British to Singapore Citizenship

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Re: British to Singapore Citizenship

Post by AoA » Thu, 30 Apr 2020 12:59 pm

Hi All,

Apologies for dragging up a very old thread but I thought it may be interesting, possibly even useful, to share my experience after the conclusion of the discussion above.

A couple of forum members reached out to me directly with some more advice (i.e. don't try and keep citizenship in any way, regardless of the interpretation of the ICA website - which is obviously the right decision).

I applied for my SC in January 2015, a fairly painless process. It wasn't until March 2016 that the letter dropped through the postbox saying I was successful. I was surprised!

One of the many stressful moments was calling MINDEF to confirm they didn't require my to complete NS... apparently, I was "too old"... then the lady on phone realised that as I qualified for my PR as first-generation so I wasn't eligible anyway.

Upon completing the necessary "journey" steps (which were quite entertaining/educational) I was asked for the letter showing I had renounced my UK citizenship. I sent away my British passport and the required form rather nervously. By this time the UK immigration office had no direct telephone number and only promised to process applications within 6 months. I didn't much fancy the idea of being without a passport for 6 months so I crossed my fingers and hoped. After all my job involved a lot of travelling so whilst they had offered me a temporary office-based job, it came at the expense of around 40% of my salary... a painful but necessary evil.

After nearly 4 months with no response from the UK, an email from the ICA threatening to remove the citizenship offer if I didn't hurry up and with my employer now less than impressed, I was starting to lose hope. I sent a rather desperate email to the MP for the constituency where my mother lived in the UK. Amazingly, they replied, were sympathetic and within 14 days I had my letter.

The rest was a whirlwind of paperwork. Within 2 weeks I had my pink IC and red passport.

Many people still ask why I did it and if I am happy with my decision, especially given that it wasn't an easy process. The answer is that it's a very personal decision and I'd do it again tomorrow. It has been pointed out to me by a few people that becoming a Singaporean through this process and being born SG (and doing NS) is not the same. I appreciate that and the sacrifice. I'm not impersonating anyone, I'm a British born Singaporean (and the accent is a bit of a giveaway!). I do my best to contribute to society where I can, but I also benefit from it in many ways too. I count myself as pretty lucky.

I now live with my partner in a very small landed house. In the current climate where the future feels very uncertain, I'm grateful to know that at least my place in Singapore is relatively secure. Sure, not everything is perfect - but the reality of life is that nothing is.

Thanks again for all the sage advice and guidance that I received from this forum and its members.

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Re: British to Singapore Citizenship

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 30 Apr 2020 3:11 pm

Many thanks for giving this thread the conclusion it rightly deserved. Congratulations on your gaining that which you desired and the decision is still a correct one. We appreciate your taking the time to give us the final bit's to your journey.

It's funny the way life can continue to throw you ringers when you least expect it. I'm now 72 fully retired for right at one year and still here in Singapore and too old to get SGC today and the US holds nothing for me today due to a unfortunately series of events half way through 2018. But on the bright side, I now have two Grandsons from my daughter and my daughter in law has a bun in the oven, so with all of them Singaporeans, looks like I'll be sticking around here for a while longer.

Again, Contratulations!
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Re: British to Singapore Citizenship

Post by FaeLLe » Thu, 30 Apr 2020 11:40 pm

Thanks for your conclusion post AoA and update. After living for a long time in Singapore and passing on my PR invitation letter I moved back to UK in late 2013.

After selling off all my assets I have now concluded that the UK is my home and I finally took up the citizenship that my grandfather gave up and became British a few months ago.

Personally after living in several contitents and moving around all the time I am happy to have now settled down. While I might not have the same weather I am enjoying the huge house and lawns that my new child enjoys playing in and not having to wait for cabs all the time is a bonus too!

Good luck for your future ventures and hope all goes well.

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Re: British to Singapore Citizenship

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 01 Sep 2020 2:11 pm

FaeLLe,

Now there is a nick I've not seen in quite a while. Wondered where you'd gotten off too. Glad to hear you have settled in nicely. Hope the current pandemic hasn't touched your extended family and all is well. Nice to you dropping in. Take care.
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