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Fast Passports for Employment Abroad: Dhammika Takes the Lead as Minister

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  • Single-Counter for passports for Foreign Employment
  • One-Day Passport Service in three other provinces
  • DP to use personal funds to rent an upload server
  • Daily tourist arrivals by Twitter
  • Spouse-Visa validity period extended to five years

Dhammika Perera, Sri Lanka’s new Minister of Investment Promotion, has taken a number of actions to address the Department of Immigration and Emigration’s persistent problems.

In order to expeditiously issue passports to everyone who has already finished the required paperwork to travel abroad for employment, a new counter will be erected at the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

This particular counter will be set up at the Department of Immigration and Emigration’s headquarters in Suhurupaya, Battaramulla.

The Matara, Kandy, and Vavuniya Districts will now be included in the One-Day Passport Service, which was previously only available in Colombo.

The Department of Immigration and Emigration had problems when many headshots were uploaded, thus Dhammika Perera also made the decision to invest Rs. 900.000 from his personal budget to rent an upload server.

The Department of Immigration and Emigration has been asked by the incoming Minister to make sure that starting on Monday, July 4th, the official Twitter handle will be updated each day at 9 AM with the number of tourists arriving in Sri Lanka.

The Minister has also made the decision to speak with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka about the holdup in approving commercial banks’ use of the Golden Paradise Visa Landing program to bring in foreign revenue.

The Minister has agreed to increase from one year to five years the validity of Spouse Visas issued to foreign nationals who marry Sri Lankans.

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