To be the best immigration service in the region
We regulate the entry and exit of persons, and provide citizenship services, while safeguarding the nation's security & social order, and promoting economic development.
Duties and Functions Of The Immigration and Emigration Department
As mentioned in the preamble of Immigrants and Emigrants act no 20 of 1948 it has been enacted to make provision;
For controlling the entry into Sri Lanka of persons other than citizens of Sri Lanka,
For regulating the departure from Sri Lanka the citizens, and persons other than citizens of Sri Lanka,
For removing from Sri Lanka undesirable persons who are not citizens of Sri Lanka, and,
For other matters incidental to or connected with the matters aforesaid.
Immigrants and Emigrants Act came into operation with effect from 01-11-1949.
Immigration and Emigration department is established to implement the provisions of the Act.
Granting required entry endorsements in travel documents of persons other than citizens of Sri Lanka at approved entry points. (See sections 11 & 13 of the act )
Keeping and maintaining a register of persons who are non citizens of Sri Lanka at entry points. (See section 26 )
Stamping the travel documents of persons leaving Sri Lanka at departure points and maintaining records there in. (See regulation 56 )
Identification of persons entering and leaving Sri Lanka at approved ports. (See section 37 )
Exercising the powers vested by or under the Immigration & Emigration Act.
Performing the duties assigned by or under the Immigration & Emigration Act.
Issuing visa to persons other than citizens of Sri Lanka to enter and stay in Sri Lanka, and border controlling. (See part III of the act )
Issuing travel documents to the citizens of Sri Lanka. (See part VII of the act.)
Maintaining detention places approved by the minister. (See section 48 )
Conducting investigations on violations of provisions made by or under the act.
Keeping and maintaining the information and records connected to the functions mentioned above.
Mr. M. N. Ranasinghe
Controller General of Immigration and Emigration
Department of Immigration and Emigration
41, Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Colombo 10, Sri Lanka
Hotline : 1962
Phone : 94-11-5329000 Hunting Line
Fax : 94-11-2674621
E-Mail : controller[at]immigration.gov.lk
Web Site: www.immigration.gov.lk