Jan 30(LBO) -Sri Lanka’s Department of Immigration and Emigration is trying to reduce the queue up for passports. Jan 30(LBO) -Sri Lanka’s Department of Immigration and Emigration is trying to reduce the queue up for passports. The national body issuing passports for Sri Lankans to legally leave the island said on Monday, that it will expand outstation – to reduce over crowding in its Colombo office.
“We will open three offices in Matara, Anuradhapura and Kandy within the next two weeks,” Controller of Immigration and Emigration, B Abeykone told reporters on Monday.
“This is to discourage people from coming to Colombo for the one day service,” said Abeykone.
The Department generates Rs 8 million for the government every day by issuing passports, visas and citizenships, but the biggest demand is for passports.
Around 1,000 people come to Colombo everyday, from all parts of the island, to get passports from the Department’s ‘same day service’ that issues passports within one working day for Rs 5,000.
Most of the applicants are women going to the Middle East as housemaids, while most of the men