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Payment of Pensions to Sri Lankan Pensioners Resident Abroad

The Department of Pensions in Sri Lanka has issued a new Circular No 01/2018 (English | සිංහල | தமிழ்) dated 20/06/2018 on the payment of Pensions to Sri Lankan pensioners resident abroad. It is mandatory to produce a life certificate to the Department of Pensions every year before 31st of March through the Mission. (Click here for guidelines)
The Life Certificate can be submitted to the Department of Pensions by either of the following ways:
  • Personal visit to the Department of Pensions in Sri Lanka
  • Contact the Department of Pensions via Skype
  • Through the Mission
Important notice to all the applicants;
  • It is required to obtain a certified life certificate application, with regard to pensions, only once a year, and this should be within the first 03 months of the year.
  • Further, it is not required to obtain a certified life certificate application every month.
Submission of the Life Certificate through the Mission
When submitting through the Mission, the Pensioner could either visit the Mission or send the Life Certificate by mail.
Submission in Person – at the Mission
  • Certification would be carried out by an authorized officer in the Mission.
  • For identification purposes, please bring one of following documents
    • Pension ID Card / Valid passport / Sri Lankan NIC / Driver’s License
Submission by Mail/Post
  • Duly filled Life Certificate with a copy of valid passport / Sri Lankan NIC (should be notarized / certified)
  • If you are medically unfit of travelling or prescribed by a physician, a medical report from a recognized medical institute / hospital is required.
The Life Certificates certified by this Mission are forwarded to the Department of Pensions. If the return of the copies of documents is desired by regular mail, applicants in the USA should send a self-addressed, stamped envelope with the request. Notes:
  • This service is free of charge.
  • The Mission is not responsible for any document lost in the post.
  • Incomplete applications will not be certified by the Mission.
For inquiries and further assistance,
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, New York
Consular Division
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nations
820, 2nd Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10017
+1 212 986 - 7040 (Ext: 118)
The Consular Division is open from Monday to Friday between 09 am to 01 pm EST
Department of Pensions, Sri Lanka
Director General of Pensions
Department of Pensions
Attn: Assistant Director (Foreign / Forces Pension)
Colombo 10
Sri Lanka
+94 11-220 9870
+94 11-232 7752 / +94 11-244 1617 (Foreign / Forces Pension)