Today, I am going to talk about my personal experience in getting my Singapore citizenship. I call it “My Singapore Citizenship Journey”. If you are in the process of getting your Singapore citizenship and you are a Malaysian then you are at the right place. First, let me list down the stages in this journey.
- Singapore Citizenship online application
- Complete the Singapore Citizenship Journey
- Malaysia Citizenship Renunciation
- Singapore Citizenship Registration and take the Oath of Renunciation
- Singapore Passport online application
- Citizenship Ceremony
- Borang-K and Birth certificate collection
I will be sharing the details of each stage in my future post. As for today, I will share with you some of my thoughts and tips in my journey to become a Singapore citizen.
For your info, I submitted my Singapore citizenship application online in June 2019. In March 2020, I received the email notification from ICA that I have got my Approval-In-Principal for my application. It took about 9 months for this process. Then I proceed to the subsequent steps where I completed the Singapore Citizenship Journey, Malaysia citizenship renunciation and lastly Singapore citizenship registration. Finally, I got my Singapore citizenship status in September 2020. All in all, it took me 1 year and 3 months to eventually get my Singapore citizenship.
I am not sure about you but to me giving up my citizenship is the biggest decision I have to make in my life. (No, I think the biggest decision is to marry my wife. :D) There must be a very good reason or big “WHY” for you to do that. It is kind of deciding to stop a relationship with someone. In fact, I really struggle for months before making my final decision. This is especially true when you have eldered parents to take care of.
My biggest push factor to become a Singapore citizen is my children. Every parent wants their children to have a bright future and good career ahead. No doubt, Singapore’s education system is ranked as one of the highest in the world. This was the reason I sent them to study in Singapore 4 years ago. The moment I decided to send my children to study in Singapore, I knew I will become a Singapore citizen in future and I was right.
Ever since I found my first job in 2000, I have been working in Singapore for almost 20 years. I have since adapted to Singapore culture and working environment. What I love most about Singapore is the public transportation system. Both MRT and public bus systems are so well planned and structured so that it covers most of the places in Singapore, especially the residential and commercial areas.
If you ever live in Singapore for some time and stay in a HDB flat, you should notice that most of the HDB flats are covered and linked with shelter from the bus stop and MRT station. I don’t have to worry if I forgot to bring my umbrella during the rainy day.
Worries . . .
Now, let’s talk about some common questions most people concerned about, properties, cars and bank accounts. My biggest worry about my properties was that I will lose it if I give up my Malaysia Citizenship. After consulting a lawyer, I understand that I will still own the properties after I changed my citizenship. However, I can only sell off my properties after I got my Borang-K. This would be the same case for cars. I will still own the car and I can only sell it after I got my Borang-K.
As for a bank account, you should keep it if you already have one. In my opinion, you should open a bank account in Malaysia if you don’t have one before renouncing your citizenship. It would be very difficult for a foreigner to open a bank account in Malaysia. Unless you have a valid residential or employment status. It is very important to have a bank account in Malaysia so that you can easily transfer funds to your family or parents.
Changing citizenship is a big move in your life. Whatever reasons you have, be sure you know and understand what you are doing and think through carefully. If you have further questions or comments, please leave me a message at the box below. Lastly, thank you for stopping by my website and I wish you good luck if you have decided to apply for Singapore citizenship.
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