Singapore Citizenship Application
Complete your transition into the Singaporean community with our help. We streamline the citizenship application, handling document preparation to boost your chances of success.
Your Simplified Path to Becoming a Singapore Citizen
Navigating Your Exciting Journey Towards Becoming a New Singapore Citizen
You are eligible to apply for Singapore citizenship if you:
Regarding the assessment criteria, there is currently no points-based system for Singapore citizenship applications. ICA takes into account factors such as the individual’s family ties to Singaporeans, economic contributions, qualifications, age, family profile and length of residency in Singapore, to assess the applicant’s ability to contribute to Singapore and integrate into Singapore’s society, as well as his or her commitment to sinking roots in Singapore.
The documentation requirements for Singapore citizenship applications will vary depending on the type of the applicant’s profile based on the above eligibility list.
At Galactic Spark, before you engage us, we will have a complimentary one-to-one consultation session with you to clearly understand your profile and conduct a profile analysis with you based on our extensive experience in handling Singapore citizenship applications. By doing that, you will be in a better position to make an informed decision before engaging us.
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Frequently Asked Questions for Singapore Citizenship Application
Based on the information provided in Singapore’s Population-in-Brief 2022 (published in September 2022), 21,537 persons became new Singapore citizens in 2021.
Information on the total number of Singapore citizenship applications in a year is not released to the public.
You are eligible to apply for Singapore citizenship after having been a Singapore PR for at least two years. 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.
Under the Enlistment Act, all male Singapore citizens and Singapore PRs, unless exempted, are required to serve NS.
Male applicants who are granted Singapore PR status under the Professionals/Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers Scheme or the Investor Scheme are exempted from NS.
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. Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) allows students to attain educational qualifications up to the ‘A’ Levels certificate, the polytechnic diploma or an equivalent before they are required to serve NS. They are enlisted at the earliest opportunity when they have finished such courses, or after turning 18 years old, whichever is later. MINDEF does not grant deferment for university studies, regardless of whether such studies have begun. 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 Singapore citizenship application.
The documentation requirements for Singapore citizenship applications will vary depending on the type of the applicant’s profile based on the eligibility list.
The lists of the supporting documents required for Singapore citizenship applications can be downloaded from ICA’s website, and such lists may be updated by ICA from time to time.
The commonly required supporting documents are the applicant’s passport, birth certificate, academic certificates and transcripts, current letter of employment, last 6-month pay slips, and testimonials for past jobs (if any).
Each applicant’s profile is unique and different. For example, compared to an applicant whose marital status is single, an applicant married with children will be required to produce more supporting documents even though his/her spouse/children are not included in the application.
At Galactic Spark, we will guide you on exactly what documents and information you need to prepare after having a thorough discussion with you on your application case, with a view to highlighting the merits of your case and maximising the chance of success for your application. The documents we require from you may not only be those required in ICA’s applicable documentation list, but also any other supporting document we assess (through our experience) that might best enhance your application package.
After you provide us with scanned copies of the supporting documents, we will review all the supporting documents carefully, ensuring their completeness and accuracy.
After we work with you to get all the supporting documents ready, we will guide you on filling in the Singapore citizenship application form (which is an online form). It is crucial to fill in all the details on the form accurately with a good strategy to highlight the merits of the application.
At Galactic Spark, we will review your entire draft citizenship application form carefully and provide you with our valuable comments or proposed amendments (if any) on the various parts of the form. For example, one part in the Singapore citizenship application form requires the applicant to provide information in 4,000 characters (roughly 600-700 English words) on the innovations and achievements the applicant has made in his/her occupation. We will review and work with you to finalise the write-up for this important session.
ICA does not require the applicant to submit any cover letter for Singapore citizenship applications. We will discuss with you whether it will be beneficial for you to have a cover letter. If yes, we will be happy to prepare a customised cover letter for you as an additional supporting document for your application.
If a cover letter is to be prepared, the purpose of such cover letter is to highlight the merits of your application based on your profile. We will work with you together to finalise the cover letter.
Presently, the submission of Singapore citizenship applications to ICA is 100% done online through ICA’s e-SC system. There is no need to go to ICA in person to submit the application form or supporting documents.
To submit a Singapore citizenship application, the applicant must log in to ICA’s e-SC system using his/her SingPass.
At Galactic Spark, we will not request your SingPass login credentials from you, as you should keep your SingPass login credentials strictly confidential.
For submitting your Singapore citizenship application, we will arrange a meeting with you (either a Zoom meeting or a face-to-face meeting). Most of our clients prefer having a Zoom meeting with us for the online submission process.
If you prefer to have a Zoom meeting with us for the application submission, after you have logged into ICA’s e-SC system using your SingPass, we will request you to please share your screen with us, and then we will guide you step-by-step throughout the entire online submission process, ensuring that the online application form is in good order and each of the supporting documents is properly uploaded under the correct category to ICA’s e-SC system.
If you prefer to have a face-to-face meeting with us for the application submission, after you have logged into ICA’s e-SC system using your SingPass, we will (with your presence) assist you in the entire online submission process, ensuring that the online application form is in good order and each of the supporting documents is properly uploaded under the correct category to ICA’s e-SC system.
At the end of the application submission, you will sight ICA’s acknowledgement webpage containing an application reference number. You can check your application’s status by logging into ICA’s “MyICA” services using your SingPass.
Based on our experience, the current processing time for a Singapore citizenship application is approximately 18 to 24 months from the date of application. Some cases may take even longer.
You can check the status of your Singapore citizenship application by logging into ICA’s “MyICA” services using your SingPass.
At the time when the outcome is available, ICA will send the outcome letter by post to your residential address stated in your Singapore citizenship application form submitted to ICA during the online submission process.
During the application processing time, ICA may contact you through email or mail for further supporting documents or information. If that occurs, don’t worry; we will provide our post-submission support. You just need to provide us with a copy of ICA’s correspondence sent to you, and we will advise you on the actions required for the next step.
During the application processing time, if there is any change in the following information, please inform us the soonest possible. We will guide you on updating your information with ICA through ICA’s “MyICA” portal for your Singapore citizenship application: –
- your residential address;
- your employment (i.e., new employment, promotion, and increment);
- your marital status; or
- your educational qualifications (i.e., new qualification).
All Singapore citizenship applications are subject to ICA’s approval. Like any other immigration consultancy firm, Galactic Spark cannot guarantee the success of your Singapore citizenship application. Our key role is to provide valuable advice and approach to assist you in presenting a well-prepared application package to ICA for ICA’s consideration.
If your Singapore citizenship application is successful, you will receive an in-principle approval (IPA) letter from ICA.
The IPA Letter will list out the actions you need to take in order for you to receive the final approval letter from ICA for your Singapore citizenship application.
In the IPA Letter, the most common action required is that you will need to complete the Singapore Citizenship Journey as follows: –
- Book appointment slots online and attend the Singapore Experiential Visit and Community Sharing Session;
- Complete the online e-Journey (applicants who are below 16 years old are exempted from this stage); and
- Make arrangements to meet the requirements for renunciation of foreign citizenship when it is time to do so after you have received the final approval letter from ICA for your Singapore citizenship application.
Once you have received your IPA Letter, please send a copy of the letter to us as soon as possible, and we will guide you throughout the process of completing the Singapore Citizenship Journey within the validity period of your IPA Letter.
After you have completed your Singapore Citizenship Journey, you will expect to receive the final approval letter from ICA for your Singapore citizenship application. Upon receiving such final approval letter, you will need to take the following actions: –
- Fulfill all the requirements for renunciation of foreign citizenship (for example, settle property ownership issue if any), if applicable;
- Apply to renounce foreign citizenship at the relevant embassy. This is only applicable to those who are 21 years old and above;
- Prepare all documents required for the Registration for Singapore Citizenship; and
- Report to ICA Building on the date and time stipulated in your final approval letter to register for Singapore Citizenship (typically 3-4 weeks from the date of the final approval letter).
Once you have completed the Registration for Singapore Citizenship, congratulations, you have officially become a Singapore citizen!
There will be a Citizenship Ceremony (which is a specially organised event) to welcome new Singapore citizens. The Citizenship Ceremony is typically held 3-6 months after you have completed the Registration for Singapore Citizenship at ICA. Your Singapore Citizenship Certificate will be presented to you at the Citizenship Ceremony.
If your Singapore citizenship application is unfortunately unsuccessful, you will receive a rejection letter from ICA.
The rejection letter from ICA usually does not state any reason for rejecting your Singapore citizenship application.
Once you have received your rejection letter, please send a copy of the letter to us as soon as possible. We will discuss with you in detail the next course of action, for example, whether you should make an appeal to ICA or whether you should try to submit a new application after a period of time.