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Surrender Certificate / Renunciation of Indian Citizenship 

* For submission of application/ collection of document personally in office, please book an online appointment.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PERSONS OF INDIAN ORIGIN (PIO )


It has been noticed that some Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) do not surrender their Indian Passports within three years of acquiring New Zealand/foreign citizenship. In some cases, PIOs have even used the Indian passports for travel after acquiring foreign nationality.
Attention of PIOs in New Zealand, Samoa and Niue (who have acquired foreign nationality) is invited to the following:

“Indian Citizenship Act does not provide for dual citizenship. It is an offence under the Citizenship Act and the Passports Act for foreign nationals to hold Indian passports." 

Parents of minor children of Indian origin holding New Zealand nationality are henceforth required to submit a copy of their cancelled Indian Passport with the visa application of the minor children as a proof of compliance of the Indian Passport Act to enable processing of the visa application.


Introduction

The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not allow dual citizenship. However, it has been observed that some PIOs continue to retain their Indian passports, and some even decide to travel on them.  There are also instances, when PIOs continue to get fresh passports issued by suppressing details about their foreign nationality, which is a violation of Indian Passport Act, 1967 and other relevant rules.
Retaining an Indian passport / renewal of Indian passport / getting any services on Indian passport / travelling on an Indian passport after acquiring a foreign citizenship constitutes an offence under the Indian Passport Act, 1967, and may attract penalties. Indian passport holders, who have acquired foreign citizenship, are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquiring foreign citizenship and complete the procedure for renouncing of their Indian citizenship.  Upon completion of procedure, this Mission will cancel the Indian passport and return the same to the applicant along with the required certificate.


1) Renunciation of Indian Citizenship/Surrender of Indian Passport
2) Revised fee for Surrender of Indian Passport/Renunciation of Indian Citizenship and Penalty for misuse with effect from 16 November 2020.
3) Where and How to make an Application?
4) Timings 
5) Acknowledgement
6) Status Enquiry
7) Emergencies
8) Jurisdiction
9) Approximate Processing time
10) E-mail Contact
11) Application Form
12) Download Checklist

  • Only the completed applications will be accepted for processing. Incomplete applications will be returned.
  • Please ensure the exact fee is paid with the application.
  • One must get the process of renunciation of Indian citizenship completed before applying for visa/ OCI card. Surrender of Indian Passport applications received with OCI applications will be returned without service. Process of Surrender of Indian Passport/ Renunciation of Indian Citizenship needs to be completed prior to OCI application due to procedural requirements.
  • Those sending Surrender of Indian Passport/ Renunciation of Indian Citizenship application along with Visa or Misc. Consular Services applications must send separate bank cheques and separate prepaid courier envelopes / self-addressed courier envelopes.

1. Renunciation of Indian Citizenship/Surrender of Indian Passport 

Please supply the following documents:

  •  All applicants must complete online Application Form athttps://embassy.passportindia.gov.in/  (Best viewed in Internet Explorer 9.0 and above). Online application  should be accurately filled.
  •  Photocopy of Citizenship Certificate
  •  Photocopy of current Foreign Passport 
  •  Name change documents (if applicable)
  •  Fee of NZ$ _________ See the chart below.
Mode of Payment of Fees : 
 
  • At High Commission’s Counter – payable by Debit Card/Online bank transfer only. We do not accept Cheques/Credit Cards/Money Orders etc. 

  • By Courier/Post – 
    • Online Bank Transfer Click here
    • Personal Cheques or Money Orders/Credit Card are not accepted.  

  • Fees once received will not be refunded under any circumstances, even if the application is withdrawn by the applicant or services are not provided to the individual if his/her case does not qualify for that particular services
  •  Original Indian passport (In case passport is lost,please provide copy of Indian Passport, travel summary from NZ Immigration, copy of police report indication clearly  the details of Indian Passport).
  •  One photograph [51mm x 51mm] pasted on the application form.
  •  Self-addressed courier envelope (In case Surrender of Indian passport application sent along with Visa or Misc. Consular Services applications, the applicant MUST  provide separate fee (either online or by banker's cheque) and separate self-address courier envelopes for return of documents)

2.  Revised fee for Surrender of Indian Passport/ Renunciation of Indian Citizenship with effect from 16 November 2020.

The fee is based on the date of obtaining foreign citizenship. Please read the categories below carefully and provide the correct fee:

Fee (NZ$)

Foreign nationality acquired before 01/01/2005 and Indian passport expired before 01/01/2005

43

Foreign nationality was acquired after 31/05/2010. 

  143

*In case the applicant has travelled on Indian Passport after acquiring foreign nationality, application for surrender of Passport may be sent without fee. The fee details will be informed upon receipt of application at High Commission.

It may also be noted that fees once received will not be refunded under any circumstances, even if the application is withdrawn by the applicant or services are not provided to the individual as his/her case does not qualify for that particular service.

3. Where and How to make an application?

The applicant should use the courier service (with tracking facility) of their choice and are advised to keep the tracking numbers (for return courier as well) with them. The High Commission of India will not accept any responsibility in case the courier envelope is lost/misplaced/damaged or delayed. 

Do NOT send the application via ordinary post.
All applications for Surrender of Indian Passport/ Renunciation of Indian Citizenship services should be sent to the following address or submitted in person

Surrender of Indian Passport
High Commission of India
Ranchhod Tower, Level-2, 102-112, Lambton Quay
PO Box 4045, Wellington 6011


4. Timings

Applications for all Passport/Consular services can be submitted at the counter from 0930 hours to 1230 hours on all working days. Timing for collection of documents is from 1600 hours to 1700 hours on all working days. Prior online appointment required. (List of Holidays)

5. Acknowledgement

Please send a separate acknowledgement envelope, if you (the applicant) want acknowledgement of the receipt of the application. Or you may check with your courier through the tracking number.

6. Status Enquiry

We are unable to respond to telephonic/fax/e-mail queries regarding receipt or status of applications before the time limit indicated for processing the application. Processing time of applications is calculated from the date of receipt of completed applications in the High Commission.
Before making any status enquiry about the application please check with the courier service whether the application has been delivered to our office. The status enquiries will only be entertained after the given processing time through email: passport.wellington@mea.gov.in
Only the completed applications will be accepted for processing. Incomplete applications will be returned.

7. Emergencies

Emergencies by definition refer to unexpected urgent situation. Emergency applications must be supported by documentary evidence regarding the emergency.

8. Jurisdiction

The High Commission of India has the jurisdiction over New Zealand, The Independent State of Samoa & Niue.

9. Approximate Processing time

(a) Normal processing period is 5-8 working days
Processing time is indicated for routine and clear-cut cases.  In certain cases, we may need to refer to other authorities in India. In such cases, the processing can take longer than 15 working days and we are unable to convey any processing time. 

(b) Processing time for cases involving retention of Indian passport for more than 3 years after acquiring foreing nationality cannot be prescribed.

10. E-mail contact: passport.wellington@mea.gov.in

11. Application Form 

 All applicants must complete online Application Form athttps://embassy.passportindia.gov.in/ (Best viewed in Internet Explorer 9.0 and above). Online Application should be accurately filled.

12. Download Checklist