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Name: Immigrants and Emigrants Act, No. 20 of 1948.
Country: Sri Lanka
Subject(s): Migrant workers
Type of legislation: Law, Act
Adopted on: 1949-11-01
Entry into force:
Published on: Legislative Enactments of Sri Lanka, 1980, Vol. X, pp. 237-256
ISN: LKA-1949-L-37386
Link: https://www.ilo.org/dyn/natlex/natlex4.detail?p_isn=37386&p_lang=en
Bibliography: Legislative Enactments of Sri Lanka, 1980, Vol. X, pp. 237-256
Legislation on-line Legislation on-line Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka PDF of Act in English as amended to Act 31 of 2006 PDF of Act in English as amended to Act 31 of 2006 (consulted on 2015-11-13)
Abstract/Citation: This Act, incorporating all changes through 1979, lists the persons who are exempted from its applicability. It does not apply to movements within Sri Lanka, nor to passengers in transit. It enumerates the documents required at the time of entry in the country. Lists certain categories of persons not to be granted right of entry and entitles the Minister to declare other persons to be prohibited immigrants or prohibited visitors. A passport endorsement or visa is a prerequisite for entry. Specifies time-limits and conditions for obtaining visas. Subjects certain categories of persons entering Sri Lanka to a medical examination. For such purpose an entering person may be detained. Persons entering Sri Lanka in contravention of this Act may be detained and removed. The Act fixes the ports of entry and departure from Sri Lanka. Nationals, as well as non-nationals, are required to have a passport to leave Sri Lanka. The Minister may, by order, impose restrictions on the movements or activities of migrants during their stay in Sri Lanka and decide to deport any person likely to disturb the public order. The Act criminally sanctions the handling of irregular migrants. It regulates the police procedure and the criminal proceedings to follow in such cases, as well as the rights of the persons prosecuted.
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