About Us Renunciation of Indian Citizenship & Surrender of Indian Passport

The Embassy of India, Washington DC has outsourced the handling of Renunciation of citizenship applications to M/S. VFS Global w.e.f. November 4, 2020. VFS Helpline Number for Renunciation services: +1 800 320 9693

For detailed guidelines on submitting the applications, documentation requirements and fees etc., you may visit the following link: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind

All applications received by VFS Global will be acknowledged to the applicants within 3 to 5 working days.

The Consulate General of India, San Francisco, does not, directly accept applications, either in person or through mail for Renunciation of Indian Citizenship & Surrender of Indian passport services.

  • If you wish to seek any information regarding these services, or if you wish to ascertain status of processing of your application, or if you have any complaints/suggestions regarding the services, you must contact VFS Global only.
  • Please contact VFS Global San Francisco at: https://visa.vfsglobal.com/usa/en/ind
  • VFS Global San Francisco Contact / Feedback: VFS Global San Francisco Helpline: Tel nos:  +1 800 320 9693
  • Consulate will not reply to any email or telephone enquiry for Renunciation/Surrender Certificate services unless the service is delayed by more than 10 working days from the date of submission of all necessary documents.


General processing time period - for US passport holders - 30 Days (from the day the application is received in the Consulate). 

The above time period is an indicative general processing time and does not include the period for transfer of applications from VFS Global to Consulate and back. There may be a longer processing time for other types of cases like: holders of non US foreign passport holders, cases where the documents are not as per guidelines, or issues of penalty etc.

Consulate Reserve the right to reject any application without assigning any reasons.

All Visa / Renunciation certificate applicants are herewith advised that in case they want to apply for Visa and Renunciation certificates togetherapplicants should expect total processing time of at least 10-15 working days for the combined processing of both Visa and Renunciation Certificates. In case applicants need urgent visa, they are advised to apply for URGENT Visas and apply for Renunciation certificates simultaneously, and submit two return courier/postal self addressed envelopes for Visa and Renunciation Certificate separately. Passport with Visa will be returned first, while the Renunciation certificate will be returned later.

All such applicants are advised to contact VFS Global at their designated Email and Contact numbers for queries on any delayed applications. Enquiries on delays will be entertained at the Consulate only after the passage of 15 working days from the time of submission of applications at VFS Global .

Please Note:

In case of non-availability of Indian passport (which is to be presented at the time of renunciation), an affidavit in the prescribed format is sufficient. However, in case of loss/misplacing of valid Indian passports, it is necessary for applicants to provide a police report regarding the loss of valid Indian passport.


FAQs - Renunciation of Indian Citizenship