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Renunciation/Surrendering of Indian Citizenship

Indian Citizenship Act does not provide for dual citizenship. As per the Passport Act, it is mandatory for all Indian passport holders to surrender their last Indian passport to the Consulate immediately after acquisition of foreign nationality. It is an offence under the Citizenship Act and the Passports Act for foreign nationals to hold Indian passports. Once Indian passport is surrendered, The Embassy of India, The Hague will cancel and return it to the Passport holder along with Renunciation/Surrender certificate. The Embassy will not be in a position to render services like OCI, Visa etc. until Renunciation Certificate is submitted.

How to apply

1. Those who have acquired foreign nationality after 01.06.2010 may apply for Renunciation Certificate online on the Ministry of Home Affairs (Foreigners Division) website https://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/

The applicant has to click on “Declaration of Renunciation of Citizenship under Section 8 of the Act Made by a Citizen of India who is also a Citizen or National of another country”
Instructions and details regarding the application can be seen in the website link given below;


Applicants need to upload these documents on MHA portal:-

Indian Passports including expired one (Please upload both front and back page of the passport), address proof (utility bill, bankpassbook, extract from municipality etc) and proof of payment of fee. 

2. Those who have acquired foreign nationality before 01.06.2010 may apply for Surrender Certificate on the link https://portal3.passportindia.gov.in/Online/index.html

3. For minors also please apply for Surrender Certificate on the link https://portal3.passportindia.gov.in/Online/index.html apart from mentioning names in parents application.

4. Applications for Renunciation and Surrender Certificate (print out of the online application form) may be submitted at VFS Center in The Hague (Parkstraat 99, 2514 JH The Hague, Netherlands) or Amsterdam(Travelport Building, Radarweg 501- 545, 1043 NZ Amsterdam). The submission of application in person is only possible by appointment (click for an appointment). This service can also be applied by post. Please see the link to avail service by post.

5. Applicants have a choice to pay applicable Fees at MHA website or pay offline at VFS. Please note, for both choices applicants still need to pay Mandatory ICWF=2€ and applicable VFS service + optional fees while submission.
If payment done at MHA website:
Payment proof corresponding to the MHA application reference number MUST be provided along with the application form.
If application is found erroneous after review by VFS/Embassy of India then no change is possible on that application, new application form with corrected details and new payment proof corresponding to the new application reference number
is required.
Hence, applicants are advised to fill up application carefully as there cannot be any refund possible from VFS or Embassy of India for any payment(s) done on MHA website.
If Applicant chooses to pay offline / Unable to pay online at MHA website:
applicant needs to pay the applicable Embassy Fees in addition to VFS Service charges 

Documents required

Please see link for documents Link


Please see link for fees Link

Processing Time

Minimum 4 to 6 working days from date of receipt of application at the Embassy for surrender certificate on PSP portal and 60 to 90 days for MHA portal application.

Note: In case of lost/ misplaced Renunciation certificates please send an email to [email protected]