(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The registration of Sri Lankans who wish to go abroad for employment has been commenced in several stages and in the second phase of the program registration for Hong Kong, Romania, Poland and the Czech Republic will resume from today (17), Kamal Ratwatte, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) said.
Licensed employment agencies are also permitted to publish media advertisements relating to the recruitment of Sri Lankan job seekers for those countries.
The mandatory registration process has been accelerated according to the instructions given to the Foreign Employment Bureau by the Minister of Skills Development, Labor Welfare and External Affairs Minister Dinesh Gunawardena to revive the economy promoting the foreign employment sector and facilitating Sri Lankan migrant workers who are eager to leave for overseas work without delay.
Due to the spread of coronavirus around the world, the registration of migrant workers has been temporarily suspended since March 13. Steps were taken.
However, since the spread of COVID-19 has been controlled to some degree considering the requests made by foreign employment agencies and the working community, the SLBFE has taken steps to restart the registration for foreign employment in batches.
The first phase of the program to grant approval to migrate commenced on May 20 and approval has been granted for employment in South Korea, Japan, Canada and Germany.
Accordingly, the registration for foreign employment will be done at the head office of the Bureau of Foreign Employment and all Provincial Offices and District Offices as they have commenced their normal duties.
Priority will be given to those who are currently on leave from working abroad and those who are planning to go back to work.
The regulations on foreign employment registration will be enforced as usual and registration for foreign employment in the Middle East and other countries will commence soon.