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Dual citizenship scheme to be revived soon after changes

By Rukshana Fernando
The public’s concern over the sudden halt of issuing dual citizenships by the Immigration and Emigration Department was cleared, when the Controller Immigration and Emigration said it was only a temporarily decision.
Controller Chulananda Perera told The Nation that the issuing of dual citizenships was temporarily halted to further improve the system.
“The new proposals have been prepared and are to be handed over to President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Once the proposals are approved by the President, we will introduce the new system and start processing and accepting dual citizenship applications soon,” Perera said.
He added that there has been a considerable increase in dual citizenship applications after the civil war in the country ended. “However, it must be said that the majority of dual citizenship applicants are Sinhalese people. A fee of Rs.200,000 is charged from a main applicant for dual citizenship and an attaché is charged Rs.50,000. The Department receives dual citizenship applications mostly from the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland. We have around 3,500 confirmed dual citizenship applicants up to date,” Perera said.