About Us Renunciation of Indian Citizenship


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.

Documents required:

* 2 duly filled Application forms for Renunciation (Kindly refer to the Specimen copy for guidance on how to fill the form)

* One colored photograph against light background

* Indian passport in original

* Copy of Indian passport

* Copy of Swedish passport

* Certificate of Registration/Naturalization of foreign nationality (i.e. the copy of letter from Swedish authorities stating that you have been offered Swedish citizenship.

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

Every applicant has to fill separate application and pay separate fee including minors. While filling the form it needs to be taken care of that the application is two-page form and should not drag to the third page. If it drags to the third page, then it is invalid and will not be accepted.

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 beyond the grace period of three months.

* 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. 


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