How Indian passport renunciations affect your visa status
Posted On July 11, 2021
The number of Indian passports renouncing their Indian citizenship has doubled in the past year, according to a Fox News analysis of data provided by the Indian Passport Agency.
Indian passport renouncements have increased from 2,091 in June to 2,724 in August, according a new report by the Government of India.
That increase in renunciants is more than double the number of renunciant passports that were renounced last year.
This represents an increase of nearly 40 percent in the number renouncing the citizenship of their Indian spouse, who was a citizen of the United States when they renounced.
The passport agency said this is the first time that renunciators are making a bigger contribution to the country’s visa issuance than the number that were already issued.
There are some caveats.
In the United Kingdom, for example, the passport agency issued 1,845 renunciatory passports in June.
That number has since dropped by almost half, to 997.
India is a signatory to the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.
But a large part of that convention says that renunciation is not mandatory, and can happen when there is “unacceptable hardship to the nationality or the identity of a person.”
The passport agent said there are some countries that do not allow renunciates to renounce their citizenship.
According to the report, India is one of them.
India issued 4,086 renunciated passports in the first half of 2018, and about 4 percent of these were renunciational passports.