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Home Affairs Services (ICA) Direct-Entry Inspector

Agency: MHA - Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
Job no.: 502927
Work type: Permanent/Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories:Home Team Uniformed Services, Investigation, Law/Legal Services, Others

ICA is Singapore's lead agency in border security and our country's first line of defence against security and immigration threats. The checkpoints at our borders play a crucial part in ensuring the security and safety of Singapore. The relentless vigilance of our ICA officers and heightened security checks ensure that the safety of our country is assured.

If you aspire to make a difference to our nation's security, come join us now!

Home Affairs Services (ICA) Direct-Entry Inspector


As a HAS (ICA) Direct-Entry Inspector, you are responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the laws, regulations and policies of the various work of the Department; as well as the management and operation of the various branches/commands under the Department.

Leading a team of highly-skilled and well-trained ICA officers who are tasked with the duty of protecting Singapore's gateways, you play a critical role in ensuring the security of the nation. You have to possess leadership capability, be decisive, mentally agile, and display qualities of courage and integrity. You will be trained and developed to become a professional in border security, in-land enforcement and policy implementation.

Entry Requirements

> Physically fit

> Normal Colour Vision

> Possess qualities of leadership, initiative and versatility

> Singapore Citizen

Remuneration and Benefits


Entry Point 

Educational Qualification 

Starting Monthly Salary* 


First Class Hons 

Second Class (Upper) Hons 

$3,920 - $4,426

Second Class (Lower) Hons 

Pass / Pass with Merit 

$3,670 - $4,214

*The starting monthly salary will vary according to assessment during interview, relevant work experience and completion of full-time National Service.

  • 18 - 21 days vacation leave
  • Medical & dental subsidies
  • Group Life insurance
  • Sponsorship for postgraduate study
  • Use of government holiday bungalows
  • Subsidies for sports and recreation activities
  • Performance and annual bonuses
  • Marriage / Child benefits
  • Birthday vouchers


Newly appointed officers will undergo a 20-week non-residential ICA Basic Course (Inspector) at the Home Team Academy, which will equip officers with the knowledge and skills to perform their duties.

Training includes:

  • Document examination & forgery detection
  • People, goods and vehicle screening
  • Profiling techniques
  • Law and legislation
  • Firearms training
  • Control and restraint techniques
  • Attachment at Checkpoints, Enforcement Division and Services Centres
  • Home Team Basic Course
  • 5-day Leadership Challenge Programme*

*Residential component

Direct-Entry Inspectors are required to serve a one-year bond upon completion of training.

Job Deployment

Foundational Posting

Upon graduation from the ICA Basic Course (Inspector), officers will be deployed to one of the Checkpoints eg. at Woodlands, Tuas, or Singapore Cruise Centre. Officers deployed at the checkpoints work on three shifts. They are also required to wear uniform while on duty.

Developmental Posting

As part of officers' career posting and exposure to ICA's line operations, officers with suitable aptitude may be deployed to perform enforcement-related work which includes the conducting of raids against illegal immigrants, participation in operations against smugglers, contraband detection and investigations. Officers may also be deployed to the Services Centres to assess applications for travel documents, permanent residence, citizenship, identity cards or other passes/permits. The posting deployment choices extend to development of officers in the areas of planning and review, operations management and policy administration. There are also opportunities for officers to go on overseas posting stints.

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