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Sunday April 30th 2017

18-year-old foreigner on PR status checking on renunciation of PR to escape national service

Hi,

I feel slightly embarrassed to ask about issues which have seemingly been addressed over and over again – but feel unsettled without a definitive answer. I’m extremely sorry if I’ve offended or annoyed anyone with my thread /my question.

I am 18 this year, and I have Singapore PR, citizenship of a foreign country and PR of a second foreign country (which I might migrate to permanently in 2016, after finishing my A levels).

From what I’ve read, I understand that a trip down to the ICA to renounce my PR would be sufficient for me to clear NS obligations – but since I did not perform well for my NAPFA, my enlistment date might end up being in the earlier days of December (for the PTP BMT batch), right after I’ve finished my A levels.

While there’s around 1 week from the end of my examinations to the earliest enlistment date of the December intake, I’m uncertain if that would be enough time for the entire renunciation procedure to take place.

A part of me fears immigration might try to keep me in a sort of purgatory, and I’d end up having to do NS anyway.

I’m also unsure of how long the immigration department would allow me to stay in Singapore past my date of renunciation – and if I’d able to come back in the future for holidays (the country of my citizenship does not allow me visa-free access).

PS: As much as I want to stay in Singapore for NS and beyond (as I truly love this country, and I’ve formed strong friendships that I would have a hard time leaving behind).

Whoever is left of my family in Singapore plans to move to a third foreign country next year and our house would be sold.

So I’d have nowhere to stay. my mother has also made it clear that she would not support me financially if I stayed behind – or maintain contact with me at all.

I’m in an difficult position – I love Singapore very much, but it makes little sense for me to stay.

TLDR: I’m a PR of Singapore possibly enlisting in December. If I renounce my PR the week before, would there be enough time for the procedure to fully run through?

How long can I stay in Singapore past my renunciation? Thank you!

Editor’s note: This article was retrieved from singaporeexpats.com.

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7 Responses to “18-year-old foreigner on PR status checking on renunciation of PR to escape national service”

  1. ppqtriot says:

    The Singaporean government is negligent to allow these things to happen again and again

  2. Elaine says:

    Just go. Singapore dont need u. Asshole.

  3. hawkerize says:

    If you truly love this country, why not just serve NS?

    • Silverelf says:

      Because he claims that :”Whoever is left of my family in Singapore plans to move to a third foreign country next year and our house would be sold.

      So I’d have nowhere to stay. my mother has also made it clear that she would not support me financially if I stayed behind – or maintain contact with me at all.”

  4. TakeIt says:

    Just do NS then u & family will be free from trouble. Ur mum shld love u more than disown u

  5. Itamae says:

    Train for your NAPFA if you still have time. Since you know the answer already, time to get mentally prepared for it. Your mother should be supportive instead of passing those hurtful comments. Take the 2 years positively, after that you become a man. Anyways good luck

  6. max says:

    Stop running away, it’s not as terrifying as what other said.
    If you really run away, dont every come back and live with regrets for the rest of your life coz anywhere else would not be the same.

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