The "Visa recommendation" service, initiated by the Information and Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) in 2017, consistently delivers significant contributions to the country's ICT sector. The service was created to meet the critical needs of evaluating and identifying appropriate talent for foreign employment visas, addressing knowledge gaps in the ICT industry, and attracting investors to Sri Lanka's burgeoning tech landscape.
The primary objectives of this service revolve around narrowing the knowledge gap in the ICT industry by providing specialized domain training to local employees and fostering interest from potential investors in Sri Lanka. To achieve these goals, the service maintains close collaborations with key stakeholders, including the Immigration and Emigration Department and the Ministry of Technology.
The service caters to a diverse audience, including foreign employees in the ICT sector seeking support in securing employment visas for Sri Lanka, ICT companies looking to establish operations in the country, and foreign investors seeking opportunities within Sri Lanka's thriving tech sector.
Notably, the service has achieved remarkable outcomes, issuing 126 Visa recommendations between 2020 and 2023. Furthermore, it has successfully trained more than 250 local ICT employees in specialized domains, thereby enhancing the capabilities of the local workforce.
Looking ahead, the service continues to provide crucial support to the Immigration and Emigration Department in ensuring that the right talent enters Sri Lanka's ICT industry. This ongoing effort contributes significantly to the country's reputation as a hub for technological innovation and investment.
The contact point assigned by the line ministry to provide more information in this regard is as follows:
Specialist Visa Officer
T: 0112 369 099
Checklist for Residence Visa Request
The hard copies of the documents listed in the checklist can be hand-delivered or couriered to the following two addresses to initiate the process:
Specialist Visa Officer,
5th Floor, ICT Agency of Sri Lanka,
No. 490, R. A. De Mel Mawatha,
Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.
Ministry of Technology,
11th Floor, One Galle Face Tower,
#1A, Centre Road,
Colombo 02, Sri Lanka.
Once the documents are submitted to the Visa Officer as indicated in the attached checklist, it will take 30 working days to complete the Visa recommendation process. This will be followed by an interview with the applicant and/or the employer who requested the service, depending on the profile (if necessary).