How do you proceed with renouncing your Indian citizenship?

The talk of renunciation is a sensitive one, especially as an increasing number of people are giving up their citizenship. For example, the United States saw a record number of individuals (3,415) who renounced their U.S. citizenship or their long-term U.S. residency in 2014. Last year’s figure was up 14 percent from 2,999 individuals in 2013. Americans, especially those working or living abroad, cited several reasons they chose to bid their U.S. passport farewell, topmost of which are the cost and hassle of complying with U.S. tax laws.

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Renouncing one’s citizenship is perfectly legal, but it can be a conflict-riddled process. It is not an easy decision especially for those who have strong ties with their country of origin. There is a host of requirements for renunciation that an applicant must satisfy.

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For example, individuals residing in the United States who want to formally renounce their Indian citizenship need to choose their renunciation category before proceeding. Applicants should remember that under the Indian Citizenship Act, they are not allowed to claim dual citizenship, thus, if they held an Indian passport and have obtained the passport of another country, they will be required to surrender their Indian passport immediately after gaining another citizenship in another country. Another important reminder: Individuals whose Indian passports carry a “cancelled stamp” have not officially renounced their Indian citizenship. Their passport should bear a stamp saying, “Cancelled due to acquiring foreign nationality.”

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As this expat shared, the decision to give up her Indian passport has not been easy. But one thing is for certain, the process can be facilitated once one is firmly decided about it.

Cox and Kings Global Services assists those who have decided to renounce their Indian citizenship. For more information about this consular service, visit this website.


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