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Old 04-01-2009, 09:03 PM   #1
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Question abt ICA Specialist

anyone working at ICA? or has worked there before?

can share what's it like?

I interested in applying for this job and I heard got 8 week training.
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Old 05-01-2009, 12:04 AM   #2
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to be honest, those 'SSG' and 'SGT' whom i see at the airport after flying back to sg don't look like real sergeants lor. i wonder if they really are in charge of a section of men/personnel?
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Old 05-01-2009, 11:53 AM   #3
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anyone working at ICA? or has worked there before?

can share what's it like?

I interested in applying for this job and I heard got 8 week training.
Be mentally prepared for the followings, before you decided to take up ICA job, as an immigration or enforcement officer.

Must maintain your fitness physically regularly.
Be prepared to work graveyard shifts.
Be prepared to report to work upon activation.

You might be posted to ulu places like jurong island, Pulau Brani for example.
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Old 05-01-2009, 06:30 PM   #4
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but nowadays like more and more gals take up this job loh


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Old 06-01-2009, 12:18 AM   #5
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dun play play leh she got IPPT skill badge
But honestly i dont see the point why customs and immigration is a uniformed service leh. like no link.

anyway OT here: what exposure did you set your camera at? she looks like she has 3 hands! LOL.
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Old 23-01-2009, 11:48 PM   #6
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Speaking from experience. Immigration and Customs are actually two different jobscope. Immigrations is under ICA, Ministry of Home Affairs. Customs is under Singapore Customs, Ministry of Finance. Following the police force, ICA is the second largest agency in the Home Team.

The functions have been seperated in 2003 to enhance the border security by moving into Home Team. ICA work is more than what you see as choping passport. This is a wrong impression. That is just one area of work and definately is the place you will work when u get your first posting as an ICA Specialist. How can 1 organisation function just by chopping passport... Once you gain experience, there is also enforcement & investigation work, working on technology, processing paperwork, raiding, etc. You will also get to carry firearms when selected.

Being a SGT in ICA is different from army. SGT do not have a team of man to lead. The rank given to you indicate you "specialise" in your work. Dun forget, not all documents produced by people are genuine. You will be trained to detect forgery. Following the ICA specialist track, you can lead a team when u reach Checkpoint Inspector (Warrant rank of army) and above. The overall team lead is still headed by the Senior Officers. Regimentation is currently not the culture in ICA, perhaps in future as it is still in transition phase in the Home Team. Being so, the environment is more friendly and you can really make friends. So as long you do what you need to do, you will definately have a great time. If you are hardworking, you can further study private degree and convert to Senior officer. Of cse, you need a maintain a good performance record all along. There are lots of such examples already.

Some brief stuff abt your first posting at checkpoint.. You will perform clearance work at counters which you get to see different countries travel documents. Do not keep thinking abt woodlands, there is other checkpoints like Tuas and Sea checkpoints for first posting. You will follow the standard procedures. Anything you dun feel right will be referred to your superior for further followup. After your first posting, you will have the chance to be posted to Airport for future postings. Rotation of postings is within every few years.

Following the new wave of recuirtment, you can see that more and more pple is joining ICA to make sure officers are not overworked. In short, the workload of ICA officers at checkpoints are quite heavy as they handled high volume of passengers daily. But once you get used to it, you will move on.

As now is recession period, it is good to join as it is more stable and nice to give it a try. Just remember, opinions from pple who dun work inside are not going to help much. Just hope that above help u.

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Old 24-01-2009, 12:05 AM   #7
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wah , u register just to tell us this?
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Old 24-01-2009, 12:08 AM   #8
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ya why not? I am sgforum user but seldom surf this forum. Since some 1 need help, I guess I can chip in some basic info.
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Old 24-01-2009, 07:17 PM   #9
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SGT in MHA doesnt means you have men around you.Like the prevoius post stare.it is diff from MOD.
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I got a malay fren who just joined ica not long.
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:23 AM   #11
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What about Singapore Customs Specialist? Any career prospect?
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Old 14-03-2009, 11:19 AM   #12
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ica senior officer

Anyone can tell me more about 8-10 week training course for ica senior officer? Further to that is there a need to pass ippt in order to pass out as a senior officer? I understand the course will start in 2 weeks time and my fitness now leaves much to be desired.
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Old 14-03-2009, 07:44 PM   #13
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ive seen her at woodlands b4....shes quite friendly....and when i was going to JB....the vehicle was searched by a guy and a lady b4.....but i think for any of the services in sg...i think u need a good military record and be pes a or b.....
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Old 19-03-2009, 10:05 PM   #14
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Anyone can tell me more about 8-10 week training course for ica senior officer? Further to that is there a need to pass ippt in order to pass out as a senior officer? I understand the course will start in 2 weeks time and my fitness now leaves much to be desired.
when's ur official date? Hehe.. I'm joining too but as specialist on 30 Mar..
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Old 24-03-2009, 12:08 AM   #15
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when's ur official date? Hehe.. I'm joining too but as specialist on 30 Mar..
I applied for it too, but got no response. When did they contact you?
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