What is a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) and what does it mean to be one?

A permanent resident (PR) refers to someone who has been given Singapore Permanent Residence (PR) status by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore. They however are not full fledged citizens.

As a Singapore PR, he/she and their family have the right to live, work and integrate into the fabric of Singaporean society just like ordinary citizens. He/She will get to enjoy the freedom of moving in and out of the country without the need for additional visas and passes.

What are some of the benefits of being a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) ?

The range of benefits that a Singapore PR can enjoy includes leaving and entering the country without visa restrictions, better standing to public schooling options for children, access to more employment opportunities within the country without the hassle of requiring any work passes, financial benefits in the form of the Central Provident Fund (CPF), and ease of acquiring housing loans through local banks.

In addition, should an individual aspire to be a Singapore Citizen, maintaining their Singapore PR status is one of the only legit ways recognizable by the Singapore government to be due for consideration.

What is the eligibility critera to apply for Singapore Permanent Residence (PR) ?

To be eligible for Singapore PR consideration, one must fall into one of the following categories :

  • Spouse and unmarried children (below 21 years old) of a Singapore Citizen (SC) / Singapore
    Permanent Resident (SPR)
  • Aged Parents of a Singapore Citizen
  • Employment Pass/ S Pass / Personalized Employment Pass holders
  • Investors
Is it more difficult to attain a PR these days? How true is this?

Since 2009, the government has tighten its immigration policies to ensure adequate expertise is being maintained across all industries. This also ensures that salaries and distribution of skills across sectors remain competitive. While nobody can guarantee 100% success rates in PR application, one can be assured that every application is being considered on its own merits.

Those who have shown outstanding commitment, hard work, and social contributions in Singapore, especially should not feel discouraged.

Further, in the population white paper released by the Singapore Government in 2015, both citizens and foreign talents alike will have a major part to play in achieving economic and manpower stability for Singapore.

Why is my PR status rejected ?

Application rejections, while they could be due to many reasons, are however not revealed by ICA. As such, instead we help clients work toward building up a profile that is strong based on the other economical and social factors that can be determined based on our expertise.

What is the PR Approval quota like ?

There is no specific numerical value that can be shared in terms of the quota given out by ICA for a given time frame. While the government is working toward a framework that can support the objectives of the population white paper, the number of PRs given out at any time frame is dependent on the gaps of expertise that is required in the economy. These gaps surfaces due to personnel leaving the industry, renouncement of PR status, or even newly created demand in the industry. While maintaining the ethnic balance of the country remains key, each PR application will still be accessed on its own merits.

National Service and PRs

While the government grant PRs many benefits, there are also certain obligations that is required on the individual. One of which is National Service. Under the Enlistment Act, all male Singapore citizens and permanent residents are liable to register for national service upon reaching 16½ years old. They are liable to serve two years when they turn 18, followed by 40 days of Operationally Ready National Service every year until they turn 50 years old, for officers, and 40 years old for other ranks.

Overview of Singapore PR Scheme

There are several ways to go about attaining PR statuses in Singapore. They are as follows :

  • Professionals/Technical Personnel & Skilled Worker scheme (PTS scheme)
  • Investor scheme
  • Foreign artistic talent scheme
Steps and Timeline for applying PR

Once one has ascertained interest to apply for PR, the next step is to go through the requirements in ICA website, download the necessary forms, set up an appointment date with ICA, and then prepare the necessary documents. Upon submission of documents, the PR application results may take at least 6 – 12 months. In all, the entire process would take up between 1 – 2 years.

Alternatively, since time is of the essence and wastage in terms of rejected applications would be highly inconvenient, interested applicants should work with us to understand how best to package and time their application. We guarantee documentation integrity and ensure our clients interests remain a priority.