Good news for all the Sri Lankans living abroad on this new year.
The ministry of defence says that the provision of dual citizenship will be implemented with immediate effect. It will be implemented for ten countries under new regulations. The dual citizenship has been suspended since the year 2011. Additional secretary to the ministry of defence Mrs. Damayanthi Jayarathne says that the government has decided to implement the new scheme taking into consideration of the request of overseas Sri Lankans.
Accordingly dual citizenship will be handed over directly under the existing legal framework. Dual citizenship will be handed over after subjecting the applicants to an investigation by a special committee. Accordingly dual citizenship is applicable to the United States, Britain, Canada, Switzerland, France , Germany, Australia, Norway, Sweden and Italy. The relevant applications should be submitted with the recommendations of the relevant ambassadors or high commissioners. Mrs.Jayarathne further says that dual citizenship will be handed over only to those who safeguard the image of Sri Lanka and who contribute to the development of the country.
Army media spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said it has been possible to implement this programme due to the freedom gained following the elimination of terrorism.