Home Affairs Services (ICA) Direct-Entry Sergeant

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)

Home Affairs Services (ICA) Direct-Entry Sergeant

Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)

Job Nature: Permanent, Contract

Position Level: Entry Level

Job Category: Government Sector/Civil Service, Law/Legal, Security

Qualification: Diploma

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Safeguard the Nation


As a HAS (ICA) Direct-Entry Sergeant, you are responsible for implementing and enforcing laws, regulations and ICA policies. Your duties and responsibilities, which demand qualities of leadership, initiative and integrity, include screening passports and passengers on arrival and departure, and participating in investigations and operations to detect smugglers and illegal immigrants.


Entry Requirements


  • Local polytechnic diploma, General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘A’ Level, five GCE ‘O’ Level passes, Higher Nitec or Nitec
  • Physically fit
  • Normal colour vision
  • Singapore citizenship




Starting Monthly Salary*


Diploma (5 local polytechnics / NAFA / LASALLE)

  • $2,230 to $2,572

GCE 'A' Level (including pass in GP/ KI) / IB Diploma / NUS High School Diploma

  • $2,040 to $2,572

Higher Nitec / Nitec / GCE 'O' Level 

  • $1,670 to $1,980


*Starting monthly salary will vary according to assessment of academic qualifications, relevant work experience and completion of full-time National Service.



  • 14 to 18 days of vacation leave
  • Medical and dental subsidies
  • Group insurances
  • Use of government holiday bungalows
  • Sponsorship for continuous education
  • Subsidies for sports and recreational activities
  • Performance and annual bonuses
  • Staff welfare benefits


$8,000 Sign-on Bonus


Newly appointed Direct Entry Sergeants (Diploma holders of local polytechnics/NAFA/LASELLE/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 a one-year probation. You must enter a bond of two years to receive the sign-on bonus, effective from the date of appointment.


Retention Payouts


You can expect to receive attractive retention payouts. Payments will be made in the third and fifth years of service, and range from $6,000 to $10,000.


You will undergo a 16-week non-residential ICA Basic Course (Sergeant) at the Home Team Academy, which will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to perform your duties.




Training includes:

  • Document examination
  • People, goods and vehicle screening
  • Behavioural Analysis and profiling techniques 
  • Laws and regulations
  • Firearms training
  • Basic Unarmed Combat training 


Job Deployment


Foundational Posting


After graduating from the ICA Basic Course (Sergeant), 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 a checkpoint to work on three shifts in one of the Commands – Woodlands, Tuas or Coastal. You will also be required to wear a uniform while on duty.


Developmental Posting


After your foundational posting, you will be deployed to other checkpoints or divisions, where you will be given opportunities to perform specialised functions such as profiling, investigating or participating in operations to detect smugglers and illegal immigrants. There are opportunities to complete posting stints overseas.

Company Overview

The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) is responsible for securing Singapore’s borders against the entry of undesirable people and cargo through land, air, and sea checkpoints. ICA also administers immigration and registration services, such as issuing passports and identity Cards to Singapore citizens, and immigration passes and permits to foreigners. As a security agency, we enforce laws and regulations relating to immigration and registration. We are a member of the Home Team under the Ministry of Home Affairs.
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