Controller of Immigration and Emigration Chulananda Perera siad 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 granted.
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.