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Surrender of Indian passport / Renunciation of Indian Citizenship / Deemed Surrender Certificate

General Information - Surrender of Nationality

The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not allow dual citizenship. It is a punishable offence under the Indian Passport Act, 1967, to apply for an Indian passport, continue to hold an Indian passport, get an Indian passport re-issued or travel on an Indian passport after acquiring foreign citizenship. Extant rules prescribe penalties for holding Indian passports by foreign nationals.

Under Indian law, Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), who have acquired foreign citizenship are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship.
The salient features of the scheme are listed below:

Indian citizens acquiring any foreign citizenship on or after 1 June, 2010 must formally renounce Indian citizenship. This can be done by surrendering Indian passports for cancellation. The Indian passport would be cancelled and returned to the passport holder along with the requisite certificate for future reference. Applicants would be required to pay a onetime Renunciation Fee of Canadian $ 240 + $2 (Consular Surcharge) + BLS service fee C$ 7.40 (inclusive of applicable taxes) while surrendering their Indian passports.

Production of Surrender Certificate endorsement is essential while applying for Indian visa, PIO/OCI card or any other miscellaneous consular services, in case Canadian citizenship was acquired on or after 1 June, 2010.

Those who acquired foreign citizenship on 31 May, 2010 or earlier need not pay the Renunciation Fee. They must however get their Indian Passport, whether already expired or not, duly cancelled. Necessary entries in the records would be made by the Mission/Consulate and the Indian passport cancelled and returned to the applicant. Fee of C$ 26 + C$2 as Consular Surcharge + BLS Service fee C$ 7.40 (inclusive of applicable taxes) is charged in such cases.
Persons of Indian Origins who had earlier obtained OCI / PIO Cards or Visa without surrendering their Indian passports are required to surrender their last held Indian passport and obtain surrender certificates at the time of renewing their OCI / PIO Cards or for obtaining fresh visa.

The Mission/Consulate would levy penalty if the Indian passport has not been cancelled for more than 3 years, or if it was utilized to visit India or any other consular service was obtained after acquiring foreign nationality. The penalty would be in addition to the Renunciation Fee. Following are the provisions relating to penalty:

1. Penalty for retention of Indian passport after acquiring Canadian citizenship for a period in excess of three years from the date of acquiring Canadian citizenship
a) If your Passport expired on or before 31 December, 2004 - no penalty
b) If your passport expired on or after 1 January, 2005 - C$ 343
(Note: Retention Penalty (C$343) is different from Renunciation Fee (C$ 240). The latter needs to be paid by those who acquire foreign nationality on or after 1 June, 2010.)
2. Penalty for travelling on Indian Passport after acquiring Canadian citizenship is C$ 343 for each time, subject to a maximum of C$ 1711
3. Penalty for getting Indian Passport renewed or re-issued after acquiring Canadian citizenship is C$ 856 for each such renewal or reissue.
4. Penalty for obtaining any miscellaneous passport service (name change, etc.) on Indian Passport after acquiring Canadian citizenship is C$ 343 for each such service.

Procedure for obtaining Surrender Certificate/Renunciation Certificate
The applicant would need to submit the following:

  1. Duly filled-in application form.
  2. Original Indian passport with one copy.
  3. Copy of the Canadian Citizenship certificate.
  4. Copy of Canadian passport, if held.
  5. Copy of Record of Landing
  6. Applicable Fees.

In addition to the prescribed fee, an applicant would be required to pay C$ 2.00 on account of Consular Surcharge + BLS service fee of C$ 7.40 (inclusive of applicable taxes.)

In case the application is sent by post/mail, the same should be forwarded to the Brampton/Surrey/Ottawa Center of BLS International as per your Jurisdiction and must include the prescribed fee plus BLS charges and courier fees, for return of documents.

CLARIFICATIONS

  1. Surrender Certificate cannot be issued if the last held Indian passport is not physically produced.
  2. Penalty, if applicable, cannot be waived or reduced.
  3. There is no penalty in cases where the PIO opted for foreign nationality before 1.1.2005 and the last held Indian passport also expired before that date.
  4. There is a grace period of three months after acquisition of foreign nationality (to be counted from the date of registration / Naturalisation Certificate and not from the date of foreign passport) for using Indian passport for travel.

Jurisdiction

APPLICANT(S) RESIDING IN THE FOLLOWING REGIONS SHOULD APPLY AT THEIR DESIGNATED APPLICATION CENTRE BLS APPLICATION CENTRE
British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta, Saskatchewan Vancouver, Surrey, Edmonton, Calgary
Ontario ,Quebec except for areas under the Ottawa Jurisdiction, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland Toronto, Winnipeg, Brampton
National Capital region of Ottawa-Hull, Kingston, Cornwell, Hawkesbury, Arnprior, Renfrew, Perth Prescott, Brockville, Carleton Place, Smith Falls, Morrisburg (all in Ontario), Montreal (in Quebec) and Nunavut territory Ottawa or Montreal

Documents Required

The applicant would need to submit the following documents

  1. Duly Filled & signed Surrender / Renunciation application form. Click here
  2. Applicant signatures should be in black.
  3. Duly Filled & signed Deemed Surrender application form. Click here
  4. All documentation mentioned in Surrender of Indian passport / Renunciation of Indian Citizenship / Deemed Surrender Certificate Checklist (Note: duly filled and signed by applicant for each application).

Renunciation Fees

Please note that the fees / processing charge are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Mode of payment:

1)   In Person:

Payment can be made by using the below mention modes only:

  1. Cash (Applicant are requested to get exact cash as per number of applications)
  2. Debit Card - (Interac)

2)   Postal Applications:

  1. Kindly Provide Postal order only in favor of BLS International Services Canada Inc., Which includes Renunciation fee/surrender fee + consular fee + BLS Service charges + Return courier fees, to send back your processed application.
  2. Kindly do not enclose any cash in your postal application envelope. BLS will not be responsible for the loss of cash or the postal orders.
  3. Postal applications can be sent only to the Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver application Service Centers.

Please note that postal applications will not be processed until the correct Renunciation fee/surrender fee + consular fee, service charge and courier is paid.

Note: "We are not providing any pickup and drop off service for PO box address. Applicant has to arrange his/her own pickup and need to provide self addressed printed prepaid return envelope. Also, we do not guarantee for the delivery at PO box address".

Processing Fee

 

Following are the provisions relating to penalty:
Penalty for retention of Indian Passport after acquiring Canadian / Foreign Citizenship for a period in excess of 3 years (Only if the passport expires on or after 1 January 2005) 343 CAD$
Penalty for travelling on your Indian Passport after acquiring Canadian Citizenship  
1 Trip 343 CAD$
2 Trip 686 CAD$
3 Trip 1029 CAD$
4 Trip 1372 CAD$
5 Trip or more 1711 CAD$
Penalty for getting Indian Passport renewed or reissued after acquiring Canadian/ Foreign Citizenship   856 CAD$
Penalty for obtaining any miscellaneous passport service (Name change/Correction) after acquiring Canadian / Foreign Citizenship   343 CAD$
 

SERVICE

FEES IN CAD$

Surrender Fee Consular Fee BLS Service Fee Total Fee
Indian citizens acquiring any foreign citizenship before 31 May, 2010

34

2

7.4

43.40

Indian citizens acquiring any foreign citizenship after 1 June, 2010

240

2

7.4

249.4

 

 

Courier delivery:

Upon availing courier service, the processed documents will be delivered at your doorstep. This service can be requested while submitting the applications in the visa application center or postal submission & return courier service for a small additional cost (On selecting the courier service: The courier service fee (taxes included) would need to be added along with the above fee chart total. In case applying via postal the courier service fee applicant will need to be added into the same Bank draft or Money order amount).

Regular Courier Service – CAD. 20.00
Express Courier (out of Province) – CAD. 30.00
Courier Pick up and Drop - CAD.  35.00
Courier Pick up and Drop (out of province) -  CAD. 50.00

Processing Time

Please be advised that the estimated processing times are mentioned below. However, how long an application will take to process is also dependent on the following factors such as; the city the application was submitted in, in which city or country was the previous / old passport issued, your current visa status and etc. The estimated processing time mentioned below does not include the time that the courier company will take to deliver the passport. Please keep in mind that incomplete applications will lead to a delay in the processing of an application, and all applicant(s) are requested to comply with any changes that may occur during this time.

You are requested to make your travel arrangements only after receiving relevant service. BLS/HCI/CGI will not be liable for any claims of inconvenience or penalties should applicant need to make changes to their travel plans owing to the delays and/or any inconvenience caused due to any rejections.

 

Ottawa Jurisdiction Toronto Jurisdiction Vancouver Jurisdiction
Minimum Processing Time is 3-4 weeks Minimum Processing time is 2-3 weeks Minimum Processing time is 3-4 weeks

Note: Applications sent by post will take additional 3-4 working days for processing.

Note:

  1. Processing time mentioned above is an approximate estimate from HCI / CGI. Therefore, BLS International has no influence on the processing time taking when under process at HCI / CGI, if crosses the normal processing time. Applicants are requested to not make a travel arrangement before receiving the valid visa.
    1. Applicants are requested to contact BLS helpline only if the normal processing time (working days) is exceeded. BLS International will in turn forward the information to HCI / CGI but in any case BLS International cannot guaranty the processing time that will be taken after normal processing time due to subject to clearance reason. Contact HCI / CGI procedure: Only after normal processing time has exceeded, applicant can contact the nearest Indian Mission via email for information beyond BLS International Service conditions (For more info: Visit Useful links on BLS Canada website). Note: HCI / CGI will not respond to emails for information processing time, if the application has not exceeded the normal processing time as stated above. HCI / CGI will make all affords to respond the applicant at the earliest (Respond time for the email from HCI / CGI is based on many factors at Indian Mission. Hence, BLS International cannot guaranty any turnaround time for email respond from HCI / CGI.
  2. Important note: The BLS International Call Centre or BLS International Centre in Canada is unable to take Courier redirection address request: Due to logistic reason: BLS International is unable to receive any request from applicant for re-directly of courier address after the application is process at the Centre (This is to avoid security risk of delivery of the passport) or cannot hold back the passport at the Centre under any condition. Applicant are requested to calculate the processing + dispatch of courier time or the above information highlighted on subject to clearance at HCI / CGI and provide a final address for receiving the passport in or out of province of Canada. Note: Under any condition: Original Passport or other original documentation + copies will not be dispatch out of Canada.
  3. Incomplete applications will lead to a delay in the processing of an application, and all applicant(s) are requested to comply with any changes that may occur during this time.
    Travel arrangements must be made only after receiving relevant service.
  4. BLS/HCI/CGI will not be liable for any claims of inconvenience or penalties should applicant need to make changes to their travel plans owing to the delays and/or any inconvenience caused due to any rejection
  5. Applications sent by post will take additional 3-4 working days for processing.
  6. The estimated processing time mentioned below does not include the time that the courier company will take to deliver the passport.

Checklist / Forms

Click below mention links to download checklist

Jurisdiction
Checklist Sample Form Deemed Surrender Certificate Form Indian Passport Surrender Application Form
Toronto Click here Click here Click here Click here
Vancouver Click here Click here Click here Click here
Ottawa Click here Click here Click here Click here

Note:An Application Form cannot be submitted at the Visa Application Centre on an applicant's behalf. It is recommended that you post/courier your application, as this will save your travel to and queuing time at the Centre.

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BLS India Visa Application Center provides courier facility to the applicants. On subscribing to this service, you will receive your documents post completion of application at your doorstep. Please enquire about this service when you visit the Visa Application Center. This service can be requested while submitting the application at the Visa Application Center.