Finally, I received the invitation letter from ICA to attend the Singapore Citizenship ceremony on 13 March 2021. I will be receiving the Singapore Citizenship certificate together with the Pink Identity Card (Pink IC) during the ceremony.
Due to Covid-19, the ceremony was organized in a smaller batch on a dedicated time slot. Furthermore, there would be no food provided and no guests allowed. 😕
The dress code is strictly formal wear only. For gentlemen, you must wear a long sleeve shirt with tie, full length formal pants and formal shoes. For ladies, you can wear pants suit, skirt suit, long sleeve blouse with knee length skirt or full-length trousers, knee length dress with sleeves and dress shoes.
Remember to bring along the invitation letter and your pink IC collection slip on the ceremony day. In any case if you lose your collection slip, you can bring along your Singapore passport. It is acceptable for collection too.
On the Ceremony Day
On the ceremony day, we arrived 30 minutes early. When we reached there, the previous batch ceremony was still in progress. We stood outside the hall to watch the ceremony while waiting for our turn. About 10 minutes before starting, we started to queue up for registration. It’s a very simple registration process where we present our invitation letter and IC collection slip to confirm our slot and identity. Thereafter we are good to enter the hall.
In the hall, the seats are arranged one meter apart. This is for the safe distancing measure. The ceremony started with the opening speech by the guest host Mr Zaqy Muhammad, the Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence & Ministry of Manpower. Then followed with the IC and certificate collection session on the stage where we received our IC and certificate from Mr Zaqy Mohamad. We also took a photo with Mr Zaqy Mohamad. Lastly, we made pledges and sang the National anthem. Overall, this is a very simple ceremony and the whole event took less than one hour.
After one year and 10 months (from the point I submitted my application), I eventually got my Singapore IC. 😊 It is almost come to the end of my post series of becoming Singapore citizen journeys. In the next post, I will share with you the “Borang-K and Birth Certificate Collection” from the High Commission of Malaysia, Singapore. Stay tuned and see you in the next post. 😉
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