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I have my US citizenship and got my OCI in 2007 and had the indian passports voided. Do I still need to get the surrender certificate...
Thanks to oci_bolo_to for the below information:
"By the way, if anyone wants to get the docs notarized, then you can get it done at the UPS store. All bank notary reps were duds, they refused to notarize the passport copy while the UPS guy took the copy on his pre-made form stating that he is notiarizing my signature. The bank reps couldn't even do that. "
And the numbers are totally out of whack. If you traveled on the Indian passport (after naturalization), the penalty is USD 250. I think it is kinda cheap.
250 for a citizenship crime vs 175 just to cancel it legally.
I got OCI issued from Houston about 2 months back. The passport also has stamp "Passport Cancelled .... accepted citizenship of other country ...". What is feeling here, do we still need surrender certificate or just call it good and done with it??
Any thoughts !!
Based on what is on SF CGI website, it looks like a surrender certificate will not be issued nor any fee will be charged to those who have already canceled their Indian Passports.
In future, they might ask to see your canceled Indian passport whenever you seek any consular service, therefore hold on to your (canceled) Indian passports for ever.
Thanks nkm-oct23 for sharing info. I am planning a trip to India shortly, I believe I should carry all Indian PassPorts (I have 3 in total all cancelled) also with me along with US PP and OCI book.
I fell you still have to pay $175 one day or other (may be more with fines). They know how to get it from you.
I don't think you need to carry your canceled Indian passports when traveling to India.
Even though I do not want to pay but I know any thing and every thing is possible with GOI. Not sure when GOI drop this bomb-shell of collecting $175 for old OCI holders also.