Written Replies to Parliamentary Questions

Written Reply to Parliamentary Question on Citizenship Application Process for Foreign Children Adopted by a Singaporean, by Mr K Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law

Published: 07 October 2019


Mr Darryl David: To ask the Minister for Home Affairs (a) what is the citizenship application process for a foreign baby or child adopted by a Singaporean; and (b) how long is the process expected to take.



1. A Singaporean can sponsor his or her legally adopted foreign child for Singapore Citizenship. He or she will have to submit an online application via ICA’s website, and provide supporting documents, such as the child’s birth certificate and adoption papers.


2. Citizenship applications usually take around six to twelve months to process.


3. A point to note is that a successful adoption does not guarantee that the child will be granted Singapore Citizenship. All citizenship applications are assessed on a range of criteria, including the circumstances of the applicant and the family, as well as the Government’s policies, including on marriage and parenthood.


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