The Immigration and Checkpoint Authority of Singapore is an agency of the government of Singapore and it is taken care of by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The major work that has been done by this authority is that it has appointed at the checkpoints of Singapore the former Singapore Immigration and Registration and the enforcement work that are taken care of by the former Customs and Excise Department. The Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA) started their operations in the year 2003 from the 1st April.
The responsibility of the security of the nation of Singapore lies on its shoulders. It prevents the unwanted persons as well as the unwanted cargoes from entering this nation through sea, air and land and performs other duties with great efficiency to ensure the security and the safety of the citizens of Singapore. >Apart from the above-mentioned duties the other functions that are performed by the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority of Singapore is related to registration and immigration. It issues permits and passes to the outsiders who have settled for this nation for a holiday trip. The ICA also issues identity cards and documents associated with travel and also carries out actions against those people who have acted against the immigration rules or policies of Singapore. It also looks after the fact that the citizens as well as the tourists of Singapore follow the laws related to national registration, immigration and citizenship.
Mentioned below is the address:
Immigration & Checkpoints Authority
10 Kallang Road
(Next to Lavender MRT station)
The Immigration and Checkpoint Authority of Singapore, popularly referred to as ICA, is a constituent part of the Singapore government’s Ministry of Home Affairs. The ICA controls and manages immigration policies, citizen registration, Singapore passports, permanent residents services, identity cards and issue of documents such as visit pass, visa and student pass to international citizens. The ICA came into existence in the year 2003 after the Singapore Immigration and Registration and the Customs and Excise Department came together on April 1. Since then, the ICA has also been in charge of departments such as protection of the border areas of Singapore, lawful movement of people, conveyances and goods through Singapore’s checkpoints and issuing of birth and death certificates to the country’s residents.
Services Provided by ICA for Singapore Citizens
- Application of passport
- Renewal of passport
- Collection of the passport
- Extension of validity of passport
- Update of change of residential address of the citizen
- Application of Singapore citizenship
- Citizen can report loss of passport at the ICA
- All tasks associated with citizenship, such as application, approval, oath taking for a minor, replacement of certificate and confirmation of citizenship status
- A citizen has to visit the ICA for registration, reporting of loss, up gradation of information and re-registration of an identity card that is proof of his citizenship
- All birth and death registrations of a candidate are done by the ICA
- A citizen can also visit the ICA to get an APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) Business Travel Card
- Application of permanent residence
- Renewal and reentry of permanent residence permit
- Application of certificate of identity
- Identity cards proving that you are a permanent resident of Singapore have to be made at the age of 15. The card has to be re-registered when the candidate is 30 years of age. These functions are performed by the ICA.
- Loss, subsequent replacement and change of information in the identity card is the responsibility of the ICA
- Along with a card, a certificate of identity proving the permanent residency of a Singaporean is also issued by the ICA
- Application or registration of birth and death proofs for permanent residents is done at the ICA
Services Provided by ICA for Visitors
- Application for entry visa to Singapore
- Extension of a short term or long term visit pass to Singapore
- Application of a student’s pass and registration certificate if a candidate is enrolled with any Singaporean institute
- Permission to deliver child within the borders of Singapore
- Application and registration of birth and death extracts
- Issuing of a student pass allowing school admission in Singapore
- The validity of immigration pass of a visitor is determined by the ICA
Latest Press Releases of the ICA
Crouching in Black at the Back – January 13, 2012 – this issue was released after an undeclared passenger was arrested when he was found crouching under the backseat of a Mercedes illegally trying to cross the Woodlands Checkpoint to get departure clearance from Singapore. The arrest was undertaken as part of the defense duties of the ICA and to protect the border security of the country.
Travelers Advised to Plan Journey when Using Land Checkpoints – January 17, 2012 – this press release aimed to educate the travelers on the traffic knowledge to be kept in mind while using the checkpoints of Tuas and Woodlands during the Lunar New Year holiday, when footfall is expected to be more. Carrying passports is a must in order to receive immigration clearance.
Family Reunion – February 01, 2012 – this issue of the ICA warned against the illegal act of overstaying in a foreign country without proper documents and prior permission. Under the Immigration Act, the ICA is allowed to crosscheck the luggage of foreigners to detect the presence of drugs, explosives or weapons.
ICA Annual Statistics – February 06, 2012 – this report enumerates the achievements of ICA underlining the decline in the number of immigration offenders’ arrests since 2001. Examinations and tight security have contributed towards this end.
Apply Early for Your Passport – February 15, 2012 – the passport rules in Singapore are very stringent. Any person with below six years validity of his passport may face arrest. The ICA offices must be visited immediately to reissue a passport.
Last Updated on: 14th March 2013
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