How to Surrender Indian Passport in the UK (2022 Guide)

How to surrender Indian Passport after British Citizenship - apply for surrender certificate

What 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.

After I got my British citizenship, I started exploring the process involved in the renunciation of Indian citizenship and the surrender of an Indian passport.

Acquiring British Citizenship is a lengthy process, and quite a journey – renewing your Visa, 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 Indian passport cancellation to obtain a surrender certificate.

In this post, that’s exactly what I am going to show you – a detailed guide on how to surrender your Indian passport in the UK.

This guide will fill any gaps in understanding you may 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 Online?

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

Why? For starters, I stumbled upon the VFS guide, but the information was not straightforward. Not what I expected (and there were anomalies in the information provided too).

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

I documented the step-by-step process for this page to become your one-stop go-to guide so YOU don’t have to face the hassles that I had to go through.

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

But one last thing…

By this point, you must be wondering:

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

Why do you need to surrender 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 at the nearest Indian mission/post to renunciate Indian citizenship. If you intend to apply for OCI Card (lifetime visa for India) or Consular Services/Visa, surrendering your Indian passport and getting a Surrender Certificate as proof of cancelled Indian passport is a pre-requite.

If you choose not to file for Indian passport cancellation, it’s an offence under the Indian Passport Act 1967 and you’ll need to pay penalties.

How long do you have to surrender Indian Passport?

You can travel on your Indian passport after getting British Citizenship for up to three months, provided you haven’t got your new foreign passport yet. The 3-month period is calculated from the date of acquiring foreign nationality which is the date of issue on your Naturalisation certificate.

Can you still travel on Indian passport?

Travelling using an Indian passport after the three-month grace period of becoming a foreign citizen, OR when you have already got your new foreign passport, is an offence under the Indian Passport Act 1967.

This is important.

Some people retain their Indian passports even after acquiring foreign citizenship (and renew them at expiry) and also use them for travelling. Once you acquire citizenship in any foreign country, it is illegal to travel on an 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 your Indian Passport after you acquired foreign citizenship.

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Indian Passport Surrender Fees in the UK

The Govt. of India has set fixed fees for surrendering Indian passports. The fee varies based on the date a Person of Indian Origin acquired British or Foreign Citizenship.

Here I have explained the different criteria and the related fees for surrendering an Indian passport.

  • 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 the 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 a “Deemed Surrender Certificate” which will cost you £20 plus applicable charges including Consular Surcharge of £2. Again, including the VFS service fee of £7.44, you will pay a total of £29.44 to obtain Deemed Surrender Certificate.
CaseFeeVFS Service ChargeTotal Fees
Got foreign citizenship before 31 May 2010£22£7.44£29.44
Got foreign citizenship from 01 Jun 2010£119£7.44£126.44
Got foreign citizenship 10+ years ago (Indian passport expired)£22£7.44£29.44
Indian passport surrender fee (UK)

To receive SMS updates on your application progress, you will need to pay an additional £1.20 (plus VAT) in fees for text updates on your mobile.

How to pay?

You can pay the fees for surrendering your passport using Cash or Debit Cards in person when attending the appointment. I paid using a Debit Card.

(Note: VFS no longer accepts credit cards and there is no online payment option at the time of booking an appointment.)

You can also pay using a bank draft or postal order payable to “VF Services UK Ltd”.

Indian passport surrender penalty

What are the penalties if you do not surrender your Indian Passport? As mentioned on the VFS website:

“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 the 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 the VFS website. I will provide some relevant links towards the end of this article for you to check.

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Surrender Certificate Indian passport processing time

The VFS website doesn’t answer this question clearly. It mentions the processing time for Indian passport surrender varies from case to case basis and some applications may take longer than others to get processed.

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

When I submitted my documents for withdrawing my Indian passport, the executive confirmed I should receive the surrender 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 the cancelled passport within 5 working days (from the date of submission).

Indian passport Surrender Certificate timeline

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

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.

Milestone Status When?
Booked appointment with VFS Day 0
Attended appointment at VFS Day 3
Application dispatched from VFS to High Commission of India Day 4
Notification received for Decision made and processed application received at VFS Day 9
Notification received for processed application dispatched by VFS Day 9
Surrender Certificate Received Day 10

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 passport surrender application for cancellation of your 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 the 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 for Indian passport cancellation?

To book an Indian passport surrender appointment, follow the below steps:

  • Step #1: Go to this link and click “Schedule an Appointment”
Book VFS appointment on High Commission of India website
  • Step #2: Select service as “Surrender of Indian Passport” and then select Location. Doing so will reload the page and bring up the calendar with available slots.
Schedule VFS appointment for Surrendering Indian passport

RED: Already booked or No service available on the day
GREEN: Appointments available
GREY: Slots not yet open for booking

The VFS appointment centre options for each jurisdiction are:

Jurisdiction (Mission to Select on Form)Location to Submit the Application
LondonVFS Goswell
VFS Hounslow
VFS Cardiff
VFS Belfast
BirminghamVFS Birmingham
VFS Bradford
VFS Leicester
VFS Manchester
EdinburghVFS Edinburgh

Follow this link to find out your jurisdiction based on your county.

  • Step #3: Select a date and then, pick a time slot. Once you have selected a date and time for your VFS appointment, the below two fields will be filled for you based on your date-time selection.
    • Date of submission of application
    • Appointment Time
  • Step #4 (Last Step): Now, enter Applicant Details (shown below).
    • Name of the applicant as given on passport
    • Passport Number
    • Email ID
    • Mobile Number

Click “Schedule Appointment Now” to proceed.

If you’re applying together as a family, you can at this point select the option and add the names and passport numbers for your family members. A family of three persons can book a single appointment. If you’re booking the appt. for more than three people, you can split them into multiple groups and book another appointment.

Enter applicant details - Indian Passport surrender VFS Appointment

That’s it.

Well done! Your appointment for the surrender of your Indian passport is booked.

Next, you should get the Appointment Confirmation (below) which means you have successfully booked an appointment for surrendering your Indian passport with VFS.

Print this as you need to carry this appointment confirmation with you (more on the full document checklist below).

Check your mailbox, and you should also get a confirmation email summarising the details of your appointment but the printout of the below screen is all you need for your appointment.

Indian passport surrender VFS Appointment Status Confirmation

What happens on the day of appointment?

When you reach your chosen centre, security personnel will attend you at the entrance and make preliminary checks (your appointment letter, filled Indian passport surrender application form) and issue a token number.

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 counter number shown. The officer at the counter will then ask you to submit your necessary documents and pay the passport surrender fee.

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

While at the counter, the officer will also ask for your mobile number and email address to keep you updated at critical stages of your application. I recommend getting text/email updates added so you are informed of progress at every stage.

Documents required to surrender Indian passport

Here’s the list of documents required for the surrender of an Indian passport if you acquired British Citizenship on or after 01 June 2010.

  • Two recent 50mm x 50mm size photographs.
  • Appointment Confirmation
  • Duly filled online application form [here]
  • A signed copy of Declaration Form [download here]
  • Original last Indian Passport (that you held at the time of naturalisation as a British Citizen)
  • Self-attested copy of your 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 sometimes ask for the original British Passport for verification purposes.

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 in the comments below, I suggest you carry the original as well just in case you get asked and post your finding in the comments so others could benefit.

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 the Indian passport to be physically provided.

In this case, you can apply for the “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 cannot 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 the 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 your 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 your Indian passport and apply for OCI at the same time is available (via Cox & Kings who are the outsourcing partner for High Commission for India). But such a service is not available in the UK.

In the UK, once you have got your surrender certificate, you can use my OCI guide to help you with the OCI application submission process.

Bookmark it now and you can refer to it later.

Wrapping Up

There you have it – your detailed guide showing you how to surrender Indian passport in the UK.

I hope this guide helps you in filling out the online application form and preparing documents for Indian passport surrender.

If you have any queries about the passport renunciation process or you get stuck at any step, drop me a comment below along with your feedback and suggestions for this guide. You can also refer to the existing comments below.

If you found this guide helpful, please do me a big favour and share this guide (and spread the word about Comparism) with others, for there’s a good chance that it will help them with their Indian passport surrender application (or any of the other detailed ex-pat guides).

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FAQs about Indian passport surrender in the UK

259 thoughts on “How to Surrender Indian Passport in the UK (2022 Guide)”

  1. Hi Aman,

    How are you, thanks for putting this together. I don’t understand why VFS and Indian High commission makes these things so complicated and without clear guides and steps to complete. With your help it has been alot easier, my question is when filling in this form what do you put in the ‘Place’ field?

    Thanks again

    1. Hey Sanjit, Thanks for your kind comment.

      ‘Place’ is where you’re applying from – so you can enter: City, Country for example London, UK.


  2. Thanks, Aman for your kind help.
    I have submitted my application yesterday and here is my experience (25/04/2022):
    1. I went on behalf of my wife and daughter, even though I carried an authorisation letter, they said no need for it and returned back.
    2. Keep as many copies of the appointment as the number of applications, I had only one copy and need to run to the photo copying shop nearby (the one in London Goswell is out of order) and have to take an extra copy (Keep change with you), I submitted 2 application for my wife and daughter and have to have 2 copies of the appointment letter.
    3. I surrendered 2 years after my wife and daughter are naturalised (didn’t want to go to London due to covid) and not used the Indian passport to travel after they are naturalised, they did not levy any penalty (as per the vfs website, they do penalty if we keep an Indian passport for more than 3 years).
    4. Two photos are mandatory, I took two.
    5. Children above 5 years are now asked to write their name on the application rather than a thumbprint, so the kind lady in the vfs pasted a sticker on top of the thumb impression and asked me to write my daughter’s name like my daughter writes (use your left hand in such case if you are right-handed and vice-versa)
    6. One important point is, that I misplaced the naturalisation certificate so didn’t take the original, I luckily scan all documents and keep them in dropbox, so took a self-attested copy only, they didn’t ask for it the original. They asked to see only the original British passports.

    Hope that helps.

  3. Hi thanks for detailed information and very informative and I followed all the procedures and surrendered my passport and self addressed A4 envelop not required and they didn’t accept my envelop and they said we need use their courier services only now and some issues with Royal Mail it seems so I would suggest please don’t waste money for buying self addressed envelop thanks again

  4. Excellent guide but I just can’t see any appointments for the surrender on the HCI’s website. Am I missing a trick here? Thanks

    1. Hi Navneet, the appointments go very soon so please keep trying. Alternatively, you could check other appointment centres (outside your jurisdiction). You will need to fill the form again with the new jurisdiction though.


  5. Hi,
    I went through this website mainly for special delivery envelope specifications. I had my appointment yesterday (24/03/2022) at VFS-Leicester which went on quite quick without any hassle. I thought someone will fuss about Royalmail special delivery envelope but was accepted after usual disclaimer from vfs ‘We cannot guarantee its safe return’, upon accepting the disclaimer, I was out within 10 minutes. An other point, if it helps someone, while submitting surrender application, I did not have my UK passport (I already applied for it but was under process by Home Office) and left that field blank. Since VFS appointment dates were not available any sooner, by the time I got my appointment I received my UK passport. I took a copy and original UK passport with me yesterday and the vfs officer just penned down my UK passport number in the application and accepted it. Hopefully I will receive my surrender certificate by next week.

  6. Hi Aman,

    Thank you very much for this guide. I have my appointment for surrendering my passport tomorrow at Hounslow but just realised I haven’t purchased a special delivery envelope! I saw in one of the comments that you have said there is a post office right across the road and I can see in the screenshot for scheduling an appointment that you selected Hounslow so I am guessing that’s where you went as well and hoping there is a post office there!

    1. Hey Shruti,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Yes, I did mine at Hounslow, and there’s a post office right opposite the VFS building (Vista Centre) inside Londis on Chinchilla Drive. In fact, that’s where I had bought mine from. Here’s the address: Post Office, 69 Salisbury Rd, Hounslow TW4 7NW.

      Also, Shanthi (here) found a secret cheaper 3-day £8 delivery alternative to the expensive £15 one available at VFS itself (she did her’s at VFS Birmingham).

      When you go, could you kindly verify this information tomorrow if the Hounslow centre also has a similar alternative available? I’d still recommend you buy the Royal Mail one before your appointment just in case but irrespective, please confirm this for us so I can then add it to the post so it can help the future readers of this guide 😉

      Thanks in advance.

  7. Hey Seema,

    Thanks for your kind comment.

    Here’s what I always saw my father do for attesting documents, and I usually follow (haven’t had any issues so far). Dating your documents avoids someone misusing your docs in the future for some other purpose. You can even mention “Self-attestation for application name.”

    • Signature
    • (Name in parenthesis)
    • Today’s date (or the date of appointment)

    I am okay for others to jump in and suggest what they follow.

    I hope you find this helpful. Thanks.


  8. Hi Aman

    Thanks so much for your blogs. When surrendering your indian passport in UK what exactly should we write when self attesting?


  9. rithwik chaitanya

    hi aman

    I am trying to apply for surrendering the indian passport, my VFS Centre is birmingham but there are not appointments available in birmingham until march 22

    there is an appointment available in edinburgh in feb 23, can i submit my surrender of passport application in Edinburgh???

    i live in county cumbria and my VFS is Birmingham, bradford, leicester or manchester, all 4 of them have no appointments till march 23rd? so is it ok to book appointment in edinburgh ?

    1. Hi

      I cant seem to get an appointment everything is greyed out, been trying for few days. Any suggestions.

      Great article to follow on Renunciating Indian Passport I was getting headache navigating and following the instructions on official website

      1. Hey Simmer, thanks for your kind words. Please keep trying – the appointments go real quick. You could also try to schedule appointment for passport surrender with another jurisdiction that has one available.


  10. Hi Aman,
    Thanks for the detailed information.
    I have an appointment on Friday, and I have 1 question.
    Does VFS accepts Royal Mail special delivery envelopes(1 per application) or we have to take their own?
    Just trying to save some money 🙂 as I have 3 application in total.

    Thanks in advance,

    1. Hi Suyansh,

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

      Yes, VFS accepts Royal Mail special delivery envelopes. They might try to upsell you their own “secure” service, but you can stick to the ones you provide.

      Please share your experience here if you can after your appointment. That’s the only way to keep this guide updated together 😉

      All the best!

      1. Hi Aman,

        I had my appointment on 04/02/2022 at Birmingham VFS. Here are some experiences I had.
        1. They only allowed 1 person inside due to COVID. so my wife had to wait outside(good we did not take our kid :))
        2. When I said I want to use the Royal Mail Secure Next Day service envelopes, the staff at counter warned me and said “we can not guarantee you with their delivery, we have people reported issue with them, so you have to use VFS recommended DX courier”, I did not want to risk my application so accepted it.
        3. Delightfully we received our Surrender Certificate with Cancelled passports on 11/02/2022 exactly in 1 week.

        I am preparing for OCI as a next step. good luck everyone.

        1. Hi Suyansh,

          Thanks for sharing your experience here.

          I have been hearing the issue around the VFS staff not accepting the Royal Mail special delivery envelope when they’re just as secure. I have tweeted the VFS team to clarify this once and for all so that next time, the VFS staff use any such tactics, you can use it for reference.

          Please retweet the tweet to show your support:

          Congratulations on receiving your surrender certificate and all the best for your OCI application. 😉


    2. Hi Suyash,
      Please do mention when at the Window that you have a royal mail envelope. Otherwise, they will assume that you will take their expensive service. It happened with me. And she was like “why didn’t you tell me?” And I was like “You should have asked”. Anyway, after making faces, she cancelled their envelope. Lesson learned.

  11. Hi Majid, appointments go quickly as soon as they become available, especially after the pandemic build-up of backlog. I suggest you keep trying and new ones/cancellations keep showing up some available slots. I hope your wife can book hers soon. All the best.

    If you may need to, you can try calling the VFS helpline at +442037938629.


  12. Hi Aman,

    My wife is renouncing her Indian citizenship after gaining British Citizenship. She is unable to secure any appointments online are we doing something wrong? Would you happen to have any relevant helplines I could contact as at the moment going around in circles here. VFS helpline would be great!



  13. Hi Aman,
    One more question. Are we required to take minors with us on the day of appointment? We are 3 along with my daughter who is 11 yrs

  14. Hi Aman,

    Thanks for the post. Very helpful. The photo specification that’s in the surrender application says 2x2mm . Had taken 5x5mm as mentioned here but vfs accepted it anyways. Another thing was vfs provided the envelop, we just had to update the address. Total amount paid £239. Submitted in Manchester,Jan-2022.
    Thanks for putting all the required links and documents together .Much appreciated.

    1. Hi Ash,

      Thanks for your comment and for providing an update here for others’ help. 🙂

      The specification on the form I understand would have read 2×2inch which is equivalent to 50mm (which is what you’d have taken with yourself and what I have on the guide here).


  15. Hi Aman,

    Thank you for the information provided here, it has been very helpful.

    Just to add my recent experience if it helps someone else. It is allowed to book an appointment in a center in different jurisdiction nowadays due to difficulty in getting appointments locally. I am from London but submitted my application in Edinburgh recently. Please make sure to register on Passport Seva website with the same jurisdiction as the appointment center & then fill the application form.
    I initially registered under London & filled the form. But the Edinburgh center said they cannot accept it. I had to fill a form at the center (computer with internet connection & printer available for a fee) & was able to submit. I saw lot of people with the same problem. If you face the same, politely request the staff to give you few minutes, register under right jurisdiction online with a new email (the one used before will not be allowed), take the printout & submit. May save you another trip for appointment.

  16. Hi, I am in the process of surrendering my Indian passport along with my wife and daughter. On the HCI website, I’ve filled 3 application forms one for each. Does that mean I need to take 3 special delivery self-addressed envelopes?
    On the appointment they gave only 1 slot for whole family (asking for additional member as you mentioned in the image) so thinking is this really one application or 3?

    1. Hi Nitin,

      It is still three different applications, but you’ll be submitting them together as a family, and you’ll need separate special delivery envelopes.

      It used to require booking three appointments unnecessarily but attended together, so this is an improvement that now allows having a single booking for up to 3 family members 🙂

      I hope this helps. Thanks.

  17. Disappointing that one takes the time to leave a positive review and relevant details about the information you provide but you can’t be bothered to post it. Please include in the guidance that people shouldn’t bother to make the effort nor waste their time as only selective reviews are posted. The first website where I have experienced this.

    1. Hi Sraboni,

      Thanks for your patience. The delay in approving your comment wasn’t intentional 😊
      I am in India due to some personal commitments so couldn’t get back to moderating the backlog of comments.

      Thanks again for taking out the time for your valuable comment and for your continued support.

      Have a nice day, thanks.


  18. Hi, Great post and very useful.
    Do you remember all the services we have at our disposal when you reach VFS such as: photocopy, photographs etc just in case?

    Thank you in advance

  19. Hi Aman,

    Can’t thank you enough for your guide which has been a tremendous help as it’s not easy to find the relevant information. I had got my passport cancelled in 2005 but hadn’t applied for the surrender certificate till now, however I do now need it for my OCI application. Luckily it’s come through really quick and I received the certificate 9 days post application submission and am so delighted as I expected to have to wait longer.

    The links on your guide are so useful along with all other details. The only bit I found slightly confusing on the application form was that it stated ‘Applicants Name’ rather than stating ‘Applicants Name as mentioned on the passport’. I had put down my married surname and then had to fill in a new form at the VFS Office with my maiden name as on the cancelled passport. The VFS staff were extremely helpful with enabling the print out of the new application form from our mobile phone. Huge thanks Aman for all your help. You’re doing a fantastic job helping all of us with our applications.

    1. Hi Sraboni,

      Thanks a lot for your encouraging feedback and for taking out the comment in leaving the update about Applicant’s name. I will add a relevant point about it in the post.


  20. Gurpreet Sagoo

    Hi Aman,

    Do you know how long it takes in total at the VFS office? My husband has an appointment for 11.15 and I am aware that he needs to take a token at the entrance (don’t understand why when he has an appointment but that’s India for you). I doubt he will get seen on time but he has another appointment in London at 3pm, hopefully that is enough time for him to be done there? Any advice is helpful thanks Aman

    1. Hi Gurpreet,

      Thanks for your comment. Once at the counter, it should only take about 15-20 minutes. If the appointment is at 11:15, it should be ample time to get to London for 3 PM (depending on which VFS centre you’re booked for)


  21. do we have to make application on ” Passport Seva ” website first , for the surrender of passport ,sorry if i have missed on the post, then book appointment in HCI website?

    1. Hi Krish,

      Yes, that’s correct. The links to both the application form and the appointment portal are on the post.


  22. Hi

    Thanks for the step by step guidance.i have surrendered my indian passport 2 weeks ago and I am still waiting for my surrender certificate.

    Any chance track the application online?And if so how.i don’t have a tracking number. They give me a slip and there is few different numbers on it.any help highly appreciate

    1. Hi Satnam,

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

      Please refer to the FAQs section above as I have already covered the information about checking the VFS application status online. There must be an invoice/receipt number on the confirmation receipt you got from VFS – please try that.


      1. Hey Aman,
        I am really struggling to get an appointment.
        It seems appointments are being released on day to day basis with no info on what time are they made available. I have checked numerous times and have never been able to find a green slot. All not released or not available. Any ideas?

        Thanks…the Article is really helpful.

        1. Hi Ashish,

          Sorry to know you’re struggling, mate. The two ways I can recommend in this situation are:

          • keep trying; the appointments are added every day and go very quickly… I have noticed they usually get added in the late evening
          • try other locations if you can visit there – I know this option is not the most convenient and depends on where you live but might be worth a trip, given the backlog from the pandemic. A few locations I can see with quite a few slots (November) – Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast.

          Hope this helps.

          All the best

          1. Finally managed to find an appointment. I logged in at about 8:30 PM and was able to book an appointment.

          2. Thanks for sharing here, Ashish. All the best. 🙌🏼
            Please post an update here on how it goes, if you can. Cheers.

          3. Got the certificate. My appointment was scheduled for 29th Dec and i received the surrender certificate on 06th Jan via post… Thx mate. Off to OCI card now…
            Might be worth mentioning in your post that minors need to put a thumb print under the photo (its mentioned in the form). VFS almost send me back as i thought i can sign instead (There is another field that allows that). They eventually allowed it but i had to plead a bit.

  23. Sheik AbdulRahman Sheik Allavudeen

    Hi Aman,

    Thanks for the great info. Feel like I reached one stop shop. Great! 🙂

    I have a question, my younger daughter is British citizen by birth (We had ILR that time when she born). So, can we apply for her OCI just by using our surrender certificate or do we need to do anything to include her also in the surrender certificate process? Couldn’t find clear information about this. If you know please reply.

    1. Hi Sheik, thanks for your kind words; I am glad you found it useful 🙂

      Here’s my take: as your daughter is British by birth, that means she never had an Indian passport so won’t have/need a surrender cert of her own. She can get OCI based on a “parents of Indian origin” basis which means your documents along with your daughter’s birth certificate should do. Please refer to Case #2/3. on my OCI guide (here for your quick reference:

      I hope this helps.


  24. Hi Aman,
    Thanks you for a very informative guide. I have a question about ‘hard back’ pre paid envelope to be submitted. Is it different from normal silver envelope for special delivery?
    VFS page says ‘Applicants are required to provide a hard back A4 SIZE self-addressed envelope (Special Delivery) per application’.

  25. You’re a Godsend. I have been procrastinating doing this for so long purely because how clunky the Indian websites are. This is massively helpful.
    Thank you 🙂

  26. Submitted my application for Surrender certificate on 27.05.2021 at VFS-Belfast.Till date I have not received my surrender certificate.Their responses to my emails and calls have been “wait”, another common line is we have forwarded your email to the concerned department and they will get in touch with you.I have sent a feedback/complaint to their email add.I doubt anything would happen.They are unable to give me a time frame too.
    I was hoping to apply for my OCI application soon,but looking at this intial step ,i doubt that would be any better.
    It is a hopeless situation which everyone going through this process should be prepared for.

    1. Hi Sachin, What does the online tracking show?

      If you don’t see any progress on the online status, I suggest you try calling them for an update: +44-2037938629 or +44-2037884666.

      I hope this gets sorted out for you soon.

      All the best.


      1. Hi Aman,

        I finally received it today more than a month after submission.
        This was not after mutliple emails, and unanswered telephone calls.
        Until two days back the tracking bit showed” certificate under review in embassy/consulate”.
        Now I dread to think how this OCI process would go.
        I had a couple of questions regarding the OCI documents requirement.
        One is that I am divorced , so do would they need my original divorce decree or just a copy of it is fine or is it even necessary? I do not have the original of that document with me here in the UK.
        The next one is regarding my employment document.I am on a break from my work.Would my last job contract or last payslip suffice?
        Thank you for your guidance regarding the surrender certificate and OCI process.

        1. Hey Sachin, That’s great news, mate! I am glad you’ve got your surrender certificate. 🎉

          Thanks for sharing your experience here.

          Regarding OCI, I guess with anything else in life, when you hit a low, the only way to go is up 😀
          So, I hope your OCI experience would be much better than the Surrender passport one. 🤞🏼

          1/ You’ll need only the copy and need to upload it with your online application? The process has recently updated (a silent one, yet again!) where you can upload all your documents online itself.
          2/ Yes, last employment proof should work.

          For other documents and everything you need is available in my OCI guide – please check it out.

      2. Hi Aman,
        Thank you very much for such a detailed post on the process. It was very helpful!!
        I submitted my application for surrender certificate yesterday but I do not know how to check the status of my application. When I go to the “Track Application Status” link on, they are asking for a “file number”. I have no clue what that number is.

        Can you please let me know how to find this file number of my application? Or, am I looking at the wrong link?
        Thanks very much again,

        1. Hi Sayan, thanks; glad you liked the guide.

          You’re using the correct link – if I remember correctly, the File Number should be the reference number present on the invoice/receipt VFS gave you after submitting your application. Please confirm here if that works. Shame VFS doesn’t have a simple tooltip next to the field explaining this (it’s 2021!). They might add after reading this comment 🙂


          1. Hi Aman,

            Thank you for your message.
            I did locate the number in the invoice/receipt that VFS gave me but its not working! The “file number” starts with 4 alphabets followed by 14 digits.
            But everytime I input the number, the tracker says “please enter a valid number”. I tried different combinations (like inputting only the digits, etc) but still no success.

            Then I called up the VFS helpline and I was told that the tracker is not working at the moment! But they let me know the status over phone.

            Best regards,

      3. Hi. Thank you so much for this post. I tried to book appointment online but couldn’t find any available appointment. Any idea when do they open up appointments ??

        1. Hi Amarjit, thanks for your comment. 😊

          I have usually noticed they open up in the evenings but I could be wrong so please keep trying or book the appointment for any centre that’s convenient for you.

          Kind regards

  27. Martin Thomas Mathews

    Hi Aman,

    I had commented 2 days ago but I don’t see my comment and so I write again.

    I submitted my application to surrender my Indian passport on the Passport Seva site.
    The next step is to book an appointment at the VFS center at Goswell Rd, London. Yet, the appointment booking link in your post – – no longer works. I get a 500 – Internal Server error message.

    When I try this link to book an appointment on I see the Calendar widget and can move across Months. But no date is click-able to schedule an appointment.

    How do I move forward? Any thoughts? Please advise, good sir.

    Thank you,

    1. Hello Martin, My apologies for not getting back to you earlier – been a busy week.

      The old booking link has expired and I will make updates to the post with the new link over the weekend.

      I just now tried the new one as well and even I don’t seem to be able to see any appointments available (I tried OCI as well for a few different centres).

      My suggestion would be to call the VFS helpline please as they can confirm if it’s the broken site or they don’t have any appointments. If you don’t mind, if you do call them up, please update here as well 🙂

      Kind regards


    Dear Aman,
    I sincerely thank you for all these details. I really appreciate it.
    I am currently in the process of applying for my surrender certificate. I have submitted it online via Passport Seva.
    However, I have not been able to book an appointment for the surrender certificate service. I have tried the link you provided – but I get 500 – Internal server error.

    On this site, – no date is click-able.

    Am I going to the wrong places to book an appointment? Any thoughts and ideas to move forward would be greatly appreciated

  29. Hi,

    You’ve no idea how helpful this is to people like me .. thank you thank you thank you so much.
    Kind regards

    1. Hey Prathiba, It’s comments like this that keep Comparism going. 🥳

      Thanks – I am really glad you liked this guide.


  30. Hi Aman,

    Thanks for your explanation , I am trying to register on Passport Seva at Indian Embassies and Consulates, but I choose the location Bradford so on the drop down for the Embassy/Consulate there is no option to select Bradford? so which one should I choose ?


    1. Hi Daljit,

      For Birmingham, Leicester, Manchester, Bradford, you’ll need to select “United Kingdom – Birmingham.”


  31. Hi,

    Is Naturalisation certificate compulsory? I don’t have one. However, I have Portuguese citizenship. So does that help?

    1. Hi Wayne,

      To surrender your Indian passport, you need proof that you’ve acquired foreign citizenship; if you can provide proof of that, you’ll be fine.

      I am not sure what documentation you’d have from acquiring Portuguese citizenship – I’d understand you’d have the British equivalent of citizenship/naturalization certificate?


  32. hi Aman,

    thank you for your help. I wonder if you can help, my county in UK comes under Birmingham, can i submit my application in any VFS office ? (example in Edinburgh) or do i have to choose only which comes under birmingham, because everytime i try to book appointment in bradford or manchesater there is no slots available.
    Thank you

      1. Hi Aman
        Thanks for your detailed article.
        I am unable to surrender Indian passport due to unavailable appointments in VFS in covid period. I believe that the grace period for surrendering Indian passport after receiving naturalisation certificate is 3 months. If I am unable to surrender passport during this period and not travelling on Indian passport do I still incur any penalties for late surrender?


  33. 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?

  34. 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?

  35. Dont know whether somebody have pointed it out earlier or not, from last 2 months there has been change in the application form. The application form downloaded from link shared in this step by step guide is no longer valid. Now there is online application form which you need to print after filling online and submitting. Please do not download application form from this link otherwise VFS will refuse it. It happened to me today.

  36. Hi Aman,
    I think you are mistaken when you say one can travel to India within the grace period of 3 months. This grace period is only applicable if you havent received a foreign passport (for example British passport). If you have received the foreign passport, then the grace period is no more applicable to travel to India. Grace period travel is permissible only if you have the naturalization certificate and have not yet applied/got the foreign passport.

    1. Hi Vee, thanks for your comment. Yes, that was a mistake on the original version of the guide. It was subsequently updated after the feedback in the comments and has got the correct version since.


    2. Hi Vee, thanks for your comment. Yes, that was a mistake on the original version of the guide. It was subsequently updated after the feedback in comments and has got the correct version since.


    1. 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.


  37. 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

    1. 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.


  38. Hi Aman,

    Thanks for this detailed guide, was really helpful.
    I am planning to surrender the Indian passport for my 3 year old as she got British citizenship(one parent has ILR now) and her British passport is approved as well.
    As seen in your previous comments either parent can sign all the forms and the thumb impression of my daughter is not required anywhere right ? Also as mentioned in the recent comment by Anu I am not able to find the link to submit the online declaration at passport seva ?
    Also one more doubt I had was is it mandatory to take my daughter to the appointment as well ?


  39. Hi Aman,

    A very happy new year and thanks for taking the time to post the detailed guide above – very helpful indeed.

    I have a few clarifications to seek please :

    1. Is the process above the same for minors as well (my daughter who is 4 and was born here in the UK is now a citizen and has a passport – we are however still on ILR and will only be eligible for citizenship later in the year), presume we need to surrender her Indian passport ASAP?
    2. Does she need to go with me to VFS for the process given she is only 4?
    3. Lastly has anything changed with regards to OCI card – or will it still have to be surrendering the passport and getting the renunciation certificate first and then applying for OCI?

    Thanks a lot for your help.

    1. Hi Mayank, my bad for missing your comment earlier. It could be that this information is no longer useful for you but thought of updating in case others could benefit.

      1. Yes, the process is pretty much similar except for you need to support the application with additional parents’ documents (please refer to the relevant section on the post above)
      2. No, not necessarily, mother or father can submit the application on the minor’s behalf.
      3. The process is still the same with regards to first requiring Indian passport cancellation to get the surrender certificate and then apply for OCI.


  40. It is ridiculous that you have to pay separate fees for surrendering the Indian passport and getting an OCI, coming to just over £300 in total. Surrendering the passport should be free of charge as you are doing the country a favour! I guess it’s more ways for them to make money.

    Any application process for the Indian passport/visa is a daunting process here in the UK. Weird passport photo specification, lengthy application forms, multiple visits to the VFS centre where you will have to put up with the most unfriendly staff. I tried to change my name on the Indian passport during renewal, and they said I have to advertise it in a UK newspaper and an Indian newspaper. How stupid is that? As if they expect you to go all the way to India to publish your name change in a newspaper. Can’t get more stupid than this!

    I’m in the process of getting my British passport, and the whole process was really smooth. Had to visit the application centre once to scan all the documents and then to the post office for finger print scan. That’s all! Such an easy and clean process. When it comes to surrendering my Indian passport, I can see myself getting really pissed off with the VFS. The requirements to even surrender Indian passport isn’t an easy process. If you retain the passport, you are fined. And if you surrendered the passport, you still have to pay. There is no win-win at all.

  41. 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,

  42. 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.


    1. 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!


  43. 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,

  44. Hi Aman, many thanks for this article. I had a question: What’s the data of acquiring foreign nationality?
    I have my Portuguese ID card and the Passport too which has date of issue of the passport. I don’t have any naturalisation certificate. But I do have my “Portuguese Birth certificate.” I was born in India, but in order to acquire Portuguese nationality I had to register my birth there. So do I enter the date that my birth was registered in Portugal as the date of acquiring foreign nationality?

    Secondly, tentatively how much fine will be levied (my Portuguese birth was registered in November 2018 and I got my Portuguese passport in March 2019). My Indian passport was issued in May 2016. I have never travelled using my Indian passport. I have travelled to US using my Portuguese passport only (in April 2019).
    So its not been 3 years of acquiring foreign nationality yet or travel using Indian passport. The grace period of 3 months of surrendering Indian passport has expired in Feb 2018 (in case we count 3 months from birth registration in Nov. 2018).
    What do you think about the fine and date of acquiring foreign nationality?

    Kind regards.

  45. Hi Aman,

    A very good guide and thanks for doing this.

    But unfortunately, things have now changed. The old form is no longer valid, there is a new online form which needs to be filled online and then printed. Also, some of the jurisdiction (ex: Birmingham) no longer accept Royal Mail as they had few passports missing so only accept anything other than Royal mail.

    It’s always good to double-check on the official website as they keep on changing things.

    Please update the blog so that others would not make the same mistake which I did.

    Thanks again.

  46. 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.

  47. Dear Aman,
    Thanks for this article. I must admit that this is a very helpful guide written for us.

    I am in a tricky position. I have a different surname in my Indian passport to my married name. I recently acquired british citizenship in the same name as my indian passport. I was advised to apply for a cancellation certificate from Indian embassy and then apply for the British passport with a covering letter to change my surname and cancellation certificate.

    I am travelling to Europe next month and i wish not to surrender my Indian passport till I come back (my travel arrangement is in my Indian passport name).

    Is there any advise in this matter? Should I apply for British passport but then I have to apply for name change in my passport.


    1. Hi Shana, My apologies for the late reply. I am not sure if you could still benefit from this information but I thought to update anyways if others could be in the same situation.

      The British Passport can only be issued in the same name as your previous Indian passport. So in this situation, you’ll need to first get your British Passport then get a Deed Poll with your name change and apply for a new British Passport for the name change to be included.


  48. 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.

  49. 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?

    1. 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!

  50. 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 !

    1. 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.


  51. 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

    1. 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.


  52. Dear Aman,
    Thank You for making it easy to surrender Indian passport,fallowed all your guidance and today completed the 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

  53. 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?

    1. 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.


  54. 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?


  55. 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 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?

    Tejas Patel

  56. 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?


  57. 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:

    The link below shows that you can submit to Bristol. This is not true since the Bristol office is closed:

  58. 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!

      1. 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.


        1. 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.


  59. 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?

  60. 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

  61. Chetan Mahendroo

    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?


      1. Thankyou for your assistance.its much helpful.I have managed to get my surrender certificate.I am still in searches as I am applying for OCI on basis of my Indian passport,
        Could u please advise documents required ,it also mentions nativity certificate do I require this?
        Your help is appreciated

  62. 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

    1. 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.

  63. 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.

    1. 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.

  64. 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.

    1. 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.


  65. 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

  66. 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.

  67. 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!

  68. 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.


    1. 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.


  69. 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?

  70. 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?

    1. 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?


  71. 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 🙂


  72. 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?


    1. Hi Besal,

      You receive a surrender certificate as a result of applying to surrender your Indian passport. No separate forms.


  73. Hi Buddy,

    Thanks for such a wonderful article.

    Do they really need Two recent 50mm x 50mm size photographs or will they accept UK passport size photo?
    If not, where can I get 50mm x 50mm size photographs.

    1. Hi Besal,

      You will need 50x50cm (2′ x 2′ inch) – you can get this from any photo service. Simply ask for Indian passport or US passport/visa photograph as US and India have the photo size specifications.

      Any established passport photo service would know the requirements 🙂


  74. HI Aman, nice post.
    I have a question regarding the appointment for surrendering the Indian passport for my son (2yrs old). The schedule appointment doesn’t have any fields to choose for children (only has “Number of applications to be submitted for adults:”), so shall I take an appointment for my son by giving all my details in the appointment form including my passport number, data of birth details etc..


    1. Yes Niki, you can provide your details to book the appointment.

      I have a few examples of people around me for who this suggestion worked just fine – no issues known so far. Please let me know here about your experience 🙂


    Hello Aman. First of all I would like to say thank you for writing in details. I got all the information needed by reading in 15 min whereas previously I have been looking for them for hours. Have a couple of queries pls.
    1. I am planning to surrender Indian passport once I get my british passport and so will be mt wife. Can I go to VFS appointment alone with both of our documents or does she have to go herself as well. Difiicult for us to get leave bpth together.
    2. While applying for surrender of passport
    A. Do they take the original british passport?
    B. Do i need to submit envelope as well for this ?

    Th anks a lot for your help – really appreciated
    With regards

    1. Hello Dr. Samrat,

      Thanks a lot for your kind feedback 🙂

      1. Yes, you can visit the VFS and submit the application on behalf of your wife as well.
      2. A. No, they won’t keep it but you do need to take it with your for verification purposes (along with a self-attested photocopy – which they will keep).
      2. B. Yes, as I have mentioned in the post above, you would need 1x A4 sized self-addressed envelopes per application for the return of original documents and, new and cancelled passports.

      I hope this helps.


  76. Another note. I was asked to get a photo copy of pages that I used to enter UK the very first time using HSMP/Tier-1/Tier-2 visa.

    So, from your old passport, please take the photo copy of your first entry visa to UK + front/back


    1. Thanks Sena, this is the first case I have heard. Let’s see if there’s any other case and I shall append it to the post accordingly 🙂


  77. One update. While booking for VFS appointment online, please type in small letters. email address in capital letters are not accepted by the online form. I was quite puzzled with their response saying enter proper email ID.

  78. Hi Aman do you know what to write in the place of issue for the British passport on the surrender form ? And do I need to fill in the from bit on the silver envelope myself ?


    1. Hi Monika,

      There is no specific ‘place of issue’ mentioned on a UK passport hence, I mentioned HMPO London on mine and had no issues.

      No, the “From” bit will be filled in by HCI – you only need to fill in the “To” bit with your address.

      Hope this info helps.


  79. Hi Aman

    I got my Naturalisation Certificate and I am going to surrender my Indian Passport first then i will apply for British Passport once i received my surrender certificate. Do I need to send my Original Naturalisation Certificate or Just Self Attested copy? Also in my situation, do i need 2 or 1 envelop?

    Kind Regards


    1. Hi Harry,

      You need to include self-attested copy and carry the original with you to VFS for verification. You need 1 envelope per application.

      Hope this helps.


  80. That’s great..thanks again Aman.

    What happens to the physical passport during surrender and OCI process. Will it be destroyed OR hand it back to us after marking it as cancelled?

    I have a property in India for which proof of identity was Indian passport, Not having the Indian passport will cause any troubles in Future?


    1. Hi Jay,

      The cancelled passport will be returned to you along with the surrender certificate. For OCI, you don’t need the Indian passport (as you cancelled it) – instead, you will submit the surrender certificate.

      No shouldn’t be an issue – you will still have your cancelled passport as proof along with surrender certificate (and OCI card). I haven’t come across this situation myself yet but don’t feel this to be an issue at all.

      1. In the US, they stamped, “Cancelled due to acquisition of Foreign Citizenship” on the photo page of the passport. At that time, they did not issue any surrender certificate. It was done long before this surrender certificate hoopla started. I am not sure if they still do that or just send you a surrender certificate and make a different mark on the canceled/surrendered Indian passport.

        And as a bonus answer: On an existing India Visa in the US passport, they marked, “Canceled without Prejudice” when issuing the OCI.

        1. Hi Mez Baan, thanks for your comment!

          Can you recall how long ago was it (when they did not issue a surrender certificate and only stamped the cancellation on the Indian PP)?

          Now, they stamp the passport as cancelled and send it back along with the surrender certificate.


          1. Sorry; just saw this. It was very long ago, March 2010 to be precise. The surrender certificate issue–although on books for ever–was not big then. Plus, I had never traveled on an Indian passport, so it would have been defensible. To be honest, I did not know the rule to surrender Indian citizenship if one acquired a foreign citizenship even existed. I just applied for OCI as soon as they started issuing it. The biggest peeve of mine is the onerous (way more than the original application) process to get it reissued every time a new passport is issued for holders under 20 years and once after the holder reaches 50 years of age. I am all for updating the picture etc. but the process needs to be greatly simplified than made many more times difficult for reissue of a new passport. In the US, kids have to get a new passport every five years; so, if you get OCI as a baby for them, you have to do this at least two or up to three times. Lots of $$$$ and more bureaucratic nightmarish paperwork, which is totally unwarranted in my humble opinion. As I wrote in your OCI guide, I don’t think most Indian immigration authorities enforce this rule, but I wouldn’t recommend taking a chance. It could ruin your trip if this situation were to occur. Thankfully, there is no more OCI stickers in the passport; just the OCI booklet is fine. That’s why I don’t know why a British passport is needed in the UK for OCI process; here in the US, just a notarized copy is fine.

          2. One more thing — I think a copy of that cancelled page for folks like me is (should be) treated equal to a surrender certificate.

  81. Hello Aman – Many thanks for summarizing the steps and comments sections answers -Very useful.

    I got my British passport last week and about to make the surrender certificate application in the next few days and then OCI as you suggested.

    Just wondering whether my travel to India (in case of any family/personal emergency) will be impacted because of the above mentioned surrender formalities until I get my OCI? If that is the case, what are my options to make my travel and return to UK seamless?

    I am also waiting for your OCI article – please send me if have a draft?

    Regards, Jay

    1. Hello Jay,

      Thanks for your comment 🙂

      If for any reason, you don’t get your OCI in time and you need to travel to India, eVisa is your best bet. I had to apply for an eVisa as I couldn’t apply for OCI then and got the eVisa in less than 24 hours 😉

      For OCI, I have just published the detailed guide. Feel free to use it at


  82. Hi Abhi, Indian passport number is just fine, no need to put British passport number for surrendering Indian passport, hope this helps, cheers!

  83. Hi Aman

    I have a doubt about filling in the appointment sheet.
    I am not sure whether to type in my british passport number or my indian passport number when filling in the appointment page for surrendering my indian passport.

  84. Very useful guide! Thanks
    I saw you surrendered your passport at Hounslow. Where did you park? the VFS website says to use public transport but it will take me ages!! (sorry I emailed you this question, as well as the page was not loading properly for me earlier)/


    1. Hello there,

      Thanks for your comment. Beavers lane and Chinchilla Drive are 2 places where I parked on different visits. There is also a paid parking inside the “Vista Centre” but I couldn’t figure out where exactly the pay machine was hence I parked in the residential area around.

      I will update about the parking at Hounslow centre after my visit for OCI to help others here 😉

    2. Regarding parking at VFS Hounslow:

      I’ve visited the VFS Hounslow office at least 3 times and always used car. There’s good number of parking spots behind the main building but important to note that some parking slots are numbered and please do not park there or else you may be issued PCN notice. As you move further down, you will see a machine on the right hand side and I think it does accept coins but I always paid using the number mentioned on the machine via phone. And its very pathetic system where you have to say each letter of your car registration and the automated system is not nice to recognise the correct letters. So better to have an additional 10 mins or so just to pay for the parking over phone, or even better to carry the coins.
      Hope this helps.

      1. Thank you!
        Yes I was able to park on one of the residential streets. I have been issued PCN a few times in past so I try be quite aware to read signs… Thanks again!

  85. hi aman
    how about surrendering children passport(under 18)
    1.who needs to sign the application form/or child thumb impression?
    2.does both parents to sign declaration form>

    1. Hi Joseph,

      Apologies for the delay in replying to your query (you might have completed your application by now hopefully – updating it here in case anyone else could use this info)

      Either parent can sign the application/declaration forms.


  86. Hi Aman, I really appreciate the efforts that you’re putting for generously helping others 🙂

    Well, I thought of booking an appointment in advance too, but the thing is it needs that ‘OCI Registration Number’ for booking an appointment and that number can only be generated/obtained once I submit the online application at
    And hence I was looking for a nice step-by-step guide so that I don’t make any mistakes and get things right the first time 🙂

    1. 🙂

      Yeah, of course it does need the OCI Reg number 😀

      I have it on the draft post in the pre-requisites you need to book an appointment but forgot about that part – my bad!

      On that note, if all you need is a checklist right now, I am sending you my draft now that I did last year for my OCI application submission but then the application could not be submitted due to a mistake (I will mention it on the post!) – please check your email.

  87. Hey Aman, slight off-topic comment. I am still waiting for your OCI step-by-step guide 🙂 , any chance you can upload anytime soon?

    I really can’t wait anymore to apply for OCI since I’m planning a visit to India in next 2 months so it will be good to see the steps here. I have started consolidating process/doc list etc and will update here in case your guide does not get ready before I apply 🙂


    1. Hey Nakul,

      It wasn’t my plan for this week but I will do it for you (max by the weekend!) 😉

      When do you plan to apply? I suggest booking an appointment anyways as it sometimes is quite full.

  88. Hi
    To booking an appointment for surrendering Indian passport, link is not working.
    please help me know how to fix it.

  89. Hi Aman, good to see amends on your page, definitely helpful for others.

    I just thought of updating here that I have received the surrender certificate on 25th April and I had applied on 17th April.

    As you might remember I carried only 1 envelope (Special delivery) and ended up buying 2 at VFS office, my certificate came in as slightly damaged (thankfully no tearing) and other 2 were safe. I should have carried the ‘Do Not Bend’ envelope inside. The expensive VFS envelops were good though. It’s such a trivial thing but may be if you include this in your page, that may help others getting their certificates back safely. I guess because mine one was normal A4 sized it might have been mishandled by royal mail.

    1. Hi Nakul,

      Congratulations! 😀

      I used Royal mail service but my certificate came in a perfect condition. You’ve made a great point of including an A4 cardboard envelope inside.


  90. It is very detailed information..
    Can you tell me please how much worth of stamps we need for royal mail spl delivery envelope? I think generally it depends on weight.. right?
    Thank you,

    1. Hi Raji,

      Yes it depends on the weight and the 7.30 GBP special delivery envelope will suffice for the certificate and cancelled passport to be returned.


  91. Louis Fernandes

    Hi sir,
    Do application form n deceleration form is same for minor child .
    Or is there is any other form to be filled.
    Pls revert back.
    Louis Fernandes

  92. Hi Aman, I forgot to mention one more important point about the documentation.

    On their website they say only self-attested copy of foreign/British passport which obviously I carried, but I was surprised that they asked me to produce Original British passport for scanning purpose (just like at airport they scan the first page into some machine). I think its better to carry original British passport on the day, you can amend your section of documents 🙂

    1. Hi again Nakul,

      You are my favourite reader! 😀

      When I went in for my application, I followed the guidance and did not carry my original UK passport. But luckily, the copy I was carrying was taken after I put my signatures on the Signature section on UK passport and hence was accepted as the executive mentioned they only need for verification and if it didn’t have signatures on the copy, he would’ve sent me back.

      But, after thinking as a safe side, if one DOES have a UK passport issued, there is no harm in carrying it and I have added this to the guide. 😉

  93. Hi Aman
    I have a problem I tried to surrender my Indian passport but now they are asking for my first visa when I travelled to India which I don’t have as the rats have eaten my passport about 16 yrs ago I have the photocopy of that passport but not of the visa. What can I do ? Pls help

    1. Hi Yamini,

      I am sorry to hear about your issue… which Visa are they asking for. Did you try calling the VFS helpline? If you had Indian passport why would you need a visa to travel to India? Sorry, I need to know your issue before trying to help.

      However, what I can suggest at the moment is to read the details below Documents section above where I talk about “Renunciation Declaration”

      I hope it helps.

  94. Hi Aman, some further updates as I just finished my surrender appointment today for a family application of 3 people. Your guide did help me, no doubt 🙂 But I noticed 2 points which I will explain below:

    1. First I thought I did all the extensive research and carried all the documents etc and went in with full confidence, because of my excellent prep-work in advance, the total processing took just under 15 minutes for all 3 applications. Only single mistake I made was carried just one single pre-paid special delivery envelope and I was told that I had to supply each for each applicant. This has made me slight upset since yesterday I confirmed with VFS support over email and they replied me saying its okay to have just 1 envelope but on the day I ended up buying their expensive option (£15 for each envelope). I tried arguing but you know how things work, they had reasons saying each application gets processed separately and can get rejected too hence they need separate envelopes, it’s a shame there is no clear info on VFS website about this.

    2. Secondly regarding photo, obviously one photo goes on the form page – designated area, but the person told me to affix another photo just on the back of the application form near bottom. It wasn’t an issue as I had glue stick with me already 🙂

    Can you please update your guide to include this new information about family application and mention in bold that one should carry pre-paid envelope for each applicant. That may save others some amount of money. Sometimes I feel VFS intentionally do not provide clear info on the website so they take advantage of such situations and force people to buy their envelopes etc.

    I still look forward to your full OCI guide 🙂 Thanks!

    1. Hello Nakul,

      Thanks again for sharing your experience and for suggesting updates – this is the only way we can have an amazing up-to-date guide on Indian passport surrender ever and I really appreciate it! 🙂

      I totally agree – prior prep-work is where the time should go. The actual process (if you have got it all covered) is literally 10-15 minutes.

      I am sorry you faced the hassle and carried only 1 return delivery envelope and I understand your frustration as VFS help staff and the attending staff on the day are not in line with many details (and hence, my decision to put this guide together!). This happened to me when I went to attend my OCI appointment and wasn’t aware that I needed 2 enveloped (1 for OCI card AND another one for supporting documents to be returned). Luckily, there was a post office right across the road (but my OCI is still not done – more in the OCI guide which I plan to publish in May. Subscribe to my newsletter using the box on the right and I will mail you when it’s ready!)

      Coming back to the update on this post, actually, I did mention that you need a special delivery envelope “per application” in “How do I collect my documents” section and clarified it on this comment as well, but I do agree to add this detail explicitly will be really helpful for anyone who could face this issue again. I have added this now!

      I will also add the tiny details you share about the photograph as well in the next update 😉

      Thanks again Nakul for keeping us updated on your experience of submitting your surrender application – I hope you will soon get your cancelled passport back along with the Surrender certificate issued. Please do drop a line here once you do and we will celebrate 😀


  95. Hi, Is there a way we can get surrender certificate by post.Or Walk to VFS is a must.Please suggest.Thanks.

  96. Another important update, in case of a Family application, not all the family needs to attend the appointment, the below info is not available on VFS website, however I got it confirmed with VFS email support:

    “Please note that if, due to any reason, an applicant is not in a position to apply in person, only an immediate family member (Spouse or blood relatives) can apply on behalf of an applicant with a proper authority letter authorizing the immediate family member (Spouse or blood relatives) to apply on applicant’s behalf. The immediate family member will be required to produce this authority letter and his/her original passport/identity paper/document establishing the proof of his/her relationship with the applicant while submitting the application on behalf of the applicant.”

    1. Hello Nakul, Thanks for your query and for doing the research. I really appreciate you taking time to update your findings here.

      Cheers 🙂


  97. Hi Aman, nice post, really helpful.
    Just 1 query, if its a family application (for 3 ppl), does all family needs to attend on the day of appointment or its fine if its just 1 person?

    Also, eagerly waiting for your blog on OCI 🙂


  98. Hi Aman

    Really useful of you to publish such a step by step guide, I have a couple of questions if you don’t mind

    1) is there a penalty fees if you have a British passport but haven’t yet surrendered the indian one? We are a family of 4 but haven’t travelled on our indian passports since

    2) VFS site I believe says no credit cards, has that changed since you wrote the post ?

    Many thanks


    1. Hello Anand, I am glad you liked this guide.

      Re: your questions,

      1) Depends on when you acquired British citizenship. There is a penalty if you retain the Indian passport for more than 3 years after acquiring foreign citizenship.

      2) Yeah, seems so. Earlier they did accept but there was an added surcharge from what I can collect. I noticed it on VFS website after your comment and will update the article. Thanks 🙂

      I hope my response helps you – do update on your progress here.


      1. Hi Aman

        Will update once visited, one more question, I have 4 passport of my family to surrender, will 1 special delivery envelope suffice or do I need to carry 4? one for each application, also do you know the cost of courier offered by vfs.

        Many thanks


        1. Hi Anand,

          You will need 1 self-addressed envelope per application.

          The VFS is pretty expensive (£15ish, I reckon) compared to the special delivery option (£7ish). If you can find out the exact price for the VFS courier and update here, that’ll be awesome.

          All the best

  99. Hi Aman,

    Whilst booking the appointment to surrender indian passport, VFS booking window doesn’t allow you to choose the date, it comes up automatically. Do you know how can you choose the date to book appointment.


    1. Hello Arti,

      The date shown on the first step is the next available date. When you go further into the next step, you would be shown options to change the date and pick the suitable time. Please check and let me know if you face any issues.

  100. Hi Aman
    Your detailed explanation is truly very helpful. I was wondering whether you had any information as to whether I could apply for my Surrender Certificate and Entry Visa at the same time in London. Some friends informed me that this is possible (in other countries) as a Receipt is issued after your submit your passport for the surrender certificate and this receipt can be used to apply for the Entry Visa immediately thereafter (same day). Many thanks !!

    1. Hi Vivek,

      I am not too sure on that one. However, for entry visa you mainly require your current passport – so, if you have your foreign passport it could be possible to apply for Visa to India.

      Again, I would advise calling the VFS helpline to confirm once – update here if you can please 😉

  101. Thanks Aman, this is very useful.

    After obtaining the surrendering indian passport and also acquiring oci, would you also be able to advise what were the next steps with re any indian bank accounts, investments, insurance policies, etc. you may have followed.

  102. Wow Aman, Thank a lot for your meticulous guidance. Found more clear than VFS site documentation in my scenario.
    Much appreciated.Thanks again.

    1. Thanks Raj for your comment 🙂

      Please do sign up for my free newsletter to keep updated with latest posts and best deals for sending money to India.

    1. Hey Nik,

      Yes, the draft is ready but I haven’t done my application yet – will publish the post once I have got mine so I get the process in line with my successful application 🙂

      Stay tuned and please subscribe to my free newsletter to get an email when the post is up.

  103. Hi Aman,
    I just got British passport and I have to go to India in ten days. so no time for surrender and OCI process. My naturalisation was in Jan.
    1. can I go on my indian passport as it is with in 3months of naturalisation? or should i take a visa?
    2. Is it mandatory to have surrender certificate to take Visa?
    3. I might have to stay back for 3 months in India before return – so can I surrender and get OCI in India while I am there?
    4. Does the 3 month grace period to travel with Indian passport apply only for entry to India? reason I am asking this is, as I might have to stay for 3 months, then at the time of return it would be like more than 4 months from naturalisation. I guess I can enter UK with British passport but I guess the issue is at Indian immigration at the tim of exit.

    1. Hi Gokul,

      My apologies for the delay in replying to your query. Here’s what I feel if this still helps you:

      1. You can, as per my understanding. I am not too sure if you should be using Indian passport or UK passport while entering back to the UK. Please share what your finding is when you do. My understanding is, you can enter with either.
      2. Which visa? If you are traveling on Indian passport now, you won’t need Indian visa right?
      3. I am sorry but I am not sure on this one. Please call VFS helpline to guide you with this. If you feel, please post your finding here so others know.
      4. From how I understand it, you can still use your Indian passport at Indian immigration when exiting. When you apply for surrendering Indian PP, you will be penalized for using your Indian passport beyond 3 months limit. As given on the VFS website, you would incur a penalty of £160 per trip made on Indian passport after 3 months after getting naturalized. Here’s the snippet “The Government of India has prescribed imposition of penalty on a graded scale for the violation of Passport Rules, depending on number of trips made on Indian passport after acquiring foreign nationality (with a three month grace period from the date of acquiring foreign nationality i.e. the date of Naturalisation certificate)…”

      I hope this helps and all the best. If you can, please update here with your experience in this scenario.


  104. This is very useful. thanks! how ever i have 1 question unanswered here. Can i do a parrel processing of applying for my british passport and surrendering of Indian passport? I am waiting for my british passort to come right now.

    1. Hi Shalu,

      Yes, you can do that as per the rules underlined on VFS website – however, when I went in for my appointment I was asked to produce my British passport. I didn’t carry mine but had a photocopy of my British Passport which the caseworker did check. So, I suggest to please call the VFS helpline at 02037938629 once to be very sure.

      It would be great if you can post your findings here if you call them and I will update it on the article :).

  105. Thanks for the reply. I chased it up with the consulate in Birmingham, and they resolved the issue for me. Turns out there was a type and extra digit added to the charge, should have been £160 not £3160. So sigh of relief!

  106. Hello Amandeep,
    thanks for the writeup on passport surrender. I was told by someone that passport surrender application can be done by post , however we must attend in person for an OCI. Is it true?
    Is there a way of doing surrender and OCI together?
    best regards

    1. Hi Sudheer,

      I called up the VFS helpline for you…

      The only way to submit the Indian passport surrender application and documents is to do it in person.

      In the UK, there is currently no way to do the surrender and OCI at the same time.


      1. Thanks Amandeep,
        I have booked an appointment now. The information about choice of centre is misleading on VFS website. Apart from those going to London, there is no ‘choice’ left to applicants and one HAS to go to the prescribed centre.(step3 – VFS appointment centres you can choose from-” you may need to amend this or add a note.)
        Please correct me if Im wrong. I would love to avoid London and go to some other office. thanks and regards

        1. Hi Sudheer,

          When I booked mine, the ones I listed in the post above are the ones which I was shown the option of. I would wait for someone else to report the same issue before I make any amendments. You sure you don’t get any other options than just London?


  107. Hi,
    Thanks for this detailed information. Very helpful indeed.
    I surrendered my Indian passport after naturalisation and received my surrender certificate in 2013. I would like to apply for an OCI now but I have lost my surrender certificate. What should I do to get a copy of my surrender certificate to process my OCI application? Many thanks for your help.

  108. Do you know how the penalties are calculated, I have made no trips to India but didn’t surrender within 3 years. A phone call was made saying I have to pay £3000! I’m not sure how this figure was derived.

    1. Hi Nehal, thanks for dropping by.

      If you have had the passport for more than 3 years and didn’t take any trips to India, as per the info on VFS website, you will be applied a penalty of £160.

      The £3000 phone call sounds to me more of a scam call – Indian High commision wouldn’t call for such penalties. Don’t make any payments over the phone and take the right route, please.

      Pls do let me know how you progress with this.

  109. 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.
    Looking forward to yet another write up from your end regarding the submission of OCI application as I presume you too would do the same.

    1. Thanks a lot, Swati – I am glad you found this guide helpful.

      Sure, I already have my application and the guide ready 😉

      Just that for some reason, I had to travel to India and opted for eVisa which was quicker to get, I haven’t been able to submit my OCI application yet. Once I do and verify the process for myself, it should be on its way here!

      Also, detailed process of how to get Indian eVisa as well 😀


    1. Hello Jess, I don’t think so but am not too sure about that one. You can try calling the OCI helpline numbers on the VFS website.

  110. Thanks a lot for giving such a nice description of Surrendering the Indian passport. It’s very helpful for us. I just have a confusion; is it compulsory to book an appointment? can you go by token straight away or not?

    1. Hi Niyati, thanks for your comment.

      Yes, it is compulsory to book an online appointment – when you reach the appointment centre, you will be given a token after verifying that your name is on the list which only happens with prior online booking.

      I hope this helps.


  111. Dear Aman thank you for a detailed write up. Much appreciated. I have a question. If a family is submitting passports for surrender, do they provide separate envelops for every member or single envelop for all? I suppose the application has to be individually made for each person.

  112. Very good one , I was wondering if I need to get the separate declaration form as well, because the same is mentioned on the main application too.

  113. Sir Do you have step by step guide for submitting OCI Card application also? I am assuming that after this step of Renunciation, you would have gone ahead and submitted OCI application. Thanks a lot for one of the best description of this Renunciation procedure.

    1. Hi Munna,

      Thanks for dropping by… I am really glad you liked my renunciation guide 😉

      As you would expect, yes I plan to publish a similar detailed guide about the OCI process. I have a rough draft ready and will publish it around next month – I haven’t submitted my OCI application yet but it’s all ready to be submitted. I plan to travel to India next month hence, instead applied for eVisa and will complete OCI in Jan.

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