of Indian passport for UK citizens
is a country that does not allow dual citizenship for its citizens. The Indian
citizenship act 1955 strictly prohibits dual citizenship, and as per Indian passport
act 1967, any person who holds an Indian passport is not supposed to acquire a
Indian law suggests that a person who acquire a foreign citizenship should immediately surrender his or her passport at the nearest Indian consulate or embassy. In case of any violation, the Indian government has the prerogative
to take strict legal penalties and actions against the offender.
of Indian origin who have obtained UK citizenship has a 90-day grace period to
travel with an Indian passport. Within this time frame, the person should
renunciate his or her Indian citizenship and should surrender the Indian
passport. Once you surrender the Indian passport, the new UK citizen of Indian
origin will be provided with a surrender certificate which should be kept
find below all the necessary details you should know to obtain an Indian
passport surrender certificate in the United Kingdom.
is the necessity of surrendering Indian passport?
citizenship also known as dual nationality is allowed in the United Kingdom. As
per the laws in the UK, a British national can simultaneously maintain his UK
citizenship and the citizenship of other foreign countries.
citizenship act does not allow dual citizenship for their nationals. It means,
once an Indian national has acquired a foreign citizenship, he or she should
immediately surrender the Indian passport.
note: If you are a former Indian citizen who is now a UK national, an OCI
(Overseas Citizenship of India) card will help you to live and work in the Republic
of India indefinitely when needed. This card was launched by the Indian
government after continuous pressure for dual citizenship from the Indian
diaspora in countries like the United Kingdom and the United States. It should
be noted that all foreign nationals of Indian origin except that of Pakistan
and Bangladesh can apply for an OCI card.
are the documents that should be submitted to get an Indian passport surrender
new UK national who current holds an Indian passport should produce the
below-mentioned documents to obtain the surrender certificate.
- Two recently taken 50mm X 50mm
sized photographs. It should be noted that the face should cover almost 70
to 80 percent of the photo area. The photographs should be pretty clear,
and it should have a white or light-colored background. In case if you are
wearing a headcover due to religious reasons, you should make sure that
the complete facial features are not obscured in any manner. You should
always try to maintain a neutral expression in the photographs.
- An appointment should be taken
with the VFS, and the appointment confirmation letter should be submitted.
- The application form should be
completely filled. Click Here to download application form
- The declaration form should be
filled and signed by the applicant.
- The applicant should submit
the original Indian passport. It should be noted that this passport should
be the one you possess at the time of naturalization as a UK citizen.
- A self-attested copy of the current
Indian passport should be submitted.
- If you have already acquired a
UK passport, it should be produced.
- The applicant should submit
the self-attested copy of the new British passport. In case if the
applicant possess more than one UK passport since neutralization, he or
she should submit the original first British passport, along with self-attested
copies of all the first passport pages.
- It is also necessary to submit
the self-attested copy of the British naturalization certificate.
note 01: If you have not received the new UK passport, you should submit a
declaration stating that your application for the UK passport is still under
note 02: If you are submitting the photograph of a child, always make sure that
the baby or child is awake while taking the photo. The baby should look straight
at the camera with a closed mouth.
note 03: If a minor is applying for the surrender certificate, the application
form should be signed by either of the parent.
note 04: If the applicant had a name change after acquiring the UK citizenship,
he or she should use the name that is present in the Indian passport to obtain
the surrender certificate.
to apply an Indian passport surrender certificate?
Indian High Commission in the United Kingdom has outsourced the Surrender of
Indian passport service to a third party named VFS. In short, all Indian-origin
people should approach the VFS to obtain the passport surrender certificate,
and they will not get the same service even if they directly visit the Indian High
order to get the passport surrender certificate, the first thing you should do
is taking a prior appointment from the VFS. It should be noted that the surrender
certificate application could not be processed if you are not taking this pre-booked
of now, there are eleven appointment centers in the United Kingdom, and you can
choose the one as per your comfort. Please find below the VFS appointment
centers in the UK.
can click this link (Click Here)
to start your application process. After opening this page, you should click
the ‘Schedule Appointment’ tab and should select the preferred center.
selecting the preferred appointment center, you should also choose the date and
the next page, you will be asked to enter the OCI registration number. As you
are now trying to cancel your Indian passport, you will not have the OCI number.
You can enter your Indian passport number in the field where you should enter the
appointment will be successfully booked once you click the ‘Submit’ button. You
will receive the appointment confirmation letter in your mail box soon. You
should take a print out of this confirmation letter.
should carry the above-mentioned documents along with the printed copy of the appointment
letter, and should visit the processing center on time. After analyzing your
application, the VFS staff will inform you about the fee which should be paid.
you pay the fee, your request will be processed by the VFS officials, and the
surrender certificate will be sent to you via post or courier. It should be
noted that the applicant is required to provide a self-addressed envelope along
with the application to deliver the surrender certificate.
usually charges £15 for courier option, while the charge for delivering the
surrender certificate via Royal Mail is £7.30.
much is the fees to obtain an Indian passport surrender certificate?
fee to obtain Indian passport surrender is determined by the Indian government,
and it directly depends on the date in which the person of Indian origin has
obtained the UK citizenship. Please find below the fee structure based on the
date of obtaining foreign nationality.
for UK citizens who obtained nationality before June 1, 2010:
should pay a total of £22, and it includes miscellaneous charges and the
consular surcharge. Apart from this amount, VFS will charge an additional £7.44.
So totally, the applicant should pay £29.44 if the citizenship was granted
before June 1, 2010.
for UK citizens who obtained nationality after June 1, 2010:
In these cases,
the fee will be a bit higher. People who obtained nationality after June 1,
2010 should pay £119, and this includes the embassy surrender fees of £117 and £2
as consular charges. VFS will additionally charge £7.44, and thus the total
amount that should be paid will be £126.44.
for UK citizens whose Indian passport expired more than ten years ago:
these people, VFS will issue a deemed surrender certificate. In order to obtain
this, the applicant should £22 along with £7.44 as VFS charge. The total amount
that should be paid is £22.
should I do if I have lost or misplaced my Indian passport?
should be noted that producing the original copy of the Indian passport is a
must to obtain the passport surrender certificate. However, if you have lost or
misplaced the Indian passport, you can apply for a Renunciation Declaration. In
the declaration, you should note that the original Indian passport is not
note: In order to avoid misuse of the passport, you should submit a duly
notarized affidavit along with a police report.
if you complete all the steps mentioned above, it is not possible to guarantee
the issuance of the surrender certificate, as the Indian High Commission
reserves complete right to sanction it. Sometimes, the High Commission may ask
for more details or documents to issue the Indian passport surrender
it possible for me to simultaneously apply for OCI card and passport surrender
now, government of UK do not allow their citizens to apply for OCI card and
passport surrender certificate simultaneously. Once you receive the surrender
certificate, you can later apply for the OCI card.