Granting duel citizenship will be resumed
Controller General of Immigration and Emigration Chulananda Perera
told the Sunday Observer in an interview that the currently suspended
issuance of dual citizenship by his department to eligible persons of
Sri Lankan origin, who have acquired citizenship of the countries of
their migration, will be re-introduced shortly with some modifications.
A proposal has already been submitted on the matter to the Ministry of
Defence who in turn will submit a cabinet paper soon. On approval of the
cabinet paper the dual citizenship system will be reintroduced, he said.
On the question of the reported on-line visa scam, he said that he
recently held discussions on the matter with the Australian migration
officials who too encountered similar problems. The Department has very
clearly informed all prospective applicants that there is only one
official website of the Sri Lankan Immigration Department that is
issuing electronic visas and they should be cautious about the fake
ones. They anticipate applicants to comply with the request, he said.
The average monthly revenue of their department for the first two
months of this year is over Rs.883 million from passport fees, other
services, port services, visa fees, Electronic Travel Authorization
(ETA) and C.I.T, he said. Their Kandy office is handLing an average of
200 passports per day while the Matara and Anuradhapura offices are
handLing an average 100 passports, he said.
In spite of the maximum possible facilities extended by their
department to simply the passport application process, they are still
unable to dissuade applicants from seeking the assistance of
unscrupulous touts and they get complaints every now and then, he said.
In addition to their regional offices in Matara, Kandy and
Anuradhapura they also recently opened a regional office in Vavuniya
where the issue of passports and other services are being provided.