Singapore – Withdrawing your CPF

EDIT 2023: For the time that we’ve helped clients to renounce their Singaporean citizenship and to withdraw their CPF, the CPF Board has changed its requirements several times. In the past, the CPF Board stopped accepting notarised documents and required members to visit the Singapore Overseas Mission (ie, in Canberra). More recently, the CPF Board has started to accepted notarised documents stamped with an apostille in certain circumstances. You should always refer to the CPF website for the most current requirements.

After you have renounced your Singaporean citizenship or residency

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As a leading provider of notary public services across Sydney (and with community connections with Singapore), we regularly help clients to withdraw their CPF from Singapore.

Many clients are ex-Singaporeans who have migrated to Australia and renounced their Singaporean citizenship. On the other hand, other clients have worked in Singapore but have since permanently relocated.

Whatever the reason, if you’ve worked in Singapore for any length of time, you might have accumulated savings in the Central Provident Fund (or CPF). In many ways, CPF is equivalent to compulsory superannuation in Australia but it in fact covers much more. For example, unlike superannuation in Australia, some of your CPF funds may have even been invested in the Housing and Development Board accommodation (or HDB).

If you’ve migrated or permanently relocated, you may be entitled to withdraw your CPF especially if you’ve renounced your Singaporean citizenship. Part of the withdrawal process requires you to have your application form and supporting documents notarised by a notary public – and that’s what we do!

Withdrawing your CPF (2015)

If you are now residing in Australia, then you need to complete the following steps (as obtained from the CPF website – always refer to their website to obtain the most up-to-date information and forms):

  1. Download and complete the Application Form to Withdraw CPF on Grounds of Leaving Singapore and West Malaysia Permanently and sign it in our presence. We will witness and notarise your application form.
  2. Attach the supporting documents required according to your citizenship status. If you provide the original documents, we will certify and notarise the documents for you.
You have renounced your Singapore citizenship to migrate to another country (other than West Malaysia)
  1. Foreign passport or foreign citizenship certificate (if there is no foreign passport)
  2. A letter from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) confirming the renunciation of your Singapore citizenship.
You are a Malaysian
  1. Malaysian identity card
  2. International passport showing the passport number, full personal particulars, signature, and date of expiry of the passport
  3. Evidence of foreign permanent residency or citizenship
  4. A letter from ICA, confirming the cancellation of your Singapore Permanent Residency (if you were a Permanent Resident of Singapore)
You are not a citizen of Singapore and Malaysia
  1. Foreign passport used during your employment / residence in Singapore
  2. Current foreign passport
  3. A letter from ICA, confirming the cancellation of your Singapore Permanent Residency (if you were a Permanent Resident of Singapore)

Other supporting documents

For verification purposes, you must also submit the following information and supporting documents to CPF:

  • ​The names of all the companies in Singapore whom you had worked for and the years in which you had started and stopped working for each company.
  • The name(s) of your nominee(s) and your relationships with them if you had made a CPF nomination or indicate no CPF nomination made if you had not made a CPF nomination.
  • Deed poll / change of name certificate / marriage certificate if the name in your passport / citizenship certificate / bank account differs from that in your records. The document must show clearly your original / maiden name and your new / married name.

You may be required to visit the CPF Service Centre personally if you are unable to provide the requested information for verification.

What next?

Once your application is complete, you can send it to:

CPF Board
Withdrawal Schemes Department (WSD)
79 Robinson Road
Singapore 068897

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Ern Phang, Notary Public
Ern Phang
Notary Public

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Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to other countries.

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