Will take months for name to appear in Federal Register: US

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In the wake of people disputing the renunciation of citizenship by SLPP presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the US embassy said it would take several months for an individual’s name to appear in the Federal Register after he or she had renounced citizenship.

When asked for a comment in this regard, an embassy spokesman said, “It may be several months before that individual’s name appears in the Federal Register after an individual renounces his or her citizenship. With respect to US privacy laws, I cannot comment on individual visa and citizenship cases.” (Kelum Bandara)

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  • Gayan Tuesday, 12 November 2019 07:42 AM

    Thank you for the confirmation. Harin and Co. Please take note.

    Got Tuesday, 12 November 2019 07:43 AM

    What is this double standard by US embassy? If the has denounced the citizenship let them say it, if not there something they are working with Gota.

    Mathu Tuesday, 12 November 2019 07:43 AM

    I think the spokesman is correct

    Sarath Tuesday, 12 November 2019 07:47 AM

    Looks like Gota has a deal with USA! Name not in register, they defend the delay, but won't confirm if he's revoked citizenship.

    Arnold Tuesday, 12 November 2019 07:55 AM

    That means Gota is still a US citizen.

    Warren David Tuesday, 12 November 2019 07:56 AM

    Something is not right here.....

    Samith Thirimanne Tuesday, 12 November 2019 08:03 AM

    Now it has been 7 months. It doesn't take that long.

    Gihan Wickramasinha Tuesday, 12 November 2019 08:13 AM

    Gota himself can request his citizenship status from the US Embassy and show it to the nation if his intentions are genuine.

    CITIZEN Tuesday, 12 November 2019 09:06 AM

    Embassy said it would take several months for an individual’s name to appear in the Federal Register after he or she had renounced citizenship. That means GR not eligible to participate for Presidential Electron, Because he is still U.S. Citizen.

    johan Tuesday, 12 November 2019 09:08 AM

    Applying does not mean renunciation is completed.It is the fault of the president and the PM without verifying for allowing a person to contest such an important office in SL. Both must be sent home for the prosperity of SL.This is like cheating the masses

    Alex Tuesday, 12 November 2019 09:10 AM

    "it may be several months"

    gunasena Tuesday, 12 November 2019 09:36 AM

    It is the efficiency of IT usage in USA you mean?

    smartgent Tuesday, 12 November 2019 09:37 AM

    In the absence of concrete evidence and no comment from the US Consulate that at least Gota has applied for renunciation of his US citizenship, he would still remain as a US citizen. Therefore he should not be allowed to seek election as the matter is still uncertain.

    Dr.Siri Tuesday, 12 November 2019 09:40 AM

    Srilankans are taken for a ride.

    Dam Tuesday, 12 November 2019 10:06 AM

    Alright... Dear Spokesperson, then can you clarify this question. Can a US Citizen be a LEADER/President/Prime Minister of another country? We as Sri Lankan's have the right to know

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 12 November 2019 10:14 AM

    Even if it need sometimes several months to appear in the register, Gota must have the release document from the US State Department, This document the State Department will provide immediately after his Renunciation has been accepted. The US will under no circumstances release Gota from the US citizenship this year.

    Nimal Tuesday, 12 November 2019 08:46 PM

    US embassy is now top "dheshapremi". Jolly good.

    anoosh Wednesday, 13 November 2019 10:18 AM

    Due to Gota' citizenship problem, SL Government should immediately close down the American Embassy, as they have no power to tell the truth. SL does not need such embassies.


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