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[News] More than 20,000 Singapore Citizenship applications approved in 2012

More than 20,000 Singapore Citizenship applications approved in 2012 (Today Online)

SINGAPORE — 20,693 Singapore Citizenship applications were approved last year, and of them, 81 per cent of the applicants granted with citizenship had stayed in Singapore for more than five years.

Fifty-two per cent of successful applicants had stayed in Singapore for more than 10 years.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Ms Grace Fu, provided these numbers in Parliament today.

Ms Fu also revealed that between 2008 and 2012, an average of 4,100 new Permanent Residents and a similar number of new Singapore Citizens each year were foreign spouses sponsored by Singaporeans.

Of these, 82 per cent of Permanent Residents and 92 per cent of new Singapore Citizens were females.

Members of Parliament questioned whether the government has a discerning criteria in citizenship approval, to which Ms Fu replied criteria is not based on a single but a whole set of criteria used to evaluate citizenship applications.

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