ISSUANCE OF A NEW PASSPORT IN LIEU OF CURRENT / EXPIRED PASSPORT
Renewal of passports and issue of new passports to Sri Lankans granted refugee/asylum status in the USA
According to new Sri Lankan Immigration Regulations, Sri Lankan citizens who have applied and gained refugee status or asylum in the USA are not entitled to a Sri Lanka passport and also to renew validity of their existing passports with immediate effect.
However, temporary travel documents will be issued to the following categories of Sri Lankans for the sole purpose of returning to Sri Lanka.
- Those who have applied for refugee or asylum status and awaiting decision of the US government.
- Those who have applied for refugee or asylum status but have subsequently withdrawn their applications.
- Those who have given up their refugee or asylum status and have decided to return to Sri Lanka.
- Those whose applications for asylum or refugee statues have been rejected by the US government in which such status has been sought.