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Renunciation of Citizenship, PIO, OCI 

Surrender of Indian Passport, OCI, PIO and Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

As per Government of India regulations, Persons of Indian Origin who have acquired foreign nationality are required to surrender their Indian Passports at the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship. Further, they should not travel on the Indian Passport after acquisition of foreign citizenship. Under Section 12(1A) of the Passports Act, possession of Indian Passport by foreign nationals (including Indian nationals who have acquired foreign nationality) is a cognizable offence.

Renunciation Fee                                                      KD 30.000
ICWF Fee                                                                    KD 1.00


Requirements for issue of Surrender Certificate

Applicants are required to fill online applications for Renunciation of Indian
Citizenship on the online citizenship module of IVFRT

  • After submitting the form online, take a print out of the application.
  • Affix recent photograph [Image Dimension of Photograph should be size 35mm X 45mm or 100(Width) * 120(Height) Pixel only] having frontal view with both ears clearly visible with plain white background and the dress in preferably in colour offering contrast with background for clarity at designated place.

• Photocopy of the foreign Passport.
• Photocopy of the Indian Passport with all visa pages.
• Original Indian Passport.
• Civil ID.
• Naturalization Certificate.
• Photocopies of Passports and Civil ID of the witness with original passport.

Please Note:

  • Applicant has to come in person to the Embassy.
  • The Applicant must produce Passport, Civil ID and other related documents in original for verification.

• All copies of documents should be self attested (signature & date).

  • Additional documents might be required for verification, depending upon the documents submitted.

Renunciation of OCI Card

Applicants are required to fill online application for declaration of the Renunciation of OCI Card under OCI Miscellaneous service on OCI Portal.


Extension of Deadline to Convert PIO Cards to OCI Cards

The Government of India had been issuing PIO Cards to Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) living abroad. However, the PIO Scheme was phased out by the GoI in the year 2015 and the persons holding PIO Cards were requested to get their PIO Cards converted to OCI Cards. Guidelines in this regard had been widely circulated earlier.

2.      There are still a large number of PIOs who have not converted their PIO Cards to OCI. Therefore, the Government of India has now decided to extend the deadline for conversion of PIOs to OCIs till 31 December 2024All Indian Immigration Check Post(s) will continue to consider PIO Cards valid for exit/entry into India till 31 December, 2024, along with valid foreign Passport.

3.      Please also note that the above extension of timeline till 31 December 2024 is subject to the condition that if any new deadline is notified by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), making hand-written PIO Cards invalid, then PIO Card holders may have to obtain appropriate Visa from the Indian Embassy.

4.      PIO Card holders who have not done the conversion to OCI Cards so far, are again requested to apply for the conversion at the earliest, by making an online application  at https://ociservices.gov.in/welcome(OCI Registration in lieu of Valid PIO Card). After submission of online application, a copy of the application form may be printed with an Online Registration Number. Application form, complete in all respects, along with all relevant enclosures and requisite fee (KD 32.000) may be submitted to the Indian Embassy (Consular Section).

OCI Services
Renunciation of citizenship Online application form Instructions
Requirement of re-submission of documents for re-issuance of OCI card after attaining the age of 50 years Instructions
Mandatory requirement of re-issuance of an OCI card Instructions
Apply for Special permission Instructions

Benefits for OCI card holder

(i) Multiple entry, multi-purpose life long visa to visit India;

(ii)Exemption from reporting to Police authorities for any length of stay in India; and

(iii) Parity with NRIs in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.