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reapplying for citizenship

Postby puddles888 » Wed, 26 Nov 2008 2:28 pm

Hi people, got a tricky one here...Is it at all possible to reapply for singapore citizenship, after renouncing it years ago? oh, I did complete my NS and no issue of that sort.

Appreciate any advise :)

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 26 Nov 2008 3:56 pm

Sure it's possible to reapply for citizenship.........

No guarantee you'll get it though. :wink:

'fraid you'll have to call up ICA on that one.

There are no laws against it though but if you took out all your CPF and it was substantial a long time ago, it could cost you a bomb if they did let you back in. You would have to replace ALL the withdrawn CPF & Interest AND any interest that would have accrued during the interim had it not been withdrawn.

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Postby puddles888 » Wed, 26 Nov 2008 4:23 pm

Hi, thanks for your reply mate. Am I correct to say that if cpf was not an issue at all, then there is a possibility?
Hi ,got a tricky one here. Does Singapore allow us to reapply for citizenship after renouncing it years ago? no issue with NS or anything of that sort.

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Postby waz » Sun, 30 Nov 2008 5:21 am

If you do not have any criminal record, I do not see it as an issue.

But they will ask you why you renounce in the first place. Better have a good answer for that.

But CPF thing is always the hitch. Me late date was never a PR or Citizen but had work in Singapore for over 20 years. After retire, he decide to return across the Causeway. But came back few years later coz kids are in Singapore. Decide to apply for PR. ICA says no problem, but subject to returning every single cent and interest to CPF.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 30 Nov 2008 10:38 am

Yeah, up till around '97 or so, EP holders were subject to CPF contributions as well. One of my mates from NZ worked on the old Asia Badger project back in the '90's and and made contributions to the CPF funds as required back then. He subsequently went to Indo, M'sia, Dubai and back to Singapore. Last year he applied for PR and got is without a problem. (He left the CPF in the whole time and it has been accumulating interest at 2.6 & 4% for the past 12 years or so. So yes, a lot hinges on the CPF contributions.

And, like said above, having a pretty good explanation of why you left in the first place. Hopefully not to get a son out of NS! Will sink you for sure.

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Postby DimWit Kid » Tue, 16 Dec 2008 11:35 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Yeah, up till around '97 or so, EP holders were subject to CPF contributions as well. One of my mates from NZ worked on the old Asia Badger project back in the '90's and and made contributions to the CPF funds as required back then. He subsequently went to Indo, M'sia, Dubai and back to Singapore. Last year he applied for PR and got is without a problem. (He left the CPF in the whole time and it has been accumulating interest at 2.6 & 4% for the past 12 years or so. So yes, a lot hinges on the CPF contributions.

And, like said above, having a pretty good explanation of why you left in the first place. Hopefully not to get a son out of NS! Will sink you for sure.


I think there should be no problem with CPF. When I first came here on EP, I paid (actually my company did on my behalf) CPF. Few years later I went back to my home country, and according to my agreement with my company, withdraw the CPF and paid the sum back to my company. I then came back here 1 year after that, stay back here on EP again but by the time, CPF was not compulsory to EP holders so I did not put in any sum. 2003 I became a PR and asked CPF whether I needed to repay my previous CPF amount and the answer was no.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 17 Dec 2008 12:07 am

I know, if you were an EP under the old system it wasn't a problem, but he left it there because at the time it was & still is the best place to park spare change in a risk free high (comparatively speaking) and draw 2.6 & 4% interest rates. I'd say it was a pretty astute move.

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Postby DimWit Kid » Thu, 18 Dec 2008 5:12 pm

I got mine earning 10% pa in BCA ... but it's not risk free ;)

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Postby TennoHekka » Wed, 07 Jan 2009 9:47 pm

I posed that question to immigration as I was born outside Sg and had a foreign passport as well, and was thinking of dumping the Sg passport sometime back. If I recall accurately, the reply was you could re-apply, though getting it back was not exactly a "simple procedure".


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