Whilst you can enjoy many benefits as a Permanent Resident (PR) in Singapore, being an official Singapore Citizen gives you full rights, access, and priority to healthcare, housing, as well as education. 

Read more: Benefits of Being a Singapore Citizen

 

Eligibility To Become A Singapore Citizen

Apart from having to be a PR in Singapore for two years, there are also other specific requirements that you have to meet before applying for a Singapore citizenship

  • You have been a Singapore PR for at least two years and are 21 years of age or older. If so, you can also apply with your spouse and unmarried children* below 21 years of age. 
  • You have been a PR and are married to a Singapore citizen for at least two years
  • You are below 21 years old and are unmarried, with a parent who is a Singapore citizen
  • You are a PR studying in Singapore and have been residing in the country for more than three years (of which, at least one year as a PR); and have passed at least one national exam like PSLE, GCE ‘N’/‘O’/‘A’ levels, or are in the Integrated Programme (IP).
  • You are a PR and an elderly parent of a Singapore citizen.

* ICA considers children who are born within a legal marriage or have been legally adopted. 

There are also other factors such as your family ties to Singaporeans, qualifications, age, social and economic contributions that the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) looks at when deciding on your application to become a Singapore citizen

Once you’ve fulfilled the specified requirements, then you can begin your application journey to obtain a Singapore citizenship. Here, we share more about the application process with you. 

 

Application Process

The Singapore citizenship application process can be submitted on your own through the ICA’s online portal. Alternatively, you can also opt to seek the professional assistance of an immigration agency in Singapore to guide you through your application process and increase your chances of approval. Here, we share the steps to take for your application process: 

 

Step 1: Prepare the necessary documents

 

Singapore Citizenship Application Documents

 

Every applicant, whether you’re an aged parent or child, requires a different set of documents that is unique to you. Besides the basic documents like your Passport, National ID, and Birth Certificate listed on the ICA website, you also need other important documents that the Singapore government will look into to support your profile and boost your chances of approval. As such, it is often advisable to seek professional assistance of immigration agencies for more information. 

 

Step 2: Fill up your online application 

Though most people may choose to fill up their application first, our industry experts often recommend applicants to gather all their documents first instead. As there is a time limit to submit the necessary documents during your application period, it is best to ensure that everything is in order and you do not miss out any details. 

 

Singapore Immigration Consultant

 

Never underestimate the importance of preparedness when it comes to applying for a Singapore citizenship. When you opt to get help from an  immigration agency, you’ll get to enjoy a hassle-free application process without having to stress over leaving out any important details. 

 

Step 3: Upload supporting documents

Upon filling out the online forms, you are then required to upload all the supporting documents that you have already prepared beforehand. Remember to declare that the information you provided is true and accurate before proceeding with payment. 

 

Step 4: Outcome of application

After the submission of your application, you may have to wait between six to twelve months to receive the results. Upon the approval of your Singapore citizenship application, a letter will be sent to your registered address. In the meantime, you can always check on the status of your application by logging into ICA’s online application, MyICA. 

However, it is important to note that the time taken for your approval process is dependent on the complexity of your application. 

 

Step 5: Book slots to attend Singapore Citizenship Journey 

 

Singapore Citizenship Online Application

 

Once you receive your letter of approval, you are invited to attend a Singapore Citizenship Journey. There are three parts to this: The Singapore Experiential Tour, Community Sharing Session, and online e-journey. 

 

To get things moving along, you are advised to book slots to attend the experiential tour and communities sharing session. This tour will take you to some of the renowned historical sites in Singapore and share with you the development of these key places. The sharing session on the other hand, will be conducted in your neighbourhood community centre with the aim of helping you form connections with the people within the area. The e-journey can be attended anytime online. 

 

Step 6: Renounce your foreign citizenship 

It is mandatory for individuals above the age of 21 years old to renounce their foreign citizenship. Since the requirements for renouncing citizenship varies between countries, it is best to check your country’s specified requirements before making arrangements accordingly.

 

Step 7: Register for Singapore citizenship

Once you have renounced your foreign citizenship, you will receive a letter from ICA informing you to register for Singapore citizenship. Prepare a photocopy of your letter of renunciation and surrender of passport before heading down to the ICA’s office for your appointment. 

During the appointment, you will register for your pink Singapore NRIC and passport. After which, you have to participate in an oath-taking ceremony to pledge your loyalty to the country. 

 

In conclusion

The application process may seem a little daunting especially with so many factors being considered. However, you can always ease your mind by engaging in the services of an immigration agency like SPIC to ensure a smooth application process. 

Singapore Professional Immigration Consultancy (SPIC) is a reliable immigration consultancy in Singapore, providing trusted solutions to individuals aspiring to obtain a PR status or citizenship. Let us know how we can help you, connect with us here