Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA Singapore) – Country’s Border Control Agency Department
Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA Singapore) is the country’s border control agency department within the Ministry of Home Affairs. ICA Singapore is responsible for securing the country’s checkpoints (Singapore checkpoint) against undesirable entry.
Besides ensuring that the country is well protected against undesirable entry by people and cargo through air, land and sea, ICA Singapore is also responsible for administrating immigration and registration services. This includes the issuing of Singapore Identity Cards and passports to its Singapore citizens, along with the necessary immigration permits and passes which foreigners need to enter and remain in the country.
The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority Singapore is a member of the Home Team under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Home Affairs. Part of the ICA’s vision is to inspire confidence in all, and its departmental values include accountability, integrity and commitment. ICA is committed to upholding Singapore’s laws on citizenship, immigration and national registration in a fair and effective manner.
Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA Singapore)’s Function and Power
All immigration and registration matters in Singapore will go through the ICA, except for work passes, which fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) Singapore.
Part of ICA’s responsibility includes the being the primary enforcer for the Immigration Act (Cap 133) and Passports Act (Cap 220). The ICA’s immigration officers have the authority to act on the Controller of Immigration’s behalf, and under the National Registration Act (Cap 201), they are also empowered as registration officers.
The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority Singapore’s office is well within their rights to prohibit the entry of any person or class of persons for reasons related to the conditions of Singapore. The immigration officers have been given limited policing powers within the checkpoints and in their immediate vicinity since 2018.
ICA oversees three main checkpoints in Singapore (Singapore checkpoint), which are:
- Land Checkpoints
- Tuas Command
- Woodlands Command (the Woodlands Train and Old Woodlands Checkpoint)
- Air Checkpoints
- Singapore Changi Airport
- Seletar Airport
- Airport Logistics Park of Singapore
- Changi Airfreight Centre
- Parcel Post Section
- Sea Checkpoints
- Singapore Cruise Centre
- Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore
- Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal
- West Coast Pier
- Marina South Pier
- Changi Ferry Terminal
- Changi Point Ferry Terminal
- Jurong Fishery Port
The ICA’s Coastal Command is one of the largest commands based on the number of Singapore checkpoints. The Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore is the ICA’s newest Singapore checkpoint. This checkpoint is open available when there is a visiting cruise ship, and the port’s command includes:
- Keppel Distripark
- Port of Singapore
- Jurong Port
- Sembawang Port
ICA’s Service Centres in Singapore
The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority Singapore has three available service centres to cater Singapore’s various demographics. The three centres are:
- Citizen Services Centre – Responsible for issuing the pink National Registration Identity Card (NRIC) in Singapore, passports and certificate of citizenships, along with the registry of births and deaths.
- The Visitor Services Centre – Responsible for issuing the visit pass extensions, visas and long-term visit passes in Singapore.
- Permanent Resident Centre – Responsible for issuing the blue NRICs in Singapore for permanent residents, along with entry and re-entry permits.
More Information About ICA Singapore
For more information about visa applications and other services provided by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority Singapore, click here to visit their website.