The Government’s Selective Immigration model demands eligible and outstanding Permanent Residents be sure-footed in their applications. On top of that, there are numerous contributing factors to a robust application which our team will be able to concisely present to clients. Citizenship applications are incredibly lengthy and complicated. Therefore, they require a considerable amount of time during screening and decision-making phases over at ICA. We work together with all clients to see that no stone is left unturned and we will ensure the entire application will not be a waste of resources.
All approved clients have up to two months to complete the three components of the SCJ before they can complete citizenship formalities and receive their pink National Registration Identity Cards (NRICs) and citizenship certificates. This comes in the form of the Singapore Citizenship Journey ("SCJ") mainly partitioned into the e-Journey, the Singapore Experiential Tour and the Community Sharing session. Fret not, we will be with you throughout the entire journey and shall advise you accordingly when you receive your In-Principle Approval ("IPA) letter.
Singapore ranks in Top 3 of the best passports in the world and this makes its citizenship rights as one of the most attractive to many foreigners. While many benefits and perks comes along with holding a citizen status in Singapore, there are also it’s own set of obligations. Citizens of Singapore are expected to comply with the country’s regulations and duties imposed.
The benefits are,
With the country’s strong bilateral ties, Singapore Passport holders face little travel restrictions across the world. One gets to enjoy the freedom and flexibility of traveling to different countries without needing to apply for visa with their respective embassies, which may take up to weeks to approve for some.
A Singapore citizen gets to enjoy a more considerable amount of subsidy for medical and hospitalization bills in Public Hospitals, Polyclinics and National Centres compared to a PR and a foreigner. Furthermore, there are additional government subsidies to finance medical expenses of needy Singaporeans only.
Similar to a PR, there are always more job openings will be available to our citizens and PRs based on the current government’s policies to ensure the locals are first and to be given priority in the job opportunity.
A Singapore citizen is entitled to sponsor his/her direct family members – spouse, unmarried children under the age of 21, born within a legal marriage or legally adopted and aged parents to obtain a long-term staying visa or even a PR status. Whereas as a PR, you are only limited to sponsoring PRs for spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21.
Singaporean children are entitled to a government initiative called the Edusave Scheme. This scheme rewards children who do will in either their academic or non-academic activities and can also be used to help pay for the 2nd-Tier Miscellaneous Fee. Furthermore, Singapore Citizens pay the lowest fees for public education and are entitled to the most immense amount of subsidies for private and tertiary education. The table below shows a comparison of the latest, maximum rates of school (including Miscellaneous Fees) payable monthly. For more information, you may visit: https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/international-students/general-info
|Level||Singapore Citizen (S$)||Singapore PR (S$)||International Student (S$)|
The Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme, in which a Singaporean employee or PR employee and their employer have to contribute a monthly minimum amount to the employee’s pension fund. The CPF scheme helps with the individual financially when it comes to home-ownership, health care, children’s education, family protection and asset growth through investments and higher interest rates given. CPF contributions can also be a form of tax relief, hence, resulting in a lower taxable income per year.
If one has been a PR for more than 2 years, the employees’ CPF contribution is the same as a Singapore Citizen.
For more information, you may visit: https://www.cpf.gov.sg/members
Unlike Singapore PRs who are only entitled to purchase resale public housings (HDB) owned and managed by the Government after being a PR for at least 2 years, Singapore citizens have a further privilege. They are to be eligible to own and rent apartments from the HDB once they are over the age of 21 years old. In addition, a Singapore citizen who is owning a property for the very first time is allowed to purchase the government’s Built-To-Order (BTO) flats, which are further subsidized by the Government.
For more information, you may check out: https://www.hdb.gov.sg/cs/infoweb/homepage
As a Singapore citizen, it is a lot easier to borrow various loans such as a housing loan should they want to buy property as compared to foreigners. While a Singapore PR or foreigner needs to pay a Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) for even their first property owned, this is not applicable for a Singapore citizen. Even for subsequent properties owned, the stamp duty payable for a citizen is considerably lesser as compared to being a PR or foreigner.
The Singapore Government has implemented various measures to encourage and help Singaporeans at each stage or aspect of their journey as parents and also to address the broader set of concerns that have been preventing Singaporeans from having larger families. These measures include:
Singapore does not allow dual citizenships. Hence, all new citizens are required to renounce their existing citizenship at their respective embassies before they can complete the formalities to become a Singapore citizen. Singaporean child(ren) may hold dual nationality till enlistment for NS (for males) or till 21 years old.
Under the Enlistment Act, all male Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs) are required to serve the National Service (NS). NS-liable individuals are required to register for NS upon reaching 16.5 years old. They will be scheduled for enlistment at the age of 18 years old, typically before enrolment for university studies, after completion of Junior College (JC) / Polytechnic / Institute of Technical Education (ITE).
Singapore Citizens and PRs are allowed to withdraw the excess amount from their CPF account upon reaching the age of 55. The amount withdrawable depends on the balances in your respective CPF account. From age 65 onwards, you will receive a monthly pay out from your CPF Retirement Account (RA) till death. The monthly pay out depends on the amount of money left in your RA.
For more information on CPF contributions, accounts, withdrawals and pay out, refer to: https://www.cpf.gov.sg/Members