Citizenship Law Singapore

CITIZENSHIP
 
The following categories of person are eligible to apply for Singapore Citizenship:
  1. 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.
  2. SPR who has satisfactorily completed full-time National Service (NS).
  3. Spouse of Singapore Citizen who has been a SPR for at least 2 years preceding the date of application.
  4. Minor (below 21 years old) born in Singapore but who is not a Singapore Citizen.
  5. Minor born outside Singapore but is residing permanently in Singapore, and whose parents are Singapore Citizens.
  6. 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:
  1. Male Singapore citizen by Birth who has a lawful marriage at time of minor's birth;
  2. 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;
  3. Female Singapore citizen by Birth and minor born on or after 15 May 2004;
  4. 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
  5. 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 (1) or (2) 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

An application with all the required documents must be submitted personally at the following address:
 
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
  1. After submission of your documents a quick assessment of your eligibility to apply for Singapore Citizenship will be made. If you are found to be eligible, the officer would then arrange for you to attend an interview.
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. Wait for notification of result of application. You may visit the 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:
  1. One recent passport-sized photograph. The photograph must be:
    1. 35 mm wide by 45 mm high without border and taken within the last three months;
    2. 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
    3. taken against plain white background with a matt or semi-matt finish.
  2. 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:
    1. additional payment by way of overtime, bonus or commission;
    2. 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;
    3. Any gratuity payable on discharge or retirement.
  3. 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;
  4. 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:
  1. One recent passport-sized photograph. The photograph must be:
    1. 35 mm wide by 45 mm high without border and taken within the last three months;
    2. 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
    3. taken against plain white background with a matt or semi-matt finish.
  2. 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;
  3. 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:
  1. Two recent passport-sized photographs of the child applying for citizenship. The photograph must be:
    1. 35 mm wide by 45 mm high without border and taken within the last three months;
    2. 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
    3. taken against plain white background with a matt or semi-matt finish.
  2. 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;
  3. Foreign identity card and conversion of name document, if any.
Original and a photocopy of these documents have to be taken. You may also be required to furnish additional documents whenever necessary.
 
FEES
S$90
 
Payment can be made by NETS or Cashcard.
 
PROCESSING TIME
3 to 6 months