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Here’s how you can become a Singapore citizen

By EDDY KAGERA February 21st, 2018 1 min read

Kenyans have been asking how to become a Singapore citizen after it emerged that the country will pay all its citizens aged 21 and above will a one-off “SG Bonus” of up to Sh23,024 (S$300) each.

The payout came about after the 2017 budget revealed that the country has a surplus of almost Sh760 billion ($7.6 billion), according to that country’s Finance minister Heng Swee Keat.

He made the announcement during his budget speech in Parliament, describing the bonus as a “hongbao”, the Mandarin word for a monetary gift given on special occasions, according to

After the news broke last evening, envious Kenyans camped on Twitter asking how they can become a citizen.

Below is the procedure, as outlined by

A person can become a Singapore citizen via the following ways:

1. Via Birth:
1. A person who is born in Singapore with at least one parent who is a Singapore citizen.

2. Via Descent:
1. A person born outside Singapore after 15 May 2004, with at least one parent who is a Singaporean             citizen.
2. A person born outside Singapore before 15 May 2004 if his father was a Singapore citizen by birth             or by registration at the time of birth.

3. Via Registration:
1. A Permanent Resident for at least two years who is employed or married to a Singaporean citizen         can register for citizenship. A male Permanent Resident may also apply upon satisfactory completion         of full-time National Service, as may children of Singaporean citizens living in Singapore.

A person can become a Permanent Resident in Singapore if he or she is:

1. The spouse or unmarried child (below 21 years old) of a Singapore Citizen or a Singapore Permanent Resident

2. An aged Parent of a Singapore Citizen

3. A P, Q or S work pass holder

4. An investor or entrepreneur