The Sri Lankan government intends to increase the validity of resident visas to encourage foreign investments in the country.

Key Points:

  • Officials intend to extend the validity of resident visas from two years to five years.
  • The validity of resident visas granted and receiving proper approval will also be increased from five to 10 years.
  • Authorities have yet to decide if the validity extensions will apply to new or existing resident visas.

Additional Information: The longer validity for resident visas is intended to spur economic activity and provide a better environment for foreigners to invest in businesses.

BAL Analysis: BAL will continue to monitor develops regarding resident visas and will provide more information as it becomes available.

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