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How do I Surrender my Indian Passport in the UK [Step-by-step Guide]

Everything you need to surrender your Indian passport and get surrender certificate in the UK.

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How to surrender Indian Passport after British Citizenship - apply for surrender certificateWhat is the process to surrender Indian passport in the UK?

If you are a person of Indian origin, that’s the first question you seek an answer to as soon as you get your British Citizenship.

I got my British citizenship a couple of months back.

As I approach towards the 90-day grace period of being able to travel on an Indian passport, I started exploring the process involved in the renunciation of Indian citizenship and surrender of Indian passport.

Acquiring British Citizenship is a long process, and it is quite a journey – renewing your Tier 2 Visa every year to getting ILR (subject to rules that apply to you!) to finally attending the ceremony when you get the naturalisation certificate as a British Citizen.

The next step in the journey is the renunciation of Indian passport and obtaining a surrender certificate.

In this post, that’s exactly what I have for you – a detailed guide on how to surrender your Indian passport after becoming a British citizen.

This guide will fill any gaps in understanding you might have when you are in the process of cancelling your Indian passport after getting foreign citizenship (in my case, British Citizenship).

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How to surrender Indian Passport in the UK – Complete Guide

As I cancelled my Indian passport to obtain the surrender certificate, I thought of documenting the entire process and formalities involved.

The reason is:

For starters, I stumbled upon the guide that VFS has published, but I felt the information was not as straight-forward as I would have expected (and there were a few anomalies in the information provided too).

I had to refer to different posts, forums and expert groups to get my head around this and clarify some of the basic queries I had regarding Indian passport cancellation process.

I documented the process for this post to become a go-to guide so that YOU don’t have to go through any hassles like I had to.

Without any further ado, let’s jump right in and understand the step-by-step process involved in getting surrender certificate after cancelling Indian passport.

But one last thing…

Why do I need to surrender my Indian passport?

By this point, you might be wondering:

Why do I need to cancel my Indian Citizenship at all? Why can’t I keep my Indian passport?

The reason is:

The Indian Citizenship Act 1955 does not allow dual citizenship for persons of Indian origin.

Once you have acquired foreign citizenship, you are required to surrender your Indian passport to the nearest Indian mission/post to renunciate Indian citizenship.

If you intend to apply for OCI Card or Consular Services/Visa, surrendering your Indian passport and getting Surrender Certificate as a proof of cancelled Indian passport is a pre-requite.

Surrender Certificate Indian passport processing time

The VFS website doesn’t answer this question very clearly. It mentions the processing times vary from case to case basis and some applications may take longer than others to get processed.

I followed some guidance on some forums which state the process takes 7-10 working days.

When I submitted my documents for withdrawing Indian passport, the executive said I should normally get the certificate in 5-6 business days.

I will update this post when I receive my surrender certificate and cancelled passport back.

Update: I received my surrender certificate and cancelled passport back within 5 working days (from the date of submission).

Surrender Certificate Indian passport timeline

As I mentioned already, you have 90 days to surrender your Indian passport (without attracting any penalties) after obtaining foreign nationality.

The date on the naturalisation certificate is treated as the date of acquiring British nationality and not the date your British Passport was issued.

To give you an idea, below is the timeline for Indian passport cancellation based on my application.

MilestoneStatusDate
Booked appointment with VFS 21 Aug
Attended appointment at VFS 24 Aug
Application dispatched from VFS to High Commission of India 25 Aug
Notification received for Decision made and processed application received at VFS 30 Aug
Notification received for processed application dispatched by VFS 30 Aug
Surrender Certificate Received 31 Aug

Can I still travel on my Indian passport?

You can travel on your Indian passport after getting British Citizenship for up to three months. The 3-month period is calculated from the date of acquiring foreign nationality which is the date of issue on your Naturalisation certificate.

Travelling on Indian passport after the three-month grace period of becoming a foreign citizen is an offence under the Indian Passport Act 1967.

Some people retain their Indian passport even after acquiring foreign citizenship (and renew them at expiry) and even use them for travelling.

Once you acquire citizenship of any foreign country, it is illegal to travel on the Indian passport after the grace period expires.

You could be penalised if you do. The penalties are calculated on a graded scale which depends on the number of trips you have made on Indian Passport after you acquired foreign citizenship.

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What are the penalties if you do not surrender your Indian Passport

As mentioned on VFS:

“Penalty for misuse of Indian passport would be imposed if the last held Indian passport expired on or after 1 January 2005 and it is retained beyond three years, i.e. not surrendered or the PIO travelled on this passport beyond the grace period of three months or the validity of the last held Indian passport was renewed after acquiring foreign nationality”

If you fall in one of the scenarios above, you need to provide a declaration addressed to High Commission of India in the UK explaining the reasons.

If a penalty is applicable, it cannot be waived or reduced as per the rules mentioned on VFS website. I will provide some relevant links towards the end of this article for you to check.

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How to apply for surrender certificate?

The High Commission of India has outsourced the Surrender of Indian passport service (and all other Visa/Passport/Select Consular services) to VFS in the UK (and Cox & Kings in the US).

What this means is:

You cannot send your Indian citizenship renunciation application to the High Commission directly – it has to be via VFS.

You can submit your application for cancellation of Indian passport in-person at the VFS application centres.

You need a prior appointment to apply, and your application won’t be accepted if you don’t have a pre-booked appointment.

I attended mine at London-Hounslow VFS centre, and I have based this guide on my experience (I have given the entire timeline above to give you an idea of how long the process takes from submission to getting the certificate in hand).

How to book an appointment?

To book an appointment for surrendering your Indian passport, follow the below steps:

  • Step #1: Go to this link.
  • Step #2: Click on Schedule Appointment

Surrender renunciation of Indian Passport Citizenship - Book appointment

  • Step #3: Select your preferred VAC and Services as “Surrender of Passport” and click on Submit. On the next screen, select a date and time.

The VFS appointment centre options that you can choose from are:

  • London-Goswell
  • London-Hounslow
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bradford
  • Cardiff
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • Manchester

Schedule an appointment - Surrender Indian Passport for Surrender Certificate

  • Step #4: Once you have selected a date and time for your appointment, enter Applicant Details on the next screen (shown below).

As you are applying only for cancellation of your Indian passport to get surrender certificate, you won’t have an OCI Registration number.

Enter your Indian passport number in the field where it asks for “OCI Registration Number.”

Click Submit.

Surrender Indian Passport - Enter applicant details to get surrender certificate

  • Step #5: That’s it.

You will be presented with the below alert which means you have successfully booked an appointment for surrendering your Indian passport.

Check your mailbox now, and you will get a confirmation email with the appointment confirmation letter.

Surrender Indian passport appointment alert

When you click OK, you will be taken to the confirmation screen and prompted to take print out.

Print this out as you need to carry this appointment confirmation with you.

Surrender of Indian Passport - Appointment Confirmation


What happens on the day of appointment?

When you reach your chosen centre, a security personnel will attend you at the entrance.

He/she will make preliminary checks – your appointment letter, filled application form – and issue a token number.

Take a seat and wait for your number to be called on the screen in the waiting area.

Once your token number is displayed on the screen, proceed to the shown counter number.

Officer at the counter will then ask you to submit your necessary documents and pay the passport surrender fee.

Then, you will be advised about the tentative timelines and get the payment receipt.

While at the counter, the officer will also ask your mobile number and email address to keep you updated at critical stages of your application.

This service is charged extra at £1.20 (+VAT) and is by default included in the service – I am not too sure if you can opt out of this service.

Anyways, I recommend getting text/email updates added so you are informed of progress at every stage.

Surrender Indian Passport Fees in UK

As opposed to other (probably complicated) pricing structures for government services, the Govt. of India has set fixed fees for surrendering of Indian passport.

The fees vary based on the date, a Person of Indian Origin, acquired British or Foreign Citizenship.

Here I have explained those different criteria and the related fees.

  • Got British citizenship on or before 31 May 2010 – You need to pay £22 (which counts towards Misc service charge and Consular Surcharge). You are not required to pay any Fee for surrendering your passport. VFS will charge you £7.44 (Inc. VAT) for the service so the total fee is £29.44.
  • Got British citizenship on or after 01 Jun 2010 – The passport surrender fees, in this case, is £119 that includes the embassy surrender fees of £117 and consular charges of £2). Including VFS service fee of £7.44 (Inc. VAT), the total comes to £126.44.
  • Got British citizenship and passport also expired more than ten years ago – In this case, you will be issued “Deemed Surrender Certificate” which will cost you £20 plus applicable charges including Consular Surcharge of £2. Again, including VFS service fee of £7.44, you will pay a total of £29.44 to obtain Deemed Surrender Certificate.

To receive SMS updates on your application progress, VFS will charge you an additional £1.20 (plus VAT) for text updates on your mobile.

Mode of payment

You can pay the fees for surrendering your passport using Cash, Debit or Credit Card (except AMEX).

If you also pay using bank draft payable to “VF Services UK Ltd” or postal order.

Please note that paying with a Credit Card will cost you around 2% extra in Credit Card fees.

I paid using a Debit Card.

Mandatory Documents for surrendering Indian passport

Here’s the list if you acquired British Citizenship on or after 01 June 2010.

  • Two recent 50mm x 50mm size photographs.
  • Appointment Confirmation Letter
  • Duly filled application form [Download here]
  • A signed copy of Declaration Form [Download here]
  • Original last Indian Passport (this is the passport that you held at the time of naturalisation as a British Citizen)
  • Self-attested copy of Indian Passport (copy all used pages – I just took a photocopy of the full passport)
  • Original British Passport^
  • Self-attested copy of the current foreign/British Passport (you need only the photo page)
  • Self-attested copy of British Naturalisation Certificate (Birth Certificate if you obtained British Citizenship based on birth in the UK)
  • A4 sized self-addressed envelope (Special Delivery) – if you are submitting more than one application together, you need ONE Special Delivery envelope PER application.

^A quick note on British Passport proof:

If you have applied for the British Passport but haven’t yet received it, you need to include a declaration mentioning “My UK Passport is under process.”

If you DO have a British Passport, I recommend carrying it with you as well. The VFS guideline suggests carrying a self-attested copy but they do ask for the original British Passport for verification purpose.

In my case, I had put my signatures on the British Passport before taking a photocopy and was accepted by the executive. I was told that if it didn’t have signatures on it (which many don’t bother signing), I would have just been asked to go back.

From the experience I had and the one shared by Nakul in comments below, I suggest you carry the original as well just in case you get asked and post your finding in comments below so others could follow accordingly?

Additional documents

In case you are applying for Renunciation Declaration or Deemed Surrender Certificate, you need the below documents.

Renunciation Declaration: If you have lost or misplaced your Indian passport and fail to produce a valid Indian passport physically, Surrender Certificate cannot be issued to you as a surrender certificate requires Indian passport to be physically provided.

In this case, you can apply for “Renunciation Declaration” with a copy of the Indian passport. Renunciation Declaration includes a remark that the original Indian passport was not surrendered.

You will also need to provide a duly Notarized Affidavit and a Police report to make sure you avoid any passport misuse.

Deemed Surrender Certificate: If you are applying for a Deemed Surrender Certificate, you also need to provide a photocopy of the last Indian passport and the first British passport.

Note: I have provided this list based on the documents I used to obtain a surrender certificate after surrendering my Indian passport. I got my surrender certificate based on this list, but I am in no position to guarantee that you will too – the High Commission of India may ask for additional documentation if required.

How do I collect my Surrender Certificate?

Once your request is processed, the surrender/renunciation certificate will come to you by post/courier. When you apply for a passport surrender certificate, you are required to provide an A4 size self-addressed envelope (Special Delivery) per application for return delivery.

You can also speak to the advisor at the application centre for secure delivery courier services available, but I recommend you carry a Special Delivery envelope. It’s cheaper, and you can track the delivery on Royal Mail website.

The VFS courier option is £15 per application and you can get the Post Office Special Delivery envelope for £7.30 each!

Surrendering Indian passport and applying for OCI at the same time

If you plan to renunciate Indian citizenship and apply for OCI Card/Visa at the same time in the UK, you have to face disappointment.

Surrendering Indian passport and applying for OCI at the same time is not possible in the UK at the time of writing this guide.

If you live in the US, the facility to cancel Indian passport and applying for OCI at the same time (via Cox & Kings who is the outsourcing partner for High Commission for India) is available.

But such a service is not available in the UK.

In the UK, once you have got your surrender certificate using this guide, you can use my OCI guide to help you with the OCI application submission process. Bookmark it now and come back to it later.


Over to you…

There you have it.

A simple guide showing you how to cancel Indian passport in the UK.

I hope this guide helps you in surrendering your Indian passport and obtaining surrender certificate.

If you have any queries about the passport renunciation process, do let me know in the comments section below along with your feedback.

If you found this guide helpful, please do me a little favour and share this guide with others, for there’s a good chance that it will help them with their Indian passport surrender application.

Aman
the authorAman
Aman is the founder and chief curator of Comparism. He loves to write how-to guides and via comparism, he envisions to bring to you the best ways of sending money to India without paying hefty fees in hidden charges and poor conversion rates.

167 Comments

  • Hi I am completing the surrender form and in the place to sign it says Place. What on earth is this?

    Is this where I am living now?

  • This is really excellent, thanks so much for the detail. I do have one question which i hope you can help me with.
    I can to travel a couple of days after my surrender (on my UK passport). I’m assuming thats fine and i dont need to be in the country to receive the surrender certificate if someone else is at home to sign for it?

    • Hi Aman,

      Many thanks for your detailed instructions, I was able to successfully apply for Surrender Certificate & OCI recently for my 2 kids.
      Just one point re Naturalisation Certificate.My kids since they were both born in London & I had ILR before they were born, they were eligible for British Citizenship at Birth itself.However I chose for them to obtain Indian Passport.Recently when I changed them over to British Passport, I got it straightaway without the Nauturalisation process.
      To cut a long story short , instead of their Nauralisation certificate I had to furnish my ILR + their Birth Certificate.

      Hope that makes sense.

      Thanks,
      Shubha

  • Hi Aman, do you get a ‘cancelled Indian passport’ and a ‘surrender certificate’ both via post or is it just the surrender certificate that is sent to you? Also, are both of these required for OCI application as proof of Indian origin?
    I am about to receive my UK citizenship next month

    • Hi Jordan,

      You’d receive both the cancelled passport and the surrender certificate via post.

      You need just the surrender certificate with your OCI file.

      Thanks

  • Hello Aman,

    Further to my easier comment about the 2 links I realize now the second link was a declaration for the VFS. Please note I have just submitted my application for surrender of Indian Passport please note I was told at the Birmingham VFS that as of Oct 1, 2019 the form you have provided a link for is no longer accepted. This has to be filled out online via Passport Seva link. Could you please update this for any future applicants? 🙂

    Kind regards,
    Anu

  • Hi Aman,

    How do I get the declaration form? The link takes to the page on VFS website which doesn’t have any form.

    Please can you let me know.

    Thanks

    • Hi Anand, apparently, VFS moved from http to https links and didn’t add a redirect (one for their IT team!!) – I have correct the link now, please retry!

      Regards
      Aman

  • Hi Aman,

    Thank you for your detailed post and by taking one for the team and saving all the headache, confusion, and trouble out of it for the rest of us that may sometimes arise out of these situations.

    I have a quick question for you, you have added a second link- A signed copy of Declaration Form [Download here]. That takes me to the passport seva link asking me to register. Is it the same as the surrender form you have previously linked? Apologies if this is a silly question you have already addressed and thank you in advance!

    Kind regards,

  • Thanks a lot for article. It made the whole process of surrendering the passport very easy and straight forward. Received the Surrender Certificate within 5 working days of the appointment date.

  • Hi Aman
    Thanks for your incredibly helpful guide. I submitted my application in Hounslow yesterday, but was told it would be 15 working days. Did your other users give any indication that timelines have changed since you did it?
    Thanks again for putting this together.
    Sanjay

  • hi aman, can i surrender the indian passport using UK Naturalisation certificate? i still havent applied for uk passport. i literally received my naturalisation certificate last week. Can i do that using ONLY NATURALISATION CERTIFICATE?

    • You don’t really need it but if you haven’t applied for it yet, my suggestion would be to apply for the UK passport and then apply for surrendering Indian passport with a declaration stating “My UK passport is under process”

      Please refer to my note under the documents section in the post. Hope this helps!

  • Hi Aman,

    First of all thanks for posting this guide, it has helped clear a lot of questions and cleared a lot of doubts. As usual, I still have some queries and I’m hoping you’d know the answers for them:

    (1) copy of all used pages of the passport – do I need to take copies of the blank pages as well ? I have done a photocopy of used pages but not the blank ones. I know you recommend copying the whole booklet but is that necessary ? Just a bit curious.
    (2) I read that VFS didn’t take some individuals self addressed envelope for posting back the surrender certificate. I’ve got an A4 size special delivery plastic envelop from Royal Mail, will that be alright ? I know rules change constantly and VFS evolves too, but I was wondering if you have any ideas of current rules regarding this ?
    (3) I’ll have a copy of my naturalisation certificate but not British passport. I have printed out a letter stating this. Just to confirm, you don’t need to have applied for the British passport during the surrender process, as long as you have the naturalisation certificate you shouldn’t have any issues ?
    (4) In addition to point 3, shall I leave the British passport details as blank in the surrender form ? Or is that a question for VFS to answer ?

    Cheers for your help !

    • Hi,

      Thanks for your comment and I am glad you found this useful. My sincere apologies for the delay in replying to your comment – I have answered them here in case you are still looking for help.

      1. Used pages alone should be enough.
      2. The A4 special delivery envelope still works – I have heard a few cases where they try to sell you their own courier service but you can say no and still stick to this cheaper and reliable option (Royal Mail).
      3/4. I think if you support it with a letter stating your British Passport application is in progress, you should be alright.

      Thanks
      Aman

  • Dear Aman
    I have found your step by step guides extremely useful. Thanks for taking the time to write them.
    I have a couple of questions regarding Indian Passport Surrender:
    1. I am applying on behalf of my father. Does he have to attend in person with me or can I apply on his behalf as long as he has signed all the relevant documents?
    2. My father was only issued with an Emergency Certificate in 1948 in India as the stock of Passport Books had been exhausted. He was only 10 years old at that time and a passport book was never issued to him. Do you think this is sufficient for him to obtain a Surrender Certificate. He obtained a British Passport around 1960 whilst residing in Kenya.

    One question regarding OCI application:
    1. Can I attend the office to apply for OCI for my mother and father (once surrender certificate obtained) or do they have to attend in person? They will sign all the documents that I take with me.

    Thanks for taking the time to respond

    • Hello Mrs Shah, First of all, my sincere apologies for not getting back to your earlier. 🙏

      If at all this is still useful for yourself,

      1. Yes, you can apply on behalf of your father – having an authorization letter signed by them will help.
      2. Yes, I think that should suffice and please do share your experience here if you have already surrendered your father’s passport.

      Re: OCI, yes you can apply for OCI card on the behalf of your parents – it would be great if you can support the application with an authorization letter.

      Thanks
      Aman

  • Dear Aman,
    Thank You for making it easy to surrender Indian passport,fallowed all your guidance and today completed the procedure.next for OCI i am going use your tips and guidance for that thanks in advance. God bless you for helping people like me.
    Best Regards
    Megha

  • Hi Aman,

    Great guide. Takes a lot of hassle out of the entire process if your step by step guide is followed. Great Help! Thanks!
    I had a quick question – I have booked an appointment for the surrender of my passport and I wanted to cancel/reschedule it. But since it is too near it doesnt allow me to cancel/reschedule.
    I was wondering what would happen if i dont attend it and schedule another appointment later when it is more feasible? Do you have any idea?

    • Hi Anwesha,

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

      This happened to me and if you don’t attend your passport will still be linked to this appointment for a few days (72 hours it was I guess) after which you can book another appointment for a time that suits you.

      Hope that helps.

      Thanks
      Aman

  • Hi Aman,

    Thanks very much for this article. It is very useful information. I have a query. As it is mentioned that I need to take photocopies of all used pages of the current indian passport. I had renewed my passport few months back and no page has been used. Do I still need to provide copy of blank pages or just only front and back of the passport?

    Thanks

    • Hi Amit, I am glad you found this guide useful.

      If no page has been used, you’ll be fine with just the front and back page copy.

  • Hello Aman,

    Thank you for your page, it is very clear and precise, also it is indeed very helpful. However, I have a query regarding the jurisdiction check before booking an appointment https://www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk/Jurisdiction.html but it only talks about online application form submission and based on your guide it seems to be only a paper form submission. So, my question is – does jurisdiction apply to passport surrender as well? Any idea?

    Thanks,
    Tejas Patel

  • Hi Aman,

    Many thanks for the clear and detailed guidance, very helpful.
    I am not sure, in the application form, does ‘ permanent address ‘means UK permanent address or address given in Indian passport?

    Regards

  • This is a brilliant guide and far better than what is on the VFS website. I point which you may wish to add to your guide:

    For the Special Delivery envelope I guess the “from” address needs to be put as High Comission of India, India House, Aldwych, London, WC2B 4NA.

    I have a few more pints which may not need to be added to your guide but I hope this may be useful for anyone who reads your comments section:

    The “photo specification” tab on the link below states that the face needs to cover 70-80% which is impossible if you follow the dimensions they show. So it is better to follow the dimensions in the picture:
    https://www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk/Surrender.html

    The link below shows that you can submit to Bristol. This is not true since the Bristol office is closed:
    https://www.vfsglobal.com/india/uk/Jurisdiction.html

  • Dear Aman,

    Many thanks for posting such a clear guide and detailed steps involved in the Surrender Indian Passport/OCI. Since you draw from experience, it is extremely useful and credible.

    Much appreciated!

      • Hi Aman,

        thanks for this very helpful also sorry for leaving a reply to another reply. i couldnt seem to figure out how to do it on your article!

        1) I have two questions, if we just stop using the passport, .e. dont travel on it is that still ok? or does it have to be surrendered?
        2) do they return the cancelled passport? also does the surrender certificate have the latest passport number? As i have that passport as evidence for bank accounts etc.

        thanks
        Nitya

        • Hey Nitya,

          1) The old Indian passport does need to be surrendered.
          2) Yes, you will get back the cancelled passport. Yes, your surrender certificate will have your cancelled passport number.

          Thanks

  • Hi,
    Thank you for helping us.
    Can you please tell 1) I got citizenship after 2011. However, I am surrendering now. So do I have to write a declaration letter? I presume black and white copies of the passport are OK or do they insist on colour copies?

  • Hi Aman,
    Thank you for such a detailed report in this process. You have certainly helped me understand a little more on what needs to be done in getting my OCI.
    I would like to get your opinion on the issues that I may face.

    I became a UK citizen in 1982. At that time, my Indian passport was surrendered to the UK home office who should have returned it to the Indian consulate as that was the practice at the time. So I do not have the last Indian passport that I held anymore. I do however have in my possession a previous Indian passport which expired in 1977. Do you think I will be able to use this older passport to surrender?

    I do have a birth certificate, however, again as was the practice in those days in the 1960’s it does not have my name on it, just my father’s name. Would I be able to use that in any way for proof of my Indian citizenship?

    Any thoughts would be of great help

  • Hello Aman, good job done.

    A question please. I need to submit my child’s passport. Does child need to accompany me there, or can I go there and do it myself only?

    Thanks
    Chetan

  • Hello

    I have applied for UK passport and posted my Indian passport for the same. Currently I dont hold my Indian passport. Can I still apply for surrendered of Indian passport?

    Your response is highly appreciated.

    Thank you
    Arpitha

    • Hi Arpitha,

      No, unfortunately not. To get the surrender certificate, the Indian passport needs to be sent and physically cancelled. I used the Nationality Checking services for my citizenship application and hence, didn’t have to send my original Indian passport.

      Hope this info helps.

  • Hi,
    Excellent step by step guide for surrendering passport. Yet to submit, however I noticed when booking online, it only gives one date available.
    Isn’t there any way I can select my own date when I am free. Since the dates are 1 week away, it’s will be difficult to get leave on short notice.
    Thanks

    • Hi there,

      Are you referring to the very first step where it shows the date for next available slot? If yes, you will get a lot more options when you proceed to the next step.

  • It’s me again who had issues with booking system- it was a glitch in their system which got resolved and I managed to get an appointment for today.

    Just wanted to thank you for this article as I followed exactly the steps here and I managed to complete the application process within 20 mins (entry into VFS office to exit). Everything you mentioned is very true.

    Apart from one , I think it’s new, the staff in the counter discouraged me from using prepaid envelope saying that in the last two months they get report on it being Damaged and insisted that I used their service(£14 something) for this document and for OCI I could use the prepaid envelope. At the moment I thought it was worth while as I don’t want my document to be damaged. Thinking that through now while writing this comment I realise that my passport was suppose to be more protected and should have used their service for it instead.

    However, it’s not a big deal but just thought I will let my other friends know in case they face similar challenge.

    I think it’s best to use their service for both as they would be liable for damage but obviously there are financial elements to think about and may not suit everyone.

    But, this article is fantastic resource ! Next stop is executing your OCI article, looking forward to it once I the doc back.

    • Thanks MG for your comment and you’re very kind for saying this 🙂

      I appreciate your feedback on the prepaid envelope. I have had a few other people also mentioning the people at the counter encouring buying the VFS’s own service but I had no issues in using the Royal Mail pre-paid envelope and the same goes for many others.

      You think it’s a good idea I should have a feedback/poll feature on this post for users to vote for what worked for them? That’ll give a good idea to others applying in the future.

      Regards
      Aman

  • Hi Aman
    First of all many thanks for the detailed guide. Do I need to submit one self addresssed pre-paid envelope or two? The guide suggests one but some comments are saying two!
    Thanks again

  • Hello Aman!
    This is probably one of the best guides/notes I’ve come across lately while doing all the research for pre OCI application procedure. It’s very handy and quite helpful.

  • Hello,
    for those who are financially stressed, you can ask for assistance from UK social services. Indian passport services will not waive the fee. Those who are honestly financially stressed can seek this assistance. This is a good service provided by the UK for their citizens.
    All the best!

  • Hi Aman,
    Thanks for taking the effort to put up this detailed and extremely helpful post.
    The comments clearly show how helpful this step by step procedure has indeed been.
    My query is to do with the appointment booking. I am applying for a re-issue of my current passport which expires in August 2019. For multiple reasons, the best time I figured to apply was now given it is less than 1 year till expiry.
    While booking my appointment and filling in the details, instead of typing my passport number in the OCI Registration No. field, I typed in my application number ‘GBR…’. Do you feel this would be an issue ?
    Your response would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks
    Matthew

    • Hey Matthew,

      Thanks for your comment – I am very glad you found this post useful 🙂

      Re: your query, I don’t feel there would be an issue but as you have got time, here’s what I would suggest. You could cancel your appointment and simply book the same date and time again to follow the instructions given on the appointment page by VFS (which is to use the passport number when the appointment is NOT OCI related).

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers!

  • Hi Aman, Thanks for this detailed guide. I found it extremely helpful and have submitted by Passport Surrender Application. One would imagine one would need to return their Aadhaar card as well? Any thoughts?

  • Thanks a lot for taking time to write this blog. Its very evry helpful!
    I got my surrender certificate. but with spelling mistake in it. Last year even my husband also had same issue of spelling mistake. It was really a big thing to sort it out. How do i go about? I cant afford many leave form office. Do I need to mail them?

    • Hi Pallavi, I can understand your frustration.

      If the name on the surrender certificate is not the same as it was on your Indian Passport, please try calling the VFS helpline on +44 203 788 4666. I haven’t come across such a case so far so sorry I am unable to help you with this 🙁

      Please can you update here with what do VFS recommend?

      Thanks
      Aman

  • Thank you Aman, I have just booked my appointment without any hassle by following your guidance. Its so informative and helpful. I am about to explore regarding this today and just found your page on my first search and clicked. Glad I picked right page on right time and done with my appointment straightaway .

    Well done !! You saved my time. Thank you 🙂

    Akhila

  • In addition to the 50×50 size photograph question, could you please advice when I submit the application to surrender the Indian passport, where do I specify that I need surrender certificate? Do they by default send the surrender certificate after I have submit the application or is there a separate form I have to fill to get the surrender certificate?

    thanks