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Lankans exiting SL for PR in mass exodus

  • Canada, Australia most popular destinations: Immigration consultants

BY Dinitha Rathnayake

A trend of Sri Lankans choosing to migrate with the hope of obtaining permanent residency (PR) in western nations has been identified, with Canada and Australia being their most preferred destinations, immigration and emigration consultant companies in Sri Lanka told The Morning.

It is also learnt from informed sources that most of the Sri Lankans are migrating due to the current economic situation in the country.

Meanwhile, speaking to The Morning recently, Immigration and Emigration Department Deputy Controller – Legal and Information Officer Milinda Kumarasinghe said that around 1,500 passports are issued daily by the Department under the one-day service.

“Previously, it was around 1,000 under the one-day service, but the number has increased post Covid-19.“ Around 1,000 persons visited the Department on a daily basis for their visa and passports requirements despite the spread of Covid-19 and during the recent nationwide quarantine curfew lockdown.

Immigration and Emigration Controller General and Registration of Persons of Indian Origin Commissioner U.V. Sarath Rupasiri, speaking to The Morning, said that the Department is offering a one-day passport service, visa extension, and citizenship.

Around 3,000 persons visited the Department on a daily basis before the pandemic. Due to the spread of Covid-19, he urged people not to visit the Department unless it is for an extremely urgent requirement.