Dual Citizenship

Jan 01, 2015 (LBO) – Sri Lanka™s cabinet has granted approval to recommence the Dual Citizenship which had been temporarily suspended during the end of 2011 has been reinstated from today, official of Ministry of Defence and Urban Development said at the briefing yesterday. The granting of Dual Citizenship will be in force from 31st of December 2014.

The approval was given due to various requests made by the expatriate Sri Lankans living in foreign countries, as they have expressed their willingness to come and live here permanently and invest their money and also to send their children to state schools here.

Additional Secretary (Civil Security & Development) of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Damayanthi Jayaratna said, that the new process of granting Dual Nationality involves two steps which is to receive applications through the respective diplomatic missions with the authentication of the High Commissioner or Ambassadors of the local missions abroad as the first step.

The eligibility of the applicant should be certified by them she said. Then a cabinet approval special committee will look into the suitability of the applicants and authenticity of the documents produced by the applicants.

Based on that and the Head of Mission’s recomme