Grant of Citizenship to Stateless Persons (Special Provisions) ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Grant of Citizenship to certain Stateless persons.

2A. Grant of Citizenship to certain persons.

3. Status of persons who become citizens under this Act.

4. Certificate of Citizenship.

5. Offences.

6. Interpretation.

SCHEDULES

39 of 1988,

5 of 2009.

AN ACT to provide for the Grant of status of Sri Lanka citizen to certain stateless persons of Indian origin.

[Date of Commencement: 11th November, 1988]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Grant of Citizenship to Stateless Persons (Special Provisions) Act.

2. Grant of Citizenship to certain Stateless persons.

Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law every Person who—

(a) is of Indian origin lawfully resident in Sri Lanka;

(b) is stateless; and

(c) is not within the 506,000 persons referred to in the Grant of Citizenship to Stateless Persons Act, No. 5 of 1986, who have applied to the Indian High Commission for the Grant of Indian Citizenship, and the children born to them after October 30. 1964,

shall have the status of Citizen of Sri Lanka with effect from the date of the commencement of this Act and shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges to which other citizens of Sri Lanka are entitled to by law.

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 as on October 30, 1964, but who due to circumstances beyond the control of such person—

(a) was compelled to leave Sri Lanka; and

(b) thereupon took up residence in India,

and who consequently had, as on the day immediately preceding the date of the coming into operation of this Act, been unable to comply with the requirements of paragraph (a) of section 2, shall, if such person satisfies the requirements of paragraphs (b) and (c) of that section or is able to submit proof that such person is a descendant of a person who was a permanent resident of Sri Lanka with Indian Origin, 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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