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CITIZENSHIP ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1.        Short title.

PART I

CITIZENSHIP OF SRI LANKA

2.        Status.

3.        Citizenship and nationality.

PART II

CITIZENSHIP BY DESCENT

4.        Citizenship by descent, person born before the appointed date.

5.        Citizenship by descent in the case of persons born on or after the appointed date.

5A.     Eligibility of person born prior to the date of commencement of this Act.

6.        Certificate of citizenship of Sri Lanka by descent in case of doubt.

6A.     Issue of Certificate of citizenship on application made.

7.        Foundings.

8.        Resumption of citizenship by descent.

9.        Repealed.

10.      Posthumous persons.

PART III

CITIZENSHIP BY REGISTRATION

11.      Persons entitled to registration as citizens.

12.      Registration of spouse, widow or widower of citizen of Ceylon or Sri Lanka.

13.      Registration as citizens of persons to whom sections 11 or 12 do not apply.

13A.   Registration as citizens of persons registered in a Resident Guest Scheme.

14.      Minor children of applicants for registration as citizens of Sri Lanka.

15.      Persons who are not to be granted citizenship by registration.

16.      Register.

17.      Certificates of registration.

18.      Effect of certificates of registration.

PART IV

LOSS OF CITIZENSHIP

19.      Renunciation of citizenship and special provisions relating to dual citizenship.

20.      Restrictions against dual citizenship of persons who are citizens by descent.

21.      Restrictions against dual citizenship of persons who are citizens by registration.

22.      Cases of invalid or ineffective renunciations of foreign citizenship.

23.      Repealed.

24.      Repealed.

PART V

MISCELLANEOUS

25.      Offence.

26.      Fees.

27.      Regulations.

28.      Interpretation.

SCHEDULES

18 of 1948,

40 of 1950,

13 of 1955,

45 of 1987,

15 of 1993,

43 of 1993,

16 of 2003.

AN ACT to make provision for Citizenship of Sri Lanka and for matters connected therewith.

[Date of Commencement: 15th November, 1948]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Citizenship Act.

PART I

CITIZENSHIP OF SRI LANKA

2. Status.

(1) With effect from the appointed date, there shall be a status to be known as “the status of a citizen of Ceylon”, and, with effect from the 22nd day of May, 1972, to be known as “the status of a citizen of Sri Lanka”.

(1A) Every person who immediately prior to the 22nd day of May, 1972, was a citizen of Ceylon shall, on and after that date, be entitled to be, and to be called, a citizen of Sri Lanka.

(2) A person shall be or become entitled to the status of a citizen of Sri Lanka in one of the following ways only:

(a)  by right of descent as provided by this Act;

(b)  by virtue of registration as provided by this Act or by any other Act authorising the grant of such status by registration in any special case of a specified description.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014