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Home Affairs Services (ICA) Direct-Entry Sergeant

Agency: MHA - Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
Job no.: 529891
Work type: Permanent/Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories:Home Team Uniformed Services, Investigation, Law/Legal Services, Others, Enforcement

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 Sergeant


As a HAS (ICA) Direct-Entry Sergeant, you are responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the laws, regulations and policies of the various work of the Department. Your duties and responsibilities include the screening of passports and passengers on arrival and departure, participation in operations against smugglers, investigations, and conducting of raids against illegal immigrants.

Entry Requirements

> Physically Fit
> Normal Colour Vision
> Possess qualities of leadership, initiative and versatility
> Singapore Citizen

Starting Salary


Entry Point

Educational Qualification

Starting Monthly Salary*





Diploma (5 local polytechnics / NAFA / LASALLE)

$2,230 to $2,502

GCE ‘A’ Level (including pass in GP / KI)

IB Diploma / NUS High School Diploma

$2,040 to $2,502

Higher Nitec


GCE ‘O’ Level


$1,670 to $1,930

*Starting salary will vary according to assessment during interview, relevant/useful work experiences and completion of Full-Time National Service.

$8,000 Sign-on Bonus

Eligible Direct-Entry Sergeants (Diploma holders of local polytechnics/NAFA/LASALLE/IB or GCE 'A' Level holders) will receive a sign-on bonus, with $3,000 paid upon signing on and $5,000 upon confirmation after one-year probation. There will be a bond of 2 years for the sign-on bonus, effective from the date of appointment.

Retention Payouts

Direct-Entry Sergeants can expect to receive attractive retention payouts. Payments will be made in the 3rd and 5th years of service, and range from $6,000 to $10,000.


  • 14 - 18 days vacation leave
  • Medical & dental subsidies
  • Group Life insurance
  • Sponsorship for continuous education
  • Use of government holiday bungalows
  • Subsidies for sports and recreation activities
  • Performance and annual bonuses
  • Marriage / Child benefits
  • Birthday vouchers


You will undergo an 16-week non-residential ICA Basic Course (Sergeant) 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

Job Deployment

Upon graduation from training school, you will be placed under a posting framework designed to provide you with exposure to the different aspects of border security and identification functions. You will be deployed at Checkpoints to work on three shifts. You are also required to wear uniform while on duty.

Foundational Posting

Your first posting will be at one of the Commands, i.e. Woodlands, Tuas or Coastal Command.

Developmental Posting

After your foundation posting, you will be deployed to other Checkpoints or Divisions where you will be given opportunities to perform specialised functions such as profiling, participation in operations against smugglers, investigation and conducting of raids against illegal immigrants.

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