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Renunciation of Pakistani citizenship

Post by Surrender1970 » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:21 am

I’m a non-Muslim American who was born in Pakistan but left when I was a year old.
I recently decided to surrender my Pakistani nationality after realizing that I will never visit or live in Pakistan.
As per the nationality law of 1951 I’ve submitted all required documentation to the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, DC. The Embassy has twice rejected my application.

They want me to get a NADRA issued ID first. I have an old manual ID card but they won’t process my application without a CNIC or NiCOP.

Next, i contacted NADRA by phone and email on several occasions. They say that since I’m trying to renounce my citizenship, and the fact that I don’t hold a NADRA identification, I should contact the Ministry (of Interior) and that they don’t need to be involved. The Embassy insists that I get a NICOP first. So I tried to apply for the NICOP and guess what? It’s a flawed application process that doesn’t account for an overseas Pakistani who doesn’t have “verifiers.” You need two Pakistani NADRA ID holders to sponsor you and your parents have to have held a NADRA ID number as well. Otherwise you can’t move forward with the application. Because I’m not a Muslim, I’ve never been accepted by Pakistanis and hence have never had Pakistani friends and don’t know my relatives. My long-deceased parents never held NADRA 13 digit ID numbers either.

NADRA says that despite the fact that I have an old expired passport and manual ID card, both of which are proof of my Pakistani citizenship, they won’t issue a NICOP to me without the verifiers.

Next, I emailed the DGIP directly and as expected they’ve not responded to me.

So not only will the Pakistani government not issue valid citizenship documents to me, they also won’t let me renounce my citizenship.

Has anybody else had this problem before?

I’m thinking about mailing the renunciation package directly to DGIP in Islamabad and forget about ever receiving that valuable Certificate of Renunciation.

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Re: Renunciation of Pakistani citizenship

Post by abhisheks9 » Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:09 pm

even if you get "verifiers" you still can't move ahead since your parents never had NADRA ID?
why are you concerned as you anyway will never visit or live in Pakistan? don't lose your mind over this if nothing works out
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Re: Renunciation of Pakistani citizenship

Post by Surrender1970 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:19 am

My parents were born in India. I see myself wanting to visit India to rediscover part or my heritage. Unfortunately, Indian authorities won’t grant a visa to a Pakistani born US citizen without a renunciation certificate from Pakistan.

Also, having a renunciation certificate makes it easier to apply for certain jobs that scrutinize dual nationals.

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Re: Renunciation of Pakistani citizenship

Post by abhisheks9 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:17 am

Surrender1970 wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:19 am
Indian authorities won’t grant a visa to a Pakistani born US citizen without a renunciation certificate from Pakistan.
won't grant citizenship, Not that Visa is denied simply for this fact
many Pakistanis visit India and many Sikhs, muslims visit Pakistan, but having Pakistani citizenship will bar you from OCI or indian nationality, wont create problem for visa itself.
If you ever apply for Indian visa, explain your situation to embassy/consulate/VFS
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Re: Renunciation of Pakistani citizenship

Post by takdeerwala » Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:31 am

abhisheks9 wrote:
Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:17 am
Surrender1970 wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:19 am
Indian authorities won’t grant a visa to a Pakistani born US citizen without a renunciation certificate from Pakistan.
won't grant citizenship, Not that Visa is denied simply for this fact
many Pakistanis visit India and many Sikhs, muslims visit Pakistan, but having Pakistani citizenship will bar you from OCI or indian nationality, wont create problem for visa itself.
If you ever apply for Indian visa, explain your situation to embassy/consulate/VFS
In future, Indian NRIs who are outside India for years and do not have Aadhaar Card are going to face the same problems. Every document will require aadhaar card number. If you remember, even OCI application had column for aadhaar card. Indians who immigrated before 2013 and did not return to India since that time will not have aadhaar card.

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Re: Renunciation of Pakistani citizenship

Post by Surrender1970 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:59 pm

Interesting thought about India and it’s possible.

I know in my case, they may have paper records on me, but in their electronic database of record (NADRA) I don’t exist. Which is why in order for me to renounce / surrender my nationality, I first have to prove to NADRA that I’m a bonafide Pakistani national and obtain valid documentation.

This may work out in my favor. I’ve added a statement of disloyalty to my paperwork which I’ll mail directly to Islamabad. Hoping they do with me what they did with xxxxx. They likely canceled his citizenship, but refused to provide a renunciation certificate.

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Re: Renunciation of Pakistani citizenship

Post by abhisheks9 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:48 am

Surrender1970 wrote:
Thu Feb 15, 2018 8:59 pm
Interesting thought about India and it’s possible.

I know in my case, they may have paper records on me, but in their electronic database of record (NADRA) I don’t exist. Which is why in order for me to renounce / surrender my nationality, I first have to prove to NADRA that I’m a bonafide Pakistani national and obtain valid documentation.

This may work out in my favor. I’ve added a statement of disloyalty to my paperwork which I’ll mail directly to Islamabad. Hoping they do with me what they did with xxxxxx. They likely canceled his citizenship, but refused to provide a renunciation certificate.
Meanwhile also try to reach out to Indian Home Ministry with your situation?
Tweet xxxxxxxxx, who for sake of media browny points will take up your case?
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Re: Renunciation of Pakistani citizenship

Post by CR001 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 1:07 pm

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Re: Renunciation of Pakistani citizenship

Post by takdeerwala » Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:30 am

@abhisheks9 Dual Nationality Pakistani Citizens will need to submit Pakistan passport while applying for Indian Visa. in this case where that Passport is not valid, it is very difficult to get Visa.
Normally lot of people do visit each other country for family reasons, visiting relatives or religious pilgrimages. With Dual Nationality, it becomes difficult.

I have a question for OP. When you moved to USA from pakistan as a 1 year old child, you had your own passport or were you an addition on your Mother's passport ? In those days, children were many times added in their parent passport. How old were you when you acquired American citizenship? When you became US citizen, was there an option of renouncing Pakistani Citizenship at that moment only?
Country of Birth will always be there in Foreign passport, employment, Bank documents even after renounciation !!!!

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Re: Renunciation of Pakistani citizenship

Post by Surrender1970 » Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:54 pm

I acquired US naturalization later in my teens. Until then I held a Pakistani Passport and also the old 11 digit manual national ID card. Founding of NADRA came after I had been naturalized and abandoned Pakistani citizenship.
As I’ve posted before, and without elaborating too much, certain jobs, and even Indian visa on a US passport with place of birth as Pakistan, require a “Certificate of Renunciation” There is a reason for this.

In certain nations, like Germany, you’re required to provide a Certificate of Renunciation before you acquire a Reisepass. But in the US, there is no such requirement since the understanding is that your former citizenship is in your past.

I mailed my renunciation package directly to the Ministry of Interior in Islamabad with the hope that they will at the very least “register” my renunciation, even if they don’t provide me with a renunciation certificate.

Many countries have a pretty straightforward renunciation process with an in-person interview with a consular officer. None of this bizarre and bureaucratic process that Pakistan has.

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Re: Renunciation of Pakistani citizenship

Post by wd06 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:23 am

abhisheks9 wrote:
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:09 pm
even if you get "verifiers" you still can't move ahead since your parents never had NADRA ID?
why are you concerned as you anyway will never visit or live in Pakistan? don't lose your mind over this if nothing works out
This is false. One can obtain a NADRA ID based on their parents' Pakistani origin even if they do not have NADRA IDs.

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Re: Renunciation of Pakistani citizenship

Post by wd06 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:24 am

Surrender1970 wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 5:54 pm
I acquired US naturalization later in my teens. Until then I held a Pakistani Passport and also the old 11 digit manual national ID card. Founding of NADRA came after I had been naturalized and abandoned Pakistani citizenship.
As I’ve posted before, and without elaborating too much, certain jobs, and even Indian visa on a US passport with place of birth as Pakistan, require a “Certificate of Renunciation” There is a reason for this.

In certain nations, like Germany, you’re required to provide a Certificate of Renunciation before you acquire a Reisepass. But in the US, there is no such requirement since the understanding is that your former citizenship is in your past.

I mailed my renunciation package directly to the Ministry of Interior in Islamabad with the hope that they will at the very least “register” my renunciation, even if they don’t provide me with a renunciation certificate.

Many countries have a pretty straightforward renunciation process with an in-person interview with a consular officer. None of this bizarre and bureaucratic process that Pakistan has.
Which consulate are you dealing with?

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