About Us Renunciation of Indian Citizenhip


As per the citizenship rules 2009 of Government of India, Indian nationals living abroad who intend to acquire a foreign citizenship are required to renounce their Indian citizenship. Since the Government of India does not permit dual nationality to Indian citizens. This requirement is necessary to process applications for OCI cards by persons of Indian origin who have acquired citizenship of another country.

As per the new guidelines received from Ministry of Home Affairs, India, the procedure of Renunciation has been amended with immediate effect.

Documents required:

* One colored photograph against white background (photograph should not be more than six months old and is the size of 2 inch * 2 inch (51mm*51mm))

* Indian passport in original

* Copy of Indian passport (First and Last page)

* Copy of Swedish passport

* Copy of Certificate of Registration/Naturalization of foreign nationality (Medborgarskapbevis).

*Fee receipt of 1646 SEK (to pe paid in bank-giro 5816-4930)

* Application forms for Renunciation,Annexure - I and Annexure – II (can be found under Application forms)
Please note that Annexure - II needs to be filled in duplicate. It needs to be filled on the computer and then take the print-out.

*In Annexure – I,a witness needs to vouch (Witness) for the correctness of the details of the Applicant. It is mentioned on the form where the witness will vouch.

*Copy of Indian passport and valid Visa/Permit of the witness

The Spouse of the applicant will not be considered as a witness.

Every applicant must fill separate application and pay separate fee including minors. In case a child who cannot sign or write their name, parents can sign on their behalf or they can put their thumb impression. (Left Thumb for male and right thumb for female minor applicant)

Processing time: Please note that the renunciation will be done within three working days if all the documents are found to be correct.
Sometimes the case needs to be referred to concerned RPO where last passport was issued, it might take more than 3 days to cancel the passport, following such a situation.

The process/queries related to renunciation would be taken care of by OCI section. The OCI application will only be accepted once the Indian passport is renounced/cancelled. Both the applications (Renunciation & OCI) cannot be accepted at the same time. At the time of collection of Renunciation certificate also, the OCI application will not be accepted as you need to upload the cancelled Indian copy on the online file before submitting the OCI application.

The process to renounce one's Indian nationality is to simply deposit personally or send the required by post. In case of wishing this service by post, a return envelope with address and postage stamps may also be sent to the Embassy. The Embassy on its part will cancel appropriate pages and return the passport to the individual. Pages containing valid visas will not be cancelled. Form for renunciation of Indian citizenship can be found under Application forms.

All the applicants must pay an amount of SEK 1646/- (Renunciation SEK 1420/- and Surrender Certificate 224/- (inclusive of ICWF Fees SEK 17/- respectively)
Please note that:

* After renunciation, you will be given back one out of the two forms you submitted.

* Your cancelled passport will also be returned to you.

* A person (including minor) is liable to be penalized as per the provisions of Passport Act 1967, if after acquisition of foreign nationality, he/she retains the Indian passport beyond three years or travels on it.

* The fine would be imposed as per following rates:

1) Retention of Indian passport beyond 3 years - INR.10,000/-. 

2) For each travel - INR.10,000/- subject to a maximum travel of 5.

3) If the Indian passport is reissued (after obtaining foreign citizenship /passport), an additional fine of Rs.25000/- would be charged.

IMPORTANT: Under instructions of Government of India, the Embassy of India, Stockholm has established the Indian Community Welfare Fund (ICWF) to meet the contingency expenditure incurred by this Embassy for carrying out welfare activities for Overseas Indian Citizens who are in distress. Each individual requiring any kind of PASSPORT/CONSULAR SERVICES has to pay additional amount of SEK 17:- for ICWF in addition to normal fees for such services. 


1) The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) had set a deadline of the 24th November, 2015 for globally phasing out all non-Machine Readable Passports (MRPs).

2) All handwritten passports with pasted photos earlier issued by Government of India are considered non-MRP passports. All 20-year validity passports will also fall in this category.

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