Renunciation of Indian Citizenship / Surrender Certificate 
Renunciation of Indian Citizenship / Surrender Certificate

Renunciation of Indian Citizenship / Surrender Certificate

Applicants have to follow procedure of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship and Surrender of Passport separately. Minor applicants are not required to fill MHA online Renunciation, they are required to fill application for Passport surrender Certificate.



  • Any Indian citizen can renounce his/her citizenship by making a declaration inthe form XXII specified in rule 23 of The Citizenship Rules, 2009. Theapplication Form has to be filled only on the online portal of MHA “ ”.
  • The renouncer would fill all his/her details and upload relevant documents in above mentioned website, take a print-out and visit the Indian Mission/Post concerned for signing the declaration before the concerned authority and to submit the print-out of the application with supporting documents.
  • Separate application has to be filed for each applicant.
  • The online form should be filled in Block/ Capital letters.
  • Once the application form is submitted online by the applicant, then no further modifications are allowed. Hence applicants are requested to carefully verify the details before submitting the online application form.
  • MHA File Number would be generated automatically after the submission of online application and the same will be communicated to the applicant by e-mail. Applicant must keep note of it for tracking the status and refer this file number for any future correspondence.
  • Applicant has to pay fee online. Please check consular fees section for details.
  • Complete step by step instructions for filling a fresh online application, modifying a partially filled online application, printing an application submitted online may be referred in website
  • Applicant must take the print out of the online submitted application and personally submit the same at the Embassy of India, Belgrade (on any working days between 09-12 AM) along with original documents for further action by authority concerned.
  • Applicant will be provided acknowledgment in Form XXIII after his signed application/declaration is successfully uploaded by the Indian Mission/Post. This may be sent to applicant through e-mail.
  • Applicant may note the legal provision under section 8 of the Citizenship Act, 1955 which provides that where a person ceases to be a citizen of India on renunciation of citizenship under section 8 (1), every minor child of that person shall thereupon ceases to be a citizen of India. However, such child may, within one year after attaining full age, can make a declaration in the prescribed form and manner that he wishes to resume Indian citizenship.
  • Minor applicants are not required to fill MHA online renunciation, they are required to fill application for Passport surrender Certificate.
  • A person who has ceased to be Indian Citizen is required to surrender the  documents which he had acquired on the basis of his Indian citizenship (e.g.Voter Card etc) to the authorities concerned.

Steps to be followed:

Open  on internet; go to  Declaration of Renunciation of Citizenship under Section 8 of the Act Made by a Citizen of India and follow the instructions.

Documents required 

  • Print out of the online submitted MHA Renunciation application (FORM XXII)
  • Copy of Serbian Passport.
  • Copy of UDI letter/communication granting Serbian Citizenship.
  • Copy of Indian Passport (first and bio page).
  • Indian Passport in original (current and old)
  • Declaration on the first page of Form-XXII is mandatory to be signed in presence of Consular Officer.
  • Second page of FORM XXII should be signed by a witness who is an Indian Citizen- with date, his/her name and Serbian postal address. Signature and details of witness may be obtained before visiting the Embassy for submission.
  • one photograph
  • Fees- Please visit consular fees section on our website


  • Duly filled and printed online application form ( with ink signatures on two places (i) signature box on first page below the photo (ii) signature box on last page. In case of minor, either parent to sign on last page.
  • Proof of date of acquisition of Serbian nationality
  • Original last/current Indian passport one square shape latest colour photo size 2 inch x 2 inch(51mm x 51mm).
  • Self-attested copies of your last/current Indian passport (first and last pages)
  • Self-attested copies of your Serbian passport.