3 Points to Note when Singapore Citizenship rejected by ICA

What should you do when you get your Singapore Citizenship application rejected by the The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)? 

We often encounter applicants rushing to prepare an appeal letter to be submitted to the ICA when their Singapore Citizenship Application rejected by ICA.

We understand that it can be disheartening when applicants are informed that their Singapore Citizenship Application rejected by ICA.

In today’s article, we will share the three crucial points for all applicants to note when their Singapore Citizenship Application rejected by ICA.

#1 – Submission of an Appeal Letter

You should consider filing for an appeal only if your profile has changed significantly since your primary application. If you have worked towards improving your profile during the waiting period, which is the time from the day you submit your Singapore citizenship application till the time you receive the rejection letter from ICA.

The main changes in profile could be:

a) Salary increment – There should be a significant increase in your monthly salary to qualify as a profile change.

b) Promotion at work – you are promoted to a position where you now have higher responsibilities.

c) Newly married – Starting a family will further show your determination to ICA that you are serious about sinking your root here in Singapore.

d) Addition of a newborn to the family – If you are married and now have a newborn baby, this is favorable as it supports Singapore’s plan of increasing its local population. It also indicates your commitment to Singapore and your family.

Friendly note: It is essential to be prudent with your updates in the Appeal letter. You must explain clearly to the ICA why and how the new changes strengthen your case and make you a candidate well suited to be considered for the citizenship of Singapore.

Please read our article: Tips on preparing an Appeal letter for Singapore PR / Citizenship

#2 – Review the application process and the documents submitted with your original application

Singapore Citizenship application process is far more complicated and requires more elaborate steps than the Singapore Permanent Residency application.

It is commonly observed that it is when some of these steps are not carried out correctly that you receive the status- Singapore Citizenship application rejected.

Many more documents are required for the Singapore Citizenship application, so it is easier to miss them or get confused. It is also observed that sometimes incorrect documents are submitted. Some applicants may submit too many unnecessary documents. In addition, the resolution/ clarity of the digital copy of the documents also plays a big part. All these issues can contribute negatively to the review of your application. It is not about the number of submitted documents. It is the quality and relevance that ultimately matters.

Friendly note: We advise you to create a checklist of all the documents you have prepared to submit. Check through all the documents and the quality of their softcopy. Before you click the submit button. Please make sure you go through every page of the application and fill all required fields with the correct information and that they tally with the documents you plan to upload in the system.

Please read our article: Top 10 Common Questions asked about Singapore Permanent Residency/Citizenship

#3 – Engage an immigration agency to assist you

It would help if you considered engaging a professional immigration consultant to assist you. In all fairness, if you have tried doing it yourself and failed, it does mean that you have missed something. Though we would like to stress that many factors influence the application outcome, some aspects of your application can be helped and supported well, such as:

  • Professionally crafted cover letters
  • A holistic portrayal of the applicant’s profile

Submitting all the relevant documents can ensure success if applied correctly, and your chances of getting approval will undoubtedly be higher. Your application will stand out from the rest of the applications, increasing the probability of approval if you have consolidated all your profile highlights using a well written Cover Letter.

In cases where you have engaged the services of an immigration firm but still got a negative outcome, the choice of the immigration firm engaged could also be the reason for the unfavorable result. It is good to know a few things while selecting the correct/ suitable immigration firms/consultants. Please read our article: This is why you need to engage a good Immigration agency!

Friendly note: We advise you to speak to more than one service provider (immigration agencies/ consultants) before finalizing one. It is important to practice due diligence and gather information, comparing their consultation styles, pricing, services promised and reputation.

The most crucial point to note is that you must feel comfortable with your immigration consultants. After all, the immigration consultant is your first level of interaction with the agency/consultancy. The staff and the team of people in the agency/consultancy greatly reflect the quality of services you will finally get from them.

Please read our article: The Role of an Immigration Consultants.


Never give up on your dream of attaining the desired Singapore residency status. Arrange a complimentary consultation with our experienced immigration consultants today to understand our strategies and get practical tips to realize your Singapore immigration dream. 

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