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Renunciation of Indian Citizenship

Indian Citizens in Brazil are informed that as per the latest guidelines given below, the process of renunciation and issuance of Renunciation certificate may take approx. 1-2 months or even more in specific cases. So, applicants are suggested to plan accordingly and apply for the same well in advance.

Jurisdiction of Embassy and Consulate

The Consulate General of India, Sao Paulo (hyperlink to https://www.cgisaopaulo.gov.in External website that opens in a new window ) has consular jurisdiction over the following states of Brazil

  • São Paulo;
  • Rio de Janeiro;
  • Paraná;
  • Santa Catarina; and
  • Rio Grande do Sul

Therefore, people residing in any of the above listed states should approach CGI Sao Paulo for seeking all type of service such as visa, passport and misc. consular services viz. registration of births, deaths, marriage, attestation of documents, affidavits etc., and seeking consular assistance for Indians in distress.

The Embassy of India in Brasilia has jurisdiction over all other states of Brazil, hence residents of remaining all the states of Brazil should approach Embassy of India, Brasilia for all such services.

Honorary Consulate General of India

The Government of India has appointed two Honorary Consulate Generals in Brazil

Honorary Consulate General of India, Rio de Janeiro

Address:       Praça Pio X, 15 - 3º andar - Centro,
                        Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20040-020

Phone:          (21) 2514-7629
Website:        http://indianconsulaterj.org.br/ External website that opens in a new window


Honorary Consulate General of India, Minas Gerais

Address:       R. Bernardo Guimarães,
                     245 - Funcionários,
                     Belo Horizonte - MG, 30140-080,

Phone:          (31) 33264 5444
Website:        http://www.indiaconsulatemg.org/  External website that opens in a new window

A.      Instructions to applicants for renunciation of Indian Citizenship

1. Any Indian citizen can renounce his/her citizenship by making a declaration in the Form XXII specified in Rule 23 of The Citizenship Rules, 2009. The application Form has to be filled only on the online portal of MHA Renunciation of Indian Citizenship https://indiancitizenshiponline.nic.in/Renounce External website that opens in a new window

2. The applicant can apply at Indian Mission/Post concerned based on his present address.

3. 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 interview, signing the declaration before the concerned authority (i.e. Consular officer) and to submit the print-out of the application with supporting documents.

4. Separate application has to be filed for each applicant.

5. The online form should be filled in Block/Capital.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Applicant can pay the fees directly online as per the amount shown on the MHA website. In case, if the applicant is unable to pay the prescribed fee online, he may pay the same in offline mode by depositing the amount in Embassy’s account. The fees for renunciation is as follows:

  •  For those persons of Indian origin who have already acquired foreign citizenship till 31 May 2010, the fee is R$ 150.
  •  For those, who acquired foreign citizenship on or after 1 June 2010, the fee is R$ 540.
  • (All the above fees includes R$ 20 towards ICWF).
  • Sedex Charges (for dispatch of document by Post) – R$ 60.

9. 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 MHA website at STEP BY STEP GUIDE

10. Applicant must take the print out of the online submitted application and personally submit the same at the Indian Mission/Post concerned along with original documents for further action by authority.

11. 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.

12. The decision of the competent authority on declaration of renunciation of Indian citizenship shall be conveyed to the applicant through e-mail. On acceptance of the declaration by the Competent Authority, a signed Renunciation Certificate (RC) will be sent by post in due course of time.

13. 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 there upon 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.

14. 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 ID Card etc)to the authorities.

15. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding Renunciation of Indian Citizenship.(CLICK HERE)

B. Documents to be submitted at Embassy of India for processing of Renunciation applications.

  • Original Indian Passport along with copy of Indian Passport (front and back). Completed, printed, and signed Application form of Renunciation of Indian Citizenship (as explained in Step A)
  • Letter Explaining the reasons why the person is applying for renunciation of Indian Citizenship, along with contact details (email, current address, mobile number) and for how long you have been living in jurisdiction of this Post.
  • Proof of residency in Panama/Costa Rica/Nicaragua (Employer’s letter or copy of any public service bill of residence or any proof of the permanent residence)
  • Three (3) photographs 5 cm x 5 cm
  • Proof of Online payment or Original Deposit slip if the fees is deposited in Embassy’s account.
  •  Address to Send/Submit all the Documents:

Embassy of India
SES 805, Lote 24,
Brasilia, Federal District, 70451-904, Brazil

Sedex (optional) : Applications sent through Sedex courier Services should be accompanied with the return service envelope in order send the canceled passport back to the applicant.

For any assistance or further clarifications, please send an email to cons.brasiliamea.gov.in or attcons.brasiliamea.gov.in.