Many people who submit a Singapore PR application to become a Singapore permanent resident receive a rejection letter from Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority permanent residency department ICA.
Maybe you received that from Immigration and Checkpoints Authority ICA too.
Or, perhaps you may have even already tried to appeal but got your appeal rejected too.
Reasons for your PR rejection
Reasons for getting your PR application rejected are plentiful, and can range from missing supporting documents, incomplete forms, weak identity profiles or more.
ICA website also does not provide any reason for the people getting rejected.
They also do not support or assist you by explaining your mistakes for amendment or changes. They also do not reply you with more information, help, documents or details on factors you can change or how to improve your Singapore PR application.
What options do you have?
There are usually only two options for you at this time to obtain your Singapore permanent residence.
1) Submit an appeal letter to ICA for rejection decision overturn
The first step or option will be to actually write and submit an appeal letter to ICA website regarding this matter within 2 months of the rejection date. Appeal is actually the common route that is taken by most people in Singapore as there is minimal waiting time for you as well.
Are there sample appeal letter templates?
Some people ask us for the example or sample appeal letter template, but we strongly do not recommend that. Such a example or sample for appeal is unlikely useful in itself. This is because ICA does not necessarily approve appeal letters lightly for immigration to Singapore.
This means that unless your case was a simple situation of having left out one crucial document in the initial process, chances are you need to demonstrate clear and significant progress in terms of your profile in order for them to accept the appeal letter.
Should you send in an appeal letter to ICA for PR rejection?
Going for an appeal is usually ideal if you had only missed out perhaps one or maximum two documents during your initial application.
However, if yours was a case of weak qualifications or profile in the eyes of ICA, then re submitting instead of trying to appeal is the smarter decision for you.
How long does ICA take to reply appeal letters?
The processing time is long-ranging from a few weeks or months to a year.
2) Re apply or re submit
The second option will be to re submit again for approval. This is the recommended route if your profile is weak and is most likely the reason and cause for getting rejected.
This is because usually anything short of a significant improvement and effort in your submission or appeal for ICA’s consideration will result in the same – not being approved.
How long must you wait before re applying and try for PR again?
Generally, you can submit your next application 6 months or more after the initial date stated.
However, you definitely do not want to keep submitting and keep getting rejected over and over again.
In between this duration of time before you resubmit your new application, applicants should not do anything that can potentially ruin their chances.
For instance, you definitely should not change job or company in the interim time unless it is to a significantly higher salary position at a prestigious company in Singapore.
To stand the highest chances, every step you do in between now and re applying has to be about improving your profile.