The approval was given due to various requests made by the expatriate Sri Lankans living in foreign countries, as they have expressed their willingness to come and live here permanently and invest their money and also to send their children to state schools here.
Additional Secretary (Civil Security & Development) of the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development Damayanthi Jayaratna said, that the new process of granting Dual Nationality involves two steps which is to receive applications through the respective diplomatic missions with the authentication of the High Commissioner or Ambassadors of the local missions abroad as the first step.
The eligibility of the applicant should be certified by them she said. Then a cabinet approval special committee will look into the suitability of the applicants and authenticity of the documents produced by the applicants.Based on that and the Head of Mission's recommendation the committee will proceed to the second stage.
In the second stage the applicants are required to face an interview with the committee and then the committee will recommend the applicant's eligibility and forward it to the President who is the Minister of Defence for his approval.
Through this process successful applicants will be granted Dual Nationality straight away, Jayaratna said.
Formerly the process was to grant a five year Permanent Residency Visa and thereafter grant the Dual Citizenship.