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The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a proposal to regularize and update present visa issuance methods.

Accordingly the Cabinet of Ministers decided to approve several new amendments to visa issuance, including the collection of visa charges in US Dollars instead of Sri Lankan Rupees.

Therefore under the new issuance methods, visas will be recommended for investors & employees in Board of Investment zones by the Secretary of the subject Ministry, a fine of 500 USD will be charged in addition to visa charges from foreigners whose visa period has expired, residential visas will be provided to foreign students covering their entire academic period and 10 year residential visas will be issued for foreigners who remit more than 500,000 USD to Sri Lanka.

Furthermore visas of up to 5 years will be issued for foreign spouses and for their children who are married to Sri Lankan citizens, a two year residential visa will be issued to foreigners whose Sri Lankan spouse is deceased and has resided continuously for 10 years in Sri Lanka or who have children under 18 years of age for employment purposes, while a permanent residence visa will be granted to former Sri Lankans who have already obtained the citizenship of another country and cannot apply for dual citizenship.

Accordingly the proposal tabled by Minister of Internal Affairs Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs SB Navinna was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

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