Getting your Singapore PR application approved to become a Singapore permanent resident is getting increasingly harder over the years. There are only roughly 30,000 overall applicants who successfully become a Singapore PR yearly. Thankfully we are here to help you out. Read on for more information about getting your Singapore PR application approved.
Table of Contents
- 1 How do you apply to become a Singapore PR?
- 1.1 Who is eligible to apply for and become a Singapore permanent resident?
- 1.1.1 Spouse and unmarried children of a citizen or Singapore PR
- 1.1.2 Immediate family members of a Singaporean citizen or Singapore PR
- 1.1.3 Employment Pass or S Pass workers using the Professional Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers scheme or PTS scheme
- 1.1.4 Students studying in Singapore
- 1.1.5 Investors using the Global Investor Programme or GIP application scheme
- 1.1.6 Art professionals using the Foreign Artistic Talent Scheme
- 1.2 Documents needed for PR application in Singapore if you are eligible to apply
- 1.3 How long does the process take for Singapore PR?
- 1.4 What happens after you get a Singapore permanent residence?
- 1.1 Who is eligible to apply for and become a Singapore permanent resident?
How do you apply to become a Singapore PR?
There are two ways you can apply for Singapore permanent residency for you and/or your family members to become Singapore permanent residents.
The first way is to do the PR application online by yourself on ICA’s website. You can apply for Singapore permanent residency on ICA website to be a Singapore permanent resident. Although applying for a Singapore PR via ICA’s website appears easy, many tried and realized it is far more difficult to get their PR application approved than it looks. If you have been rejected before for your Singapore PR application, you will know how frustrating it feels.
The second way is to use an immigration agency’s Singapore PR application services. Many busy foreigners apply for Singapore permanent residence with the external help of a professional immigration agency.
A good company will advise you on the steps to get your Singapore permanent residence application approved:
- Applicant eligibility check
- Explanatory notes
- Form 4A
- Annex A
- Supporting documents you need to prepare, scan or fulfil
- And much more
Who is eligible to apply for and become a Singapore permanent resident?
The following is a list of the groups of people and the respective eligibility criteria under the various different Singapore permanent residency schemes you can use to be granted Singapore PR and become a Singapore permanent resident.
Spouse and unmarried children of a citizen or Singapore PR
- Spouse of a Singapore citizen (Singaporean) or spouse of a Singapore PR married for two years minimum.
- Unmarried child aged or unmarried children below 21 years old of age, and a child born within the context of a legal marriage.
- Unmarried child aged or unmarried children below 21 years old legally adopted by a Singapore citizen or Singapore permanent resident.
- Children or foreigners above 21 have to apply for permanent residence on their own merits.
Immediate family members of a Singaporean citizen or Singapore PR
- Those with immediate family ties to a Singaporean citizen or Singapore PR. For example, parents of Singapore citizens or Singapore permanent residents
Note: A Singapore permanent resident or Singapore citizen with income ability to sponsor can also provide or sponsor long term visit pass for immediate family ties with full sponsorship – passes for parents, spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old born or legally adopted in context of a legal marriage.
Employment Pass or S Pass workers using the Professional Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers scheme or PTS scheme
- Employment Pass (EP) VISA or S-Pass holder under the Professional Technical Personnel & Skilled Worker Scheme or PTS scheme.
- Theoretically, you can apply for Singapore PR the day or date you start working in Singapore as an Employment Pass (EP) holder or S Pass holder. Ensure you are in good terms with your business employer as one of the sections is to be completed by them.
- Six months of your salary payslips and background tax supporting documents from your employment tax return and/or employer is required to use Professional Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers scheme PTS scheme.
- It is ideal for a Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers scheme or PTS scheme applicant to have several years in working experience or employment pass length worked in Singapore to be more likely to be approved for permanent residency in Singapore.
- Stable salary by employer of $6,000 to $8,000 up to $12 000 is required if include family such as spouses, children or parents.
- The higher your salary from your employer, the greater your Singapore PR application success rate among other factors.
- Minimum work holder eligibility qualifications for PTS scheme or skilled workers scheme is a S pass or higher like Employment Pass (EP). Work permit holders are not eligible to be granted PR status in Singapore.
Students studying in Singapore
- Student getting a local education and studying in a Singapore institute.
Note: students on education scholarships and/or local government bonds in Singapore may get approved easier for a Singapore PR.
Investors using the Global Investor Programme or GIP application scheme
- Foreign investors or entrepreneurs with business track record from approved industries with applicant’s company turnover or businesses meeting minimum turnover criteria (investors can consolidate their businesses).
- Investors to invest at least minimum amount of 2.5 million in the Global Investor Programme GIP Singapore fund by Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in a new business entity or to expand a Singapore based established one.
- Audited financial statements for current business entity engaged in approved industries must be produced in some cases for applicants.
- GIP applications can be approved for those who make investment in eligible corporate businesses which are Singapore based and approved by Singapore Economic Development Board EDB for global investor GIP application investment scheme.
Read more about Singapore’s GIP scheme here.
Art professionals using the Foreign Artistic Talent Scheme
- Outstanding international arts professionals in visual arts or performing arts who want to tap on their skills to apply to become a Singapore PR can use Singapore’s arts or Foreign Artistic Talent scheme.
- Foreign Artistic Talent scheme is meant for recognition of outstanding international arts professionals with professional experience background and are involved in or made significant contributions of cultural significance in the field of performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, cultural scene significance, media, or design engagements on a leadership level.
Documents needed for PR application in Singapore if you are eligible to apply
The type of documents you will need to apply to become a Singapore permanent resident is very different depending on your personal profile.
Explanatory notes or document lists
You will need the following for your Singapore PR application.
- Explanatory notes or document list for spouse with/ without accompanying child(ren)
- Explanatory notes or document list for child(ren) only
- Explanatory notes or document list for aged parent of a citizen
- Explanatory notes or document list for Employment Pass or S Pass holder
- Explanatory notes or document list for student studying in Singapore
Cover letter for Singapore PR application
PR status approval process in Singapore is automated. There are no interviews in Singapore for PR applicants. ICA makes decisions to accept or not discreetly. This means even if you send in your details and explanatory notes part within your PR application form perfectly but did not attach supporting work track record history, employer recommendation letters, the outcome may not be favorable. The authorities need to believe why you are better than the thousands of permanent resident applicants with similar qualifications for your PR application in Singapore.
Even if you are not the ‘perfect’ permanent resident applicant, you need to make your Singapore PR application, document notes, and cover letter as perfect as possible to portray the best version of you while remaining factually accurate.
How long does the process take for Singapore PR?
Singapore PR application results can range for roughly four to six months if supporting documents and explanatory notes are also in order. It can take longer sometimes depending on complexity of the case. If the validity of your supporting documents is not correct, waiting for the results of your Singapore PR application can take much longer.
What happens after you get a Singapore permanent residence?
Congratulations! After obtaining permanent residency status for Singapore, you will get a blue national identity card. As a Singapore permanent resident, you will have almost the same rights as a full Singapore citizen like tax subsidies etc.
Can a PR stay in Singapore without job?
The answer is yes, a PR can stay in Singapore without a job. That is one of the benefits you get as a permanent resident of Singapore.
ICA re-entry permit after successful Singapore PR application
You can get an entry permit or five years re-entry permit easily for Singapore after you got your SG permanent residency. The process for the renewal of a REP or ICA re entry permit renewal is easy for a Singapore permanent resident.
Additional notes about becoming a Singapore PR
Male Singapore PRs will potentially need to register or enlist for NS Enlistment Act for two years mandatory National Service (called full time NS) or NS national military service liability.
- Healthy males or male children are required to serve till completion for National Service NS training.
- There is up to 40 days of Operationally Ready National Service yearly for the entirety of the NS military service or Operationally Ready National Service ORNS training cycle. One will be liable till age 50 years old for NS officers or 40 for other ranks in NS.
- Women are exempted from NS.
- Only men as stated by Ministry of Defence will be engaged to be serving and liable to complete NS. Not all will be, as it also depends largely on the scheme you used to apply to to become a Singapore PR.
- Remember that renouncing or losing one’s PR status before completing full time NS may have adverse impact on immediate or future applications to live, work or study in Singapore.