Immigration is one of the primary concerns for any contractor hoping to start working in Sri Lanka. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Sri Lankan work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer.
The Sri Lankan work permit, is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Sri Lanka is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue.
As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Sri Lankan work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Sri Lanka infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the Sri Lankan immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Sri Lankan Embassy directly.