I am not an attorney, this is not legal advice, but if you would like to know-
Exemption from Singapore NS critical information (Revised):
1. Get you son's out of Singapore before their 11th birthday
(age 13 is unconfirmed). These ages are recommended by the U.S. Embassy Singapore as a guide. MinDef advises there is no specific age, however, each young man is handled on a case-by-case basis and it is just safer to observe these ages so that your child is judged to have left Singapore at a young enough age.
a. Immediately document the departure date for each individual by mailing in the ICA change of address form for persons residing overseas: http://www.ica.gov.sg/data/resources/do ... orm_A1.pdf
b. Otherwise, the Singapore Overseas Consulates also have a special form for this purpose: http://www.mfa.gov.sg/newyork-consul/FormP28.pdf
2. On or before the 13th birthday send a registered letter
, with postcard return receipt for yourself, to ICA and MinDef declaring intention to renounce child's citizenship at age 21.
Include a photocopy of your child’s birth certificate, citizenship certificate (if applicable), proof of foreign school enrollment / attendance, proof of departure date from Singapore along with a copy of every page of the Singapore and Foreign Passport. The addresses for this notification are as follows:
Central Manpower Base
3 Depot Road, #02-07
ICA Renunciation Unit
10 Kallang Road, #06-00
3. Do NOT renew a Singapore Passport after its expiry.
You must NOT use the Singapore Passport after immigrating, as soon as a foreign passport has been obtained, even to enter Singapore for any reason whatsoever, or your son’s will be judged to have enjoyed socio-economic benefits and have to serve NS. You may have to submit photocopies of every page of the Singapore and Foreign Passport again at age 21 for exemption from NS and renunciation of citizenship.
4. Never ever collect a Pink IC or renew a Singapore Passport past the 11th birthday.
A Singapore Passport obtained or renewed before age 6, or at an overseas consulate, will not contain the fingerprint in the biometric data. Never ever allow a passport to be altered, defaced, lost or stolen, with or without a police report, as this likely take away the evidence you need to collaborate your claim and may be a red flag latter.
5. Apply online for an Exit Permit within 3 months of the 13th birthday
(even though you have allowed the Singapore Passport to expire or had it canceled / surrendered before the 11th birthday)
6. Register for NS at age 16.5 and ask for a deferment to age 21 when renunciation can be made.
7. If either parent is a PR or Singapore Citizen
, assuming that you too have left Singapore, then it would be beneficial for the purposes of your son’s exemption for NS, to also renounce your PR or citizenship as soon as possible and collect their hard earned CPF savings.
8. Renounce the son's Singapore Citizenship on the 21st birthday
making sure that a foreign citizenship has been secured first using their special renunciation form that needs to be notarized with certified photocopies and is not available on the ICA web site. Unless absolutely necessary, do NOT allow your son's to visit Singapore even on a foreign passport until you have the renunciation acceptance letter.
9. Keep up with changes in the law.
Never ever trust ICA or MidDef, do not communicate with them in writing in any way that could be construed as assisting a potential NS defaulter in a court of law latter, beware as they will use all technicalities available. I am sure they are reading this too. Good luck!