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Why give HDB “citizen top-up” money to new citizens?

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By Leong Sze Hian

According to the HDB’s web site –

Citizen Top-Up

The Citizen Top-Up is a $10,000 housing subsidy that is given to eligible Singapore Citizen/Singapore Permanent Resident (SC/SPR) households when a qualifying household member becomes a Singapore Citizen.

It is available to any of the following SC/SPR households who have:

  • Paid a premium of $10,000 for the purchase of an HDB flat direct from HDB
  • Taken a CPF Housing Grant for Family which was $10,000 lesser than an SC/SC household for the purchase of a resale HDB flat or a Design, Build and Sell Scheme (DBSS) flat or an Executive Condominium (EC).

It is only distributed to:

  • The original SC applicant/ owner, or
  • The SC spouse who was previously an SPR (if listed as an owner)

Eligibility conditions

An SC/SPR household will qualify for the Citizen Top-Up in any of these instances:

  • The SPR spouse originally listed in the flat application obtains Singapore Citizenship status
  • An SC child is born to the SC applicant/ owner and spouse originally listed in the flat application
  • The SPR parent/ child/ sibling* originally listed in the flat application obtains Singapore Citizenship status”

I understand that in practically every country – citizenship is a privilege that is sought after by immigrants.

Are there any other countries that give $10,000 to new citizens? Is this not akin to “enticing” foreigners to become citizens?

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How much of these “citizen top-ups” have been given over the years, with an average of 20,000 new citizens granted per year?

If the sum is used to provide for say cheaper HDB rental flats to needy families – wouldn’t it be better, fairer, more equitable, etc?

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