Former Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa - who fled in July this year after violent protests over the economic crisis in the island nation - has applied for to the United States government for a Green Card.
Reports indicate Rajapaksa's lawyers have begun the application for what is permanent residency in the US.
Rajapaksa and his wife are now in Thailand. He will return to Sri Lanka on August 25.
He arrived in Thailand on the evening of August 11. Rajapaksa fled Sri Lanka on July 13 after it was hit with widespread anti-government protests.