SLBFE busts student visa racket
The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) has busted a
racket in sending Sri Lankans abroad on student or tourist visas, SLBFE
Deputy General Manager Mangala Randeniya told the Sunday Observer
The Special Information Division of the SLBFE has received
information of such incidents in the past, Randeniya said.
The SLBFE has asked people to be vigilant of those who send people
abroad on student or visit visa and if information of such persons is
received to inform the Bureau immediately, the Deputy General Manager
said. Randeniya said he would hold a discussion with the Ambassador of
the United Arabic Emirates in Sri Lanka to discuss the legal procedure
of sending Sri Lankans on visit visas.
"We call upon the people to refrain from going abroad on student or
tourist visas for employment.
These rackets are being carried out with the help of middlemen", he
"We need to conduct an investigation to ascertain the visit is
genuine, who is sponsoring the tour when one goes abroad on education or
visit visa. If the tour is genuine he or she will be permitted to go
abroad else they will be sent back from the Airport", Randeniya said.
He said that the SLBFE strictly follows the regulations that those
who go abroad on employment should be above 23 years and do not have