Residence visas are issued by the Controller/Immigration & Emigration in Colombo. Foreign nationals applying for residence visas must obtain the approval of the Controller prior to their departure to Sri Lanka .
To apply for a Residence Visa, the foreign applicant needs to arrive in Sri Lanka on an entry visa issued by the Embassy of Sri Lanka.
Visit visas issued to tourists will not be considered for converting into a Residence Visa.
On receipt of the approval from the Controller/Immigration & Emigration in Colombo, the Embassy can issue entry visa to the applicants once the documents mentioned under 'REQUIREMENTS' are submitted.