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Note of Appreciation

Having served five rewarding, yet challenging years of my career as the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration, I have now assumed duties as the Secretary to the Ministry of Education with effect from 01 April 2019. As I move out, I would be failing in my duty if I do not express my deep sense of gratitude to all those who have mattered to me in numerous ways during my tenure in Office.

I wish to take this opportunity to extend my sincere gratitude to all past and present Ministers and Secretaries to the Ministry under which the Department of Immigration & Emigration served the nation for their guidance and direction. I specially thank the government officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Finance and the Department of National Planning for the support they rendered in delivering the  mandate of the Department of Immigration and Emigration.

Similarly, I extend my deep appreciation to the Colombo based Ambassadors, High Commissioners, staff of Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations in Sri Lanka for their assistance and cooperation to the Department. I am also thankful of the heads of other agencies operating in the border environment and their staff for the support extended towards advancing Sri Lanka border management outcome.

Finally, I am indebted my fellow colleagues at the Department of Immigration and Emigration, both current and former, whose hard work, dedication, support and cooperation was instrumental us to be one of the most innovative public sector service delivery organization in the country.

Moving forward, I wish all the very best for the Department under new leadership and request your fullest support and cooperation to the incoming Controller General.


M.N. Ranasinghe

Former Controller General of Immigration and Emigration
Secretary to the Ministry of Education


News & Events


Please kindly be informed, due to the account finalizing at end of the year, applications accepting time will be over from 12.00 noon on 2017/12/29.

We sincerely apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Department of Immigration and Emigration

Change of Contact Number on Photo Studio Registration

Please be informed that the contact number 011 5731028 will be changed to 011 5329313 with effect from 29.12.2016. The current number 011 5731028 will not operate thereafter. For any information and queries on photo studio registration and operation contact us on 011 5329313.

ETA charges has been revised

ETA charges has been revised from 28/12/2015 onwards. More information http://www.eta.gov.lk

An Another Great Achievement

Department of Immigration and Emigration has achieved Quality  Management Certificate from the Sri Lanka Standards Institution in accordance with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008 / SLS ISO 9001:2008.

(Certificate No.   QSC 07283)

Registration of Photo Studios

Department of Immigration and Emigration has made arrangements to issue the Sri Lankan passport with a photograph of international standards. Applications are called from the studios which have fulfilled basic requirements to undertake the aforesaid task, to be registered under this department.

Click to Register