How to Become a Singapore Citizen

If you are unfamiliar with the Singapore citizenship application procedure, it may be a highly confusing and time-consuming process.

This guide will walk you through each stage of the procedure and explain all you need to know.

You will have a much better grasp of the qualifications, schedule, and procedure of applying for Singapore citizenship after reading this book.

1. Verify your eligibility

First and foremost, are you qualified to apply for citizenship in Singapore?

The following individuals are eligible to apply:

If you are at least 21 years old and have been a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) for at least 2 years, you are eligible.

You are the spouse of a Singapore Citizen, being a Singapore PR and married for at least 2 years

You are a child of a Singapore citizen, born outside of Singapore

You are a PR student in Singapore; you have lived in Singapore for at least 3 years; and you have completed at least one national examination.

You are a permanent resident and the aging parent of a Singapore citizen.

2. Obtaining Required Documents

If you're qualified, you'll need to prepare and make sure you have both the original and photocopies versions of the papers you'll need.

The following websites will allow you to obtain the relevant application forms:

List of Documents

Form of application

You will need to prepare the following documents:


Certificate of Birth

Certificates of marriage and/or divorce

Ex-death spouse's certificate (if application)

Papers pertaining to prior marriages and child custody (if any)

Professional Qualifications / Education Certificates

Work letter, pay stubs, and tax assessments are all acceptable forms of proof of current employment.

For business owners, ACRA provides a business profile and balance sheet.

Documents related to national service (if any)

Photographs for passports

3. Fill out an online application

Once you have all of your papers in order, you must submit them online via the e-SC system (Electronic Singapore Citizenship Application). You'll need to use SingPass to log in.

After submitting your application online, you must schedule an appointment to submit your application in person at ICA using the online appointment booking system.

From June 1, 2016, ICA will no longer accept walk-in applications. Each application must be made by appointment only.

Please note that each application requires a non-refundable charge of S$100 to be paid to ICA. If you are successful, you will be charged an extra S$70 for your Singapore Citizenship Certificate and an additional S$10 for your pink National Registration Identity Card (NRIC) for those above the age of 15 years old.

4. The Status of Your Application

You may check the status of your Singapore citizenship application at the following link:

ICA Status Check

The processing of a Singapore citizenship application might take anywhere from 6 to 12 months. So don't hold your breath waiting for it to happen. The outcome of your application will also be mailed to you. You can also inquire about the progress of your Singapore citizenship application by sending an email or calling the ICA office. But don't be concerned. Simply check in on a regular basis, or wait for your letter to arrive.

5. Taking the Oath

You will be expected to swear the Oath of Renunciation, Allegiance, and Loyalty after receiving your letter of acceptance (ORAL). The letter will contain the information of your oath-taking appointment, as well as a list of needed papers that you must bring with you.

The following is a list of documents that are typically required:

Foreign citizenship renunciation letter - copy and original

Your public-relations card (Blue NRIC)

four passport-sized photographs

Any other papers mentioned in the letter of approval

6.Citizenship Ceremony 

You will receive a letter around 3-4 months following your oath taking ceremony inviting you to attend a Citizenship Ceremony, which is normally held at a local community center near your home. The purpose of the event is to officially welcome and initiate new Singapore citizens such as yourself. Attendance is required unless the new citizen is an infant, elderly, or disabled. This will be a group function with all of the new Singapore residents in your region. You will need to bring the following documents with you:

The letter of invitation

This is your temporary identification card.

A Minister and a local Member of Parliament normally attend the event, which lasts roughly 2 hours. Here's what you may anticipate:

Guest-of-Remarks Honour's

The Singapore national pledge is recited.

The national anthem of Singapore is sung.

Certificates of citizenship and identification cards are presented (NRIC)

Photoshoot in a group

Reception with a buffet

The Advantages of Becoming a Singaporean

It's reasonable to think about the advantages of becoming a Singapore citizen after having been a Singapore PR and enjoying its privileges. As a Singapore citizen, you will be able to take advantage of extra privileges not available to permanent residents.

With a Singapore passport, you may travel with comfort and freedom.

Housing that is subsidized

Schemes for subsidized education

Healthcare that is subsidized

Right to vote

Incentives for parenting

Additional tax concessions

Business loans are easy to come by.


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