Cancellation of Indian Passport
Home › Cancellation of Indian Passport
 

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PEOPLE OF INDIAN ORIGIN (PIO )

It has been noticed that some Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) did not surrender their Indian Passports within three years of acquiring New Zealand citizenship. In some cases, PIOs have even used the Indian passports for travel after acquiring foreign nationality.
Attention of PIOs in New Zealand, Samoa and Niue (who have acquired foreign nationality) is invited to the following relevant extracts of the Indian Passport Act 1967:
“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. The Government of India has prescribed imposition of penalty on a graded scale, depending on number of trips made on Indian passport after acquiring foreign nationality, for the violation of Passport Rules and retention of Indian Passport for more than 3 years after acquiring of foreign nationality.”
PIOs who have violated the Indian Passport Act are liable to pay GOI prescribed penalty in terms of the provisions of the Act. (hyperlink to 2. Fee)

Note : High Commission has no authority or discretion to waive off such penalty, whether due to ignorance of rules or otherwise.

Accordingly, violators of Indian Passport Act are advised to surrender their passports immediately and deposit the penalty due to avoid paying any further penalty. The defaulters may wish to check the details indicated below in the table to know the actual penalty due in each case.
Parents of minor children of Indian origin holding New Zealand nationality are henceforth required to submit a copy of their cancelled Indian Passport with the visa application of the minor children as a proof of compliance of the Indian Passport Act to enable processing of the visa application.

*********************************
Surrender of Indian Passports & Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

Introduction

The Indian Citizenship Act, 1955, does not allow dual citizenship. However, it has been observed that some PIOs continue to retain their Indian passports, and some even decide to travel on them.  There are also instances, when PIOs continue to get fresh passports issued by suppressing details about their foreign nationality, which is a violation of Indian Passport Act, 1967 and other relevant rules.
Retaining an Indian passport / renewal of Indian passport / getting any services on Indian passport / travelling on an Indian passport after acquiring a foreign citizenship constitutes an offence under the Indian Passport Act, 1967, and attracts penalties. Indian passport holders, who have acquired foreign citizenship, are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquiring foreign citizenship and complete the procedure for renouncing of their Indian citizenship.  Upon completion of procedure, this Mission will cancel the Indian passport and return the same to the applicant along with the required certificate.

Applicable fee for renouncing the Indian Citizenship/surrender of Indian passport and certain penalties for not renouncing Indian citizenship/surrender of Indian passport are as mentioned below.

1) Renunciation of Indian Citizenship/Surrender/Cancellation of Indian Passport
2) Fee
3) Where and How to make an Application?
4) Timings 
5) Acknowledgement
6) Status Inquiry
7) Emergencies
8) Jurisdiction
9) Approximate Processing time
10) E-mail Contact
11) Download Application Form

  • * Only the completed applications will be accepted for processing. Incomplete applications will be returned.
  • * Please ensure the exact fee is provided with the application.
  • * One must get the process of surrender of Indian citizenship completed before applying for visa/ OCI card. Renunciation applications received with OCI applications will be returned without service. Process of renunciation needs to be completed prior to OCI application due to procedural requirements.
  • Those sending cancellation application along with Visa or Misc. Consular Services applications must send separate bank cheques and separate prepaid courier packs / self-addressed courier packs.

1. Renunciation of Indian Citizenship/Surrender/Cancellation of Indian Passport 

Please supply the following documents:

  • * Duly filled Application from for Cancellation/Renunciation of Indian Citizenship (hyperlink)
  • * Photocopy of Citizenship Certificate
  • * Form XVII attested by Notary/Justice of Peace (page 3 of the application form)
  • * Name change documents (if applicable)
  • * Fee & penalty (if applicable) of NZ$ _________ (see the fee chart below) Fee can only be paid by a Banker Cheque drawn in favour of “High Commission of India Wellington”. Personal Cheques or Money Orders are NOT accepted. Cash can be accepted only at the counter at High Commission of India, Wellington if application is submitted in person.
  • * Original Indian passport
  • * One photograph
  • * Self-addressed courier envelope (In case Renunciation application sent along with Visa or Misc. Consular Services applications, the applicant MUST provide separate cheques and separate self-address courier packs for return of documents)

2.  Fee:

The fee is based on the date of obtaining foreign citizenship and there are penalties for travelling, renewing, retaining the passport, availing services on Indian passport after obtaining the foreign citizenship. Please read the categories below carefully and provide the correct fee:

Fee (NZ$)

Foreign nationality acquired before 01/01/2005 and Indian passport expired before 01/01/2005

40

Foreign nationality was acquired before 01/01/2005 and the Indian passport expired after 01/01/2005. 
(Includes penalty for retaining/not surrendering the Indian passport for more than 3 years after acquisition of foreign nationality)

285

Foreign nationality was acquired between 01/01/2005 and 31/05/2010
(Includes penalty for retaining/not surrendering the Indian passport for more than 3 years after acquisition of foreign nationality)

285

Foreign nationality was acquired after 31/05/2010. *
*(if the passport is surrendered within 3 years of acquiring foreign citizenship)

225*


The following penalties are in addition to the fee mentioned above unless stated otherwise:

Penalty for retaining/not surrendering the Indian passport for more than 3 years after of acquisition of foreign nationality.

245

Penalty for travelling after acquisition of foreign nationality (for each travel)

245

Penalty for availing a Consular Service on/using Indian passport after acquiring foreign nationality

245

Penalty for Renewing/reissuing the Indian passport after acquisition of foreign nationality (for each renewal/reissue of passport)

605


Fee can only be paid by a Banker Cheque drawn in favour of “High Commission of India Wellington”. Personal Cheques or Money Orders are NOT accepted. Cash can be accepted only at the counter at High Commission of India, Wellington if application is submitted in person. 
It may also be noted that fees once received will not be refunded under any circumstances, even if the application is withdrawn by the applicant or services are not provided to the individual as his/her case does not qualify for that particular service.

3. Where and How to make an Application?

The applicant should use the courier service (with tracking facility) of their choice and are advised to keep the tracking numbers (for return courier as well) with them. The High Commission of India will not accept any responsibility in case the courier packet is lost/misplaced/damaged or delayed. 

Do NOT send the application via ordinary post.
All applications for Cancellation/ renunciation services should be sent to the following address or submitted in person

Renunciation/Cancellation
High Commission of India
Ranchhod Tower, Level-2, 102-112, Lambton Quay
PO Box 4045, Wellington 6011


4. Timings

Applications for all passport/consular services can be submitted at the counter from 0930 hours to 1200 hours on all working days. (List of Holidays)

5. Acknowledgement

Please send a separate acknowledgement envelope, if you (the applicant) want acknowledgement of the receipt of the application. Or you may check with your courier through the tracking number.

6. Status Inquiry

We are unable to respond to telephonic/fax/e-mail queries regarding receipt or status of applications before the time limit indicated for processing the application. Processing time of applications is calculated from the date of only from the date of receipt of completed applications in the High Commission.
Before making any status enquiry about the application please check with the courier service whether the application has been delivered to our office. The status enquiries will only be entertained after the given processing time through email: pcc.wellington@mea.gov.in
Only the completed applications will be accepted for processing. Incomplete applications will be returned.

7. Emergencies

Emergencies by definition refer to unexpected urgent situation. Emergency applications must be supported by documentary evidence regarding the emergency.

8. Jurisdiction

The High Commission of India has the jurisdiction over New Zealand, Republic of Samoa & Niue.

9. Approximate Processing time

Normal processing period is 15 working days. However, in some cases it may take up to six weeks.

NOTE: Processing time is indicated for routine and clear-cut cases.  In certain cases, we may need to refer to other authorities in India. In such cases, the processing can take longer than 15 days and we are unable to convey any processing time.

10. E-mail Contact: pcc.wellington@mea.gov.in

11. Download Application Form




Navigation