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Unveiling the Next Chapter: Navigating Life as a Newly Approved Singapore Citizen

Congratulations on receiving the Approval-In-Principle for your Singapore citizenship application! You’ve been through a long journey in the Citizenship application process. 

Now that you have reached this critical milestone, it’s essential to understand the next steps and requirements involved in the process.

In this article, we will guide you through the post-approval phase and outline the necessary actions you need to take. Let’s explore the journey towards becoming a proud Singapore citizen.

Step 1: The Singapore Citizenship Journey (SCJ)

The Singapore Citizenship Journey (SCJ) plays a vital role in enriching new citizens’ understanding of Singapore’s history, development, and societal values.

It comprises three compulsory components that need to be completed within two months from the date of the Approval-In-Principle letter:

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(a) e-Journey

The e-Journey component of the SCJ provides an online platform to explore the significant milestones in Singapore’s history. It helps deepen your knowledge and appreciation of the nation’s heritage and progress.

Take this opportunity to learn about the diverse cultural tapestry and the collective efforts that have shaped Singapore into the vibrant country it is today.

(b) Singapore Experiential Tour

The Singapore Experiential Tour is an immersive learning programme that allows you to experience Singapore firsthand. It provides opportunities for meaningful interaction with the local community, fostering a sense of belonging and connection.

Through this tour, you’ll gain valuable insights into Singaporean norms, traditions, and daily life, further strengthening your integration into society.

(c) Community Sharing Session

The Community Sharing Session is a platform for dialogue and engagement. It enables new citizens to connect with fellow Singaporeans and share their experiences, thoughts, and aspirations.

These sessions promote cultural exchange, mutual understanding, and unity among individuals from diverse backgrounds. Embrace this opportunity to build relationships and forge lasting bonds within the Singaporean community.

Upon successful completion of the SCJ, you will be invited to a citizenship ceremony, where you will be officially welcomed as a full-fledged member of the Singaporean family.

Step 2: Receive Your Approval of Singapore Citizenship

Upon successfully concluding the Singapore Citizenship Journey (SCJ), you can finally await the momentous confirmation of your Singapore citizenship. The confirmation will be sent to you by post, along with important information regarding the next phase of the process.

This notification will specify the appointment date for you to register for Singapore Citizenship at the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA).

Additionally, before the appointment date with the ICA, you will be advised to renounce your foreign citizenship at the relevant embassy or High Commission in Singapore. This step is crucial to ensure your smooth transition into Singaporean citizenship.

Step 3: Renounce Foreign Citizenship

To renounce your foreign citizenship, visit the respective embassy or High Commission in Singapore with your passport. The embassy or High Commission will issue you letters stating the renunciation of your citizenship and the surrender of your passport.

It’s important to note that this step is not compulsory for applicants below the age of 21 and those whose nationality is “stateless.”

Step 4: Complete Citizenship Registration Formalities

Before your appointment at the ICA, make sure to prepare the following documents:

  • Original and photocopy of the renunciation letter of foreign citizenship.
  • A letter stating the surrender of your foreign passport from the relevant authorities (not applicable for applicants below the age of 21 and for applicants whose nationality is “stateless”).

On the day of your appointment, proceed to the Citizen Services Centre at the ICA Building. Obtain a queue number to complete the registration of your citizenship, and apply for your identity card and Singapore passport.

The following fees apply, payable through NETS and CashCard only:

  • Citizenship registration: $70
  • Identity card: $10
  • Passport: $80

After completing the payment, the Commissioner of Oaths will administer the solemn “Oath of Renunciation, Allegiance, and Loyalty.”

Step 5: Attend the Citizenship Ceremony

As part of the citizenship process, you will be required to attend a citizenship ceremony at a later date. Please note that applicants below 6 years of age are exempted from this ceremony.

The citizenship ceremony holds significance as it symbolizes the official recognition of your new status as a Singapore citizen.

Step 6: Presentation of Citizenship Certificate & Identity Card

During the citizenship ceremony, you will be presented with a citizenship folder containing your citizenship certificate and identity card. This moment marks the culmination of your journey toward Singaporean citizenship.

Step 7: Receive Your Singapore Passport

Following the citizenship ceremony, you will receive a pink acknowledgment card by post. Collect your prestigious Singapore Passport using the instructions provided. Your passport represents your newfound freedom to travel with the full rights and privileges of a Singapore citizen.

In case you require any official confirmation of your citizenship status, you can request a letter of confirmation from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). For further information and details, please visit the ICA website.

Embrace this opportunity to celebrate your journey towards Singaporean citizenship. Each step brings you closer to becoming an integral part of Singaporean society, enjoying the rights, benefits, and responsibilities of being a proud citizen of this remarkable nation.

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