India to bring bill to prevent NRI husbands from abandoning their wives

India to bring bill to prevent NRI husbands from abandoning their wives

The government would bring a bill in the coming winter session of the Parliament as part of its efforts to check the menace of NRI husbands abandoning their wives, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said on Wednesday.

“We have already launched an institutional mechanism, where you must have seen that 25 passports of such NRI husbands have been revoked. We are also bringing a bill in this session where some more measures are being taken against those husbands,” she told reporters in Hyderabad.

On November 13, the Supreme Court has also sought response from the Centre on a plea seeking mandatory arrest of NRIs deserting their wives and harassing them for dowry.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph issued notices to the Centre on the plea seeking that the deserted women be accorded legal, financial help and their estranged NRI husbands be arrested after the filing of FIRs.

A group women, who have allegedly been deserted by their NRI husbands and subjected to dowry harassment, have moved the apex court seeking reliefs including mandatory arrest of their estranged spouses and consular help in fighting cases in foreign land



Penalties – Surrender of Old Indian Passports

Penalties – Surrender of Old Indian Passports

Indian citizenship must now be formally renounced as soon as possible after acquiring foreign citizenship. This is now the law. Those who do not do so can be denied consular service at Indian consulates. For example, if you apply for a visa to visit India, the consulate may ask to see proof of your passport surrender, a renunciation or surrender certificate. The cost of getting a passport surrender certificate is currently US$175/-.

Those who acquired foreign citizenship on or before 31 May 2010 and have “Canceled” stamp on their Indian passport, then there is currently no requirement of acquiring “Surrender Certificate”. However, those who do not have a cancelled stamp on the Indian passport, then you need to get the “Surrender Certificate” and in such cases, the fee is US$ 20. Former Indian citizens, who acquired foreign citizenship before 31st May 2010, fall into one of the following categories:

1. Their passport was cancelled by the Indian consulate and they already have a cancelled stamp on their last Indian passport.

2. They acquired foreign citizenship before 31st May 2010 and do not have a cancelled stamp on their last Indian passport.

3. They acquired foreign citizenship more than 10 years ago and lost their Indian passport.

While only the Indian consulate officials can answer specific queries on this topic. Here is what currently appears to be applicable:

  • As it currently stands, just about all former Indian citizens who acquire foreign citizenship are required to get a surrender certificate. A copy of this certificate will be required by the Indian consulates when seeking consular services from Indian missions abroad. No visa, PIO or OCI applications will be accepted for processing unless a surrender certificate is provided.
  • Those who acquired foreign citizenship on or after 1 June 2010 are required to obtain a surrender certificate from the Indian consulate that is applicable to their jurisdiction. The current fee is US$ 175.
  • If the last Indian passport you held, before acquiring foreign citizenship, has been cancelled by an Indian consulate and you acquired foreign citizenship on or before May 31, 2010. You can get a Surrender Certificate for a reduced fee of just US$ 20. A copy of the last held Indian passport must be provided.
  • In case you became a foreign citizen before 2001 and have lost the last Indian passport you held, you can obtain a deemed surrender certificate. However, documentary evidence is still required showing details of when you acquired foreign citizenship and also details of the last Indian passport held. 
    • Where details of last held Indian passport are not available, applicants are required to seek such details from the governments of their current nationality. Records of application for foreign citizenship may show details of the last passport held.

Passport Surrender Penalties

Passport fees & penalties shown here for general knowledge only and can be changed at any time at the discretion of Government of India. Kindly confirm with Indian consulates in your area.

  • If your last Indian passport expired before January 1, 2005, there are no penalties.
  • If your last Indian passport expired after January 1, 2005, and has a cancelled stamp then there are no penalties.
  • In case your passport does not have a cancelled stamp, and more than three years have passed since you acquired foreign citizenship, there is a penalty of US$250.
  • In case your Indian passport was used for travel to India three months after you acquired foreign citizenship, then there is a penalty of US$250 for each time it was used. The maximum penalty in such cases is US$ 1250.
  • Those who are not in the United States will probably pay the equivalent amount, in their local currency.
  • Persons of Indian origin who acquired foreign citizenship more than 10 years ago, and have lost the last Indian passport they held, can obtain a deemed surrender certificate.
    • The deemed surrender certificate is considered proof of renunciation of Indian citizenship. The fee is currently US$20. In case services are done by an outsourced company, there may be an additional fee.

What is the difference between Surrender and Renunciation

Surrender certificate or Renunciation certificate! are two words normally associated with the surrender of Indian passports when acquiring foreign citizenship. What is the difference between the two?

Surrender Certificate:

Once you acquire foreign citizenship and renounce your Indian citizenship, the procedure basically involves surrendering your passport for cancellation. Once cancelled the passport is returned to you and a ‘Surrender Certificate’ issued.

Renunciation Certificate:

Those who have misplaced or lost their last Indian passports several years back and hence do not have a passport that they can surrender for cancellation are given a ‘Renunciation Certificate’. Whether you get a surrender or renunciation certificate they both have the same effect.


Indian vs Australian Passport comparison

Indian vs Australian Passport comparison

Power Index

Australian passports are considered one of the safest in the world, but they are probably the most expensive in the world.Australia has been rated at the seventh spot along with Greece and New Zealand in Henley Passport Index. An Australian passport holder has a facility of visa-free travel to 171 countries.

The Henley Passport Index is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).The same index rates India at the 81st spot along with Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) Senegal Togo. Indian passport-holders have access to visa-free travel to 56 countries.


Fresh Indian passport (36 pages) of 10 years validity costs Rs. 1000 or AUD 20 whereas Australian passports are the most expensive in the world. From the January 1st, 2018, the passport fee for a 10-year adult rose to $282.

Syrian passports currently rank as the most expensive on the list, at about $500 for those who are not in the country and applying to obtain them overseas. Since the outbreak of war, this is the case for many who have fled to seek refuge and then sought to obtain travel document at an overseas consulate.

For them, the Syrian government has inflated the cost to about AUD 500. Previously the cost was only around AUD 11.

Read: The Most expensive passports are…

Dual Citizenship

It is possible for an Australian citizen to hold citizenship of two or more countries if the law of those countries allows. This is known as dual, or multiple, citizenship.

India does not allow dual citizenship. The Constitution of India does not allow holding Indian citizenship and citizenship of a foreign country simultaneously.




3 things to avoid for NRIs who hold Indian Passport

3 things to avoid for NRIs who hold Indian Passport

Most of the Non-Resident Indians who have recently migrated to foreign countries and still hold Indian passport should keep few things in mind.


1. Check date of expiry

Do you know that most of the airlines have right to stop you from boarding on a plane to India if expiry date of your passport falls withing 6 months from date of your journey?

We all have lot of things to do when it comes to traveling to our motherland. Arranging tickets, planning holidays, scheduling meeting with near and dear ones in India, shopping etc. We often miss to check our Indian passport.

There have been lot of cases where airline has stopped people from boarding because their passports were about to expire or already expired.


2. Always scan passport pages and save it electronically

In today’s world we heavily rely on electronic communications. Electronic media gives us tremendous advantage of making our life easier. But at the same time we often miss out few important things like keeping our important documents electronically.

Just try to imagine that you have lost your passport and you need to go to India to see your ailing loved one. It will be an ordeal, won’t it?

Saving all your important travel documents including passport can help and save you huge amount of time and hassle.


3. Passport of kids should be frequently checked

Indian government issues passport for kids with 5 years validity. So its important to check the expiry date of the passport of kids to avoid any last moment hassle.