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Dual citizens given a break on new passport rules

Posted on 21 September 2016 by admin

Ottawa announced Tuesday it would extend the grace period for new passport requirements for dual citizens to Nov. 10.

Dual citizens have until Nov. 10 to make sure they have a Canadian passport in order to travel by air to Canada. Canadians who also have U.S. citizenship can still travel with an American passport, under the new rules.

Dual citizens have until Nov. 10 to make sure they have a Canadian passport in order to travel by air to Canada. Canadians who also have U.S. citizenship can still travel with an American passport, under the new rules.   (THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO)  

 

By NICHOLAS KEUNGImmigration reporter – The Toronto Star.

In the wake of a public outcry, Ottawa has extended the grace period of its new travel requirement for Canadian dual citizens.

The federal government was to demand all air travellers who are citizens of Canada and another country be required to carry a Canadian passport as of Sept. 30.

However, many travellers complained they were blindsided by the new measures and would not be able to acquire a Canadian passport in time for their immediate travels.

On Tuesday, Immigration Minister John McCallum announced the implementation date would be postponed until Nov. 10.

“In consultation with airline partners, we’re taking further steps to minimize any travel disruption,” said McCallum. “We’re extending the leniency period and doing another major information blitz in Canada and abroad to encourage affected travellers to plan ahead and get the necessary travel documents before they book a flight to Canada.”

Currently, Canadians with dual citizenship can use the passport of the other country to enter Canada by air if they can provide proof of residency in Canada, such as a driver’s licence or a Canadian citizenship card.

Ottawa rolled out the electronic travel authorization, or eTA, system last year, requiring air passengers — including all applicants for study and work permits, as well as those from countries that currently do not require a visa to come to Canada — to submit their biographic, passport and other personal information through the immigration department website for prescreening or face being denied entry.

Travellers with both Canadian and U.S. citizenship, however, are allowed to return to Canada with their American passports.

Immigration officials said almost 2 million eTAs have been issued to travellers to Canada since August 2015.

 

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Objections filed against two candidates who hold dual citizenship

Posted on 13 July 2015 by admin

COLOMBO, July 13 (Xinhua) — Objections were filed on Monday against some political candidates who were nominated to contest the August parliamentary elections after it was alleged that they held dual citizenship.

The objections, which were filed in the Matara District in southern Sri Lanka, were against former minister Dallas Alahapperuma and provincial councilor Manoj Sirisena from the opposition United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA).

They were filed by members of other political parties who claimed that according to the 19th amendment to the constitution passed in parliament recently, dual citizens are not allowed to vote and be elected to parliament.

Alahapperuma is alleged to be a dual citizen of Sri Lanka and the United States while Sirisena is alleged to be a dual citizen of Sri Lanka and Australia.

More than 60 political parties and over 100 independent groups who are contesting Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections next month handed over their nomination papers to the elections department on Monday as the accepting of nominations came to an end.

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GOSL announces Dual Citizenship will re-commence from 23 March 2015

Posted on 23 March 2015 by admin

23 March 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Dual Citizenship was temporarily suspended in 2011. With the advent of the new government, the question of re-introducing dual citizenship has been a work in progress and finally the Government of Sri Lanka announced today that Dual Citizenship applications will be entertained again as of this day. The announcement was made by the Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs John Amaratunga. The new administrative procedure for the granting of dual citizenship will be introduced from today.

The granting of Dual Citizenship has been reintroduced following a Cabinet decision to grant the Dual Citizenship which had been temporarily suspended during the end of 2011. Earlier, Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Public Peace, Disaster Management and Christian Religious Affairs, Chulananda Perera, last Wednesday (18) said that the government has decided to declare the six-point criteria required to qualify for dual citizenship.

Accordingly, among the requirements to qualify in order to obtain dual citizenship, a person should possess professional or educational qualifications and own immovable property worth Rs 2.5 million or more in Sri Lanka. In addition, an individual who has maintained a deposit of Rs 2.5 million at a bank approved by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) can also apply for dual citizenship in this country. Also, a person who has the ability to open with any Commercial Bank approved by the CBSL, a Non Resident Foreign Currency Account or a Resident Foreign Currency Account for US$ 25,000 or more for a period of three years is also eligible to apply for dual citizenship. Another criterion is being over 55 years of age. Perera further said anyone who fulfills any one of the above qualifications will be able to apply for dual citizenship in this country. The husband or wife of the person who qualifies for dual citizenship under the new criteria and unmarried children under the age of 22 years of age will also be eligible for dual citizenship.

Formerly the process was to grant a five year Permanent Residency Visa and thereafter grant the Dual Citizenship but upon request from expatriate Sri Lankans from the President, the government has decided to grant the Dual Citizenship straightaway. According to reports, the new process of granting Dual Citizenship involves two steps. At the first step the applications are received through the respective diplomatic missions with the authentication of the High Commissioner or Ambassadors of the local missions abroad while the eligibility of the applicant should be certified by the envoys.

A Cabinet approval special committee will look into the suitability of the applicants and will also check into the authenticity of the certificates or documents produced by the applicants. Based on the suitability and authenticity of the documents together with the Head of Mission’s recommendation the committee will proceed to the second stage. The second stage involves the applicants facing an interview with the committee and based upon the findings of this process the committee will recommend the applicant’s eligibility and forward it to the President for his approval. Through this process successful applicants will be granted Dual Nationality straight away.

 

Extract from Department of Immigration and Emigration Sri Lanka

Dual Citizenship

Dual Citizenship is applicable 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 of Sri Lanka is likely to cease.

1. Resumption – Section 19(2) of the said Act makes provisions in respect of a person whose citizenship of Sri Lanka has ceased due to obtaining of citizenship in another country and who there after desires to resume the status of a citizen of Sri Lanka.

Or 2. Retention – Section 19(3) of the said Act makes provisions in respect of a person who is having a desire to obtain citizenship in another country, while intends to retain the citizenship of Sri Lanka. Click to download Application Instructions to fill the application. To be completed in “BLOCK CAPITALS” . Delete inapplicable word or words wherever * appears in the application. Please mention “ Not relevant” if a particular information is not applicable. Each member of the family has to submit a separate application along with 3 passport size colour photographs. Affix one of those photographs in the top right hand corner of the first page of the application.

Any applicant who belongs to one of the categories mentioned in section 1 of the application (A to G) can apply for dual citizenship. Please mark (√ ) in the relevant cage. The statement in the application should be supported by an affidavit (page 6) made by the applicant before a justice of the peace or a Commissioner of Oaths. Documents required for the Dual Citizenship. Applicant’s original Birth Certificate or a certified copy of it. (If the applicant is a citizen of Sri Lanka by registration, the relevant certificate or a copy of it) If the applicant is married, the marriage certificate or a certified copy of it.

An applicant submitting application for Resumption under section 19(2) (A person whose Sri Lankan Citizenship ceased due to obtaining of citizenship in another country) should submit following documents, (a) Certified copy of Foreign Citizenship Certificate. (b) Certified copy of Bio data page and the observation page of the Foreign Passport. (c) A recent Police clearance report from the country of foreign citizenship not older than 3 months in English or an English Translation of the original. (d) Certified copy of Bio data page and the observation page of the previous Sri Lankan passport (if available) Or An applicant submitting application for Retention under section 19(3) (A person who is having desire to obtain citizenship in another country, while intends to retain the citizenship of Sri Lanka.) should submit following documents, (a) Certified copy of Bio data page and the observation page of the current Sri Lankan passport. (b) Certified copy of permanent residence visa. (c) A recent Police clearance report from the country of permanent residence not older than 3 months in English or an English Translation of the original.

If applying under age category (1.A) original birth certificate or certified copy of it. If applying under Professional category (1.B) applicant’s original Educational / Professional certificates or a certified copy of it. (minimum one year diploma or higher, or any other professional qualification) If applying under Assets / Properties category (1.C) original of the documentary proof of applicant’s assets such as; lands or other immovable properties in Sri Lanka worth of Rs. 2.5 million or above and or a certified copy. Deed, valuation report & title reports for the same should be also submitted, along with above supporting documents. If applying under Fixed deposit of Rs. 2.5 million or above – category (1.D) a confirmation letter from the bank mentioning deposit will not be withdrawn within a period of 3 year. If applying under Fixed deposit of USD 25,000 or above – category (1.E) a confirmation letter from the bank mentioning deposit will not be withdrawn within a period of 3 year.

If applying under Treasury Bond (TB) or Security Investment Account (SIA) valued of USD 25,000 for minimum 3 years period – category (1.F) a certificate from the relevant Authority conforming the investment will not be withdrawn prior to maturity. If applying under the spouse of the applicant or an unmarried child under the age of 22 of the applicant – category (1.G) a certified copy of marriage certificate (For Spouse) or a certified copy of birth certificate (For unmarried child – born in Sri Lanka) or a copy of Citizenship certificate issued under section 5(2) of the Citizenship Act No. 18 of 1948 (For unmarried child – born outside the Sri Lanka). A spouse or children eligible under this category shall be limited to a person whose citizenship of Sri Lanka has ceased under section 19, 20 or 21 of the Citizenship Act No. 18 of 1948 or a person whose Sri Lankan citizenship is likely to cease.

Submission of applications

The duly perfected application should be sent directly to the Controller General of Immigration & Emigration or to the Sri Lanka Overseas Mission. The application submitted through Sri Lanka Overseas Mission should be sent together with the certificates specified in paragraph (03) above which should be authenticated by the Head of the Sri Lanka Diplomatic mission or a Senior officer in the rank of Third Secretary or above in the country in which the applicant has acquired citizenship / Permanent residence. The application can also be handed over to the Head Office of the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

The application and the documents so submitted should be authenticated by Deputy or Assistant Controller of the Citizenship Division. Department Address: The Controller General, Department of Immigration and Emigration, Citizenship Division, 41, Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka.

Email : accit@immigration.gov.lk This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Dual Citizenship

  • Fee Main applicant Rs. 250,000.00
  • Spouse of applicant Rs. 50,000 .00
  • Unmarried child below 22 years Rs. 50,000 .00

The relevant fee will be charged from the applicant after obtaining the approval of the Minister. The Department will notify the applicant to make the payment.

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OPINION: DUAL CITIZENSHIP IN SRI LANKA

Posted on 06 January 2013 by admin

Sharing an opinion on Dual Citizenship from a Sri Lankan expatriate Anjalika Silva living in the U.S.

It is a relief to learn that dual citizenship applications will be resumed shortly as stated by the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration Chulananda Perera. It has taken too long already. In the first place the lack of thought and planning with a vision for preventing exploitation was totally lacking at the time the system was put in place under Chandrika Kumaranatunge. The big idea to offer dual citizenship with a huge price tag when she saw the dollar signs coming with the applications was a joke. At the end of it the dirty brown paper of the certificate was a disgrace.

I hope President Mahinda Rajapakse will give some consideration to expats who are returning with assets. The price for the revelation that asylum seekers and refugees who left and incited violence against the country have already received dual citizenship will now be paid not by those who made use of loopholes to cheat the system but those who genuinely require this status.

The application process should not ask for unnecessary information but instead focus on information that is relevant to determine eligibility as well as to determine the value of the individual through education and qualifications acquired that is of use to Sri Lanka. The documents asked for should not include nonexistent records considering the poor record keeping history in Sri Lanka where documents and files are destroyed at the whim of short sighted staff.

A special category for retired persons should be created with a lesser fee. Contrary to beliefs based on exceptions, most average Sri Lankans who lived abroad and of retirement age now did not have the earning capacity enjoyed by later generations. In later generations those who had access to liberal exchange to obtain foreign education in developed countries enjoyed a higher earning potential. The retirees who lived abroad and survived with only Sri Lankan qualifications (the current baby boomers of the 1940s) mostly took on average jobs with modest earnings which leave them with average pensions. Considering the cost of living in Sri Lanka, today even a US$ pension does not go very far.

We sincerely hope that the new regulations are not only about revenue for the country but also about the value of individuals. Expatriates have contributed extensively towards financial and other needs of Sri Lanka over the years. Such service is never recognized — not even with a smile from the first line of officers of the Immigration service on arrival in Colombo.

Expat bashing has become the norm by “sour grapes” that wish they could live abroad and be naturalized in other countries had the opportunity been available. It is not all about the glamour of earnings. Life overseas is hard work and those who wish to return to their home land have worked hard for what they have and the government should not look to them as sources of income or plunder their pension income through regulations that require large payments when they want to return home. Those who gave up citizenship had to do so for many reasons. One being the harassment and humiliation at transit ports during travel owing to the ugly things that happened with refugees and asylum seekers who became a nuisance to countries and continue even today with criminal activity. Careers were at stake if one retained Sri Lankan citizenship while competing with citizens of other countries or their adopted land. Whether in Sri Lanka or in an adopted land, each one is entitled to securing their future. It should not be frowned upon or be used in ugly abusive remarks that some choose to hurl at people who still value their Sri Lankan roots and wish to come home.

Expatriates are still Sri Lankans who have kept their traditions alive even while living abroad and genuinely cared for the country through the darkest days. If they want to return, it is a sign of being patriotic. Some are even more patriotic than those living within the country. They should be treated with respect and dignity and commended for thinking of their home country after long years away. Expats return only if they want to and not everyone does as there are some who have completely severed ties and don’t consider Sri Lanka their home anymore.

There’s no place like home where the soil is where our feet touch the ground of the land of our birth and our families have warmth and love for each other. All we now need to do is to guard our peace and live as good and honest people.

 

Dual Citizenship applications to resume
Posted on LankaWeb: March 5th, 2012

Anjalika Silva USA

 

 

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