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A Different Renunciation Question

Postby Turtle » Fri, 25 Apr 2008 11:40 am

I am a Singapore Citizen by birth. My parents are English (Singapore PR) and I lived/did my schooling in England. I am basically a Caucasian other than my passport. I returned at 18 and served my NS and received my good conduct certificate.

I wish to take up a British passport. I know that Singapore does not allow Dual Citizenship above 21 years of age, and if they find out they will force me to choose (this is why I'm asking you guys rather than the Immigration people!). So, let's assume that one way or another, I will have to give up my citizenship. Preparing for the worst if you want to put it that way.

So, what happens? Given the above (fulfilled NS and all), will I be barred from entering Singapore again? How about working in Singapore if it comes to that in the future? I think I've done all that can be asked of me and I don't want to permanently close any doors or burn bridges.

I'm sure people will ask why I don't just live in the UK with PR (right of abode) which I do have - well basically I don't want to be known as a foreigner, I don't want to feel like I'm lying when I tell my friends that I'm British, I basically don't feel a connection with Singapore (no offense to anyone) - I feel like I'm a citizen of some random foreign country and a visitor in my home whenever I have to get my passport out.

So, any thoughts? Thanks for your time.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 25 Apr 2008 3:39 pm

No worries. If you have done your ns and renounced and it was accepted then you have no problems at all with the Sing Gov't. Therefore should you want to return here to work, you would be treated just like any British Citizen and you would have to gain entry or work visas based on your qualifications just like anybody else. They would not hold renunciation against you as you paid your due so to speak.

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Postby Turtle » Fri, 25 Apr 2008 4:01 pm

Thanks SMS - was just checking because I'd heard stories of how people who decide to migrate are seen as disloyal and once you go you can never come back etc etc even if you did your service. I know for my (future) British passport, even if I gave it up I would always retain the right to a new one on demand at any point in the future, and I heard Singapore was different.

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Postby nanana » Sat, 26 Apr 2008 11:00 am

hi turtle, just wonder if your parents need to pay any bond to the SG government for you to do your schooling in another country before returning at 18 to serve NS? 'cos my understanding is, a singaporean boy can't be out of the country for more than 2 years once he reaches 13, and need to apply for permit and bond if he wishes to do so......

i'm asking cos have a son in similar situation as you....we dont mind him to serve NS when he is 18, but we may want him to do his studies overseas....not sure if we can afford to pay for the bond!

hope anyone with same situation can share your experience. thanks!

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Postby Turtle » Sat, 26 Apr 2008 11:10 am

Yes they did, I don't remember what the bond amount was, but it was quite considerable.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 26 Apr 2008 2:08 pm

It is SG70K or I believe 50% of their annual salary whichever is less.


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