Rs. 200,000 fee to be paid in two instalments :
Strict formula for dual citizenship
The Immigration and Emigration Department will begin processing dual
citizenship under a strict formula within the next three months.
Controller of Immigration and Emigration Chulananda Perera told the
Sunday Observer that under the new criteria a Sri Lankan holding
citizenship of another country will be granted permanent residency for
five years before he becomes eligible for dual citizenship.
“This will be the norm for all categories of applicants in the
future,” he said.
Sri Lankans living elsewhere need to submit details on how he or she
obtained the citizenship of the other country and the intention to seek
dual citizenship in Sri Lanka to process his application.
The information supplied will be verified from the Sri Lankan
missions overseas and evaluated by a panel of officials representing the
Immigration and Emigration Department and other state stakeholder
institutions before the permanent residency and citizenship is finally
The new system at a revised fee of Rs.200,000 to be paid in two
instalments during the permanent residency and citizenship applications
procedure received the green light from the Cabinet recently.
Amendments to the current legislation, for instance Section 14 of the
Immigration Act which restricts the visa for five years, is needed to
give effect to the new set of regulations that govern the issuance of
future dual citizenship.
“We have already drafted the amendments and presented them to the
Legal Draftsman for fine-tuning,” Perera said adding that he was hopeful
that the legal barriers would be cleared for implementation within the
next three months.
The issue of dual citizenships was suspended since early last year in
view of the new procedure being drafted.