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FINANCIAL CHRONICLE™ » FINANCIAL CHRONICLE™ » Unethical Ayyo Sri Lanka: A Singaporean National as Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran signs on Sri Lankan Currency Notes now: Ranil Should be Questioned at Parliament for Appointing him?

Unethical Ayyo Sri Lanka: A Singaporean National as Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran signs on Sri Lankan Currency Notes now: Ranil Should be Questioned at Parliament for Appointing him?

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Business Basil


Manager - Equity Analytics
Manager - Equity Analytics
A Singaporean National who is appointed to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka as Governor Arjuna Mahendran signs on Sri Lankan Currency Notes now: Ranil Should be Questioned for Appointing him? According to top central bankers and financial professionals in the country.

A Singaporean national, Mahendran holds an M.A and B.A (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, from Balliol College, Oxford University, England. He is also a regular commentator on international news networks like CNBC, CNN and BBC, in addition to sharing his market insights with Bloomberg, The Financial Times, Asian Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine.

Chief Investment Officer Wealth Management
Arjuna Mahendran is the Chief Investment Officer-Wealth Management division at Emirates NBD. Within this mandate, he will oversee the expansion of the Emirates NBD knowledge base, its research capabilities and the bank's trading strategies. He will provide Emirates NBD Private Banking clients with a comprehensive set of financial solutions to optimize their wealth management strategies. Mahendran oversees a dedicated team of investment specialists in both discretionary and advisory offerings, which seek to outperform globally accepted investment performance benchmarks.

Prior to joining Emirates NBD, Mahendran was the Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist-Asia at HSBC Private Bank. He has more than 30 years of experience in wealth management, having worked in several financial services organisations across Hong Kong, Singapore and Sri Lanka, including holding senior positions with the Central Bank and Ministry of Finance in Sri Lanka, as well as working on World Bank-funded projects. He also served as the Chairman and Director-General of the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka from 2001 to 2004.

http://www.emiratesnbd.com/en/index.cfm/private-banking/about-us/about-us/arjuna-mahendran/

Business Basil


Manager - Equity Analytics
Manager - Equity Analytics
People shoud question whether Arjuna Mahendran still holds his Sri Lankan Citizenship or how ethical for him to serve on Central Bank if he is a dual citizen or whether still eh holds Singapore citizenship..if so it is unethical according to current Singapore Citizenship rules.



Last edited by Business Basil on Mon Feb 02, 2015 6:41 pm; edited 1 time in total

jaya


Senior Manager - Equity Analytics
Senior Manager - Equity Analytics

I have seen this massage is spreading in social media webs, is it correct?
"Repudiate Currency note if it signs by non-citizens of Sri Lanka?? "

Business Basil


Manager - Equity Analytics
Manager - Equity Analytics
Singapore Citizenship – Benefits and Drawbacks
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There are several benefits of becoming a Singapore Citizen – the ease of travelling with a Singapore passport and benefits in education, health-care, housing and employment. There are certain disadvantages as well, like denouncing your home country citizenship and mandatory National Service for two years in certain cases.

Singapore is considered as one of the best cities in Asia to live in. It is safe, environment friendly and westernised. It ranks high in most of the World Rankings and reports and is said to have a high quality of living. These factors among others attract many of us to Singapore, often on a long term basis. Consequently, many of us toy with the question of whether or not to secure Singapore Citizenship. This guide compares the pros and cons of becoming a Singapore citizen.

Advantages of Singapore Citizenship
Singapore Passport Travel Freedom
Singapore Passport holders have very few travel restrictions around the world. A Singapore Passport holder enjoys liberal visa requirements especially while travelling to destinations like the USA. It is a known fact that immigration often tends to clear Singapore passport holders more quickly.

According to the Henley Visa Restrictions Index, 2006 – a global ranking of countries according to the travel freedom (visa free access) their citizens enjoy – Singapore ranked 8th in the study, proving the high degree of travel freedom its citizens enjoy.

Employment Rewards
Most companies prefer to hire citizens or PR’s than foreigners. In addition to general mentality, the advantage for employers is that there is less paperwork, formalities and expenses involved.

Housing
Only Singapore citizens (over 21 years of age) are eligible to buy and rent apartments from the HDB – Housing & Development Board. These include subsidised 2 room (i.e 1 bdrm + living room), 3 room (2 bdrm + 1 living room), 4 room (3 bdrm + living room), 5 room (4 bdrm + living room) and executive flats. Singapore citizens are also eligible to buy subsidised executive condos and studio apartments developed by the HDB.

Citizens can also enjoy the unique benefit of obtaining loans, at a concessionary interest rate, from the HDB to fund their housing. In addition, Singapore citizens who are first time buyers of government-built flats can enjoy housing subsidies such as the housing grant. The CPF Housing Grant is a subsidy (SGD 30,000) provided by the Government to assist eligible households (who on satisfying certain eligibility criteria) to buy a HDB flat.

Only a Singapore citizen is eligible to rent a subsidised flat from the HDB, once he has satisfied other eligibility criteria.

When HDB flats are being upgraded by the Government, Citizens pay only a fraction of the costs while Permanent Residents have to incur the entire cost.

While citizens can buy any type of private residential property, Permanent Residents must first seek approval from the Ministry of Law if they want to buy landed property. Listed below is a brief overview of various features for each type of resident.

CITIZENS PR’S FOREIGNERS
Purchase of subsidised new flats from HDB Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Purchase of resale HDB flats Eligible Eligible (Subject to HDB’s Eligibility schemes) Not Eligible
Rental of subsidised flats from HDB Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Rental of a room/flat from home owners Eligible Eligible Eligible
Purchase of non-landed property- private apartments/condos Eligible Eligible Eligible
Purchase of landed property – bungalows, terrace housing Eligible Eligible (Subject to approval from Ministry of law) Not Eligible
Rental of landed and non landed property Eligible Eligible Eligible
CPF Housing Grant Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Main Upgrading Subsidy and concessionary interest rate for payment of upgrading cost Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Mortgage loans from HDB at a concessionary interest rate Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Mortgage loans from banks Eligible Eligible Not Eligible
Note: Eligibility is subject to fulfilling certain conditions. For more information please visit the Housing & Development Board Infoweb.

Central Provident Fund (CPF)
The CPF is a compulsory social security savings plan for Citizens and Permanent Residents. Both employers and employees make monthly contributions of 14.5% and 20% respectively to the CPF which is divided into three accounts: Ordinary Account (the savings can be used to buy a home, pay for CPF insurance, investment and education), Special Account (for old age, contingency purposes and investment in retirement-related financial products) and Medisave Account (the savings can be used for hospitalization expenses and approved medical insurance).

The CPF contributions by the employer are non taxable and your share of the contribution can be used for tax relief purposes. Non-citizens and non-PR’s are not eligible for CPF. Any contributions by a foreigner is considered voluntary contribution and cannot be used for tax relief purposes.

For more information please visit Central Provident Fund.

Education
Edusave Scheme

The Edusave Scheme is a government initiative to maximise opportunities for all Singaporean children.

The scheme awards students who excel in academic and non-academic activities. It covers students who are Singapore citizens, studying full-time in a government or government aided or independent school, junior college (JC), centralised institute (CI), Institute of Technical Education (ITE) or special education school. The three components of the scheme are Edusave Pupils Fund, Edusave Grants and Edusave Scholarships & Awards.

School/University fees

At present, Permanent Residents and Foreign Students pay a higher percentage of school and university fees when compared to Singapore Citizens. School fees for junior college, government-aided schools and centralised institutes are 10-20% higher for PR’s and 30% higher for foreign students when compared to that of citizens. Independent schools ensure that PR’s pay 20% or higher than what citizens pay and foreign students pay 50% or more. PR’s admitted to the ITE pay 10% more while foreign students pay a higher proportion. For polytechnics and Universities, PR’s pay 10% more than citizens, while foreign students pay 50% more. The table below shows a brief comparison of the fees and schemes for the three types of residents.

CITIZENS PR’S FOREIGN STUDENTS
School Fees payable per year in SGD
Government Schools
Primary level Free 42 80+ other charges
Secondary Level 60 72 130+ other charges
Pre-University level (Junior Colleges, Centralised Institute) 72 84 240+other charges
Independent Schools
Secondary level 1800-3060 2160-3672 variable depending on the school
Pre-University level (only applicable for Junior Colleges) 2700-4800 3240-5760 variable depending on the school
Others
ITE 164-496 180-546 > 546
Polytechnics 2100 2310 2150 + other charges
Universities (NUS, NTU, SMU) 6110 6720 6220 – 17,820
Subsidy/Schemes
Edusave Scheme Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
For more information, please visit Ministry of Education.

Health-care
Medifund

Medifund is an endowment fund set up by the Government to help finance medical expenses of needy Singaporeans only. The Medifund grants are provided to approved hospitals and medical institutions, to help low income Singapore citizens (who on satisfying certain eligibility criteria) pay for their medical treatment. This service is not available to Permanent Residents or Employment Pass/Work Permit holders.

Primary Care Partnership Scheme (PCPS)

At present, the 18 polyclinics spread across Singapore offer affordable primary health-care. However there are some citizens who may not be able to get to these polyclinics and the PCPS tries to bring affordable health-care closer to them. Under this scheme, participating private general practitioners and dentists provide common outpatient medical and dental treatment at polyclinic-level charges. The PCPS is applicable to citizens only (who also have to satisfy other eligibility criteria).

Medical Fees and Charges
The medical consultation charges in polyclinics are marginally higher for Permanent Residents and non residents when compared to citizens.

Subsidies at restructured hospitals for Permanent Residents is 10% lesser than citizens of the same income level. For example, a Singaporean patient who stays in Class C ward and has a monthly income in the range of $3,351-$3,500 will get a hospitalisation subsidy of 78%. Whereas, a Singapore Permanent Resident staying in the same class ward and earning the same salary range will get a hospitalisation subsidy of 68%.

Foreigners on the other hand are not eligible to receive hospitalisation subsidy. Mentioned below is a comparison of subsidies available to Citizens, PR’s and Foreigners.

CITIZENS PR’S FOREIGNERS
Public Healthcare Subsidies
Public & Restructured Hospitals (% subsidised)
Types of Ward Class
Class B1 20% 10% Not Eligible
Class B2 65% 55% Not Eligible
Class C 80% 70% Not Eligible
Types of service
Day Surgery 65% 55% Not Eligible
Specialist Outpatient Clinic (SOC) 50% 40% Not Eligible
Polyclinics medical consultation charges in SGD – approximate figures
Adult 8-9 12-14 Not Eligible
Child/Elderly 4-5 12-14 Not Eligible
Healthcare Financing Schemes
Medisave 6-8% of monthly wage 6-8% of monthly wage Not Eligible
Medishield Eligible Eligible Not Eligible
Eldershield Eligible Eligible Not Eligible
Primary Care Partnership Scheme Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Medifund Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Note: Eligibility is subject to fulfilling certain conditions. For more information please visit, Ministry of Health.

Election
Only Singapore Citizens have the right to:

vote in parliamentary elections
stand for election and become a member of Parliament
CITIZENS PR’S FOREIGNERS
Right to vote in parliamentary elections Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Right to stand for election and become a MP Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Leave Benefits
Maternity Leave

You are entitled to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave if your child is a Singapore Citizen. For the first two confinements, the first eight weeks of maternity leave will be employer-paid. The last eight weeks will be funded by the Government (capped at 20,000 SGD per confinement including CPF). For the third and subsequent confinements, the full 16 weeks will be funded by the Government (capped at 40,000 SGD per confinement including CPF). In case neither you nor your child is a Singapore citizen, the number of days of paid maternity leave will depend on your employment contract.

Enhanced Childcare Leave

Parents of Singapore citizens, who have worked for the employer for at least three months, will be entitled to 6 days of paid childcare leave per year per parent until the child turns seven, regardless of the birth order of the child.The first three days will be employer-paid and the last three days Government-paid (capped at 500 SGD per day, including CPF). Regardless of the number of children, the total childcare leave entitlement for each parent is capped at 6 days per year. In case neither you nor your child is a Singapore citizen, the number of days of enhanced childcare leave will depend on your employment contract.

New Infant care Leave

Parents of Singapore citizens, who have worked for the employer for at least three months, will be entitled to 6 days of unpaid infant care leave per year per parent until the child turns two, regardless of the birth order of the child. In case neither you nor your child is a Singapore citizen, the number of days of new infant care leave will depend on your employment contract.

Parenthood Incentives
Baby Bonus Scheme

If your child is a Singapore citizen then he/she is eligible for the Baby Bonus Scheme. The Baby Bonus Scheme is a government initiative that supports parents’ decision to have more children by helping to ease the financial burden of raising children. A cash gift of up to SGD 4000 for the first and second child and up to SGD 6000 for the third and fourth child is provided by the Government. In addition, your children will also enjoy Government contributions in the form of a dollar-to-dollar matching for the amount of savings you contribute to your child’s Children Development Account (CDA). The CDA is a special savings account for your children, until they turn 6 years of age. The Government contribution to the CDA for your first and second child is up to a cap of SGD 6000 and up to SGD 12000 for the third and fourth child.

Centre-based child care and infant care subsidy

This is a government initiative aimed at making centre-based child and infant care a more affordable option. Infant care subsidy up to SGD 600 a month is available to Singapore citizen’s infants aged 2-18 months, who are enrolled in licenced child care centres. Child care subsidy up to SGD 300 will be available to Singapore citizen’s children below 7 years of age attending licenced child care centres.

Parenthood Tax Rebate (PTR)

PTR is a lump sum rebate given to married Singapore tax residents to encourage them to have more Singapore Citizen children by providing them with financial support for bringing up their children. The PTR can also be used to offset their income tax payable. It is applicable to Singaporean children of Singapore tax residents. With effect, Year of Assessment 2009, PTR up to SGD 5000 for the first child, up to SGD 10,000 for the second child and up to SGD 20,000 for the third and every subsequent child can be claimed.

Tax Matters
There are certain tax relief benefits that are exclusive to citizens. Enlisted below are 6 types of tax incentives for parenthood specifically, which are applicable only to citizens and do not extend to PR’s or foreigners.

Parenthood Tax Rebate

PTR is a lump sum rebate given to married Singapore tax residents to encourage them to have more Singapore Citizen children. The PTR can also be used to offset their income tax payable. It is applicable to Singaporean children of Singapore tax residents. With effect, Year of Assessment 2009, PTR up to SGD 5000 for the first child, up to SGD 10,000 for the second child and up to SGD 20,000 for the third and every subsequent child can be claimed.

Working Mother’s Child Relief (WMCR)

WMCR was introduced to reward families with children holding Singapore citizenship and to encourage parents to take up citizenship for their children. This relief can be claimed by a working mother who is a Singapore tax resident and whose children are Singapore citizens. There are other eligibility criteria that need to be fulfilled as well. The amount of WMCR claimable for each child is based on a specified percentage of the working mother’s earned income corresponding to the child order – 15% of mother’s earned income for the first child, 20% for the second child, 25% for the third and every subsequent child thereafter. This is with effect Year of Assessment 2009.

Qualifying/Handicapped Child Relief (QCR/HCR)

This relief is given in recognition of families efforts in supporting their children and caring for handicapped children. On satisfying the QCR/HCR eligibility criteria and any additional set of criteria applicable to the child, relief to the tune of SGD 4000 and SGD 5500 can be claimed under QCR and HCR respectively.

Grandparent Caregiver Relief (GCR)

GCR is a relief to provide recognition for grandparents who play the role of caregiver and help working mothers take care of their children. The children have to be Singapore citizens and the grand-parent should be living in Singapore. There are other eligibility criteria that need to be met as well. You can claim SGD 3000 as GCR.

Income tax rates are the same for citizens, PR’s and foreigners (if foreigners have resided in Singapore for 183 days or more in the previous year). However, all Central Provident Fund contributions by citizens and PR’s, including the employers contribution is non taxable. In addition, the employees contribution can also be used for tax relief purposes. Foreigners do not enjoy tax relief for CPF.

The table below compares the tax relief available for Citizens, PR’s and Foreigners.

CITIZENS PR’S FOREIGNERS
Tax incentives for parenthood
Parenthood Tax Rebate Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Working Mother’s Child Relief Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Qualifying Child Relief Eligible Eligible Eligible
Handicapped Child Relief Eligible Eligible Eligible
Grandparent Caregiver Relief Eligible Not Eligible Not Eligible
Others
Tax Relief for CPF (Central Provident Fund) Contributions Eligible Eligible Not Eligible
Tax Relief for CPF Cash-Top Up Eligible Eligible Not Eligible
Disadvantages of Singapore Citizenship
National Service (NS)
Male Singapore citizens are liable for National Service and must register for NS upon reaching 16.5 years of age. They will be enlisted for two years of full-time National Service immediately upon reaching 18 years of age, unless deferment from enlistment a later date is granted. They are also required to serve 40 days of Operationally Ready National Service every year until the age of 50 years (for officers) or 40 years (for non-officers). Hence if you become a Singapore citizen your male child will have to serve the two-years of National Service. This is also applicable for second generation PR’s.

CITIZENS PR’S FOREIGNERS
National Service Mandatory Second generation male PR’s Not Eligible
No Dual Citizenship
If you decide to become a Singapore citizen you will have to denounce citizenship of your home country and give up your home country passport. Singapore does not allow dual citizenship. This is perhaps the biggest disadvantage of acquiring Singapore Citizenship.


CPF Withdrawal limitation
If you wish to withdraw all your CPF savings as a lump sum, the only option is to denounce your citizenship status. This rule holds good for Permanent Residents as well.

On the whole, many people find it beneficial to become a Singapore Citizen and eventually make Singapore their home. For more information on how to file for Singapore Citizenship, refer to Singapore Citizenship Application Filing Guide.

http://www.guidemesingapore.com/relocation/citizenship/singapore-citizenship-benefits-and-drawbacks

Business Basil


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How does a foreigner become a Singapore citizen or Permanent Resident?

June 7, 2011 in Miscellaneous by admin

A person can become a Singapore citizen via the following ways:

Via Birth:
A person who is born in Singapore with at least one parent who is a Singapore citizen.
Via Descent:
A person born outside Singapore after 15 May 2004, with at least one parent who is a Singaporean citizen.
A person born outside Singapore before 15 May 2004 if his father was a Singapore citizen by birth or by registration at the time of birth.
Via Registration:
A Permanent Resident for at least two years who is employed or married to a Singaporean citizen can register for citizenship. A male Permanent Resident may also apply upon satisfactory completion of full-time National Service, as may children of Singaporean citizens living in Singapore.
A person can become a Permanent Resident in Singapore if he or she is:

The spouse or unmarried child (below 21 years old) of a Singapore Citizen or a Singapore Permanent Resident
An aged Parent of a Singapore Citizen
A P, Q or S work pass holder
An investor or entrepreneur
To apply for either citizenship or permanent residence, go to www.ica.gov.sg .

For more information on citizenship, click here.

For more information on permanent residency, click here.

Looking for a lawyer? Support us by using our Find a Lawyer service.

http://singaporelegaladvice.com/how-does-a-foreigner-become-a-singapore-citizen-or-permanent-resident/

Business Basil


Manager - Equity Analytics
Manager - Equity Analytics
Apply for Permanent Residence
This page serves as a guide for non-Singaporeans on the procedures relating to the application for Permanent Residence.

Link to e-Appointment eService Related eServices: e-Appointment
» Eligibility
» Documents Required
» Procedure
» Fees
» Processing Time
» National Service Liability
» Additional Information
Eligibility

The following categories of foreigners are eligible to apply for permanent residence:
(a) Spouse and unmarried children (below 21 years old) of a Singapore Citizen
      (SC)/ SingaporePermanent Resident (SPR)
(b) Aged Parents of a SC
(c) Employment Pass/ S Pass holders  
(d) Investors  

Documents Required

The forms to be submitted for the various schemes listed below are available online (you will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and print the forms) and at the Permanent Resident Services Centre*.

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

(a) Spouse/Child of a SC/SPR
Completed Form 4
Download the Accompanying Notes to Form 4. This will list the supporting documents that will have to be submitted together with your application.
(b) Aged Parents of a SC

Completed Form 4
Download the Accompanying Notes to Form 4. This will list the supporting documents that will have to be submitted together with your application.
(c) Employment Pass/ S Pass Holder
(Applying under the Professionals/Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers
Scheme)

2 sets of completed Form 4A (one original and one photocopy)
Download the Accompanying Notes to Form 4A. This will list the supporting documents that will have to be submitted together with your application.

Procedure

For   (a) Spouse/Child of a SC/ SPR
       (b) Aged Parents of a SC
       (c) Employment Pass/ S Pass Holder


You are to submit the completed application form together with the required documents over the counter at Permanent Resident Services Centre*. However please note that the submission of PR application is by appointment only.
You can make an appointment through the following e-Service:
Electronic Appointment Booking System (e-Appointment)

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

For (d) Investors

Investors may apply for permanent residence at Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) under the Global Investor Programme. Please visit www.contactsingapore.sg/GIP for more information on the Global Investor Programme, the assessment criteria and application process.

Fees

You can make payment for the following fees via NETS or Cashcard:
Entry permit : S$100
Re-Entry Permit : S$10 per year
Visa Fee : $30 per issue (for foreigners requiring a visa)

Processing Time

The normal processing time for PR application is four to six months while some applications may take a longer time to process.

National Service Liability

Under the Enlistment Act, all male Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, unless exempted, are liable to register for National Service (NS). Following the completion of full-time NS, they will be required to serve up to 40 days of Operationally Ready National Service (ORNS) per year for the duration of their ORNS training cycle till the age of 50 years (for officers) or 40 years (for other ranks).

Main applicants who are granted PR status under the Professionals/Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers (PTS) Scheme or the Investor Scheme are exempted from NS. Male children who are granted PR status under their parents' sponsorship are liable for NS under the Enlistment Act. They are required to register for NS upon reaching 16½ years old and will be scheduled for enlistment at the earliest opportunity upon reaching 18 years old. If they are pursuing full-time studies, deferment from full-time NS may be granted only if they meet the deferment conditions stipulated by the Ministry of Defence which can be found at www.ns.sg. All NS-liable males aged 13 years old and above, are required to obtain an Exit Permit (EP) when travelling overseas for 3 months or more.

NS-liable PRs are expected to serve NS. Renouncing or losing one's PR status without serving or completing full-time NS would have an adverse impact on any immediate or future applications to work or study in Singapore, or for Singapore citizenship or PR status. Renouncing or losing one’s PR status without serving or completing full-time NS may also adversely affect any immediate or future applications for renewal of Re-entry Permits made by one’s family members or sponsors.

Males who are granted Singapore PR, and who were previously Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents, are liable to be called up for NS regardless of the type of PR status they have been granted. For further enquiries, please write to:

Central Manpower Base
CMPB Podium
3, Depot Road
Singapore 109680
Tel : 1800-3676767 (local)
65-65676767 (overseas)
Email: contact@ns.sg

 

Additional Information
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.
The grant of permanent residence does not exempt an individual from registration with the relevant professional bodies or any other conditions as required under the respective professions.
ICA may share your personal information with other Government agencies to process any application you have made or to render you a service, so as to serve you in an efficient and effective way, unless such sharing is prohibited by legislation.

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Business Basil


Manager - Equity Analytics
Manager - Equity Analytics
Citizenship Application
Link to e-SC Related eServices: e-SC


» Eligibility
» Documents Required
» Procedure
» Fees
» Peak Periods to Avoid
Eligibility
The following categories of people are eligible to be considered for Singapore Citizenship:

A person who is at least 21 years of age and has been a Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) for at least 2 years prior to the date of application. The SPR who wishes to apply on his/her own merits may approach ICA for a preliminary assessment interview to check his/her eligibility for Singapore Citizenship.
Spouse of Singapore Citizen with a minimum of 2-year residence as a PR and married for at least 2 years preceding the date of application.
Child born outside Singapore where at least one parent 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 his/her parents meet any of the following conditions:

Male Singapore citizen by Birth who has a lawful marriage at time of minor's birth
Male Singapore citizen by Registration who has a lawful marriage at time of minor's birth and minor does not acquire citizenship of the country he was born by reason of his birth in that country
Female Singapore citizen by Birth and minor born on or after 15 May 2004
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
Male (who has a lawful marriage at time of minor's birth) or Female Singapore citizen by Descent has to declare their residence period in Singapore. The application can only be accepted if the parent fulfils the requirements stipulated in the Annex.
The application has to be submitted within one year of the child's birth. Otherwise, a letter of explanation and additional documents are required for the 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.

Documents Required
For male/female applicants and spouse above 21 years old

(If married, spouse's documents are still required even if he/she is not applying)

Completed Citizenship application form and Annex. You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and print the form. The Citizenship application form is also obtainable at the Citizen Services Centre.
Citizen Services Centre
6th Storey, ICA Building
10 Kallang Road
(Next to Lavender MRT station)
Singapore 208718

One recent passport-sized colour photograph of applicant affixed on the completed citizenship application form. 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;
Photographs can be taken at the photo booths located at level 1 of ICA Building.
Identity Card and Birth Certificate
Marriage Certificate; Divorce Certificate; Separation Deed
Passport or travel document
Entry Permit Card/Re-entry permits
Educational Certificates and Skill Certificates.
A letter of employment from current employer stating occupation, date of employment, basic and gross salary per month.
Latest 6 months payslips.
Authorisation form for ICA to obtain and verify financial information with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore and Central Provident Fund Board. (However, if you do not wish to give consent for the former, you will need to furnish us with your Income tax notice of assessment for latest 3 years and CPF contribution history for latest 6 months, preceding the date of this application).
Latest Computer Information on Business Profile from Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), latest balance sheet/profit and loss account if you are a sole proprietor/partner/Director of a company.
Death Certificate of ex-spouse, proof of child/children’s custody from previous marriage, if applicable.
Deed Poll or Religious Certificate for change of name (if any).
Birth Certificate(s)/Passport or travel document of child/children.
Entry Permit/Identity Card of child/children.
Foreign Citizenship Certificate and Foreign Identity Card, if any
National Service Certificate of Service, 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.

For spouse of Singapore citizen (Documents for applicant & spouse)
Completed Citizenship application form and Annex. You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and print the form. The Citizenship application form is also obtainable at the Citizen Services Centre.
Citizen Services Centre
6th Storey, ICA Building
10 Kallang Road
(Next to Lavender MRT station)
Singapore 208718

One recent passport-sized colour photograph of applicant affixed on the completed citizenship application form. 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;
Photographs can be taken at the photo booths located at level 1 of ICA Building.
Identity Card and Birth Certificate.
Marriage Certificate; Divorce Certificate; Separation Deed.
Passport or travel document.
Entry Permit Card/Re-entry permits.
Educational Certificates and Skill Certificates.
A letter of employment from current employer stating occupation, date of employment, gross salary per month, including latest payslip.
Authorisation form for ICA to obtain and verify financial informationwith the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore and Central Provident Fund Board. (However, if you do not wish to give consent for the former, you will need to furnish us with your Income tax notice of assessment for latest 3 years and CPF contribution history for latest 6 months, preceding the date of this application).
Latest Computer Information on Business Profile from Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), latest balance sheet/profit and loss account if you are a sole proprietor/partner/Director of a company.
Death Certificate of ex-spouse, proof of child/children’s custody from previous marriage, if applicable.
Deed Poll or Religious Certificate for change of name (if any).
Birth Certificate(s)/Passport or travel document of child/children.
Entry Permit/Identity Card of child/children.
Foreign Citizenship Certificate and Foreign Identity Card, 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.

For children of Singapore citizen(s) by registration
Child’s Documents

One recent passport-sized colour photograph of applicant affixed on the completed citizenship application form. 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
Identity Card; Birth Certificate; Passport
Deed Poll or Religious Certificate for change of name (if any)
Adoption Order if applicable
Parents' Documents (Father & Mother)

Identity Card and Passport
Marriage Certificate. If parents’ marriage was registered outside Singapore, child’s father is required to make a Statutory Declaration stating that (name of wife) is his one and only wife if he is the applicant for child’s citizenship.
Death Certificate/Divorce Certificate/Separation Deed/Custody document of child/children by previous spouses, if applicable. Letter of consent from ex-spouse if child is under joint-custody.
Letter of employment from current employer, stating the occupation, date of employment and gross salary per month, including latest payslip, if employed.
Authorisation form for ICA to obtain and verify financial information with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore and Central Provident Fund Board. (However, if you do not wish to give consent for the former, you will need to furnish us with your Income tax notice of assessment for latest 3 years and CPF contribution history for latest 6 months, preceding the date of this application).
Business registration certificate from Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), latest balance sheet/profit and loss account if applicant is a sole proprietor/partner/Director of a company.
Birth Certificate(s); Singapore Citizenship Certificate(s); Adoption Certificate; Passport(s) of other child/children.
Please bring along all the original and a photocopy of these documents. You may also be required to furnish additional documents whenever necessary.

For children of Singapore citizen(s) by descent

Completed Citizenship application form. You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader to read and print the form. The Citizenship application form is also obtainable at the Citizen Services Centre.
Citizen Services Centre
6th Storey, ICA Building
10 Kallang Road
(Next to Lavender MRT station)
Singapore 208718

Child's Document

One recent passport-sized colour photograph of child affixed on the completed citizenship application form. 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;
Photographs can be taken at the photo booths located at level 1 of ICA Building.
Birth Certificate of child and passport/travel document.
Parents’ Documents (Father & Mother)

Identity Card and Passport.
Marriage Certificate. If parents’ marriage was registered outside Singapore, child’s father is required to make a Statutory Declaration stating that (name of wife) is his one and only wife if he is the applicant for child’s citizenship.
Death Certificate/Divorce Certificate/Separation Deed/Custody document of child/children by previous spouses, if applicable. Letter of consent from ex-spouse if child is under joint-custody.
Procedure

Submit the completed Citizenship application form together with all the supporting documents to Counter 7 or 8 of the Citizen Services Centre.
Citizen Services Centre
Registry of Citizens, Counter 7 or 8
6th Storey, ICA Building
10 Kallang Road
(Next to Lavender MRT station)
Singapore 208718

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

An interview will be arranged for you once the officer has assessed you are eligible to apply for Singapore Citizenship.(For application under spouse of Singapore Citizens, the sponsor must be present at time of interview)
Pay the processing fee at Counter 7 or 8.
Wait for notification of the result of the application.
Note: 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.

Fees
S$100

Please make payment by NETS or Cashcard (non-refundable)


Peak Periods to Avoid

Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays, school holidays, eve and the day after public/school holidays
10.00 am to 2.00 pm on weekdays
9.00 am to 1.00 pm on Saturdays
There is generally a larger crowd in March, June, September and December

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Last updated on 06 Nov 2014

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bandulawee


Manager - Equity Analytics
Manager - Equity Analytics
Basil is back to bring back MR,GR,BR,NR,DS,MS and the rejected lot,

vic19

vic19
Senior Manager - Equity Analytics
Senior Manager - Equity Analytics
Hi Basil, more than the CB Governor, you have given in depth details about the Singapore immigration/ emigration system.

lets give this man a chance with a different international thinking.

I am sure there will be more auditors looking in to every actions.

may be this gentleman along with others can make our country a Singapore in time to come.

fingers cross.

thanks!

Savantha Denipitiya


Equity Analytic
Equity Analytic
@vic19 wrote:Hi Basil, more than the CB Governor,  you have given in depth details about the Singapore immigration/ emigration system.

lets give this man a chance with a different international thinking.

I am sure there will be more auditors looking in to every actions.

may be this gentleman along with others  can make our country a Singapore in time to come.

fingers cross.

thanks!

vic19 be mindful...just because a Singaporean becomes a CB Governor he can't make Sri Lanka Singapore he can only take away money from Sri Lanka to Singapore only.He got Singaporean Citizenship after earning commissions from BOI Deals including South Asia Gateway Terminals and LMS.

slequityanalyst


Manager - Equity Analytics
Manager - Equity Analytics
I guess this will also add some thoughts to the discussion trail:

http://lankanmarkets.blogspot.com/2015/07/borrowed-reserves-politics-or-economics.html

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