Singapore Citizenship (SC)

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Singapore Citizenship

I love Singapore

Loving reasons for Singapore Citizenship

The Singapore government is known for conducting open and fair policy towards constantly introducing new laws, tax relieves, and regulations to enhance the country’s growth, security, etc. With the People Action’s Party (PAP) forming the majority in Parliament since attaining independence in 1965, Singapore has a very stable and orderly government indeed.

The Singapore citizenship is desired by most of the immigrants and expatriates around the world being the loving reasons such as stable government, corruption free system, easy access to Members of Parliament (MPs), strong economy, always maintaining with surplus budget, safe heaven, multi-racial society, subsidised great educational systems, persistent encouragement for lifelong learning, owning home ownership at 91.50% where more than 80% living in HDB flats, subsidised health care systems, tropical / equatorial climate without worries to gear up with earmuffs and windbreakers, easy accessible wheel-chair enabled public transport till past midnight, easy communications in English as the common language, low to high end shopping malls, world brand boutiques like Apple, late night shopping, plenty of outdoor activities, many grassroots organisations (GROs), very cleanliness, wide-spread public libraries, most powerful passport for availing visa freeness or on-arrival visa, etc.

After living in Singapore as Permanent Residents (preferably by contributing to both economy and community) you are eligible to apply for Singapore citizenship which is subject to very stringent criteria set by the Government of Singapore.

Singapore is a single citizenship country and this is strictly enforced. For this reason, Singapore may not be attractive if anyone is interested in holding more than one citizenship and passport.


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The following schemes are available for application:

Singapore Citizen by Descent Scheme

– Children of age 1 year old and below born outside Singapore to Singapore Citizen parent(s).

Family Ties Scheme

– Singaporeans sponsoring their wives or husbands and children for Singapore Citizenship.

Economic Scheme

– Applicants applying based on their own merits, aged 21 and above.

How to Apply

If you are a Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) who wishes to apply for Singapore Citizenship for yourself, your spouse and your children, these are the application requirements.

Step 1: Check your eligibility


Have been a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) for at least two years and are aged 21 and above (you can apply together with your spouse and any unmarried children aged below 21 born to you within the context of a legal marriage or legally adopted by you).


Have been a PR for at least two years and have been married to a Singapore citizen for at least two years.


Are an unmarried child aged below 21 born within the context of a legal marriage to, or have been legally adopted by, an SC.


Are a PR studying in Singapore; and have been residing in Singapore for more than 3 years (of which, at least one year as a PR); and have passed at least one national exam (i.e. PSLE, GCE ‘N’/‘O’/‘A’ levels), or are in the Integrated Programme (IP).


Are a PR and an Aged Parent of a Singapore Citizen.

National Service (NS) Obligations:

Under the Enlistment Act, all male Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, unless exempted* are required to serve National Service (NS). Following the completion of full-time NS, they will be required to serve up to 40 days of Operationally Ready National Service (ORNS) per year for the duration of their ORNS training cycle till the age of 50 years (for officers) or 40 years (for other ranks).

NS-liable persons are required to register for NS upon reaching 16 1/2 years old and will be scheduled for enlistment at the earliest opportunity upon reaching 18 years old. Deferment from NS for university studies, regardless of whether such studies have begun, will not be granted. Those who are pursuing full-time GCE ‘A’ Level or Polytechnic Diploma studies (or equivalent) may be granted deferment if they meet the deferment conditions stipulated by the Ministry of Defence.

All male applicants are required to access www.cmpb.gov.sg for information on NS deferment, pre-enlistment process and Exit Permit requirements, before proceeding with the application.

For further enquiries, please contact:
Central Manpower Base
Email: contact@ns.sg
Contact no: 1800-3676767 (local) or 65-65676767 (overseas)

Remarks: *Male applicants who are granted PR status under the Professionals/Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers Scheme or the Investor Scheme are exempted from NS.

If you are applying for your child, you must meet one of these sets of requirements:

Citizenship by descent

At least one parent must meet one of these conditions:
  • The father is a Singapore citizen who was born in Singapore. Both he and the child’s mother were lawfully married at the time of the child’s birth.
  • The father is a Singapore Citizen by registration. Both he and the child’s mother were lawfully married at the time of the child’s birth. The child must not have acquired citizenship of its country of birth.
  • The mother is a Singapore Citizen who was born in Singapore (applies to minors born on 15 May 2004 or later).
  • The mother is a Singapore Citizen by registration (for minors born on 15 May 2004 or later). The child must not have acquired citizenship of its country of birth.
  • In the case where the father or mother is a Singapore citizen by descent only (i.e. not born in Singapore), one of the following conditions must apply:
    Within a period of 5 years before the child’s birth, the parent must have accumulated at least 1 year of residence in Singapore within a period of 5 years before the child’s birth; or
  • The parent must have resided in Singapore for 4 years before the child’s birth.

Step 2: Prepare required documents

Please select the relevant checklist for the documents you will need to upload when completing your Singapore Citizenship Application. When preparing your documents, please ensure that each document file size does not exceed 2MB.

Step 3: Apply at the ICA e-services

All Singapore citizenship applications must be submitted online using the e-Service. Please prepare the required documents provided in the document checklists for submission online via the e-Service

You will require a SingPass account to submit an application. If you are applying under the sponsorship of your spouse/ Singapore Citizen parent, your sponsor would need to log in via his/her SingPass account.

You are strongly encouraged to submit your Singapore citizenship application using a desktop. Please refer to the User Guides and Relevant Lists when applying for Singapore Citizenship. You are recommended to read the User guide before you start:


For Processing / Upfront Fees Successful Applicants Fees
Adult Permanent Residents (PRs) and Children of PRs S$100 for each application S$70 for your Singapore Citizenship Certificate

S$10 for a Singapore Identity Card (applicable to new citizens aged 15 and above)

Overseas Born Children to Singapore Citizen Parents*

(*where the gestational mother is a Singapore Citizen; or father is a Singapore Citizen and is married to the child’s gestational mother at the time of birth of the child)

$18 for each application

(inclusive of Singapore Citizenship Certificate)

S$10 for a Singapore Identity Card (applicable to new citizens aged 15 and above)
All other overseas or locally born children $100 for each application S$70 for your Singapore Citizenship Certificate

S$10 for a Singapore Identity Card (applicable to new citizens aged 15 and above)

All processing fees will be collected online when you apply. Successful applicants will pay the additional fees at the time of Registration. Online fees are payable using:

  • Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card or,
  • American Express (AMEX) credit card or,
  • Internet Direct Debit (DBS/POSB, OCBC, UOB, Standard Chartered Bank and Citibank Internet Banking accounts in Singapore).

Step 4: Processing Time

Singapore citizenship applications usually take six to 12 months to process. For children born overseas to Singapore citizens, the general processing time is within two months from receipt of complete documents. Some applications may take longer to process.

To check the application status or view application status updates, the main applicant/sponsor can log in to MyICA. For any clarifications or status updates, ICA will send an email to the main applicant/ sponsor. Please provide a valid email address at the time of application.

Step 5: Interview with the ICA

You may be called for verification of your submitted documents against your application form. You will make a declaration before the interviewing officer, stating that all information provided in your application is true and correct.

If you are applying as the spouse of a Singapore Citizen, your spouse (the sponsor) must be present during the interview.

The child must be present at least once during the interview stage or collection of citizenship certificate at the ICA or Embassy / High Commission of Singapore.

Step 6: Receive your application outcome of Approval-In-Principle

You will be notified of the outcome with Approval-In-Principle of your Singapore citizenship by post. The notification will indicate about the Singapore Citizenship Journey (SCJ) programme which comprises three compulsory components: (a) e-Journey; (b) Singapore Experiential Tour; and (c) Community Sharing Session. The Singapore Citizenship Journey (SCJ) is to be completed within two months from the date of Approval-In-Principle letter.

For more information on what is required at each stage, please view the Singapore Citizenship Roadmap.

Step 7: The Singapore Citizenship Journey (SCJ)

The Singapore Citizenship Journey (SCJ) helps enrich new citizens’ understanding of the key milestones in Singapore’s history and development, deepens their appreciation of Singaporean norms and values, as well as provides opportunities for meaningful interaction with their local community. The SCJ consists of both online elements as well as experiential learning programme, and culminates in a citizenship ceremony to officially welcome new citizens as full-fledged members of the Singaporean family.

The SCJ is a collaboration between the National Integration Council, the People’s Association and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore. It is a mandatory programme for new citizens who have been granted in-principle approval for Singapore citizenship. They have up to two months to complete the three components of the SCJ before they can complete citizenship formalities and receive their pink National Registration Identity Cards (NRICs) and citizenship certificates.

Step 8: Receive your Approval of Singapore Citizenship

Only upon completion of the Singapore Citizenship Journey (SCJ), you will be notified of the final approval of your Singapore citizenship by post. The notification will indicate the appointment date for you to register for Singapore Citizenship at the ICA. You will also be advised to renounce your foreign citizenship at the relevant embassy or High Commission in Singapore before the appointment date with ICA.

Step 9: Renounce foreign citizenship

Visit the relevant embassy or High Commission in Singapore with your passport. You will be issued with letters stating the renunciation of your citizenship, and the surrender of your passport. Note: This step is not compulsory for applicants below age 21 and whose nationality is “stateless”.

Step 10: Complete Citizenship Registration Formalities

Prepare these documents:

  1. Original and a photocopy of the renunciation letter of foreign citizenship
  2. Letter stating the surrender of your foreign passport from the relevant authorities (not applicable for applicants below age 21 and for applicants whose nationality is “stateless”)

On the day of your appointment, proceed to Citizen Services Centre at ICA Building. Obtain a queue number to complete the registration of your citizenship and apply for your identity card and Singapore passport.


You will have to pay the following fees (NETS and CashCard only):

  • Citizenship registration: $70
  • Identity card: $10
  • Passport: $80


After paying the fees, you will take the “Oath of Renunciation, Allegiance and Loyalty” before the Commissioner of Oaths.

Step 11: Attend the citizenship ceremony

You will be required to attend a citizenship ceremony at a later date. (applicants below 6 years of age are exempted from the ceremony).

Step 12: Presentation of citizenship Certificate & Identity Card

A citizenship folder comprising your citizenship certificate and identity card will be presented to you at the citizenship ceremony.

Step 13: Receive Singapore Passport

Receive pink acknowledgement card by post and collect your prestigious Singapore Passport.

If you need other official confirmation of your citizenship status, you can request for a letter of confirmation from the ICA. For more information, please visit the ICA website.

Why ACHI BIZ for Singapore Citizenship?


  • Proficiency in handling
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  • Analysing Policies up to date
  • Gathering information from our other pool of clients too
  • Case studies based on the gathered information
  • Strong competency on documentations
  • Adhere to internal Policy for structured approach
  • Know how to handle with complex cases
  • We strive best towards success
  • Prepare Appeal (without any of your personal data)
  • No bluffing!
  • We are genuine professionals with Trustworthiness & Honesty


Source of Information for Immigration & its related matters is from the Immigration And Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Singapore.

ACHI BIZ is one of the licensed Employment Agencies in Singapore. Please take note that we are unable to apply or appeal for either for SPR or Citizenship on & behalf of you due to Personal Data Protection Commission’s Act . Hence we may provide only consultancy services for both SPR and Singapore Citizenship without collecting any of your personal data.


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