Many Indonesian Citizens Are Willing to Pay This Much to Become Singaporeans Lifestyle – 1 hour ago

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – A large number of Indonesian citizens (WN) choose to move to become Singaporean citizens (WN). The Ministry of Law and Human Rights (Kemenkumham) revealed that throughout 2019-2022, there were 3,912 Indonesian citizens who decided to become Singaporean citizens.

The Director General of Immigration at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Silmy Karim, estimates that the number will reach around 1,000 people per year. Even though Indonesia is competing with other countries to attract smart people.

“I forgot that not 100, 1,000 Indonesian students in Singapore become Singaporean citizens every year. We compete to win great, smart people,” he said some time ago at the 2023 Gen Z Festival by CentennialZ.

What is the procedure and how much do you have to pay to become a Singapore citizen?

It turns out, to become a Singapore citizen, there are several procedures that must be followed. These include submitting an application and making payments to obtain Singaporean citizenship status.

Quoted from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Singapore, there are several categories that determine the cost of applying to become a Singaporean citizen.

Adults who have obtained Permanent Resident (PR) status are required to pay S$ 100 or around IDR 1,130,000.

Please note, the fee is only for the application and is non-refundable, even if the application is rejected. When approved, there is an additional fee of S$70 to obtain a Singapore citizenship certificate.

Furthermore, for children born abroad with parents from Singapore, you need to pay S$ 18 or around Rp. 203,400. If the application is approved, an additional fee of S$ 10 will apply.

Meanwhile, the cost of naturalizing to become an Indonesian citizen is more expensive. Based on the website of the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights, the naturalization fee for a foreign citizen (WNA) application is IDR 50,000,000.

The naturalization fee based on mixed marriages is IDR 15,000,000. Lastly, foreigners who have contributed to the country or for reasons of state interest are IDR 2,500,000. Lastly, children who have not yet obtained citizenship are charged IDR 5,000,000.

Reasons for Moving and Nationalism

It was revealed that the reason why Indonesians choose to change citizenship to become Singaporeans is to improve their welfare. The reason is, in Indonesia it is said that employment opportunities are starting to decline.

Responding to this, the Minister of Investment/Head of BKPM Bahlil Lahadalia opened his mouth.

He explained, from the results of investment realization during January-June 2023 (YoY) amounting to IDR 678.7 trillion, the workforce absorbed was 849,181 people.

The absorption rate has continued to grow since the third quarter of 2021, amounting to 288,687 people, then the fourth quarter of 2021 295,491 people, the first quarter of 2022 319,013 people, and the second quarter of 2022 320,534 people.

“So there’s nothing to do with employment opportunities. If they want to work, just work outside. Maybe we’ll pray that they will come back to Indonesia in 10 years,” said Bahlil, quoted on Sunday (26/11/2023) .

“In my opinion, if you just feel comfortable in someone else’s country and then move, yes I question it, I’m sorry for feeling that nationality and nationalism own this nation. So that’s it. Who will take care of this country then? But that’s their choice and we just respect it,” he said. .

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