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How to Apply for Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

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India does not recognize dual citizenship; and this is a fundamental aspect that all applicants must understand before pursuing renunciation of their Indian citizenship.

According to the Indian Citizenship Act of 1955, individuals who wish to acquire the citizenship of another country must first renounce their Indian citizenship. This ensures clarity and legal conformity, ensuring that individuals do not hold conflicting loyalties between two countries. Understanding this crucial principle not only simplifies the process but also reassures applicants that they are adhering to all necessary legal frameworks.

The process of renouncing Indian citizenship can seem daunting, but with the right information and guidance, it becomes manageable. This guide aims to provide a clear, step-by-step approach tailored to Indian expatriates living abroad. Whether you're in Sweden, Australia, the US, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand, or the Netherlands, we’ve got you covered.

Renounce Your Indian Passport in 3 Steps

Renouncing your Indian passport is a straightforward process if you follow these three essential steps:

Step 1: Complete the Government Online Form

Visit the official website to complete the online renunciation form. This form will require personal details, passport information, and reasons for renunciation.

Step 2: Arrange Supporting Documents

Gather all necessary documents as per the checklist provided on the official website. These typically include:

  • Your original Indian passport

  • Proof of new citizenship

  • Address proof

  • Passport-sized photographs

Step 3: Submit Your Application

You can submit your application either by mail or in person, depending on the requirements of the consulate or application center in your jurisdiction.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship from Abroad

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship from Sweden

Complete the online form on the VFS Global website.

Prepare the inrequired documents such as your passport, new citizenship proof, and photographs.

Submit your application by mailing it to the VFS application center in Sweden or by visiting in person.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship from Sweden

Complete the online form on the VFS Global website.

Prepare the inrequired documents such as your passport, new citizenship proof, and photographs.

Submit your application by mailing it to the VFS application center in Sweden or by visiting in person.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship from Sweden

Complete the online form on the VFS Global website.

Prepare the inrequired documents such as your passport, new citizenship proof, and photographs.

Submit your application by mailing it to the VFS application center in Sweden or by visiting in person.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship in Australia

Fill out the renunciation form available on the Indian consulate's website.

Compile your documents, including your original Indian passport and proof of Australian citizenship.

Submit the documents to the nearest Indian consulate by mail or appointment.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship in Australia

Fill out the renunciation form available on the Indian consulate's website.

Compile your documents, including your original Indian passport and proof of Australian citizenship.

Submit the documents to the nearest Indian consulate by mail or appointment.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship in Australia

Fill out the renunciation form available on the Indian consulate's website.

Compile your documents, including your original Indian passport and proof of Australian citizenship.

Submit the documents to the nearest Indian consulate by mail or appointment.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship from the United States (US)

Complete the government form online and print it.

Collect necessary documents, such as your Indian passport, proof of U.S. citizenship, and recent photographs.

Visit the VFS Indian Consular Application Centre at the location nearest to you (e.g., Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC) or mail your application.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship from the United States (US)

Complete the government form online and print it.

Collect necessary documents, such as your Indian passport, proof of U.S. citizenship, and recent photographs.

Visit the VFS Indian Consular Application Centre at the location nearest to you (e.g., Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC) or mail your application.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship from the United States (US)

Complete the government form online and print it.

Collect necessary documents, such as your Indian passport, proof of U.S. citizenship, and recent photographs.

Visit the VFS Indian Consular Application Centre at the location nearest to you (e.g., Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Washington DC) or mail your application.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship in Singapore

Fill out the renunciation form on the High Commission of India, Singapore website.

Prepare required documents, such as your passport and proof of Singaporean citizenship.

Submit your application either by visiting the High Commission in person or through postal services.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship in Singapore

Fill out the renunciation form on the High Commission of India, Singapore website.

Prepare required documents, such as your passport and proof of Singaporean citizenship.

Submit your application either by visiting the High Commission in person or through postal services.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship in Singapore

Fill out the renunciation form on the High Commission of India, Singapore website.

Prepare required documents, such as your passport and proof of Singaporean citizenship.

Submit your application either by visiting the High Commission in person or through postal services.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship in Canada

Complete the form available on the VFS Global Canada website.

Gather your documents, including your Indian passport, Canadian citizenship proof, and supporting documents.

Mail your application to the VFS application center in Canada or visit in person.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship in Canada

Complete the form available on the VFS Global Canada website.

Gather your documents, including your Indian passport, Canadian citizenship proof, and supporting documents.

Mail your application to the VFS application center in Canada or visit in person.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship in Canada

Complete the form available on the VFS Global Canada website.

Gather your documents, including your Indian passport, Canadian citizenship proof, and supporting documents.

Mail your application to the VFS application center in Canada or visit in person.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship from New Zealand (NZ)

Access the renunciation form online through the High Commission of India, Wellington.

Accumulate necessary documents, like your Indian passport and proof of New Zealand citizenship.

Submit the application by mail or in person at the High Commission.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship from New Zealand (NZ)

Access the renunciation form online through the High Commission of India, Wellington.

Accumulate necessary documents, like your Indian passport and proof of New Zealand citizenship.

Submit the application by mail or in person at the High Commission.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship from New Zealand (NZ)

Access the renunciation form online through the High Commission of India, Wellington.

Accumulate necessary documents, like your Indian passport and proof of New Zealand citizenship.

Submit the application by mail or in person at the High Commission.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship from the Netherlands

Fill out the renunciation form on the Indian Embassy's website.

Gather the required documents, including your Indian passport and proof of Dutch citizenship.

Submit the application at the Indian Embassy in The Hague, either by mail or appointment.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship from the Netherlands

Fill out the renunciation form on the Indian Embassy's website.

Gather the required documents, including your Indian passport and proof of Dutch citizenship.

Submit the application at the Indian Embassy in The Hague, either by mail or appointment.

How to Renounce Indian Citizenship from the Netherlands

Fill out the renunciation form on the Indian Embassy's website.

Gather the required documents, including your Indian passport and proof of Dutch citizenship.

Submit the application at the Indian Embassy in The Hague, either by mail or appointment.

Overseas Citizenship of India

Once an individual has renounced their Indian citizenship, they may still retain a strong connection to India through the Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) scheme.

The OCI status is not equivalent to dual citizenship, but it offers numerous benefits that facilitate long-term engagement with India. These benefits include multi-entry, multi-purpose lifelong visas to visit India at any time, parity with Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) in financial, economic, and educational fields, and exemptions from reporting to police authorities for any length of stay in the country.

Furthermore, OCIs can now purchase non-agricultural property and freely travel within India without the need for additional permits. This initiative underscores the Indian government's commitment to maintaining ties with its diaspora while ensuring that legal and sovereign principles remain uncompromised.

Applying for OCI is a straightforward process, designed to reassure expatriates that their bond with India remains strong, despite the formal renunciation of citizenship.

Trying to Renounce Indian Citizenship to Acquire Citizenship by Investment?

For those aiming to acquire citizenship by investment, the renunciation process remains similar but may require additional documentation. It's crucial to consult both the Indian consulate and the consulate of the country where you're acquiring new citizenship to ensure compliance with all legal requirements.

If you need further assistance, don't hesitate to book a consultation with our experts who can guide you through every step of the process. We are committed to making complex processes simple and manageable for you.

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