Renunciation fee cancelled for many people of Indian Origins

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Originally Posted by Madhu10 View Post It also says on the SF site that if you already have a canceled stamp on the passport (when you applied for a visa) then you do not need a surrender certificate.
Similar language on the Chicago and Houston consulate websites, but not yet on the others.
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Originally Posted by curtdfw View Post Persons of Indian origin who have already acquired foreign citizenship uptil 31 May 2010 will not be required to pay renunciation fees of USD 175.00, he/she will be required to pay Miscellaneous fees of USD 20.00 when getting the old Indian passport cancelled/surrendered.
How does this passport cancellation work? Mail the old passport with $20 and the letter, and the passport comes comes back cancelled??
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Entry Visas Difficulty

In regards to the new rules for renunciation of Indian passports, they have also created some new rules for Persons of Indian Origins that is giving us significantly difficulty right before departing for our trip to India!! Please help:

My wife is a US born, American citizen. She submitted an expired passport (with current 10 year visitors Visa), marriage certificate, and current passport (with new last name) for transfer of Indian Visa to Travisa.

The application for transfer was denied because they are claiming she is of Indian Origin since her parents were born in India and were previously Indian citizens (naturalized in 1980's) and she needs to apply for a "Entry Visa". HOWEVER, they are asking for copies of her parent's renounced/expired Indian passports. BIGGEST PROBLEM: her parents and grandparents are all deceased and we have no access to their records/passports.

What to do??!!
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Originally Posted by shah132 View Post What to do??!!
Withdraw the application to transfer her existing current visa to her new passport.

It wasn't necessary to have the visa transferred to her current passport anyway, it would just have saved her from having to carry two passports. Her existing visa is still valid, unless they have already cancelled it.
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Originally Posted by Haylo View Post Withdraw the application to transfer her existing current visa to her new passport.

It wasn't necessary to have the visa transferred to her current passport anyway, it would just have saved her from having to carry two passports. Her existing visa is still valid, unless they have already cancelled it.
The culprit is not CGI, it is the TraVisa - They cannot cancel a passport. Travisa is turning out to be absolutists.
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Just an FYI, her previous (expired) passport and visitors visa are in her maiden name and her new passport is in my last name (after marriage).
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Originally Posted by RWeHavingFunYet View Post How does this passport cancellation work? Mail the old passport with $20 and the letter, and the passport comes comes back cancelled??

Yup. Check the link to the "surrender certificate" for the consulate that falls in your state jurisdiction.

In SF the passport was returned back with the surrender certificate.
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Originally Posted by shah132 View Post In regards to the new rules for renunciation of Indian passports, they have also created some new rules for Persons of Indian Origins that is giving us significantly difficulty right before departing for our trip to India!! Please help:

My wife is a US born, American citizen. She submitted an expired passport (with current 10 year visitors Visa), marriage certificate, and current passport (with new last name) for transfer of Indian Visa to Travisa.

The application for transfer was denied because they are claiming she is of Indian Origin since her parents were born in India and were previously Indian citizens (naturalized in 1980's) and she needs to apply for a "Entry Visa". HOWEVER, they are asking for copies of her parent's renounced/expired Indian passports. BIGGEST PROBLEM: her parents and grandparents are all deceased and we have no access to their records/passports.

What to do??!!
Hi there, fyi - one of my relatives is also a US Citizen of Indian origin and she just got her 10 year tourist visa transfered from her old US passport to new US passport via Travisa in DC.
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Originally Posted by heisenberg View Post I am a US citizen of Indian origin, naturalized last year.

I submitted my India visa application in the first week of May at Travisa, SF.

At that time I was only asked to provide a signed copy of the renunciation form (no $20 fee).

I checked the status of my application - there have been no updates beyond the fact that the consulate has received the documents.

I keep getting a weekly automated mail saying that the application is in the final stages. It's impossible to reach them by phone. Should I go back to Travisa to ask?
did u get ur visa for india or u r still waiting for it.i also had applied for entry visa on june 9th.then they didnt update my status for almost 3 wks.and then i started to email them daily and now last wk they sent me my passport back and they updated my status as visa application is pending and waiting for clearance.they said if they will get clearance they will ask for my passport back.i got my naturalization citizenship in may.and they also returned my indian passport and money order of 20 dollars.
so i dont know whts the reason they didnt issue me entry visa.
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CGISF.org updated the site and say that cases handled before May 31, 2010 will not receive any refund. It sucks!! My receipt and certificate is dated Jun 1, 2010 and they still charged me $175. I have written a letter to ask for refund of $155.
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Indian-origin people in UK are, according to a news report I read a week or so ago, up in arms about all this, and lobbying the High Commission --- who, of course, say that the rules are made in India, and there is nothing they can do about them.
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Are the rules still applicable (i.e. $20 fee)? I went to travisa in d.c., and handed over my expired indian passport - got it canceled (stamped Canceled everywhere on the passport), signed a renunciation letter, but don't recall paying any fee for it.
I have relatives, who still have expired passports and wondering if there is a fine for not giving the indian passports up within a "reasonable" time. I heard the latter was rumored to be true.
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As far as I know, it still is. The $20 is for pre-May 2010. Thereafter, it's $175 for all who've given up Indian citizenship.

When did you go to the DC consulate? Was it recently? And did you get the letter the same day? I'm curious because a friend of mine needs to do this, and was wondering if she could turn it in at window service, and get it back the same day.
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Originally Posted by namaste_cat View Post As far as I know, it still is. The $20 is for pre-May 2010. Thereafter, it's $175 for all who've given up Indian citizenship.

When did you go to the DC consulate? Was it recently? And did you get the letter the same day? I'm curious because a friend of mine needs to do this, and was wondering if she could turn it in at window service, and get it back the same day.
Hmm... it could be that I seriously don't remember paying $20 when I went to Travisa (downtown in D.C.) - early this year. Yes, I got the passport and the letter the same day. - Did it all at the window service - one day affair (got the visa & the latter)!

The fine or rather the penalty I was referring to was regarding not giving them up by a "reasonable amount of time." This, I believe, is regardless of when you were naturalized (i.e. pre/post May 2010). It was just rumored that there would be a penalty/fine for renouncing much later - I could see how this would be very unfair - especially if one isn't checking embassy stipulations on a regular basis.
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I don't follow this stuff; maybe somebody will find it more useful

Surrender of Indian passport for PIOs made mandatory

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TORONTO: Persons of Indian origin (PIOs) will now have to formally renounce their citizenship and surrender their Indian passport after acquiring foreign citizenship, according to new rules circulated by the Indian high commission here.
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On surrender of their Indian passport, PIOs will be issued a 'surrender certificate' which they will have to produce when seeking Indian visa or PIO card or OCI (overseas citizenship of India) card, according to the new rules.
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/...ow/6758086.cms

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