Many people who apply to be a resident in SG face rejection by ICA, particularly for first timers. Perhaps like them, you may have tried to appeal, and unfortunately got your appeal rejected too. Reasons for rejection are plentiful, and can range from missing supporting documents, incomplete forms, weak identity profiles and many more. To add onto this, ICA also does not provide any reason for the people getting rejected, and this can be frustrating for you.
There are usually only two options for you if you face rejection.
Appeal to ICA for rejection decision overturn
The first option will be to actually submit an appeal letter to ICA regarding this matter within 2 months of the rejection date. This is actually the common route that is taken by most people as there is minimal waiting time for you as well. Some people simply ask us for the appeal letter template, but we strongly do not recommend that. This is because ICA does not approve appeals lightly as well. 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.
It is important to know the entire situation to know for sure if going this route is the ideal choice for you. 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 applying is the smarter decision for you.
Re apply 6 months or more later
The second option will be to re-apply again. 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 in your application will result in the same.
However, how long must you wait before you can apply for PR again after rejected? The quick answer is that you can apply for it 6 months or more after the initial rejected date. However, you definitely do not want to keep applying and keep getting rejected over and over again. 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. Everything you do in between now and re applying has to be about improving your profile. We can advise you on your success before you make any moves, so that you stand the highest chances of approval of becoming a resident in Singapore.