Change of Citizenship
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  1. INTRODUCTION:

The Constitution of India does not permit holding of dual nationality by Indian nationals. As and when an Indian national obtains a foreign nationality, he/she is not entitled to retain his/her Indian Passports and has to surrender their passports at the time of acquiring another nationality.

  1. Renunciation of Indian Nationality: Renunciation of Indian nationality is irrevocable and due care must be exercised in making an application for renunciation. On acquisition of foreign citizenship all Indian nationals included Minors should surrender the Indian passport (if acquired before 31/05/2010) or renounce citizenship (after 31/05/2010).

  1. Fee: Fee for surrender of Indian Passport is €16 + €2 in two separate postal orders/bank drafts and fee for renounce citizenship is €145 + €2 in two separate postal orders/bank drafts.

  1. Penalty time: Penalty would be imposed if a person (including a minor) after acquisition of foreign nationality retains the Indian passport beyond three years or travels on it beyond the grace period of three months, on a passport whose final validity expired on or after 01/01/2005.

Fine would be imposed at the following rates:

  • Retention of the Indian passport beyond the grace period - Rs. 10,000/- (equivalent in local currency),

  • For each travel - Rs 10,000 (equivalent in local currency) subject to a maximum of 5 travels,

  • If the Indian passport got re-issued (after obtaining foreign citizenship/passport), an additional fine of Rs 25,000/- (equivalent in local currency) would be charged. 

  1. Applications are to be made to the Embassy of India, Dublin for surrender and renunciation of your Indian citizenship. (See Below)

  2. After you receive your Irish passport, you may apply for a Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Certificate.


  1. PROCESS FOR SURRENDER AND RENUNCIATION OF INDIAN NATIONALITY

  1. Filling up of Application Form (Same form to be used for surrender and renunciation) The following application form to be filled - Form (Click here)

  2. Submission of Application and Documents to Embassy

Submit the following documents either at Embassy or send by post to Embassy of India, 6 Leeson Park, Dublin 6, Ireland:

  1. The above completed application form;

  2. Two separate postal orders/bank drafts as C above

  3. Original Indian Passport along with self-attested photocopy of front and last page of the passport;

  4. Naturalisation certificate copy issued by INIS, Ireland

NB: Before applying to the Embassy, please check all the above documents and appropriate fee have been attached with the application.

Document submission time: Monday to Friday between 9:30am and 12.00 noon. (Except holidays)*


Processing Time: Same day

3. Collection Procedure for Renunciation certificate:

Renunciation certificate may be collected from the Embassy, same day between 4p.m. and 5 p.m. Please bring your receipt while collection.

To receive the Renunciation certificate by Post, applicants are required to send a self-addressed registered envelope with application (Tamper proof envelope only).

Documents Collection Time: Monday to Friday between 4pm and 5pm. (Except holidays)*

For any further query please write or call:

Email ID: passport.dublin@mea.gov.in

Tel No. +353- 01-4966787 (1400 hrs to 1600 hrs)

*For list of holidays please click: http://www.indianembassydublin.gov.in/eoi.php?id=holidays



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