Citizenship Ceremony

Finally, I have received the letter (hard copy) to attend my Citizenship Ceremony. FYI, I renounced my previous citizenship in Oct 2019, everything was pushed back due to COVID-19.

For those who wish to have a peek at the letter, here it is:

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Do note the stringent dress code required and remember to bring (a) the letter and (b) your identity card / identity card collection slip!

Unfortunately for those of us who are attending the ceremony in the midst of COVID-19, we will not be provided with any food or drinks, heard from my parents who attended years back that the food was not bad :/

In any case, stay safe everyone, and hope that everything is well for you 🙂

PinkOlifant

Collection of Form K & Birth Certificate

I hope that this post will smoothen your journey of collecting Form K and your Birth Certificate.
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1. You must either receive a hard copy letter stating that your Form K (final renunciation letter) and Birth Certificate are ready for collection or you need to request an email confirmation that your documents are ready for collection. Usually the documents are ready for collection approximately 8 months after renunciation, but there might be unforeseen circumstances leading to your documents not being ready so you would not want to risk. (If you ask me if a phone call confirmation is sufficient, I would say no. However, that’s just my opinion.)

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2. You do not need to book an appointment for the collection. Head down Consular Section of MHC between 2.30pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Would suggest you start queueing at around 1.45pm as there were already ~30 people in front of me when I arrived at 2pm sharp. I queued under the sun for about half an hour. (Photos below may also encourage you to bring along an umbrella and be an early bird.)

3. Bring along the following documents (Original and two photocopies each in A4 size paper):

i) Singapore IC or 11B Card (photocopy front and back of the document)
ii) Singapore Passport (bio-data page only)
iii) Singapore Citizenship Certificate* (photocopy front & back of the document)
iv) Deed poll / Baptism (if name has been changed / if applicable)

Also, you must bring along the letter stating documents are ready for collection. If you do not have the letter, get ready to show your email confirmation to the officer.



*If you have not received the Singapore Citizenship Certificate, please email ICA (ICA_Citizenship_Unit@ica.gov.sg) to request for a soft copy of the certified true copy. Two photocopies of this is needed as well.

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4. At the guard house, you will have to scan QR codes for SafeEntry and Health Declaration (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd_tUssXY3b4EC236Cl4MBtvPd4p0J98Ay-RwVxDZLD4BXoeg/viewform). (Just in case you need help for English, you can read through the questions beforehand.) And as usual, use one of your cards with your NRIC/Name to exchange for a pass to enter.

5. Go to Consular Section. You do not have to take a ticket at the ticketing machine. Just queue at Counter 1 and the officer will collect the necessary documents from you. Next, you just have to sit down and wait.

6. Waited for about 10 minutes for my name to be called. Collected Form K and my Birth Certificate after signing on a document and headed out to get back my card at the guard house.

7. Went home to scan the front and back of Form K and emailed the soft copy to ICA (ICA_Citizenship_Unit@ica.gov.sg).

DONE! I do not think I have to return to MHC for the rest of my life!


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This is a follow-up to my previous posts on renunciation of Malaysian Citizenship.

(1) Renunciation of Malaysian Citizenship: https://pinkolifant.com/2019/10/10/oct-2019-renunciation-of-malaysian-citizenship/

(2) Registration of Singapore Citizenship:
https://pinkolifant.com/2019/11/28/oct-2019-registration-of-singapore-citizenship-at-ica/

(3) Collection of NRIC & Citizenship Certificate (certified true copy):
https://pinkolifant.com/2020/07/10/updates-renunciation-of-malaysian-citizenship/

Stay safe,
PinkOlifant (Updated as of 2020)

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Updates [Renunciation of Malaysian Citizenship]

Thank you everyone who has posted questions related to problems they face while renouncing Malaysian Citizenship, as well as getting their Singapore IC and certificate, during this COVID-19 period. And many thanks to all readers who actively tried to help one another out, your generosity in sharing your knowledge and experience, I believe, will be greatly appreciated by all whom you have lent a helping hand.

After reading this post, I hope that you have a clearer picture of:
(1) How to collect Singapore NRIC
(2) How to obtain certified true copy of Singapore Citizenship Certificate
(3) How to collect Form K (final renunciation letter) & Birth Certificate

(1) Collection of Singapore Identity Card (NRIC)

Thank you one of the readers who updated me that she has emailed ICA to check on the collection of her NRIC. I followed her footsteps and emailed ICA (ICA_Citizenship_Unit@ica.gov.sg).

I received a reply a few days later saying that I have been granted permission* to enter ICA Building on a certain date to collect my NRIC while collection of Singapore Citizenship Certificate will be advised on a later date.

*Some readers received their NRIC via snail mail even before the general election.

The entire collection process took about 30 minutes. Asked about the Singapore Citizenship Certificate and they told me that it can only be collected during the ceremony which we will be informed on a later date.

(2) Certified true copy of Singapore Citizenship Certificate

For those who need a certified true copy of Singapore Citizenship Certificate for the collection of Form K (final renunciation letter) at MHC, you just have to write to ICA (ICA_Citizenship_Unit@ica.gov.sg) and request the soft copy of it via email. MHC does not require the original citizenship certificate.

(3) Collection of Form K (final renunciation letter) & Birth Certificate

I have received a letter stating that my application for renunciation of Malaysian Citizenship has been approved. Also, I have to personally go down to the Consular Section of MHC between 2.30pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday, to collect both Form ‘K’ and my birth certificate.

I have to bring along the following documents (Original and two photocopies each in A4 size paper):

i) Singapore IC or 11B Card (photocopy front and back of the document)
ii) Singapore Passport (bio-data page only)
iii) Singapore Citizenship Certificate (photocopy front & back of the document)
iv) Deed poll / Baptism (if name has been changed / if applicable)

Collection has to be done within three months from the date of the letter (booking of appointment is NOT needed).

For more details on the collection of Form K and Birth Certificate, please proceed to this post (https://pinkolifant.com/2020/09/24/collect-formk-bc/).

Stay safe,
PinkOlifant

11 things to do when you’re in a Long Distance Relationship (LDR)

How to Survive Long-Distance Relationship?

1. Love the person

  • Sometimes, that’s all you need. But other times…

2. Video call

  • Video calling sounds easy but it actually requires PLANNING: At the start both of you may wish to call whenever there is free time, when someone claims that he or she is free, the other will try to accommodate by pushing aside all urgent work just to call. In the long run, both of either one will end up piling work and eventually be frustrated.
  • Be honest with each other about workload: share google calendar and update each other about activities and events. You may even want to block off some hours for yourself!
  • Video calling apps: FaceTime is extremely clear but it drains battery quickly. / WhatsApp is decent but I hate the sound whenever the call disconnects, it’s so loud for no reason at all, we both can see that the call disconnected…/ Facebook may be blur but that the only issue! It has a function to take a screenshot just like FaceTime and whenever call disconnects, the sound is extremely soft. Highly recommended. / Skype would be good if both are doing work on computers.

3. Watch movies together

  • Netflix party: Download the google extension and enjoy movies or dramas together over the ocean(s)! However, do note that some movies may not be accessible in some countries, do check with each other beforehand!

4. Write letters

  • Letters can be on a regular basis like once a month or it can be a SURPRISE!
  • SURPRISE #1: Put photos, can be taken recently or old photos.
  • SURPRISE #2: Spray your perfume on the letter/postcard for your partner to smell “you”.
  • SURPRISE #3: Send a parcel of essentials! Even a packet of tissue may cheer lover apart, trust me.
  • SURPRISE #4: Order a gift box. My partner curated an Okimochi box for me and timed the delivery to be on our monthsary. The surprise is that none of us know what’s inside the box!

5. Send lovey text messages

  • Short pickup lines could be sent frequently
  • Long heartfelt messages could be sent occasionally
  • If you’ll be at work or in school, you could schedule your messages via Telegram to give your partner midday surprises!

6. Send photos

  • Surprise each other with photos once in a while, especially when video call can’t happen.
  • You can even send a photo you took a while back but your partner didn’t know. If it’s a beautiful photo, your partner will love it; if it’s a horrible photo, it’s a conversation tinder!

7. Fly over to meet each other

  • I sent an email confirmation of my flight to surprise her once 🙂

8. Sync each other’s calendar into smartphone

  • Knowing about upcoming events of each other improves communication. Would advise this to even couple who don’t suffer from the torture of long distance relationship.
  • With this calendar, you can even book video calling sessions!

9. Surprise gift(s)!

  • During one of our monthsaries, my girlfriend ordered an Okimochibox which was sent at a stipulated time requested. It was a mysterious box filled with gifts which even my girlfriend didn’t have a clue. She simply wrote down things I like and things she hope I could receive etc. Some gifts were unexpectedly customised for me!
  • I also ordered a gift box for her. It was flown from USA to Australia and the theme of the box was “Life’s a wave”. Items were customised based on the theme and because my girlfriend studied marine science, I chose a theme close to the ocean and she love all the items in it! Phew!

10. Plan for a trip.

  • No matter if it’s a year end trip or just a short trip to see each other, planning a future trip motivates both of us to work hard and sustain our lives till we see each other again. It could be google spreadsheet, Dropbox or any app which allows collaboration.

11. Play online game(s) together.

  • If you’re looking for a short game, would strongly recommend 8pool. This game doesn’t lag and if you’re not a pool person, you’ll learn how to play and be familiarised with the rules.
  • Another game that could build relationship is the SIMS. Making characters that look similar to each other, getting married and having a family in the virtual game may let both of you have a feel of the future life.

The list can go on and on with love. What about packing your luggage and move to the country he/she is in? May your love last forever.

P.S. I love you

Registration of Singapore Citizenship at ICA

Alright, after renunciation of my previous citizenship, and collecting the renunciation letter from Malaysia High Commission, I headed to Singapore ICA to register for Singapore Citizenship a few days later.

  1. Take new passport size photographs beforehand because they won’t accept the photographs you’ve submitted during application process.
    • Reason being, photos must be taken within the past three months.
    • Best to take it at a shop where they will ensure the photograph will be accepted by ICA.
  2. Scan your IC/Approval Letter at the entrance kiosk for a queue ticket.
  3. Wait for your turn near Room 19-25.
  4. Submit documents and photographs.
    • Renunciation Letter (all A4 papers which you received from Malaysia High Comission with two photocopies of them.)
    • Approval Letter from ICA
  5. Make payment of SGD80 via NETS.
  6. Wait for your queue number to be called again for oath taking.
  7. Once you are done with oath taking, you have basically completed the registration process.
  8. However, you are reminded to scan the Renunciation Approval Letter/Email (Borang K), which will be mailed to you from Malaysia, to ICA email. This step helps Singapore to ensure that your renunciation of previous citizenship is successful.
  9. You will then be permitted to apply for Singaporean passport one day later after oath-taking.
  10. Wait for letter/email to attend Citizenship Ceremony to collect your Singapore NRIC.

Done, you are ready to sing the Singapore national anthem now.
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Related posts:

Guide for “Renunciation of Malaysian Citizenship“:
https://pinkolifant.com/2019/10/10/oct-2019-renunciation-of-malaysian-citizenship/

Guide for “Collection of Singapore NRIC & Certified True Copy of Singapore Citizenship Certificate”:
https://pinkolifant.com/2020/07/10/updates-renunciation-of-malaysian-citizenship/

Guide for “Collection of Form K (final renunciation letter) and Birth Certificate”:
https://pinkolifant.com/2020/09/24/collect-formk-bc/

Stay safe,
PinkOlifant