Colombo, Dec 27 (AdaDerana) – The Registrar General has issued a circular to all District Registrars and Additional District Registrars informing of the additional documents required for the registration of marriages between foreigners and Sri Lankan nationals.
The circular states the current procedure of registration of marriages between a foreigner and a Sri Lankan under (112 chapter of) marriage (Genera) Registration Ordinance was based on the following documents obtained from the foreign party of such marriage.
1. Valid Passport
2. Certification of Confirmation of Civil Status (Divorced papers/ Documents for Confirmation of Widowed where necessary)
3. Certificate of Birth (Only if needed to confirm the birth date)
However, according to the agreement based on the negotiation between the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Immigration and Emigration regarding the impact for the national security and the issues that can arise from marriages between foreigners and Sri Lankans, a decision has been made to register such marriages only through the Additional District Registrars after obtaining a “Security Clearance Report” relates to the foreign party.
Therefore, in such a marriage, the original copy of the certificate obtained from the security authorities of the relevant countries, should be sent to the Civil Registration Unit of the Department through the local party or through an agent of the local party, indicating there is no any conviction for any offense during the period of six months.
Obtaining the “Security Clearance Report” of that person will proceed through the department. A license will be issued to register such marriage by the Registrar General according to that report and it will be adverted to the local party or to the agent of the local party to hand over to the Additional District Registrar whom will proceed to register the marriage. A copy of the license will also be adverted to the relevant Divisional Secretariat/ Land Registration Office for reference.
Other than that, a self-declaration (Health Declaration) should also be obtained for the confirmation of the health conditions from the relevant foreigner, the circular said.