A Guide to Singapore Citizenship Application and Malaysia Citizenship Renunciation

6 min readOct 15, 2023

TL;DR: It took me around three months from the time my citizenship application was approved to receiving my Singapore passport and IC.

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Step 1: Submit your citizenship application on the

ICA website.

Step 1a: Follow the instructions and upload all the required e-documents.

Step 1b: Submit and Pay $100 application fee

Step 2: Sit back and relax. The processing time can range from a few months to a year or more.

The processing duration can vary for different individual. It can be as short as a few months to slightly over a year. I suggest not to overanalyse it or be stressed over the processing duration.

To make sure that you don’t waste your $100 application fee, do check the eligibility criteria before submitting an application.

Perhaps if you are feeling anxious, you can send emails to ICA to enquire about your application status. I did that, but always received the same customary reply that my application is still pending.

Step 3: Congratulations! When your application has been approved, you will receive an update from ICA.

Email from ICA

If your application was rejected, you can submit an appeal and see what they say. Good luck!

Step 4: Kickstart your Singapore Citizenship journey.

Once you receive an approval, they will send you a link to sign up for three mandatory activities. Usually, you only can log in three days after you received the approval email.




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