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How to become an expat in Sri Lanka? (Visa question)

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PlayLol099
5/29/2019 07:16 EST

Hello! I live currently in Cambodia for 3 years, but here getting too many chinese and the whole conditions become very bad. So I'm looking to move somewhere and I think the Sri Lanka is a great place because I love buddhism and atmosphere also it fits my $.

So the main question is how can I move? Is it possible to take 90 days Visa online - come - rent appartments long term - extend 90 days more and do visa run every 180 days? Do I have 99% sure that my visa will be renewed and that I will let to enter the country after visa run so I can leave main staff in the appartments?

Many thanks for the answers.

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lallylinda
5/29/2019 10:54 EST

Hi,
In answer to your visa question.
You can apply for 30 day visa online, or depending on your hair me country get visa on entry. You have to go to immigration dept to extend to 90 days, then again to extend for a further 90 days. After this you must leave the country for a period of time. It is not specified how long, but I think less than 6 months is frowned upon, although we have left for 3 months then returned, but this is when immigration started to give us a hard time. You really don't want to P those guys off. So, depends on your financial situation. We ended up with resident visa, as they were reluctant to keep renewing our tourist visa. Although the situation in the country is different now since the Easter bombs. They will be grateful to have you I'm sure. Sorry for such a long response. Always happy to help.

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Joprato
11/22/2019 05:58 EST

Hi everyone !

Was hoping to get some perspective on a visa situation, it would be really helpful.

My partner and i are not currently married and i just got a very good job in Sri Lanka and she has decided to follow me.
Now, the company is not helping for her Visa and i was wondering what would be best then, do a tourist Visa so she can come and stay with me while extending her Visa and plea for a resident Visa or apply for a resident visa right away after she gets in the country with me ?

Also, she does not have a job at the moment, holds a Bachelor degree in foreign economics and were wondering where could we look for a job. Even part time would do as she would like to get another degree on the side.

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lallylinda
11/22/2019 06:21 EST

Hi Joprato,
You are in Sri lanka, so understand the way things work here.
You have to be correct in your paperwork for a Visa, otherwise they send you away to try again another day with the correct papers.
The key question in whether your partner intends to stay permanently, or just 6 months.
6 months is the max on a tourist Visa.
If she intends to work, it must be a work visa.
Have a look at the immigration web page. It's a little difficult to navigate, but you will see all the options there.
Good luck, hope you enjoy your time in SL.

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Joprato
11/22/2019 06:28 EST

Hi, thanks for the quick answer !

We did look at the website of the department of immigration and emigration for Sri Lanka and as you said, really not easy to navigate.
The objective would be to stay permanently. For her to apply for a residence Visa without a job (She would therefor be my dependent) she would need to either prove that she has enough funds for the stay or we need to be married, i am understanding this properly ?

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lallylinda
11/22/2019 06:54 EST

Hi,
Yes, it looks as if you have got the info correct.
The other question is does she qualify in the age bracket, as you have to be over 50 to qualify for dream home visa.
It may be worth contacting the sri lankan embassy in your home country for them to give you further info.
There's not much use in asking the immigration dept here, as they don't answer the phone, or respond to emails unless you have the details of somebody there you know.
Good luck with it.

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Joprato
11/22/2019 07:08 EST

Thanks for the answer. I will try to ask the consulate here in Italy as she does not qualify for the dream home program (she is not over 50)

Ayubowan !

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Joprato
11/22/2019 07:12 EST

Thanks a lot lallylinda for your answers, all very helpful, i think I will ask the Sri Lankan Consulate here in Italy.

Istuti and Ayubowan !

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carlafer
11/22/2019 08:58 EST

Just get married, that solves the problem

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