My husband and I are both Singaporeans. We left the country for USA about 18 years ago and subsequently have 3 sons, all born in the US.
Are you both still holding SG and US PP? If yes, you are not allowed to hold dual citizenship. You are committing perjury when you renewed your SG PP as stated in the application for SG PP renewal
1st Boy: 15-years-old, obtained Singapore citizenship by descent. Visited Singapore just once when he was about 20-months-old, using a US passport. Never obtained Singapore IC, passport, nothing at all, other than Singapore citizenship certificate by descent.
Did your son apply Exit Permit when he turned 13 to allow him to stay overseas for the purpose of study. If not, then your son has committed an offence under Chap 93 of the Enlistment Act and Section 33 of the same act
2nd Boy: 9-years-old, obtained Singapore citizenship by descent. Never travel out of the US before. Never obtained Singapore IC, passport, nothing at all, other than Singapore citizenship certificate by descent.
Make sure he apply EP when he turn 13
3rd Boy: 3-years-old, US citizen only.
1. My husband and I both obtained US citizenship 3 years ago,
However, my husband and I want to go back to Singapore for retirement. We were both born and grew up in Singapore. My Singapore passport has since expired, and I want to have it renewed. Will Singapore renew my passport, and allow me back to live?
Yes you can . Go the Singapore Mission in US. Show proof of expired SG PP and SG BC. They will ask your 3 years Tax Assessment from to date. They will also ask if you hold US PP. You have to choose.
2. My children were all born in the US, and will have a majority of their formative years here. I want them to be able to work and live in Singapore when my husband and I go back for retirement. Yet I want them to retain their US citizenship and be able to return here to work and reside here if it is their choice, since the US is their birth place, and the country where they will have grown up in.
You have to choose as SG Constitution does not allow dual citizenship. The best route is they return to serve their NS at 18 and at 21 renounce their SG citizenship. By doing this they can still come to SG and work under EP based on their merits. It will look good in their CV as they have contributed in the National Security of Singapore. PR & SG Citizenship impossible once renounced
My husband went through NS himself, and sees the merits of going through the training. We do not mind sending all our boys back to Singapore for NS if that will give them Singapore PR to live and work there if that is what they want in the future.
No PR, EP only if meets criteria. Not even LTVSP as they will be above 21 age band
But in my understanding, my children will still have to give up Singapore citizenship, even after going through NS, if they want to keep their US citizenship, am I right?
3. One month ago, after reading many threads here about the vital need to obtain deferment from NS, I contacted CMPB to request for an exit permit for my eldest son.
I did not ask for deferment pending on renouncing Singapore citizenship, but instead for deferment till my son reaches 21 years of age to make the decision for himself. Have I done the right thing here?
Yes, you have done the right thing. Did you get the EP on line go to www.ns.sg If he does not have an EP or serve the NS by 21. He will automatically lose SG Citizenship as he need to take an oath of allegiance to SG when he turn 21
Thank you and I appreciate any constructive ideas and help.