Cabinet approves new Sri Lankan visa issuance methods

A decision was made during the weekly cabinet meeting to collect visa charges in US dollars instead of Sri Lankan Rupees.

The proposal to regularise and update the present method of visa issuing forwarded by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs S. B. Navinna was approved by cabinet. The proposal forwarded by Minister S. B. Navinna includes recommendations to:

1. Charge a fine of US$ 500 in addition to visa charge from foreigners whose visa period has expired.

2. Provide a residential visa for foreign students covering the whole academic period.

3. Issue residential visas of up to 10 years for foreigners who remit more than US$ 500,000 to Sri Lanka

4. Issue a permanent residence visa for former Sri Lankans who have already obtained the citizenship of another country who cannot apply for dual citizenship.

Controller General of Department of Immigration and Emigration. M. N. Ranasinghe has said the decision reached by the cabinet has not been conveyed to the Department of Immigration and Emigration. Furthermore, he said it takes two weeks for such decisions to reach the department from the subject ministry.

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