Grant of Citizenship to Persons of Indian Origin ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Grant of status of citizen of Sri Lanka to certain persons.

2A. Grant of Citizenship to certain persons.

3. Rights and liabilities on acquisition of status of citizen of Sri Lanka.

4. Application for certificate of Citizenship.

5. Act to prevail over other laws.

6. Interpretation.

7. Sinhala text to prevail in inconsistency.

SCHEDULES

35 of 2003,

6 of 2009.

AN ACT to make provision for the Grant of Status of Sri Lanka Citizen to Persons of Indian Origin.

[Date of Commencement: 11th November, 2003]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Grant of Citizenship to Persons of Indian Origin Act.

2. Grant of status of citizen of Sri Lanka to certain persons.

Any person of Indian origin, who, on the date of the coming into operation of this Act—

(a) has been a permanent resident of Sri Lanka since October 10, 1964; or

(b) is a descendent, resident in Sri Lanka, of a person who has been a permanent resident of Sri Lanka since October 30, 1964,

shall have the status of a citizen of Sri Lanka, with effect from such date and he entitled, in like manner and to the same extent, to all the rights and privileges to which a citizen of Sri Lanka is entitled to, by law,

[S 2 am by s 2(1) of Act 6 of 2009.]

Provided however, where on the date of the coming into operation of this Act, a permanent resident referred to above, holds an Indian Passport or other similar document, such person's status of a citizen of Sri Lanka shall be effective only on his forwarding to the Commissioner a declaration in the special form of Declaration set out in the Schedule, stating his intention to voluntarily acquire citizenship of Sri Lanka and upon such Declaration being acknowledged by the Commissioner in writing.

[S 2 proviso subs by s 2(2) of Act 6 of 2009.]

2A. Grant of Citizenship to certain persons.

Notwithstanding the provisions of section 2, any person who was a permanent resident of Sri Lanka with Indian Origin since October 30, 1964 or a descendent of such person, who due to circumstances beyond the control of such person—

(a) was compelled to leave Sri Lank; and

(b) thereupon took up residence in India;

and who consequently had as at the day immediately preceding the date of the coming into operation of this Act, been unable to comply with the requirements of section 2, shall, if such person is able to submit proof that such person was a permanent resident of Sri Lanka with Indian Origin since October 30, 1964 or is a descendant of a person who has been a permanent resident of Sri Lanka with Indian origin since October 30, 1964, have the status of a citizen of Sri Lanka with effect from the date of commencement of this Act and shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges to which a citizen of Sri Lanka is entitled to by law:

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