Privileges of obtaining the highly desirable Singapore Citizenship gives you the freedom to enjoy a high quality of life with your family. From visa-free travel, equipped with the 2nd most powerful passport in the world, to receiving housing grants, healthcare schemes, heavily subsidised tuition fees, tax rebates, and more, the benefits of becoming a Singapore Citizen are countless. As the criteria for selecting the right candidates is even more crucial, and a lengthy, complex process, our experts hand-held you through the entire application process and map out your Singapore Citizenship application from start to finish.
Upon approval and receiving the In-Principle Approval Letter (IPA), clients have up to 2 months to complete the Singapore Citizenship Journey which comprises 3 components namely; SC e-Journey, Singapore Experiential Tour, and Community Sharing Sessions. Rest assured, our experts will be with you throughout the journey and will guide you accordingly.
1. Hassle-Free Visa
Holding a Singapore passport means very few to no travel restrictions around the world. A visa-free or visa on arrival access to 189 countries and territories makes Singapore's passport the second most powerful in the world and offers liberal visa requirements especially while traveling to destinations like the USA.
2. Employment Rewards & Career Flexibility
Being a Singapore Citizen opens the doors to more job opportunities locally, including Civil Service positions in accordance with the “Singapore First” policy ensuring employers consider and give priority to locals first.
As a Singapore Citizen, one gets to avail a larger amount of medical subsidies and discount schemes for healthcare bills. Moreover, they can enjoy additional subsidies and schemes which are applicable to citizens only such as the Primary Care Partnership Scheme (PCPS), etc.
4. World Class Education
Singapore Citizens are eligible for extensive discounts on school education due to the Edusave scheme exclusive only to citizens. The scheme awards students who excel in academic and non-academic activities and covers students 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.
5. Property Ownership
Singapore Citizens can buy any private residential property and enjoy the unique benefit of obtaining loans at a concessionary interest rate, from the HDB to fund their housing. Unlike Singapore PR or a foreigner, Singapore Citizens do not have to pay an Additional Buyer’s Stamp Duty (ABSD) for even their first property owned. Also, as first-time buyers of the government-built flats, they can enjoy housing subsidies such as housing grants and are eligible to buy and rent apartments from the Housing and Development Board (HDB).
The Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme, is a compulsory social security savings plan for Citizens and PR where both the employers and employees make monthly contributions to the employee’s pension fund. Divided into three accounts, CPF savings can be used to buy a home, investments, education, for old-age, hospitalisation expenses, medical insurance, etc. Although PRs have to wait for 2 years after living in the country to start paying the full amount into the CPF. The government also provides subsidies and grants exclusively to Singapore Citizens.
7. Parenthood Incentives
Singapore Citizens can enjoy a large number of incentives and advantages offered by the government at each and every aspect of their parenthood journey by easing the financial burden of raising children with schemes and subsidies such as Baby Bonus Scheme, Parenthood Tax Rebate, Working Mother’s Child Relief, etc.
8. Family Sponsorship
A Singapore Citizen is allowed to sponsor his/her spouse, unmarried children under the age of 21, even obtain a long-term staying visa or even Singapore PR status for aged parents.
1. No Dual Nationality
Singapore Citizens are not allowed to hold dual citizenship. Hence, before officially becoming a Singapore Citizen, one has to renounce the citizenship of their home country and give up the home country’s passport. This process might be complex and time-consuming.
2. National Service
National Service is mandatory for all male Singapore Citizens as they must register for NS upon reaching the age of 16.5 years. They will serve a two-year period as Full-Time National Servicemen upon turning the age of 18 years and are required to serve 40 days of Operationally Ready National Service every year until the age of 40 or 50 years for non-officers and officers respectively.
3. CPF Withdrawal Limitation
Upon reaching the age of 55, Singapore Citizens are permitted to withdraw the excess amount from their CPF account. Should a citizen wish to withdraw their CPF account in their entirety, they will be required to renounce their Singapore Citizenship.
- Have been a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) for at least two years and is aged 21 and above.
- Have been a PR for at least two years and have been married to a Singapore citizen for at least two years.
- Are an unmarried child aged below 21 born within the context of legal marriage to, or have been legally adopted by an SC.
- Are a PR studying in Singapore; and have been residing in Singapore for more than 3 years (of which, at least one year as a PR).
- Have passed at least one national exam (i.e. PSLE, GCE ‘N’/‘O’/‘A’ levels), or are in the Integrated Programme (IP).
- Are a PR and an Aged Parent of a Singapore Citizen.
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