Singapore Immigration Information

NOTE: The information below is just a general guide. Please refer to the relevant embassy/consulate for updated information.

Citizenship Application

• Eligibility
• Procedure
• Documents Required
• Fees
• Processing Time

Eligibility

The following categories of person are eligible to apply for Singapore Citizenship:
• Person who is at least 21 years of age and has been a Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) for at least 2 to 6 years prior to the date of application.
• SPR who has satisfactorily completed full-time National Service (NS).
• Spouse of Singapore Citizen who has been a SPR for at least 2 years preceding the date of application.
• Minor (below 21 years old) born in Singapore but who is not a Singapore Citizen.
• Minor born outside Singapore but is residing permanently in Singapore, and whose parents are Singapore Citizens.
• Child born outside Singapore whose mother is a Singapore citizen.

An overseas-born minor (child) may be eligible for Singapore Citizenship by Descent under Article 122(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Singapore, if any of the following conditions can be met:

a) Male Singapore citizen by Birth who has a lawful marriage at time of minor’s birth;

b) Male Singapore citizen by Registration who has a lawful marriage at time of minor’s’ birth and minor shall not acquire citizenship of the country he was born by reason of his birth in that country;

c) Female Singapore citizen by Birth and minor born on or after 15 May 2004;

d) Female Singapore citizen by Registration and minor born on or after 15 May 2004. Minor shall not acquire citizenship of the country he was born by reason of his birth in that country; or

e) Male (who has a lawful marriage at time of minor’s birth) or Female Singapore citizen by Descent has to complete an additional Annex to the application declaring their residence period in Singapore. The application can only be accepted if the applicant fulfils the requirements stipulated in (a) or (b) of the attached Annex.

The application has to be submitted within one year of the child’s birth. Otherwise, a letter of explanation is required for late submission.

All applicants for citizenship must be of good character, have satisfied the residential requirement and have the intention to reside permanently in Singapore. They must also be able to support themselves and their dependents financially.
Procedure

Submit a set of the completed application form together with all the required documents personally to:

Citizen Services Centre
Registry of Citizens, Counter 7 or 8
6th Storey, ICA Building
10 Kallang Road
(Next to Lavender MRT station)
Singapore 208718

•The Citizenship application form is obtainable at the Citizen Services Centre. Alternatively, you may also download the application form and the document list. You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and print the form. Download may take a while.
•You will have to complete the application form and submit together with all the supporting documents to Counter 7 or 8. The officer would conduct a quick assessment of your eligibility to apply for Singapore Citizenship. If you are found to be eligible, the officer would then arrange for you to attend an interview.
• Please call in at our counters at the following hours:

Monday to Friday : 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Saturday : 8.00 a.m. to 12.30 noon

• At the interview, the Interview Officer will verify the documents against the information stated in the application form. The applicant will also have to make a declaration before the Interviewing Officer that the information stated in the application form is true and correct.
• Pay the processing fee at Counter 7 or 8.
• Wait for notification of result of application. You may visit our webpage on Citizenship Approval for more details if the application is approved.

Documents Required

a) For male / female applicant above 21 years old, please produce all the following relevant documents in support of your application:

• One recent passport-sized photograph. The photograph must be:
• 35 mm wide by 45 mm high without border and taken within the last three months;
. taken full face without headgear, unless the applicant habitually wears a headgear in accordance with religious or racial customs. The headgear must not hide the applicant’s facial features;
. the facial image must be between 25 mm and 35 mm from chin to crown; and
. taken against a plain white background with a matt or semi-matt finish.
• Identity card;
• Birth certificate;
• Marriage certificate;

• Death certificate/divorce certificate/separation agreement/proof of children’s custodianship of previous spouse/marriage, if applicable;
• Foreign citizenship, if any;
• NS exemption letter, if applicable;
• Passports (current and previous) and Seaman Book, if any;
• Entry permit;
• Re-entry permit and Certificate of Identity, if any;
• Academic/Professional/Educational/Trade Test/School Leaving Certificates;
• Letter of employment from current employer stating date of employment, position held and monthly basic salary. The basic salary does not include the following:
. additional payment by way of overtime, bonus or commission;
. travelling, food or housing allowance;
. any sum paid to an employee or contract worker to defray special expenses incurred by him owing to the special, unusual or hazardous nature of the employment;
. any contribution paid by the employer or contractor to any pension fund or provident fund;
. Any gratuity payable on discharge or retirement.
• Income Tax Notice of Assessment for the last 3 years and CPF contribution history for the last 12 months (preceding the date of application);
• Latest Computer Information on Business Profile from Registry of Companies if you are a sole proprietor/partner/Director of a company;
• Foreign identity card and conversion of name document, if any;
• If applicant is married, spouse and children/adoptive children/step children’s educational certificates, identity cards, birth certificates, Singapore citizenship certificates, if any, death certificate, if any and (if they are non-citizens of Singapore) travel documents, entry and re-entry permits;
• If applicant is single, parents’ and siblings’ identity cards, birth certificates, Singapore citizenship certificates, if any, death certificate, if any and (if they are non-citizens of Singapore) travel documents, entry and re-entry permits.

Please bring along all the original and a photocopy of these documents. You may also be required to furnish additional documents whenever necessary.

b) For spouse of Singapore citizen, both the applicant and spouse are required to attend the walk-in interview and produce all the following relevant documents in support of your application:

• One recent passport-sized photograph. The photograph must be:
. 35 mm wide by 45 mm high without border and taken within the last three months;
. taken full face without headgear, unless the applicant habitually wears a headgear in accordance with religious or racial customs. The headgear must not hide the applicant’s facial features;
. the facial image must be between 25 mm and 35 mm from chin to crown; and
. taken against plain white background with a matt or semi-matt finish.
• Applicant’s and spouse’s identity cards;
• Applicant’s and spouse’s birth certificates;
• Marriage certificate;

• Death certificate/divorce certificate/separation agreement/proof of children’s custodianship of previous spouse/marriage for both applicant and spouse, if applicable;
• Foreign citizenship, if any;
• Passports (current and previous) and Seaman Book, if any;
• Entry permit;
• Re-entry permit and Certificate of Identity, if any;
• Applicant’s and spouse’s academic/professional/educational/trade test/school leaving certificates;
• Both applicant’s and spouse’s letter of employment from current employer(s) stating date of employment, position held and monthly gross salary;
• Both applicant and spouse’s Income Tax Notice of Assessment for the last 3 years and CPF contribution history for the last 12 months (preceding the date of application);
• Both applicant’s and spouse’s latest Computer Information on Business profile from Registry of Companies and Businesses, if you are a sole proprietor/partner/Director of a Company;
• Children/step children/adoptive children’s adoption order, identity cards, birth certificates, Singapore citizenship certificates, if any, death certificate, if any and (if they are non-citizens of Singapore) travel documents, entry and re-entry permits;
• Foreign identity card and conversion of name document, if any.

Please bring along all the original and a photocopy of these documents. You may also be required to furnish additional documents whenever necessary.

c) For children/adoptive children of Singapore citizen, please produce all the following relevant documents in support of your application:

• Two recent passport-sized photographs of the child applying for citizenship. The photograph must be:
. 35 mm wide by 45 mm high without border and taken within the last three months;
. taken full face without headgear, unless the applicant habitually wears a headgear in accordance with religious or racial customs. The headgear must not hide the applicant’s facial features;
. the facial image must be between 25 mm and 35 mm from chin to crown; and
. taken against plain white background with a matt or semi-matt finish.
• Parents/adoptive parents’ identity cards;
• Parents/adoptive parents’ citizenship certificates, if any;
• Parents/adoptive parents’ passports;
• Parents/adoptive parents’ entry permits and re-entry permits, if applicable;
• Parents/adoptive parents’ marriage certificate;
• Parents/adoptive parents’ divorce certificate/separation agreement/proof of children’s custodianship of previous spouse/marriage, if applicable;
• Parents/adoptive parents’ academic/professional/educational/trade test/school leaving certificates;
• Parents/adoptive parents’ letter of employment from current employer(s) stating date of employment, position held and monthly gross salary;
• Parents/adoptive parents’ Income Tax Notice of Assessment for the last 3 years and CPF contribution history for the last 12 months (preceding the date of application);

• Parents/adoptive parents’ latest Computer Information on Business profile from Registry of Companies and Businesses, if you are a sole proprietor/partner/Director of a Company.
• Children/adoptive children’s adoption order, identity cards, birth certificates, Singapore citizenship certificates, if any, death certificate, if any and (if they are non-citizens of Singapore) travel documents, entry and re-entry permits;
• Children’s school report books/cards, school leaving certificates and testimonials, if applicable;
• Foreign identity card and conversion of name document, if any.

Please bring along all the original and a photocopy of these documents. You may also be required to furnish additional documents whenever necessary.

Fees

S$90
Please make payment by NETS or Cashcard.

Processing Time

3 to 6 months.
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Application For Permanent Residence

• Procedure
• Documents Required
• Fees
• Processing Time
• National Service Liability

Non-Singaporeans can become Singapore Permanent Residents (SPRs) by obtaining an Entry Permit. An application for an Entry Permit is an application for Singapore Permanent Residence.
The following categories of foreigners are eligible to submit applications:

• Spouse and unmarried children (below 21 years old) of a Singapore Citizen (SC)/Permanent Resident (SPR);
• Aged parents of a Singapore Citizen;
• Employment Pass (P or Q Pass) holders;
• Investors/Entrepreneurs;
• Hong Kong residents who satisfy certain guidelines can apply for permanent residence by submitting applications through SMC Management Consultants Pte Ltd in Singapore.

Procedure

Submit your completed application form together with all the required documents personally to:

Permanent Resident Services Centre
5th Storey, ICA Building
10 Kallang Road
(Next to Lavender MRT station)
Singapore 208718

Documents Required

A) Wife/Child of a SC/SPR

• 1 set of completed Form 4 obtainable at the Permanent Resident Services Centre. You may also download the form. Applicant is required to complete Part A to Part E and Part G and local sponsor to complete Part F and Part H of the application form (Form 4);
• You will have to download the Accompanying Notes to Form 4. This will list the supporting documents that will have to be submitted together with your application.

B) Husband of a SC/SPR

A female Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident may sponsor her husband for permanent residence. Each application will be considered on its own merits.

• Two sets of completed Form 4A (one original and one photocopy) instead of the Form 4. You may obtain the form at the Permanent Resident Services Centre or download a copy.
• You will also have to download the Accompanying Notes to Form 4A. This will list the supporting documents that will have to be submitted together with your application.

C) Aged Parent of a SC

• 1 set of completed Form 4 (an original) obtainable at the Permanent Resident Services Centre. You may also download the form.
• You will also have to download the Accompanying Notes to Form 4. This will list the supporting documents that will have to be submitted together with your application.

D) Employment Pass (P or Q Pass) Holder

• If you are applying under the Professionals/Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers Scheme, you will need to submit 2 sets of completed Form 4A (one original and one photocopy). You may obtain the form at the Permanent Resident Services Centre or download a copy.
• You will also have to download the Accompanying Notes to Form 4A. This will list the supporting documents that will have to be submitted together with your application.

E) Investor/Entrepreneur

Foreign investors with substantial capital and good entrepreneurial track records may apply for permanent residence under the Global Investor Programme. For more details, please contact:

Singapore Economic Development Board
250 North Bridge Road
#24-00 Raffles City Tower
Singapore 179101
Tel: 6336 2288

F) Hong Kong Resident

Persons born in Hong Kong or who can show proof that they have or used to have rights of abode in Hong Kong may apply for in-principle approval for permanent residence by submitting an application through:

SMC Management Consultants Pte Ltd
51 Cuppage Road
#04-05 StarHub Centre
Singapore 229469
Tel: 6722 1766
Fax: 6734 8373

Fees

The fee for an Entry Permit is S$100 and the fee for a Re-Entry Permit is S$10 per year. For foreigners requiring a visa, the visa fee is S$20 per issue.
Please make payment by NETS.
Processing Time

The processing time for an application is 3 months. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by mail. Applicant should notify us if there are any changes in his/her address.

National Service Liability

Under the Enlistment Act, all male Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents are liable for National Service (NS) upon reaching 16½ years old. They are required to serve 2 or 2½ years of full-time National Service (NSF), followed by 40 days of Operationally Ready National Service (NS) per year till the age of 50 years (for officers) or 40 years (for other ranks).

Main applicants who are granted SPR status under the first generation Professionals/Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers (PTS) Scheme of the Economic Benefits Scheme (EBS) are exempted from NS. Male children who are granted SPR status under their parents’ application are liable for NS upon reaching 16½ years old.

Male ex-Singapore Citizens and ex-Singapore Permanent Residents who are granted SPR status are liable to be called up for NS regardless of the type of SPR status they are granted. For further enquires, please write to:

Central Manpower Base
3 Depot Road
#03-07
Singapore 109680

Note:
For all correspondences to the department, please state the file reference number, the Foreign Identification Number (FIN), the name and date of birth of the applicant.

Please ensure that the original documents, official translation (if the document is not in the English language) and a copy of all documents are produced for our retention. Insufficient documents may result in non-acceptance of application. Additional documents to support the application may be required.

Permanent residence does not exempt an individual from registration or any other conditions as required under the respective professions.

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