Citizenship not automatically granted to PRs who complete NS: MHA

Citizenship not automatically granted to PRs who complete NS: MHA

But having completed National Service is a "plus factor" in the evaluation of a Permanent Resident's citizenship application, says Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs Amrin Amin, with 98% of such applicants between 2011 and 2015 successful.

SINGAPORE: About 98 per cent of applications for Singapore citizenship among Permanent Residents (PRs) who have completed National Service (NS) from 2011 to 2015 were approved, said Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Home Affairs Amrin Amin in Parliament on Monday (Mar 14).

During this period, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) received about 4,000 applications among this group of PRs, Mr Amrin said, in response to a question by MP Darryl David (Ang Mo Kio GRC).

"Singapore citizenship is not granted automatically to PRs who have completed National Service," he clarified.

Each application is evaluated holistically, said Mr Amrin. It will be a "plus factor" in the evaluation if a PR has completed NS and performed well during the stint.

The evaluation assesses how committed an applicant is to sinking roots, and also how well the applicant is able to contribute and integrate into our society, he added.

Source: CNA/kk

Bookmark