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What happens when a Singapore PR changes his citizenship?

Post by Savage » Tue, 07 Dec 2004 1:43 am

I'm in a bit of a sticky situation here and need some help quick. I searched the ICA website but couldn't find any info regarding this.

I already have a Singapore PR and had applied for it while I was a citizen of country A. ie, I have the Re-entry permit stamped in my passport issued by country A. I have an option of taking up citizenship with country B, which also means I will have to renounce citizenship of country A and have the passport cancelled, and be issued with a new passport of country B.

What would happen to my Singapore PR status in such a case? Do I have to give it up or can I keep it and get the re-entry permit transferred over to the new passport issued by country B?

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Post by jpatokal » Wed, 08 Dec 2004 10:24 pm

I suspect this is sufficiently uncommon that you'll need to call up ICA and ask, and expect them to head-scratch a while over the answer. Government bureaucracies being what they are, however, I'd say there's an >50% chance that your PR will cease to be valid.

What I'd do in your situation is officially swear to country B that you have renounced your citizenship in country A, but don't tell country A about it. Then you'll still have a valid country A passport complete with Singapore PR. Of course, this depends a lot on country B's procedures for determining that you're no longer a citizen of A, but I doubt this will be too much of a problem -- many countries (including mine) won't allow you to renounce your citizenship before you've become a citizen of another country, and a few oddballs like Belgium do not allow you to renounce your citizenship at all.

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Post by Savage » Sat, 11 Dec 2004 12:29 am

Yeah, I was holding off calling ICA to see if anyone here had the same experience, but I guess that's what I'll have to do. Thanks!

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