CBR010 Registration of Birth outside Sri Lanka

  1. Registration of birth outside Sri Lanka is carried out by the High Commission and Consulate General offices under: (a) Section 5 (2) of the Citizenship Act and (b) Section 16 or 24 of the Birth Registration Act.
  2. Where to apply? Forward your application to the following respective offices, closest to your place of residence.

Respective area

Office & Contact Details

1 New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Samoa

Western Australia (WA), Northern Territory (NT),Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

New South Wales,Queensland

Sri Lanka High Commission,

61, Hampton Circuit, Yarralumla 2600, ACT, Australia

Tele: 02-6198-3756

Fax : 02-6198-3760

E-mail : slhc.canberra@mfa.gov.lk


2 Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania

Sri Lanka Consulate General in Melbourne

Suite 536, No 1 Queens Road,
Melbourne, VIC,3004

Telephone: +61 3 9290 4200
Fax: +61 3 9867 4873

Web: http://www.slcgmel.org

  1. Steps to be taken and checklist


Important details

1.    Application for birth registration and citizenship Fill the application in “BLOCK CAPITAL” letters in duplicate
2.      Child’s mother OR farther OR both of them should be Sri Lankan citizen/s at the time of the child’s birth
3.      All applications must be completed and signed by one and the same parent.
4.      Please select the CORRECT application set from the following, based on the age of your child:

i. Application for child less than 03 months of age on the date of application [Form B4]

Click to see Specimen -B4

ii. Application for child aged between 03 – 12 months on the date of application [Form B6]-

Click to see Specimen -B6

iii. Application for child aged over 01 year on the date of application [Form B6]

  • All applicants must submit the Citizenship application as well at the time they apply for the birth registration;

       Application for Citizenship is available with  the above links

6.      Documents to be submitted

(02 sets of photocopies with originals)

  • Child’s local birth certificate – original with two photocopies  Compulsory
  • Father’s birth certificate original with two photocopies– Compulsory
  • Mother’s birth certificate – original with two photocopies– Compulsory
  • Parent’s Marriage certificate – original with two photocopies – Compulsory
  • Parent’s passports –original with two photocopies of bio data page, Alteration & observation (page 4 & 5). Compulsory
  • Parents’ current passports (if different from above) originals with two photocopies of bio data page and Alteration & observation (page 4 & 5).
  • Certificate of Evidence of Residence Status – If it is in Australia “Visa Entitlement Verification Online” (VEVO)
  • Certificate of Evidence of Residence Status if it is in New Zealand (“Certificate of Denial”) in New Zealand. (If living in New Zealand for 5 years or more)
  • Applicants from other countries should submit 02 photocopies of currant visa  page of his/her passport. If parents have electronic visas at the time of child birth, submit 2 copies of the visa.

– Compulsory

  • Statutory Declaration should be completed by the child’s parents who are Sri Lankan at the time of the child’s birth, in duplicate and get it certified by a Justice of the Peace or a Solicitor or  (GP). – Compulsory
  • The original dual citizenship certificates (both) are required if the applicant is a dual citizen at the time of the child’s birth. – Compulsory
  • If parents were not married at the time of the child’s birth an affidavit relating to Paternity and Declaration of Citizenship certified by a Solicitor, is required. – Compulsory
  • Covering Letter with contact details [Tel Nos, E-mail addresses and fax No. If available] – Compulsory
17.    Applicable fees Australia

  • Registration & Issuance of birth certificate – AUD 55.00;
  • Issuance of certified copy of the birth certificate AUD 33.00;
  • Registration of Citizenship – 50.00
  • Postage Charges              –      25.00

Total in Australia AUD 163.00

New Zealand & Other countries (Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Samoa)

  • Registration & Issuance of birth certificate – AUD 55.00;
  • Issuance of certified copy of the birth certificate AUD 33.00;
  • Registration of Citizenship= 50.00
  • Postage Charges               = 60.00

Total AUD 198.00

Note (Important):

  • A late registration fee [A$12 per each year] will be charged, beyond the 1st year of the birth.
  • If any applicant needs original documents returned earlier, he/she has to provide additional postage/courier charges.
  • The application in respect of Citizenship Registration will be sent to the Controller General / Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo and upon receipt of the prescribed certificate from the Department of Immigration & Emigration, it will be sent to the applicant.
  • Parents are advised to keep this Mission informed, if address / contact details are changed in the interim period.
  • Incomplete applications and missing documents may result in delays.
18.    Payment method
  • If the applicant physically visits the High Commission or Consulate offices, he/she can pay by Cash.

Note: Credit/ATM/Debit cards AND personal or Company cheques will not be accepted.

  • If the applicant desires to pay by Money order,  direct bank transfer, please contact the High Commission or consulate for prior instructions.

Note: If the applicant sends Money orders or directly credit money into the High Commission or consulate bank accounts, without prior instructions, the responsibility lies with the applicant for any loss/shortage or delay.

19.    Special Notes (Important)


  • Fees will not be refunded under any circumstance, after issuance of an official receipt;
  • Translations will not be accepted as originals;
  • All photocopies should be on A4 size paper (use both sides) ;
  • High Commission will attest the documents and return the originals to the applicant
  • If the applicant needs to send/receive documents (by express courier service or speed post etc) on an urgent basis, he/she must organise them independently.
  • The High Commission is unable to take any responsibility for documents lost or delayed in the post/courier.
  1. Special Note

Children born outside Sri Lanka, whose birth is registered with a Sri Lanka Mission abroad, are issued with certificates under the Consular Functions Act by the Registrar General’s Office and under the Ceylon Citizenship Act by the Department of Immigration and Emigration. Certificates issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration will become void on reaching the age of 21 years, at which time the child will have to decide whether to retain Sri Lanka Citizenship or the citizenship of the country of birth or both, by making an application to the Department of Immigration and Emigration before he completes the age of 21 years.

If the applicant does not comply with this requirement he/she will automatically lose Sri Lankan Citizenship as stated at the bottom of the Certificate issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration. In view of the above it is advisable for the parents to keep their children informed of this requirement.

Register with the High Commission

The Sri Lankan High Commission in Canberra would like to keep in touch with Sri Lankans and persons of Sri Lankan origin living in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and other Pacific Islands as well as Sri Lankan community organisations in those countries.

If you are a current/former Sri Lankan or an office bearer of a Sri Lankan community organisation we invite you to register with the High Commission.



Sri Lanka High Commission
61, Hampton Circuit
ACT 2600

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