Registration of Birth and Citizenship
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Instructions to applicants
Registration of Birth outside Sri Lanka
Registration of birth of children born outside Sri Lanka to Sri Lankan parents can be registered at the Embassy under the provisions of the Births and Deaths Registration act (chapter 110 ) and section 7 of the consular functions act no 4 of 1981 and the consular functions (amendment ) act no.18 of 2006.
At least one of the parents should be a citizen of Sri Lanka /should have dual citizenship at the time of the child’s birth.
Under normal circumstances, the declaration should be submitted within three (3) months of such birth to the relevant Diplomatic/consular officer, If not after three (3) months and within one year the Diplomatic/consular officer should record the reason for the delay and effect the registration.
After a year if the registration is not done it should get the consent of the Registrar General. Applications should be forwarded to the Registrar General Department (Central Record Room of the Registrar General’s Department, Maligawatte, Colombo 10) to obtain the approval.
Registration of Citizenship
Children born outside Sri Lanka to Sri Lankan parents (At least one of the parents should be a Sri Lankan) needs to be registered at the Department of Immigration and Emigration within one year of birth for the confirmation of the child’s citizenship. A certificate for the Registration of Birth is issued to the applicant. A fine will be imposed in the event of failure to register the birth of a child within a period of one year from the date of birth.