Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) plays a pivotal role in regulating and facilitating the process of foreign employment for Sri Lankan employees. Established in 1985 under the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment Act, presently operates under the purview of the Ministry of Labour and Foreign Employment, and its functions are carried out through an island wide network and as well as the global network in 13 countries.


The SLBFE through its regulatory functions, welfare services, and reintegration initiatives, strives to ensure the protection, well-being, and empowerment of Sri Lankan migrant workers, contributing to the sustainable development of the country’s labor migration sector. SLBFE collaborates closely with international organizations, foreign governments & other stakeholders to foster bilateral agreements, promote ethical recruitment practices, and enhance the overall welfare and protection of Sri Lankan migrant workers.


Make Sri Lanka the best choice for competent human resources in the overseas market.


Create efficient and equitable pathways for people to benefit from their skills in overseas employment markets securing interests of all stakeholders while contributing to economic growth.


  • Regulate and facilitate the industry of foreign employment
  • Secure welfare and protection of Sri Lankans employed outside Sri Lanka and their left behind family members
  • Promote and develop employment opportunities for Sri Lankans outside Sri Lanka

Quality Policy

Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment strive to maintain the trust and satisfaction of our customers, contribute to the advancement of the foreign employment sector in Sri Lanka, and uphold our commitment to social responsibility and ethical business practices.

The SLBFE committed to deliver high-quality services that meet the needs of our stakeholders while adhering to customer, legal, regulatory, and other relevant requirements.

We consider our employees as most valuable asset and develop their competence for continual improvement and maintain effectiveness of the Quality Management System in conforming to International Standards for providing better
services to our customers.