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Getting PR in Singapore | Why Singapore Permanent Resident Applications Get Rejected


With a plummeting birth rate and ageing population, it might seem odd that such a high number of Singapore permanent residency (PR) applications get rejected. The truth is, immigration is a complex topic with many factors at play. Getting a PR in Singapore is not as easy as it seems. There is a long list of requirements for PR acceptance by the Singaporean government, which can be daunting for applicants.

That’s where we come in. In this blog, we offer insight into getting PR in Singapore as well as the more common reasons that PR applications tend to get rejected. Our Immigration Specialists have a deep understanding of the system, leveraging this knowledge to help expatriates from across the globe discover a new life in Singapore. Read more here and get in touch if you have any questions!

Singapore is deemed as one of the safest countries to live in, especially amongst the other Southeast Asian countries. Throughout the years, Singapore has gained world class recognition in the following:

  • No. 1 Investment destination in Asia
  • The world’s easiest place to do business
  • Best business environment in Asia Pacific and the world
  • Top 6 in the world for least corruption in the economy
  • Most transparent country in the world

It is not difficult to understand why there are so many foreigners who are interested in getting a PR and would like to permanently stay / settle in Singapore. Hence, there are a lot of foreigners applying for Singapore Permanent Residency (PR) while the quota (not revealed to public) is limited, in keeping with the Government’s requirements.

The application for Singapore PR is a long process (average of 1 year). There are no guarantees for approval as you need to fit into the talent requirements set forth by the Singapore government at the time of your submission. As such, there are a lot of rejections especially among applicants trying to do so on their own. This is due to the lack of policy insights and knowledge as well as professional assistance.

The most common rejection reasons are incomplete forms, insufficient documents, and not presenting the traits that the Singapore Government would like to see in a PR candidate.

With a low birth rate and an ageing population, Singapore has insufficient working citizens to sustain the economy till 2030 hence the demand for foreign talents to supplement the lack of Singaporeans is very real.  Therefore, PR approval really depends on how the PR candidates present themselves to the Singapore Government.


How can Immigration@SG (IASG) help?

IASG’s track record in Singapore PR applications remain stellar. We have helped individuals and families from countries such as India, China, Philippines, U.S.A, South America, Australia, Malaysia, Japan and Korea amongst many others.

Our intimate knowledge on Singapore’s immigration and employment policies will prime both Employers and/or the direct individuals to have a hassle-free experience in the application process. We will handle all application matters from paperwork, liaison with the various ministries, the application proper, as well as post-application matters, where required. More importantly, clients can tap on our expertise on all advisory matters to ensure a smooth application process and higher chances of approval.

To understand more and take your first step towards a Singapore PR, arrange for a FREE consultation with our Immigration Specialists now. In this consultation, our Immigration Specialists will seek to understand your true motivations and reasons behind the application, do a full analysis on your chances, as well as advise you step-by-step what your next course of action should be.

Any issues pertaining Singapore immigration, permanent residency, and citizenship requires in-depth knowledge of policy & documentation matters. If you have any questions or seek answers about getting a PR in Singapore, contact us at and we will be more than happy to help.

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Author: Immigration@SG LLP

Immigration@SG LLP (IASG) is a Singapore immigration consultancy firm providing comprehensive services and solutions for businesses and individuals. Our team comprise of professionals with more than 20 years of experience in Singapore, with close working relationships with government agencies. Our in-depth knowledge of Singapore immigration laws, as well as extensive experience with immigration cases, allow us to offer our clients a sound and strategic immigration advice, with full compliance to the local laws and regulations. Visit our website ( in order to get more information about our services.

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