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Notice on Dual Citizenship


Please note that the Department of Immigration and Emigration of Sri Lanka has not appointed any Agent or Representative to handle Dual Citizenship Applications in whatsoever manner.

Further the Department / High Commission/ Consulate General shall not assume any responsibility of the applicants engaging in irregular practices with unauthorized agencies said to be involved in the Dual Citizenship Application process.

Submission of Dual Citizenship Applications

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Toronto is authorized to accept applications for dual citizenship from Canadian citizens of Sri Lankan origin for resumption of their Sri Lankan citizenship and from Sri Lankans who are Permanent Residents in Canada for retention of their Sri Lankan citizenship, in the Greater Toronto Area and townships of Windsor & Kitchener. When A Sri Lankan obtains citizenship of another country his/her Sri Lankan citizenship ceases to be valid. 



General Guidelines for the Application Process



  • Applications can be accessed by clicking here (Application Form ) and be handed over at the Consulate on working days, during consular hours from 9.30 am– 12.30 pm after securing an appointment, by contacting the subject officer via 416 323 2161 or 416 323 9133 - Ext. 237.
  • Applications should be completed in “CAPITAL letters”
  • No blank spaces should be left and phrases that are not applicable should be either deleted or mentioned as “Not relevant”.
  • Separate applications should be submitted for each applicant along with 3 passport size (3.5cm x 4.5cm), colour photographs, with white background. One of those photographs should be affixed on the top right hand corner of the first page of the application.
  • An applicant who may belong to one of the categories mentioned in the Section 1 of the Application (A to G) can submit his/her application for dual citizenship. Please mark (√) in the relevant cage.

         Note: The requirements under each category are given separately under      Section II.


Affidavit to be submitted by the Applicant on page No 6 of the application:






         i. If under ‘Retention’ -

Affidavit could be signed in the presence of a staff officer of the Consulate General or in front of a lawyer.

          ii. If under “Resumption” -

             Affidavit should be signed in front of a lawyer who is authorized to certify foreign originated documents and                         the lawyer’s signature has to be authenticated by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services of                                 Ontario.


Applicable Fees











i. The non-refundable fee for processing each application:   CAD 40.00
ii .Relevant Sri Lankan origin documents will be certified by the Consulate General free of charge.
iii. Attestation fee for each Canadian/Foreign origin document: CAD 65.00
  • Ppayable only by cash at the counter of the Consulate

 iv. There is a fee for granting dual citizenship, which is payable once the application approved by the Department of        Immigration and Emigration;

  •  The amount charged for granting dual citizenship will be determined by the Department, upon completion of the process and will be notified by the Department directly to the applicant, to be settled in Colombo in Sri Lankan rupees.
  • The amount charged for granting dual citizenship at present is:
                For main applicant – US$ 2000.00
                For the spouse of the main applicant – US$ 500.00
                For the unmarried children below 22 years of age- US$ 500.00  for each child.


Categories for Dual Citizenship and Eligibility


A. An applicant who exceeds the age of 55 years and applies as a senior citizen.

B. An applicant who fulfills the required academic qualifications of minimum of one year diploma or any professional qualifications.

C. An applicant who owns assets/ immovable properties in Sri Lanka worth at least SLRs. 2.5 million.

D. An applicant who has a fixed deposit of SLRs.2.5 million for a minimum of 03 year period in any of the commercial banks, approved by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

E. An applicant who has a fixed deposit of at least USD 25,000/- for a minimum of 03 year period under Non-Resident Foreign Currency Account (NRFC), Resident Foreign Currency Account (RFC) or Senior Foreign Invest Deposit Account (SFIDA) in any of the commercial banks, approved by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

F. An applicant who has invested at least USD 25,000/- for a minimum of 03 year period under Treasury Bonds or Security Investment Account.

G.An applicant qualifying by being the spouse or by being unmarried children under the age of 22, of the main applicant. A spouse or children eligible under this provision shall be limited to 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 in Sri Lanka is likely to cease. 



I. Special Notes

  • Applications should be submitted at the Consulate General in person. (Presence of the main applicant is compulsory and the main applicant can submit the dependents’ applications on their behalf).
  • A duly authenticated affidavit, (as given, in cage -8) should be submitted in the event of any name change from the Sri Lankan birth certificate/ passport.
  • Fees will not be refunded under any circumstance, after issuance of an official receipt:
  • Translations will not be accepted in place of originals.
  • A set of photocopies of all attachments should be submitted.
  • All photocopies should be taken single sided on A4/letter size paper.
  • Consulate General will attest the documents and return the originals to the applicant (Except police report).

III. Notification of Approval

The Department of Immigration and Emigration will communicate with the applicant directly once the application is approved.

Department Address: 

The Controller General,

Department of Immigration and Emigration,

Citizenship Division,


Sri Subhuthipura Road,


Sri Lanka.

Phone             :  94-11-5329000 - Hunting Line

Fax                  :  94-11-2885358
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