Australian High Commission
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
Also accredited to the Republic of Maldives


Applications for Australian citizenship by descent for applicants living in Sri Lanka, the Maldives, and Bangladesh are processed by the Department of Home Affairs at the Australian High Commission in Colombo.

To be eligible for Australian citizenship by descent:

  • you must have been born outside Australia
  • at least one of your parents must have been an Australian citizen when you were born.

If you are an Australia citizen and have had a baby overseas, you will need to register your child to obtain a Citizenship by Descent certificate in order to apply for an Australian passport.

Our preferred lodgement method for citizenship by descent applications is online through ImmiAccount. For more information and to start an application to go: Citizenship by descent.

If you are not sure which citizenship option is for you see: Citizenship Wizard.

Refer to our local visa checklists for guidance on the types of supporting documentation that should accompany your application.