Best PR Application Singapore Guide (2022)
Eligibility for PR Application Singapore
If your profile fits any of the following, you may be eligible to proceed with your PR application Singapore:
- Spouse of a Singapore citizen (SC) or Singapore permanent resident (PR)
- Unmarried child (below 21 years old) of an SC or PR
- Aged parent of a Singapore citizen
- Holder of an Employment Pass (EP) or S Pass (SP)
- Student studying in Singapore
- Foreign investor in Singapore
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PR Application Singapore Tips:
Here are 3 popular routes to obtain your permament resident status in Singapore:
If you are a holder of an Employment Pass or S Pass:
- Professionals/Technical Personnel & Skilled Worker Scheme (PTS scheme)
If you are a foreign investor, or have plans to invest in Singapore:
- Global Investor Programme scheme (GIP scheme)
If you have an established career in the Arts industry:
- Foreign Artistic Talent scheme (ForArts scheme)
As the PTS scheme is the most commonly used route for obtaining permanent residence in Singapore, this guide will focus on the application process via the PTS scheme.
9 Steps To Get Your Singapore PR
To apply for permanent residence under the PTS scheme, you must hold either an Employment Pass (EP) or S Pass (SP).
You can choose to include your spouse, and unmarried children who are below 21 years old in your application.
To apply for PR via the PTS scheme is fairly simple, but can be very tedious and time consuming.
To assess your ability to contribute and integrate into to Singapore, as well as your commitment to planting your roots, the screening process will take into account factors such as your family ties to Singaporeans, economic contributions, qualifications, age, family profile and length of residency.
Here are the 9 steps to get your Singapore PR:
1. Determine if you are eligible
If you are already an Employment Pass (EP) or S Pass (SP) holder, then you are eligible to apply for permanent residence in Singapore.
However, there is a requirement to provide 6 months of payslips from your current employer.
Therefore, after receiving your EP or SP, you will have to wait for 6 months before you can start your application for Singapore PR.
2. Decide on whether to include your children
Assuming that you are already including your spouse, this usually arises as an issue of serious consideration only if you have an unmarried son below the age of 21 years old.
First-generation Singapore PR holders are exempted from the compulsory National Service in Singapore. However, second-generation PR holders are not. In other words, it is mandatory for male individuals who obtained PR status through their parents to complete 2 years of National Service in Singapore, followed by multiple cycles of reservist thereafter. (Does not apply to daughters.)
While some parents are supportive of the idea, believing that there are benefits to time served in the military, there are others who do not share the same sentiments. There is also your child’s perspective to consider. Therefore, think about this carefully before proceeding to apply.
3. Review application requirements
To review application requirements, you will need to obtain the PR application Singapore form (Form 4A), the document list, and the explanatory notes.
Form 4A consists of two parts: Application Form and Annex A.
Application Form will require you to provide details of yourself and your family – basic information, educational and professional history.
Annex A will require your employer to provide details explaining the nature of the business, and to confirm your employment and salary details. Otherwise, an employment letter for PR application Singapore should suffice.
For your convenience, you can click on the links below to download the respective documents.
Read the explanatory notes and refer to the document list to prepare all your supporting documents.
4. Prepare supporting documents
After downloading the documents in #3, you will need to refer to both the Explanatory Notes and the Document list to start preparing your supporting documents. Here are a few tips to help you along the way:
- Make a scanned copy of each supporting document. You will need to upload the scanned copies during submission.
- Be sure to have all non-English documents officially translated by your country’s embassy or a notary public in Singapore.
- Include all past employment appointment letters, performance evaluation reports, and recommendation letters.
- If you own any property in Singapore, include the title deed or any other document that shows proof of ownership. This will come in handy in portraying the intention to stay long-term in Singapore.
- Include your latest CV/Resume. (Not mentioned in document list.)
- Prepare a cover letter that expresses your desire to stay and integrate in Singapore.
Take note that while some of the above points are not included in the explanatory notes, the above tips will help you increase your chances of becoming a permanent resident.
5. Completing your application online
The entire application will be done online. It is pretty simple and straight-forward.
Here are a few tips to help you along the way:
- List your education and employment history in chronological order.
- For educational history, begin with high school and onward.
- If you have lost an academic certificate, try reaching out to your previous school for a new copy.
- You will need to provide the details of your spouse and children, regardless of whether you are including them in your application. There will be a field to indicate if they are included.
- Annex A is NOT compulsory. If your employer refuses to help you complete it, you can still proceed with your application.
Note that it usually takes about 30 – 60 minutes to complete the entire process. Be sure to check for mistakes.
6. Final Submission
For submission, you should have completed the following:
- PR application form
- Annex A
- Prepared all supporting documents
You will need to submit all your forms and documents via the ePR portal online. Ensure that all documents are up-to-date.
7. Wait for results
After submission, all you will have to do is to sit back and relax.
It will take approximately 4 – 6 months before you are notified of the outcome via letter.
In some cases, the outcome could take a little longer, depending on the discretion of the ICA. If you have not received news of the outcome after 6 months, you can call the ICA or check your PR application Singapore status online.
Note that the ICA does NOT provide any reasons for the rejection of an application.
8. Singapore PR approval status
If your application for Singapore PR was approved, you will receive a letter to notify you of the outcome. You will need to make an appointment to visit the ICA office within 2 months of receiving the letter to complete the formalities. You can make the appointment online via the ICA’s website.
You (and all individuals included in your application) will be required to do a compulsory medical check-up as will be stated in the approval letter. The medical check-up will involve a chest x-ray and a blood test for HIV.
A medical report format will be provided in your approval letter for your doctor to follow. The medical check-up should be dated within 3 months before ICA submission.
During the appointment, an ICA officer will collect all your documents from you to complete the formalities. The approval letter will list all the supporting documents that you will have to prepare. Here are a few items on the list to pay attention to:
- Approval letter
- Travel documents of all individuals in your application
- 2 passport-sized photos of all individuals in your application
- Your Employment Pass (EP) and all valid Dependent Passes (DP) of your family
- Results of the medical check-up for you and your family
- Form EP 152 – must be completed by your employer
- Payment for the identity card registration, re-entry permit and entry permit. The specific amounts would be specified in the approval letter. Payment modes are via NETS or Cashcard only.
The ICA officer will advise you on the date of collection for your National Registration Identity Card (NRIC), which you will need to make another appointment to collect.
After completing the formalities, you (and your family) should have the following items:
- PR certificate
- Re-entry permit stamp in your passport
Note: Each re-entry permit is valid for 5 years. You must remember to renew your re-entry permit at the end of every 5 years.
After you have completed all formalities, you will become a Singapore PR officially.
Your new PR status will allow you to enjoy almost all the benefits of a Singapore citizen. You will be able to live and work in Singapore without visa restrictions, your children will have priority during enrollments for government schools, and you will be required to participate in the Central Provident Scheme (CPF).
Therefore, you will need to inform your employer of your new PR status, so that your HR department can include you into the CPF scheme. You should also update your PR status with the relevant banks and institutions that matter.
9. How to handle PR rejection
If your application was rejected, do not be dismayed. There are no limits to the number of times that you can apply for the Singapore PR.
If there have been significant changes to your profile during the 6 months before receiving the outcome of your application, remember to keep your next application updated with the latest information and supporting documents.
The problem in most cases is that the ICA does not tell you why your application got rejected, which could be due to a myriad of factors.
Seeking help from an experienced consultant to review your application and supporting documents could help you to reduce any chance of making mistakes. You can also get advice on how to maximise your chances of getting an approval.
Speak to us today and we will be glad to help you with your application.
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Singapore PR Benefits
By becoming a permanent resident in Singapore, you will be able to live, work, and travel in and out of the country indefinitely. You are no longer required to apply for work permits when changing jobs and as such you will no longer face delays or risk of rejection in employment due to visa.
It is a well known fact that employers in Singapore favour employing permanent residents, compared to foreign candidates. As a Singapore PR, you will experience better job stability and recruitment priority.
Along with career flexibility and stability, you will also be able to enjoy the various perks of your new PR status, such as healthcare and education subsidies, affordable housing, priority for various loans, and other financial benefits provided under Singapore’s Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme.
In the future your children and spouse will also be able to apply for permanent residency under the family ties scheme with you as their local sponsor.
Eventually, after a few years of being a Singapore PR, you have the option of applying for a Singapore Citizenship to plant your roots as a local with a Singapore passport.
As a Singapore permanent resident, you will be able to:
- Stay in Singapore indefinitely
- Leave and enter the country without the need to apply for any work or travel visa. You will be given a blue card, which will be your national identity card.
- Apply for permanent resident status for your spouse and unmarried children under 21. If your children are still schooling, they will be placed on the high priority list of any public school that you may choose to enter.
- Apply for the Long Term Visit Pass for your parents to visit you in Singapore.
- Move to another company without having to reapply for a work permit. If you only have a work permit or any other work visa and want to move to another company, you will need to cancel your current work visa and apply for a new one.
- Enjoy the financial and tax benefits of the Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme. Under the CPF scheme, you will contribute a certain percentage of your monthly salary to your CPF fund, where your employer will also contribute an additional amount monthly.The funds accumulated in your CPF account may be utilized for medical purposes, residential property purchase, family insurance and certain investment opportunities.
- Apply for a myriad of personal loans, property loans and business loans. If you are a PR holder, you will also be eligible to purchase a resale HDB flat.
- Apply for Singapore citizenship after a few years of holding a permanent resident status. If you choose to become a Singapore citizen, you will need to renounce your previous citizenship.You will be issued a Singapore passport, a pink coloured National Registration Identity Card (NRIC), and be able to enjoy the same privileges and rights of a Singaporean.
Singapore PR Disadvantages
When you become a permanent resident of Singapore, there will be certain conditions that you must adhere to.
If you have a son who is under the age of 18 and also a PR holder, he will be required to complete his national service by serving in the military, civil defence or police force for 2 years.
Subsequent to the 2 years of national service, he will need to attend 40 days of Operationally Ready National Service every year until he completes 10 cycles of re-service.
However, if your son chooses to give up his Singapore PR status, he will not be required perform the 2 years of national service.
Having said all that, becoming a Singapore permanent resident will give you the chance to live, work and settle down in a safe and stable country that you can call home.
You can apply for Singapore PR online via the ePR portal. You will need to prepare all required supporting documents and fill up Form 4A. After that, you may proceed to submit all documents via the ePR online portal.
Typically, each application will take around 4 – 6 months before you receive your results. However, some applications may take longer to be processed.
Your Singapore permanent resident status will be permanent. However, you will need to renew your re-entry pass every 5 years.
You may check your PR status online. To check on the status of your application, you can visit the ICA website.
You are eligible to apply for Singapore PR if you are a/an:
- S Pass, Employment Pass, Personalised Employment Pass (PEP), Entrepreneur Pass (EntrePass) holder.
- Spouse of Singapore citizen or Singapore PR
- Unmarried children of Singapore citizen or Singapore PR aged under 21
- Aged parents of Singapore citizen
- Student Pass holder
- Investor keen to invest in or startup new businesses in Singapore (GIP scheme)
- Foreign Artistic Talent (For Arts scheme)
Above you will see a general documents list. However, the documents list will differ from person to person. Upon contacting us, we will provide you with a specially curated documents list, based on your life situation.
Based on past statistics provided by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and National Population and Talent Division throughout 2008 to 2016, there was a sharp decline of new PR approvals from 2008 to 2010, where the number of newly granted PRs fell from 79,167 in 2008, to 29,265 in 2010.
This was due to a decision made by the Singapore Government to reduce the number of permanent residents in Singapore.
Since then, the numbers have stabilized to an average of 30,000 new PRs granted every year.
Yes, you are free to reapply anytime after 6 months of the rejection, as long as you still meet the eligibility criteria. However, we strongly encourage you to consult with us before proceeding with any reapplications, as haphazardly reapplying will only lead to further rejections.
We will look into various factors regarding your previous rejection, such as the documents that were submitted, or your employment history. Thereafter, we will identify any potential favorable changes in your profile, and plan out a new application with better approval chances.
Supplementary documents such as cover letters, recommendation letters, employer testimonials, etc. are not required for PR applications.
However, we ALWAYS advise our clients to attach at least a cover letter along with your application as it is essential in improving your chances of approval.
You have to wait at least 6 months before making a new application.
If you feel that you have better chances due to new developments in your profile, you are welcome to consult us for evaluations regarding future applications.
All young male Singapore citizens and permanent residents are obligated to perform mandatory National Service in the Singapore military. After obtaining PR status in Singapore, your sons are also required to perform their National Service duties.
As a PR holder you are also required to make contributions towards your Central Provident Fund (CPF), but this is generally seen as a benefit for locals as you are able to utilize the funds for various matters.
While the authorities have never explicitly confirmed the existence of a “quota system” for PR applications, it is likely that the Singapore Government has demographics targets it aims to fulfill based on race, age group and other factors.
A cover letter is not a prerequisite document like a passport photo. Rather, it is an opportunity to differentiate yourself from the others; to present your case as a valuable member of society that the country will benefit from.
With the ICA receiving an overwhelming amount of applications every single day, if a cover letter were to be a prerequisite document for all applications, it would take too much time to process each application.
It would also render the cover letter insignificant, as every application will come a cover letter, with no room to stand out and convince the screening officer.
No, as long as you are eligible and have gainful employment in Singapore, you can still apply for permanent residency.
You will be made eligible for a Singapore citizenship application 2 years after obtaining your Singapore PR status. Get in touch with us for more details.
It is not against the law to hold dual citizenship in Singapore. However, the Singapore Government reserves the right to cancel your Singapore citizenship IF you have another.
After successfully obtaining a Singapore citizenship, you should renounce your previous citizenship in favour of your newly granted Singapore citizenship.
There is no minimum education level required for employed professionals applying for PR status.
However, if you are applying for as a student, you need to have passed at least one national examination (PSLE, ‘O’ Level, ‘A’ Level) or be in the Integrated Programmed (IP).
You can actually start applying as soon as you are eligible for a PR application, regardless of your length of stay in Singapore.
However, it is inadvisable for foreigners to apply too early as they will most likely get rejected. A good rule of thumb is to have at least six months of working experience in Singapore before application.
Currently it is not possible for anyone to properly estimate the average rate of PR application approvals.
Although the authorities release population and demographics statistics, including the number of new PRs granted each year, they do not disclose any information on the number of rejected applications.
You can apply on your own, but we recommend applying with your local spouse as your sponsor as the chances of approval are higher.
You may enquire via email towards ICA for assistance on the procedures and relevant documents when renouncing your PR status.
You will eventually be required to visit the ICA office or a Singapore embassy/consulate to finalize your decision to renounce your permanent residency.
After your PR status has been cancelled, you will be able to withdraw any funds left in your CPF account. To do so you will need to make an application to withdraw CPF with the Central Provident Fund Board.
Upon successful application to withdraw, your CPF funds will be first forwarded to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) to settle any tax liabilities.
Consider carefully before making the decision to renounce your permanent residency. It is important to note that renouncing one’s PR status will have heavy adverse impacts on any future applications for student visas and work permits, as well as future PR applications.
Furthermore, renouncing your PR status without completing mandatory National Service may also negatively affect your family members application for PR and renewal of Re-entry permits.
It is possible to re-obtain PR status after renouncing it previously, but it is extremely rare, save for exceptional cases in which the government considers you a highly valuable asset for the country.
Not necessarily. Even though employment pass holders typically tend to have a better profile than S pass holders (higher salaries, skills and expertise that might be in demand), you should never delay your PR application when you are already eligible as an S Pass holder.
Yes, especially if you are the spouse of a Singapore PR or citizen, the unmarried child (below 21 years old) of a Singapore PR or citizen, or the aged parent of a Singapore citizen. The ICA will also take other family ties into account.
If your parents or other siblings are permanent residents or citizens, it will most definitely improve your chances of approval. Having local family ties in Singapore shows that you are likely to be committed to the country long-term, and continue to contribute to the country as a local resident yourself.
ICA does not list any minimum salary required for a PR application, but this does not mean that your salary is a non-factor during the screening process. Having a high-paying job will certainly improve your chances.
Even if you feel that your current salary may be inadequate to get approved, feel free to engage us for a consultation session to properly evaluate your chances as a PR applicant.
As the ICA will never specifically state any reasons or grounds for rejections, we are not able to establish any exact reasons for your rejection.
However, we can review your previous application and provide advice on potential factors that could have led to the rejection, as well as guidance on how and when to proceed with a new application.
Not an issue. The Annex A is not a compulsory document for the Singapore PR application. Even if your employer is not cooperative, you are still able to apply if you are able to provide documents in place of the Annex A that proves your current employment with the company.
You will need to renew your re-entry permit every 5 years if you intend to travel out of Singapore.
Unfortunately Work Permit (WP) holders are not eligible for PR application. You will need to upgrade to an S Pass or Employment Pass in order to make an application.
It usually takes between 4 to 6 months for the ICA to process your application, but it may take a little bit longer in some cases.
When your PR application is approved, you will receive an approval letter with instructions on how to complete your PR formalities (e.g. collection of your blue NRIC, what to bring along for your appointment at the ICA office). We will guide you through the entire process.
As of 18th December 2017, offline PR applications are no longer accepted and all applicant have to submit their application through ICA’s online e-PR system. As a result, face-to-face interviews are also not necessary for applications.
Yes, you are free to find employment overseas after obtaining your Singapore permanent resident status. However it is NOT advisable as it may lead to rejection for your re-entry permit, which can eventually lead to a cancellation for your PR status.
Yes, to meet the ICA documentation criteria you must translate all non-english documents into English.
When engaging us, you can simply pass them to us and we will have it translated with the proper certification and verification to meet the ICA criteria.
No, there are no age limits for PR applications. You are able to apply regardless of your age if you meet the eligibility criteria.
You can sponsor the PR applications for your unmarried children under 21 years of age, but in regards to your parents, only Singapore citizens can sponsor parents’ applications.
You can register for your SingPass online through the SingPass portal or register in person with your work pass and passport at any SingPass counter locations listed on the SingPass website.
If you find that you need to make any amends to your application, please contact us first and we will advise you on the proper procedure to do so without affecting your ongoing application.
You can logon to the ICA e-PR online system with your SingPass to check on the status of your application status anytime.