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Dual Citizenship

01.Eligibility for Dual Citizenship

A person whose citizenship of Sri Lanka has ceased under Sections 19, 20 or 21 of the Citizenship Act No. 18 of 1948 or a person whose citizenship of Sri Lanka is likely to cease, is eligible for Dual Citizenship of Sri Lanka.

  1. Resumption – Section 19(2) of the said Act makes provisions with respect to persons whose citizenship of Sri Lanka has ceased upon obtaining the citizenship of another country, who thereafter desire to resume the status of a citizen of Sri Lanka.

  2. Retention – Section 19(3) of the said Act makes provisions with respect to persons who desire to obtain citizenship in another country, while intending to retain the citizenship of Sri Lanka.
02.Required Documents
Application “Form S” Download here

Please submit 1 set of photocopies of required documents excluding application and Police Clearance Certificate

All Photocopies Should Be Submitted In A4 Size.

Resumption of Sri Lankan Nationality – Section 19(2)

Main Applicant Spouse of Main Applicant Unmarried Children (Age -less than 21 years and 6 months)
Duly filled Dual Citizenship Application Duly filled Dual Citizenship Application Duly filled Dual Citizenship Application (Separate Application for each Child)
3 Passport Size Colour Photographs – Affix 1 on the first page of application 3 Passport Size Colour Photographs – Affix 1 on the first page of application 3 Passport Size Colour Photographs – Affix 1 on the first page of application
Birth Certificate Birth Certificate Birth Certificate
Marriage Certificate Marriage Certificate Citizenship Certificate issued under Section 5(2) of the Citizenship Act No. 18 of 1948 (if child was born outside Sri Lanka)
Biodata & Observations Page of Sri Lankan Passport (if available) Biodata & Observations Page of Sri Lankan Passport (if available) Biodata & Observations Page of Sri Lankan Passport (if available)
Biodata & Observations Page of Foreign Passport [certified as a true copy by Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) in Australia] Biodata & Observations Page of Foreign Passport [certified as a true copy by Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) in Australia] Biodata & Observations Page of Foreign Passport [certified as a true copy by Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) in Australia]
Australian Citizenship Certificate [Authenticated by Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), Australia] Australian Citizenship Certificate [Authenticated by Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), Australia] Australian Citizenship Certificate [Authenticated by Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT), Australia]
NAME CHECK ONLY Certificate issued by the Australian Federal Police (should have 3 months validity) NAME CHECK ONLY certificate issued by the Australian Federal Police (should have 3 months validity) Applicable only for children above 16 years – NAME CHECK ONLY Certificate issued by the Australian Federal Police (should have 3 months validity)
For other relevant Documents: Please see 2.1
Retention of Sri Lankan Nationality – Section 19(3)
Main Applicant Spouse of Main Applicant Unmarried Children (Age -less than 21 years and 6 months)
Duly filled Dual Citizenship Application Duly filled Dual Citizenship Application Duly filled Dual Citizenship Application
3 Passport Size Colour Photographs – Affix 1 on the first page of application 3 Passport Size Colour Photographs – Affix 1 on the first page of application 3 Passport Size Colour Photographs – Affix 1 on the first page of application
Birth Certificate Birth Certificate Birth Certificate
Marriage Certificate Marriage Certificate Citizenship Certificate issued under Section 5(2) of the Citizenship Act No. 18 of 1948 (if child was born outside Sri Lanka)
Bio data & Observations Page of Sri Lankan Passport (Should have the validity of Six months from the date of submission of the application) Bio data & Observations Page of Sri Lankan Passport (Should have the validity of Six months from the date of submission of the application) Bio data & Observations Page of Sri Lankan Passport (Should have the validity of Six months from the date of submission of the application)
Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)
NAME CHECK ONLY Certificate issued by the Australian Federal Police (should have 3 months validity) NAME CHECK ONLY Certificate issued by the Australian Federal Police (should have 3 months validity) Applicable only for children above 16 years – NAME CHECK ONLY Certificate issued by the Australian Federal Police (should have 3 months validity)
2.1.Additional documents required as per the category you are applying for;
    • If Applying Under Category 1A: Birth Certificate
 
      • If Applying Under Category 1B:
     
    • Educational/Professional Certificate (Diploma/Degree or higher, or any other professional qualifications). If you are submitting a Diploma Certificate, required Duration is minimum 1 year or above and documents should be submitted to prove the duration.
 
    • If academic qualification has been obtained from a foreign institution, it is required to authenticate it by the relevant government authority. [Ex: If it is obtained from a University in Australia, certificate should be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)]
 
    • If Applying Under Category 1C: Documentary Proof of Assets (Deeds, Valuation Report & Title Report)
 
    • If Applying Under Category 1D: Letter of Confirmation from the bank stating that money will not be withdrawn from the relevant account for a period of 3 years and a copy of the Fixed Deposit Certificate.
 
    • If Applying Under Category 1E: Letter of Confirmation by the bank. stating that money will not be withdrawn from the relevant account for a period of 3 years

    • If applying Under Category 1F: Letter of confirmation by the relevant authority confirming that the investment will not be withdrawn prior to maturity.
03. Instructions for Completing the Application
    1. The application must be completed in BLOCK LETTERS.
    2. Wherever * appears, inapplicable word/s must be cut off.
    3. If a particular field is inapplicable, write NOT APPLICABLE or NOT RELEVANT.
    4. Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) from the Department of Immigration & Citizenship of Australia. This can be obtained free of charge from the Australian Immigration website. (Certificate should be less than a month old from the date of submission of the application).To obtain VEVO please visit the following website: https://online.immi.gov.au/evo/firstParty?actionType=query
    5. To obtain NAME CHECK ONLY Certificate from Australian Federal Police (AFP) , Please visit https://afpnationalpolicechecks.converga.com.au
    6. Translations will not be accepted in lieu of originals.
    7. All photocopies must be submitted as one A4 sized copy.
    8. Do not counter-sign copies where the originals are already authenticated.
    9. Name changes in any supporting documents should be verified by a Name Change Certificate (Should be authenticated by the relevant government authority) or an Affidavit.
    10. Australian birth certificates do not need to be authenticated.
    11. Documents requiring authentication must be lodged at the Australian Passport Office (a division of DFAT), in Docklands, Victoria. Documents can be:

Lodged personally. This requires an appointment. Call 1300 935 260 for further enquiries.

Australia
Level 2 Collins Square
747 Collins Street
DOCKLANDS VIC 3008
Time: 8.40 am to 1.00 pm – Monday to Friday
Lodged via post.
Australian Passport Office – Legalisations
GPO Box 2239
Melbourne VIC 3001
13. The affidavit on Page 6 of the Application Form should only be completed & signed at the Consulate General, before an official of the Consulate General (or before a Sri Lankan Honorary Consul).
  • Applicants over the age of 16 should sign the affidavit before the officials of the Consulate General or a Sri Lankan Honorary Consul.

  • Applicants below the age of 16 are not required to sign the affidavit. The main applicant should sign on behalf of them and mention their relationship to the minor applicant (ex: Mother/Father).
04. Payment
  • Application Fee: AUD 65 [In addition, attestation fees will be charged for the foreign certificates (if any)]

  • Payment should be made ONLY in cash at the counter.

  • Personal/Company cheques and Credit/Debit cards are not accepted.
05. Procedure
  1. Once your application is accepted by this Consulate, it will be forwarded to the Department of Immigration and Emigration, Sri Lanka.

  2. Upon receiving the same application to the Department of Immigration and Emigration, Sri Lanka, it will be notified directly to you by the said Department via e-mail.

  3. When the application is approved, the applicant will be informed regarding the payments by the said Department via e-mail.
  • Fees applicable are as follows:

Main Applicant: 345 000 LKR

Spouse of Applicant: 57 500 LKR

Unmarried Children below the Age of 22: 57 500 LKR

4. If you are unable to make the payment personally in Colombo, you can authorize a person to make the payment providing a authorization letter to him/her.
06. Important Details

How to check the progress of your Application

Applicants are able to check the status of their application by following the Dual Citizenship status check link.

  • For Embassy reference number please insert the reference number given by the Consulate General office.(Ex: AUS/MEL/DC/(your Number) followed by date of birth. This AUS/MEL/DC/… number can be found on top of the yellow receipt that we issue from the Consulate General office in Melbourne.

Dual Citizenship Award Ceremony

At present Dual Citizenship certificates are awarded ONLY in Colombo. If applicants are unable to receive certificates in Colombo they can nominate a person to receive same on their behalf by informing the Department of Immigration in writing. (Nomination forms will be sent directly to the applicant via email by the Department of Immigration and Emigration Sri Lanka)

Visiting Sri Lanka after obtaining Dual Citizenship

If you travel to Sri Lanka after obtaining the Dual Citizenship using your Australian Passport, you should provide a copy of the dual citizenship certificate with your Australian passport at the Immigration counter at Colombo Airport in order to enter Sri Lanka without visa.

It is required to get the endorsement ” HOLDER IS A DUAL CITIZEN” in your Australian Passport from the Department of Immigration and Emigration at Battaramulla while you are staying in Sri Lanka, if you wish to use your Australian passport continuously to visit Sri Lanka.

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