Registration of Citizenship

Citizenship Registration of Children born outside Sri Lanka

ELIGIBILITY for 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.

Documents required to Register the Citizenship

  1. Duly filled application together with the declaration signed by the Parents in front of the Diplomatic officer at the Embassy. (To download a printable version of application click here)
  2. Birth Certificate of the child issued by the country where the birth took place. (If the original Birth Certificate is not in English, an English translation should be attached.)
  3. Birth Certificate issued by the Registration General Department of Sri Lanka.
  4. Original Birth Certificates of parents with photo copies
  5. If the applicant (father or mother) is a Sri Lankan citizen by registration, the relevant certificate with copies
  6. Original Marriage Certificate of parents with a photo copy
  7. Original Passports and Visas of the parents to prove residence abroad at the time of the child’s birth (With photo copies).


  1. General Contact Details of the Embassy:

Only During 09.00 to 13.00 Hours from Monday to Friday except Holidays

Tel : 25354611

Fax : 25354634


  1. Consular Affairs Division of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ceylinco building, Janathipathi Mawataha, Colombo 01. Sri Lanka. Tel no;+94112446302,+94338843


  1. Central Record Room of the Registrar General’s Department, Maligawatta, Colombo 10.

Tel no;+94112329773, +94112433075.

Web Site:

  1. The Citizenship Division of the Department of Immigration and Emigration

“Suhurupaya”, Sri Subhuthipura Road, Battaramulla.

Hotline   : 1962

Phone    : 94-11-5329000 Hunting Line

Fax        : 94-11-2885358

E-Mail    :

Web Site:

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