Have you been thinking about becoming a PR in Singapore?
COVID-19 has made Permanent Residency in Singapore (Singapore PR application) more beneficial than ever. Employment Pass (EP) holders have faced many restrictions returning to Singapore, so becoming PR in Singapore will allow you the same immigration rights to re-entry as citizens. In addition to that, you would no longer need a work permit, so getting that new lucrative job offer becomes much easier.
For business owners, you will have the ability to run multiple businesses without restrictions. And the most relieving part – you won’t have to worry about leaving Singapore in 30 days if you lose your job! Successful immigration applications are becoming more challenging, but following these tips will give you the best chance of success!
Related Reference: Benefits of Becoming a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR)
Singapore PR application – Let’s get started with our 5 tips.
1. Collect all the right documents in advance.
A PR application requires a lot of documentation, and some of these documents can be a pain to find – do you still have your university transcripts from years ago? The records required depend on your Singapore Permanent Resident eligibility. As a foreigner, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence if you are a/an:
- Spouse of a Singapore citizen (SC) or Singapore permanent resident (PR)
- Unmarried child aged below 21 born within the context of legal marriage to, or have been legally adopted by, an SC or PR
- Aged parent of an SC
- Holder of an Employment Pass or S Pass (the most common route)
- Students studying in Singapore
- Foreign investors in Singapore
For the latest documents required, head over to ICA’s website (link: https://www.ica.gov.sg/reside/PR/apply) and download the correct appendix at the bottom of the page. Give yourself sufficient time to collect all these documents before beginning the application process. Once you have begun the online Singapore PR application, you have to submit everything in 7 days. Make sure the scanned copies of documents are clear with no information cut off.
2. Include your whole family in the PR application.
It is possible to submit an individual PR application, but for a maximum chance of success, you should include all family members in the application. Doing so shows your long-term commitment to Singapore. If you have male children in your PR application and your Singapore PR application is successful, they will be enrolled in mandatory national service at age 18 as an immigration requirement. Purposefully excluding male children to avoid national service responsibilities will lower your chances of success in becoming PR in Singapore.
3. Prepare a cover letter that shows your commitment to long-term integration in Singapore.
Prepare a great cover letter to convince the authorities that this applies to you. Your cover letter should present yourself as someone who has contributed to the community, which can be through volunteering or participating in community initiatives. However, it can also be through contributions your business has made. For example, have you brought employment to local Singaporeans? Have you been involved in mentoring and training your employees? Are you running a business that can serve and improve the community? Submit a PR application with a well-written cover letter and boost your chances of success.
4. Keep Trying
As said, PR is difficult to obtain. Don’t give up hope after one rejected application. We have helped applicants successfully get PR despite receiving a prior rejection. Reapply and show your commitment to Singapore is serious. That being said, don’t reapply for PR too soon after the rejection. We advise you to wait at least six months before applying again. If there are changes to your Singapore PR application, such as new achievements, educational qualifications, or new family members applying, it can improve your chances of success.
5. Get some help
One can complete the PR application process by carefully following the steps laid out by ICA online. But, between balancing a busy career, family commitments, and looking after your health, the process can be cumbersome. The application requires a lot of administration, and enlisting professional help for your PR application can take the burden off your shoulders, save you some time, and spare you the hassle. With professional expertise, you won’t have to worry about making errors on the PR application and missing out on opportunities to boost your profile.
Where to start with Your Singapore PR application?
Now you know the top tips for a successful Singapore PR application, have collected all your documents, and have written a great cover letter. It’s time to get started! Head to ICA’s website (https://www.ica.gov.sg/reside/PR/apply) and log in through your SingPass to submit the application.