Favourable Features / Benefits / Pros / Advantages of becoming Naturalised Citizen in Singapore
Comparison with “If not situation” / “Foreigners” / “SPR”
Immigration Status: Singapore Citizen
- Naturalised Singapore citizenship is the highest immigration status in Singapore. They may live and/or work in Singapore as long as they wish until they renounce their citizenship. Singapore citizenship is not subject to renewal once every five years.
- Singapore citizenship is not subject to renewal like Permanent Resident (PR) for every five years for Re-Entry Permit (REP).
LTVP for Family Members:
- A dependant or spouse of a citizen can enjoy good immigration stability with an option to apply with Long-Term Visit Pass plus (LTVP+).
- Most of the family members may be granted the LTVP / LTVP+ favourably which is still subject to ICA’s approval.
Employment for Family Members:
- The dependants who hold LTVP / LTVP+ may apply for Letter Of Consent (LOC) for employment if they find the jobs.
- LTVP / LTVP+ holders may opt for pre-approved Letter Of Consent when they apply or renew their LTVP / LTVP+.
- By holding pre-approved LOC, the employers just need to notify MOM about the employment of the LTVP / LVTP+ holders.
PR for Family Members:
- Singapore citizen can sponsor certain immediate family members such as spouse and unmarried child aged below 21 born within the context of a legal marriage to, or have been legally adopted by a citizen for Permanent Residence to allow them to immigrate to Singapore.
- The approval of PR for family members is not guaranteed, even for citizen sponsors, and it will depend on financial and many other factors.
Citizenship for Family Members:
- Singapore citizen can sponsor certain immediate family members such as spouse and unmarried child aged below 21 born within the context of a legal marriage to, or have been legally adopted by a citizen for Singapore citizenship to form a nucleus family in Singapore.
- However, the approval of citizenship for family members is not guaranteed for citizenship for family members of the citizens of Singapore, and it will depend on financial and many other factors.
Visa privileges for most of the countries in the world:
- As of 26 March 2019, Singapore citizens have visa-free or visa on arrival access to 189 destinations (most countries and territories), ranking the Singaporean passport 1st in terms of number of countries a passport holder can visit without pre-arrival visa arrangements, alongside Japan and South Korea according to the Henley Passport Index.
- Being SPR visa privileges are not applicable.
- A few foreign countries may offer Singapore PRs greater odds of visa approval, longer term visas, and/or lower cost visas.
- Citizens are fully employable without requiring work permits or Letters Of Consent (LOC), in practically any full-time or part-time employment including government employment with no exception (unlike SPR for certain sensitive government roles), and can even hold more than one part-time job, freelancing work, contract job, etc.
- SPRs may face some restrictions for employment for certain sensitive government roles which may not be applicable to citizens.
- The privileges for employing the PRs may be the secondary next to Citizens when the unemployment exists.
Career Support Programme for Employers:
- The Career Support Programme (CSP) is a salary support programme offered by Workforce Singapore (WSG) and the Employment and Employability Institute (NTUC’s e2i) to encourage employers to hire eligible Singapore Citizen Professionals, Managers, Executives and Technicians (PMETs).
- As part of the Adapt and Grow initiative to help Singapore Citizens adapt to changing job demands and enhance their employability, the CSP will be extended for two (2) years. The programme period will be from 1 Apr 2019 to 31 Mar 2021.
- The Career Support Programme is not applicable to SPR.
- However, there are some other funding schemes available which include SPR too.
- Citizens can be self-employed, start their own businesses, be directors and officers of most Singapore companies, own businesses, and otherwise lead full economic lives in Singapore.
- For some businesses the PRs may not be enjoying the same kind of benefits like citizens.
- Eg: Deposits may be lower for citizens whereas higher for PRs for commercial units from the Public agencies such as HDB.
Ability to retire in Singapore:
- Citizens can stay in Singapore throughout their life by enjoying the working, living, retirement, etc.
- In case the naturalised citizens prefer to retire in their birth (mother) countries they may renounce their citizenship which is subject to approval by Singapore ICA and their birth countries for acceptance.
Subsidy for centre-based infant care and child care:
- This is a government initiative aimed at making centre-based child and infant care a more affordable option.
- Monthly infant care subsidy up to a certain amount is available to Singapore citizen’s infants aged 2-18 months, who are enrolled in licenced child care centres.
- PRs are eligible for Government subsidies for their children to send to Infant care and childcare centres.
Placement to Public (Government) educational institutions:
- Citizen children come first when enrolling in government-run Primary school, Secondary school, Junior College, Polytechnic and University in other words Primary to University.
- The priority for school placement is exclusively for citizens even though the PRs live next to their choice of Schools.
Subsidised costs to Public (Government) educational institutions:
- Citizen children pay much lower or subsidised fees than SPR children when they enrol for Primary school, Secondary school, Junior College, Polytechnic and University in other words Primary to University.
- There is a wider gap in educational fees between citizen children and PR children where the formers are enjoying with more subsidies.
- The educational fee for SPR children is lower when it is compared with the foreigners.
- Edusave scheme is applicable only to Singapore citizen children while pursuing their studies in Government-funded schools in Singapore.
- Both PRs and foreigners are not eligible for Edusave.