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I have French nationality since birth (born in 1991). However due to various reasons, I have an Indian passport and no French passport. I have not traveled outside India with my Indian passport either. I need to understand the process to surrender my Indian passport and obtain a French passport.

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    No idea about any special rules India might have but as far as the French authorities are concerned, surrendering your Indian passport is not necessary and largely irrelevant. The most important question is how to establish that you are in fact a French citizen. Then you would approach a French consulate to obtain a passport and/or a “certificat de nationalité française”. If that somehow implies that you have lost Indian citizenship or you wish to renounce it, you can always take care of that after you have obtained your French passport. – Gala Nov 5 '17 at 22:25
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That's two, non-related, processes. If you are indeed French, you can apply for a passport at the nearest French consulate. You'll have to go there, you can't do this by post - they will take your fingerprints.

As for renouncing your Indian citizenship, it is not required by France. And, more importantly, if you're planning to stay in India, you would need a visa. Better keep your Indian passport as long as you live in India. You would need it too, to exit India - for India, you're an Indian citizen, and there's no French citizen living there with your name.

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    I believe that getting a French passport would cause loss of the OP's Indian citizenship. – user102008 Nov 6 '17 at 15:45
  • Not necessarily - if the OP is already French, having or not having a passport doesn't change anything. And getting a passport won't mean the Indian government is aware of it. However, using that French passport to exit India would cause all kinds of problems. – dda Nov 6 '17 at 15:47
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    It is true that, logically, he hasn't voluntarily acquired a foreign nationality. However, according to India's Citizenship Rules, he is considered to have voluntarily acquired a foreign nationality if he gets a foreign passport. Citizenship Rules, Schedule III, #3: "The fact that a citizen of India has obtained on any date a passport from the Government of any other country shall be conclusive proof of his having voluntarily acquired the citizenship of that country before that date. " – user102008 Nov 6 '17 at 15:58
  • As I said, obtaining a French passport doesn't mean the Indian government is aware of it. – dda Nov 7 '17 at 2:51

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