Singapore – Withdrawing your CPF
After you have renounced your Singaporean citizenship or residency
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):
- 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.
- 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)
|You are a Malaysian
|You are not a citizen of Singapore and Malaysia
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.
Once your application is complete, you can send it to:
Withdrawal Schemes Department (WSD)
79 Robinson Road
Do you have any questions?
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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.