Becoming a Singapore Citizen

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Apply Online Eligibility

You are eligible to apply for Singapore Citizenship if you:


Notes on Submission

1. Have been a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) for at least two years and are aged 21 and above (you can apply together with your spouse and any unmarried children aged below 21 born to you within the context of a legal marriage or legally adopted by you).

You will need to log in to MyICA using your Singpass and apply for you and your family.

2. Have been a PR for at least two years and have been married to a Singapore citizen for at least two years.

Your spouse will need to log in to MyICA using their Singpass to sponsor your application.

3. Are an unmarried child aged below 21 born within the context of a legal marriage to, or have been legally adopted by, a Singapore citizen.

Your Singapore citizen parent will need to log in to MyICA using their Singpass to sponsor your application.

4. Are a PR studying in Singapore; and have been residing/living in Singapore for more than 3 years (of which, at least one year as a PR); and have passed at least one national exam (i.e. PSLE, GCE ‘N’/‘O’/‘A’ levels), or are in the Integrated Programme (IP).

If you are aged 15 years old and above, please apply for a Singpass and log in via MyICA to apply. If you are below 15 years old, any Singapore citizen can sponsor your application via their MyICA account.

5. Are a PR and an Aged Parent of a Singapore citizen.

Your Singapore citizen child will need to log in to MyICA using their Singpass to sponsor your application.

NOTE: ICA has no affiliation with any other external migration agency/commercial entity which claims to be the Singapore immigration specialist/consultant or partner. ICA does not support or endorse services by self-proclaimed professional immigration consultancy service providers for Singapore Citizenship application.

ICA takes into account factors such as the individual's family ties to Singaporeans, economic contributions, qualifications, age, family profile and length of residency, to assess the applicant's ability to contribute to Singapore and integrate into our society, as well as his or her commitment to sinking roots.

National Service Obligation

Under the Enlistment Act, all male Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents, unless exempted1, are required to serve National Service (NS). Following the completion of full-time NS, they will become Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen). An NSman’s obligation will end at the age of 50 years (for Officers) or 40 years (for other ranks).  

NS-liable persons are required to register for NS upon reaching 16 1/2 years old and will be scheduled for enlistment at the earliest opportunity upon reaching 18 years old. MINDEF allows students to attain educational qualifications up to the ‘A’ Levels certificate, the polytechnic diploma or an equivalent before they are required to serve NS. They are enlisted at the earliest opportunity when they have finished such courses, or after turning 18 years old, whichever is later. MINDEF does not grant deferment for university studies, regardless of whether such studies have begun. All male applicants are required to access for information on NS deferment, pre-enlistment process and Exit Permit requirements, before proceeding with the application.

For further enquiries, please contact:
Central Manpower Base
Contact no: 1800-3676767 (local) or 65-65676767 (overseas)

1Male applicants who are granted PR status under the Professionals/Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers Scheme or the Investor Scheme are exempted from NS.



Processing / Upfront Fees

Successful Applicants Fees

Adult Permanent Residents (PRs) and Children of PRs

S$100 for each application

S$70 for your Singapore Citizenship Certificate

S$10 for a Singapore Identity Card (applicable to new citizens aged 15 and above)

Overseas Born Children to Singapore citizen Parents*

(*where the gestational mother is a Singapore citizen; or father is a Singapore citizen and is married to the child’s gestational mother at the time of birth of the child)

$18 for each application

(inclusive of Singapore Citizenship Certificate)

S$10 for a Singapore Identity Card (applicable to new citizens aged 15 and above)

All other overseas or locally born children

$100 for each application

S$70 for your Singapore Citizenship Certificate

S$10 for a Singapore Identity Card (applicable to new citizens aged 15 and above)

All processing fees will be collected online when you apply. Successful applicants will pay the additional fees at the time of Registration. Online fees are payable using:

  • Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card or,
  • American Express (AMEX) credit card or,
  • Internet Direct Debit (DBS/POSB, OCBC, UOB and Standard Chartered Bank Internet Banking accounts in Singapore) or,
  • PayNow.

Documents Required
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Please select the relevant checklist for the documents you will need to upload when completing your Singapore Citizenship Application. When preparing your documents, please ensure that each document file size does not exceed 2MB.


All Singapore Citizenship applications must be submitted online using the e-Service. Please prepare the required documents provided in the document checklists for submission online via the e-Service.

You will require a Singpass account to submit an application. If you are applying under the sponsorship of your spouse/Singapore citizen parent, your sponsor would need to log in via his/her Singpass account.

You are strongly encouraged to submit your Singapore Citizenship application using a desktop. Please refer to the User Guides and Relevant Lists when applying for Singapore Citizenship. You are recommended to read the User guide before you start:

Processing Time

Singapore Citizenship applications usually take 12 months to process. For children born overseas to Singapore citizens, the general processing time is within two months from receipt of complete documents. We will process your application upon receiving all required documents. We strive to meet the following processing time but seek your understanding that some applications may take longer to process. 

To check the application status or view application status updates, the main applicant/sponsor can log in to MyICA. For any clarifications or status updates, ICA will send an email to the main applicant/sponsor. Please provide a valid email address at the time of application.


Successful applicants will receive an Approval in Principle letter to complete the Singapore Citizenship Journey (SCJ)*. On completion of the SCJ, applicants will receive the final approval letter indicating the appointment date and time to register for Singapore Citizenship.

*The Singapore Citizenship Journey is a mandatory programme for Singapore Citizenship applicants, aged 16 to 60 years old, who have been granted in-principle approval for Singapore Citizenship.

For more information on what is required at each stage, please view the Singapore Citizenship Roadmap.

Additional Information

Change of Particulars:

  • Address – Changes of address should be updated promptly via our e-Service. For more information, please refer to the Change of Residential Address on Identity Card page. For new Citizens who have yet to collect your Singapore Identity Card, please email Citizenship Unit at after updating your address. 
  • Name – For Singapore Permanent Residents holding a Singapore Identity Card, you are required to change your name in your foreign passport first before applying for change of name. For more information on change of name, please refer to the Replace Identity Card (Change of Particulars/Damaged) page. Once your application has been submitted successfully, do email a copy of your supporting document(s) as listed, where applicable, to for processing. The original copy of the supporting document must be produced during collection of your new NRIC.
    • Deed poll (for a change in name, including ethnic names)
    • Baptism / Religious Certificate (for the insertion of religious names)
    • Marriage Certificate / Certificate of divorce (for the amendment of married name and/or marital status)

REMINDER: Your foreign passport must reflect your updated name before you approach ICA.