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Do I have to give up my Indian citizenship to become American?

Do I have to give up my Indian citizenship to become American?

Can you have dual citizenship in India? India doesn’t recognise dual citizenship, which means that for most people, if you want to become an Indian national, you’ll be forced to give up your original citizenship. That’s a big decision for anyone, and should only be done after proper consideration.

Do you have to surrender your passport when you become a US citizen?

No, you will not be asked to give up the passport of your original or native country. The United States allows naturalized (and other) citizens to become dual citizens with their home countries (though it’s not possible for everyone, depending on the laws within said home countries).

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Does India allow dual citizenship with us?

Can Indians get dual citizenship? No. The Indian constitution does not have a provision of dual or multiple citizenship. However, such persons can get Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) status after acquiring foreign citizenship.

How can I cancel my Indian passport in USA?

Once you acquire foreign citizenship you have to surrender your last Indian passport to Indian Consulate for cancellation. Consulate will cancel it and returned to you along with a ‘Renunciation/Surrender Certificate’ issued by Consulate.

Can I surrender Indian passport in India?

Yes, expired passports too can be presented for surrendering. (Surrender is allowed only for latest passport held by the applicant). Surrender will not, however, be allowed for Impounded, Revoked, Suspended, and Cancelled (against Re-issue) passports.

Can I surrender my Indian passport in India?

Under Indian law, Applicants of Indian Origin, who have acquired foreign citizenship, are required to surrender their Indian passports to the nearest Indian Mission/Post immediately after acquisition of foreign citizenship.

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How much does it cost to surrender Indian passport in USA?

Renunciation of Indian Citizenship Fees

Applicant Renunciation Fee Total
Naturalized 10 years or more prior without an Indian passport $25 $45
Naturalized before June 1, 2010 with/without an Indian passport $25 $45
Naturalized on or after June 1, 2010 with/without Indian passport $175 $195