Parliament: Citizenship not offered automatically to PRs who complete full-time NS

Citizenship is not granted automatically to permanent residents who completed full-time national service, said Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Amrin Amin.
Citizenship is not granted automatically to permanent residents who completed full-time national service, said Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Amrin Amin.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

SINGAPORE - About 98 per cent of citizenship applications, submitted between 2011 and 2015 by permanent residents who completed their full-time national service, were approved.

Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Amrin Amin revealed this in Parliament on Monday (March 14), in response to Mr Darryl David (Ang Mo Kio GRC) who asked if PRs who serve NS are automatically offered the Singapore citizenship.

Mr Amrin said that the citizenship is not granted automatically to this group of people, adding that those who are interested in taking up citizenship have to apply, and will be assessed.

Each application is "evaluated holistically" based on criteria. For instance, an applicant will be assessed based on how committed he is to sinking roots, and also how well he is able to contribute and integrate into society here, said Mr Amrin.

"The fact that the PR has completed full-time NS and has performed well during NS will be a plus factor in the evaluation," he added.