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FAQs on Surrender Certificate

1. What is Surrender Certificate

Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs), who have acquired foreign citizenship are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship.

2. How do I submit the application.

After filling and submitting the form online ( https://passport.gov.in/nri/ ), applicant needs to submit the hard copy of form with photo, supporting documents and fee at BLS.

3. What are the documents required

Please note that acceptance of applications for this service has been outsourced to BLS International Services Canada Inc. Applications should be submitted to their centers located at Toronto and Brampton. The applicant would need to submit the following :


In case the application is sent by mail, the same should be forwarded to the Toronto Center of BLS International and must include the prescribed fee plus BLS charges and courier fees, for return of documents. For more details, please visit their website www.blsindia-canada.com. The relevant application forms could also be downloaded from BLS website: www.blsindia-canada.com.

4. Can I submit application at the High Commission in person?

No. Applications are accepted only through BLS.

5. Can I collect passport directly from High Commission?

No. Surrender Certificates are dispatched to the applicant’s address as given in application form through BLS post/courier/walk in only.

6. I am a resident of a place outside the consular jurisdiction of HCI Ottawa. Can I submit my surrender certificate application at HCI, Ottawa?

HCI, Ottawa accepts applications only of people living in its Consular Jurisdiction (High Commission of India, Ottawa, Canada : Consular jurisdiction (hciottawa.gov.in))

7. What is the processing time for issuance of Surrender Certificate?

2 to 4 weeks

8. Do photocopies of original documents need to be attested?

Yes. All original documents must be accompanied by self-attested photocopies. These documents should be presented for scrutiny at the time of submission of application if you are going to BLS walk-in.

9. I acquired Indian Canadian citizenship in 2005 and had submitted Indian passports to High Commission which were stamped cancelled and returned to me. Am I required to get a Surrender Certificate?

Indian passports of those acquiring foreign citizenship prior to 31 May, 2010 used to be cancelled and no Surrender Certificate was issued.  In case they wish to apply for OCI card then they need to show the proof of cancelled passport at the time of submission of OCI application. 


NOTE: For Persons of Indian origin who lost their last held Indian passports, the following are the guidelines to be followed for applying for OCI :


(i) For lost of passports before June 1, 2010  -  An affidavit (click here...), the proforma is displayed at the Consulate website, to be notarized and further to be attested by the Consulate along with the copy of the lost passport and then send all the documents over the email attest.toronto@mea.gov.in for the Consulate approval.
(ii) For lost of passports after June 1, 2010  -  With the availability of copy of the lost passport, the applicant has to take pre-approval for submission of surrender application without the passport (as the passport is lost) at the BLS and on receiving the surrender application at the Consulate, the applicant will be issued Renunciation Certificate in place of Surrender Certificate by the Consulate for onward delivery by BLS to the applicant.
(iii) In case of absence of copy of the lost passport/earlier passport in both the above cases, then the applicant will be advised to apply for Nativity/Domicile Certificate.



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