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Visa Extensions

If you wish to extend your stay in Sri Lanka, an extension to your visa should be applied.  Extension may or may not be granted depending upon the reason for the extension, and whether the Department of Immigration and Emigration is convinced that the applicant does intend to return to his/her country after the stay in Sri Lanka.

 
If you seek an extension to your tourist visa, maximum duration for extension you can ask for is six months. Other visas are extended depending on the reason and the length recommended by the respective Sri Lankan Government Ministry or organizations.
 
We strongly advice applicants to apply visa extension well before expiry date to avoid penalties and inconvenience. Overstaying your visa is breach of visa conditions that may lead to refusal of the extension, detention and deportation from Sri Lanka.
 
Visa extensions can be applied at our Immigration Services Centre in Colombo or at the Department of Immigration and Emigration in Battaramulla.
Extension of Tourist Visa (ETA)

Foreign nationals seeking extension of their tourist ETA should apply for extensions before the expiry of the ETA. Extensions are usually given in three month blocks and maximum length of tourist visa is for six months.

Document Requirement

a. Completed and signed tourist visa extension application form

b. Passport of the applicant (original)

c. One colour passport size photograph of applicant (size (3.5x 4.5 cm)

d. Proof of financial resources to cover expenses for the extended stay

e. Proof of return air ticket to the country of domicile or a visa to the next country of destination

f. Other supporting documents to justify the request for extension

 

How to Apply

Extension can be applied at our Immigration Services Centre located conveniently in the central business district in Colombo. Your presence is not mandatory to submit the application. 

 

Step 1 - Visit our Immigration Services Centre to hand over your application together with fees. We will notify you approximate time to collect the passport 

Step 2 - We will submit your application to the Department of Immigration for processing and collect the processed passports

Step 3 - You can pick up the passport from our service centre or we can deliver it to you at a nominal fee.

 

Fee

Fee will include Government visa fee, tax and our service fee. The Department of Immigration calculates the Visa fee on reciprocal basis therefore; visa fee will depend on your nationality.

As circumstance of every case is different, our service fee depends on each case and on Additional Services requested by you and could only be determined after all information is available to us. However, as part of our policy to provide transparent and responsible service, our service fee will be clearly notified before we accept application.

If you would like to know the total fees payable before you visit us or courier your documents to us, please fill in the FORM and send us for assistance.

Alternatively, you can apply visa extension directly at the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

Extension of Business Visa (ETA)

Foreign nationals seeking extension of their business ETA should apply for extensions before the expiry of ETA. Extensions are usually given in three month blocks and maximum length of business visa is 12 months.

 

Document requirement

a. Completed business visa extension application form.

b. Passport of the applicant (original)

c. One colour passport size Photograph of applicant (size 3.5x 4.5 cm)

d. Visa request letter from the local business partner (sample letter available on request) 

e. Business registration documents of the Sri Lankan company

 

How to Apply

Extension can be applied at our Immigration Services Centre located conveniently in the central business district in Colombo. Your presence is not mandatory to submit the application. 

 

Step 1 - Visit our Immigration Services Centre to hand over your application together with fees. We will notify you approximate time to collect the passport 

Step 2 - We will submit your application to the Department of Immigration for processing and collect the processed passports

Step 3 - You can pick up the passport from our service centre or we can deliver it to you at a nominal fee.

 

Fee

Fee will include Government visa fee, tax and our service fee. The Department of Immigration calculates the Visa fee on reciprocal basis therefore; visa fee will depend on your nationality.

As circumstance of every case is different, our service fee depends on each case and on Additional Services requested by you and could only be determined after all information is available to us. However, as part of our policy to provide transparent and responsible service, our service fee will be clearly notified before we accept application.

If you would like to know the total fees payable before you visit us or courier your documents to us, please fill in the FORM and send us for assistance.

Alternatively, you can apply visa extension directly at the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

Extension of Employment Visa

Foreign nationals seeking extension of employment visas should apply for extensions before the expiry of the visa. 

 

Document requirement

a. Completed employment visa application Form 'A' (IM 33)

b. Passport of the applicant (original)

c. Three passport size photographs

d. Visa extension request letter from the employer 

e. Visa extension recommendation letter from the respective Line Ministry, the Board of Investment Sri Lanka or the Central Bank of Sri Lanka where appropriate.

 

How to Apply

Extension can be applied at our Immigration Services Centre located conveniently in the central business district in Colombo. Your presence is not mandatory to submit the application. 

 

Step 1 - Visit our Immigration Services Centre to hand over your application together with fees. We will notify you approximate time to collect the passport 

Step 2 - We will submit your application to the Department of Immigration for processing and collect the processed passports

Step 3 - You can pick up the passport from our service centre or we can deliver it to you at a nominal fee.

 

Fee

Fee will include Government visa fee, tax and our service fee. The Department of Immigration calculates the Visa fee on reciprocal basis therefore; visa fee will depend on your nationality.

As circumstance of every case is different, our service fee depends on each case and on Additional Services requested by you and could only be determined after all information is available to us. However, as part of our policy to provide transparent and responsible service, our service fee will be clearly notified before we accept application.

If you would like to know the total fees payable before you visit us or courier your documents to us, please fill in the FORM and send us for assistance.

Alternatively, you can apply visa extension directly at the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

Extension of Student Visa

Foreign nationals seeking extension of student visas should apply for extensions before the expiry of the visa. 

Document Requirement

a. Completed student visa application Form 'A' (IM 33)

b. Passport of the applicant (original)

c. Visa recommendation letter from the University (for University students)

d. Letter from the educational institution confirming the enrollment of student and proof of Encashment receipt up to the value of US $ 1500/- for a year 

How to Apply

Extension can be applied at our Immigration Services Centre located conveniently in the central business district in Colombo. Your presence is not mandatory to submit the application. 

 

Step 1 - Visit our Immigration Services Centre to hand over your application together with fees. We will notify you approximate time to collect the passport 

Step 2 - We will submit your application to the Department of Immigration for processing and collect the processed passports

Step 3 - You can pick up the passport from our service centre or we can deliver it to you at a nominal fee.

 

Fee

Fee will include Government visa fee, tax and our service fee. The Department of Immigration calculates the Visa fee on reciprocal basis therefore; visa fee will depend on your nationality.

As circumstance of every case is different, our service fee depends on each case and on Additional Services requested by you and could only be determined after all information is available to us. However, as part of our policy to provide transparent and responsible service, our service fee will be clearly notified before we accept application.

If you would like to know the total fees payable before you visit us or courier your documents to us, please fill in the FORM and send us for assistance.

Alternatively, you can apply visa extension directly at the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

Extension of Spouse Visa

Foreign nationals seeking extension of spouse visas should apply for extensions before the expiry of the visa. Extensions are usually given 24 months at a time.

 

Document Requirement

a. Completed student visa application Form 'A' (IM 33)

b. Passport of the applicant (original)

c. Three passport size photographs

c. A letter of consent from a Sri Lankan spouse

 

How to Apply

Extension can be applied at our Immigration Services Centre located conveniently in the central business district in Colombo. Your presence is not mandatory to submit the application. 

 

Step 1 - Visit our Immigration Services Centre to hand over your application together with fees. We will notify you approximate time to collect the passport 

Step 2 - We will submit your application to the Department of Immigration for processing and collect the processed passports

Step 3 - You can pick up the passport from our service centre or we can deliver it to you at a nominal fee.

 

Fee

Fee will include Government visa fee, tax and our service fee. The Department of Immigration calculates the Visa fee on reciprocal basis therefore; visa fee will depend on your nationality.

As circumstance of every case is different, our service fee depends on each case and on Additional Services requested by you and could only be determined after all information is available to us. However, as part of our policy to provide transparent and responsible service, our service fee will be clearly notified before we accept application.

If you would like to know the total fees payable before you visit us or courier your documents to us, please fill in the FORM and send us for assistance.

Alternatively, you can apply visa extension directly at the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

Extension of Retirement Visa

Foreign nationals seeking extension of retirement visas should apply for extensions before the expiry of the visa. Extensions are usually given 24 months at a time.

 

Document Requirement

a. Completed visa application Form 'A' (IM 33)

b. Passport of the applicant (original)

c. Three colour photographs of the applicant

d. Police clearance certificate obtained from the nearest police station in Sri Lanka (original)

e. Bank statement to prove receiving remittance

f. Letter from the bank confirming the fix deposit

g. Medical insurance to cover period of two years

 

How to Apply

Extension can be applied at our Immigration Services Centre located conveniently in the central business district in Colombo. Your presence is not mandatory to submit the application. 

 

Step 1 - Visit our Immigration Services Centre to hand over your application together with fees. We will notify you approximate time to collect the passport 

Step 2 - We will submit your application to the Department of Immigration for processing and collect the processed passports

Step 3 - You can pick up the passport from our service centre or we can deliver it to you at a nominal fee.

 

Fee

Fee will include Government visa fee, tax and our service fee. The Department of Immigration calculates the Visa fee on reciprocal basis therefore; visa fee will depend on your nationality.

As circumstance of every case is different, our service fee depends on each case and on Additional Services requested by you and could only be determined after all information is available to us. However, as part of our policy to provide transparent and responsible service, our service fee will be clearly notified before we accept application.

If you would like to know the total fees payable before you visit us or courier your documents to us, please fill in the FORM and send us for assistance.

Alternatively, you can apply visa extension directly at the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

Extension of Visa for Ex- Sri Lankans and dependants

Ex Sri Lankans seeking extension of visas should apply for extensions before the expiry of the visa. 

 

Document Requirement

a. Completed visa application Form 'A' (IM 33)

b. Passport of the applicant (original)

c. Three colour photographs of the applicant

d. Original birth certificate of the applicant and dependents if applicable

 

How to Apply

Extension can be applied at our Immigration Services Centre located conveniently in the central business district in Colombo. Your presence is not mandatory to submit the application. 

 

Step 1 - Visit our Immigration Services Centre to hand over your application together with fees. We will notify you approximate time to collect the passport 

Step 2 - We will submit your application to the Department of Immigration for processing and collect the processed passports

Step 3 - You can pick up the passport from our service centre or we can deliver it to you at a nominal fee.

 

Fee

Fee will include Government visa fee, tax and our service fee. The Department of Immigration calculates the Visa fee on reciprocal basis therefore; visa fee will depend on your nationality.

As circumstance of every case is different, our service fee depends on each case and on Additional Services requested by you and could only be determined after all information is available to us. However, as part of our policy to provide transparent and responsible service, our service fee will be clearly notified before we accept application.

If you would like to know the total fees payable before you visit us or courier your documents to us, please fill in the FORM and send us for assistance.

Alternatively, you can apply visa extension directly at the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

Extension of Visa for Journalist

Foreign nationals seeking extension of journalist visas should apply for extensions before the expiry of the visa. 

 

Document Requirement

a. Completed student visa application Form 'A' (IM 33)

b. Passport of the applicant (original)

c. Three colour photographs of the applicant

d. Letter from the Ministry of Media recommending visa extension

 

How to Apply

Extension can be applied at our Immigration Services Centre located conveniently in the central business district in Colombo. Your presence is not mandatory to submit the application. 

 

Step 1 - Visit our Immigration Services Centre to hand over your application together with fees. We will notify you approximate time to collect the passport 

Step 2 - We will submit your application to the Department of Immigration for processing and collect the processed passports

Step 3 - You can pick up the passport from our service centre or we can deliver it to you at a nominal fee.

 

Fee

Fee will include Government visa fee, tax and our service fee. The Department of Immigration calculates the Visa fee on reciprocal basis therefore; visa fee will depend on your nationality.

As circumstance of every case is different, our service fee depends on each case and on Additional Services requested by you and could only be determined after all information is available to us. However, as part of our policy to provide transparent and responsible service, our service fee will be clearly notified before we accept application.

If you would like to know the total fees payable before you visit us or courier your documents to us, please fill in the FORM and send us for assistance.

Alternatively, you can apply visa extension directly at the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

Extension of Visa for Investors

Foreign nationals seeking extension of visa for investors should apply for extensions before the expiry of the visa. 

 

Document Requirement

a. Completed visa application Form 'A' (IM 33)

b. Passport of the applicant (original)

c. A certified report of bank accounts confirming remittances.

d. Tax clearance certificate from the Department of Inland Revenue 

e. Recommendation letter from the Board of Investment, if it is BOI approved project . 

f. Audited final accounts of the company for each year, if it is a company.

g. Number of shares owned at the end of each year and the purchase price of those shares certified by Stock Brokers, if the investment is in share market.

 

How to Apply

Extension can be applied at our Immigration Services Centre located conveniently in the central business district in Colombo. Your presence is not mandatory to submit the application. 

 

Step 1 - Visit our Immigration Services Centre to hand over your application together with fees. We will notify you approximate time to collect the passport 

Step 2 - We will submit your application to the Department of Immigration for processing and collect the processed passports

Step 3 - You can pick up the passport from our service centre or we can deliver it to you at a nominal fee.

 

Fee

Fee will include Government visa fee, tax and our service fee. The Department of Immigration calculates the Visa fee on reciprocal basis therefore; visa fee will depend on your nationality.

As circumstance of every case is different, our service fee depends on each case and on Additional Services requested by you and could only be determined after all information is available to us. However, as part of our policy to provide transparent and responsible service, our service fee will be clearly notified before we accept application.

If you would like to know the total fees payable before you visit us or courier your documents to us, please fill in the FORM and send us for assistance.

Alternatively, you can apply visa extension directly at the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

Extension of Visa for Religious Workers

Foreign nationals seeking extension of visa for investors should apply for extensions before the expiry of the visa. 

Document Requirement

a. Completed visa application Form 'A' (IM 33)

b. Passport of the applicant

c. A letter from the Ministry of Religious Affairs recommending the visa extension

 

How to Apply

Extension can be applied at our Immigration Services Centre located conveniently in the central business district in Colombo. Your presence is not mandatory to submit the application. 

 

Step 1 - Visit our Immigration Services Centre to hand over your application together with fees. We will notify you approximate time to collect the passport 

Step 2 - We will submit your application to the Department of Immigration for processing and collect the processed passports

Step 3 - You can pick up the passport from our service centre or we can deliver it to you at a nominal fee.

 

Fee

Fee will include Government visa fee, tax and our service fee. The Department of Immigration calculates the Visa fee on reciprocal basis therefore; visa fee will depend on your nationality.

As circumstance of every case is different, our service fee depends on each case and on Additional Services requested by you and could only be determined after all information is available to us. However, as part of our policy to provide transparent and responsible service, our service fee will be clearly notified before we accept application.

If you would like to know the total fees payable before you visit us or courier your documents to us, please fill in the FORM and send us for assistance.

Alternatively, you can apply visa extension directly at the Department of Immigration and Emigration.