Important Notice: As per the present international guidelines all passengers should have a passport valid for 6 months or more from the date of travel. You must contact the airline concerned if your passport does not have sufficient validity.

Cancellation of Indian Passport

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PEOPLE OF INDIAN ORIGIN ( PIO )

It has been coming to the notice of this High Commission that some People of Indian Origin (PIOs) have not surrendered 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.

In this regard, kind attention of all People of Indian Origin (PIO) in New Zealand, Samoa and Nieu 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.”

All PIOs who have violated the Indian Passport Act have become liable to GOI prescribed penalty in terms of the provisions of the Act. In this context, High Commission has no authority or discretion to waive off such penalty, whether due to ignorance of rules or otherwise.

Accordingly, those who have violated Indian Passport Act in this regard, are advised to surrender their passports without any delay and deposit the penalty wherever it has become due, to escape further penalty. The defaulters may wish to contact the High Commission to know the actual penalty due in each case, in case of doubt.

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.

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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 many individuals continue to retain their Indian passports, and some even travel on them.  There are also instances, when PIOs continue to get fresh passports issued by suppressing details about their foreign nationality.

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 renounce their Indian citizenship.

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:

S. No.
Fee/ Penalties for Renunciation/ Cancellation of Indian passport.
NZ$
1
Cancellation fee who acquired foreign nationality prior to 01/01/2005 and Indian passport expired before 01/01/2005
40
2
Cancellation fee in cases where foreign nationality was acquired prior to 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
3
Cancellation fee in cases where foreign nationality was acquired between 01/01/2005 and 31/05/2010 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
4
Renunciation/ Cancellation fee in cases where foreign nationality was acquired after 30/05/2010
225
5
Penalty for travelling after acquisition of foreign nationality (for each travel) ***
245
6
 Penalty for retaining/not surrendering the Indian passport for more than 3 years after of acquisition of foreign nationality. ***
245
7
 Penalty for availing a service on/using Indian passport after aquiring foreign nationality
245
8
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 is accepted at the counter 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.

1. Surrender/Cancellation of Indian Passport (For those who acquired foreign nationality prior to 31 May 2010):

Requirements:

  1. Duly filled Application from (Surrender/Cancellation of Indian Passport)
  2. Photocopy of Citizenship Certificate
  3. Fee of NZ $ _________ (  see the fee chart above ) to be paid by banker cheque in the name of "High Commission of India, Wellington"
  4. Original Indian passport
  5. One photograph
  6. Self-addressed courier envelope for return of documents 

Please note -       

            a)  Those sending cancellation application along with Visa or Misc. Consular Services applications,  must send separate cheques and separate prepaid courier bags )

            b)  One must get the process of surrender of Indian citizenship completed before applying for an OCI card.  

NOTE: Cancellation applications received with OCI applications will be returned without service with request to apply for Cancellation prior to OCI application due to procedural constraints.

2. Renunciation of Indian Citizenship ( For those who have acquired foreign Citizenship on or after 1st June 2010 are required to pay the fee of NZ$ 225.00 with declaration of renunciation of Indian Citizenship.)

Requirements:

  1. Duly filled Application from ( Renunciation of Indian Citizenship )
  2. Photocopy of Citizenship Certificate
  3. Renunciation form attested by Notary/Justice of Peace
  4. Photocopy of Citizenship Certificate
  5. Fee of NZ$ _________ (  see the fee chart above ) bank cheque in the name of "High Commission of India, Wellington"
  6. Original Indian passport
  7. One photograph
  8. Self addressed courier envelope ( Renunciation application if sent along with Visa or Misc. Consular Services applications, all applicants MUST submit separate cheques and separate prepaid courier bags )

NOTE: 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.

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 is lost/misplaced/damaged or delayed. Do NOT send the application via ordinary post.

All applications for Miscellaneous services should be sent to the following address or submitted in person.


Visa Desk
High Commission of India
Ranchhod Tower, Level-2, 102-112, Lambton Quay,
Wellington-6011 PO Box:4045
New Zealand

4. Timings

Applications for all passport/consular services are received 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 tracking number.

6. Status Inquiry

No telephonic/fax/e-mail queries regarding receipt or status of applications will be entertained 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. 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

15 working days.

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