Surrender of Indian Passport Consular Services

Surrender of Indian Passport

Surrender of Indian Passport Services

 

  • Can I retain my Indian passport for travel after acquiring a foreign nationality?

On acquiring a foreign nationality, the Indian passport should be surrendered at the nearest Indian Visa & Consular Application Centre.

 

  • How to apply for Surrender of Indian Passport?

The Surrender of Indian Passport service has been outsourced to VFS global services, for details visit link https://www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk/NEW_Indian_Passport.html You can also call their helpline at 02037938629/02037884666

 

  • Can i use my Indian Passport to travel after naturalisation?

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. But the grace period is not applicable once the British/Foreign Passport is acquired, he/she should travel only on the British/Foreign passport once the same is obtained even if he/she is within the grace period of three months.

 

  • What happens if i use my Indian Passport to travel after the grace period/after acquisition of Foreign/British Passport or avails any service on the same?

After acquisition of foreign nationality, no Indian passport related service is granted. However, if the applicant fraudulently takes any passport related service (such as renewal of passport, change of name etc.) or uses the passport for travel after the grace period of three months from the date of naturalisation, he/she is liable to pay penalty.

 

  • How much is the penalty for misusing Indian Passport?

Please refer to the VFS website https://www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk/Surrender.htmlto know about the penalty/fees and retention charges related to surrender of Indian Passport.

 

  • Can i keep both my Indian and Foreign/British Nationality?

Answer. The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not allow dual citizenship. Holding Indian Passport / acquiring Indian Passport / travelling on Indian passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship constitutes an offence under the Indian Passport Act, 1967, and attracts penalties.

 

  • Can i change my name on Indian Passport after acquiring the Foreign Nationality?

After acquisition of foreign nationality, no Indian passport related service is granted. However, if the applicant fraudulently takes any passport related service ( such as renewal of passport, change of name etc.) or uses the passport for travel after the grace period of three months from the date of naturalisation, he/she is liable to pay penalty.