Any application for Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) status made by a foreigner is overseen by the Ministry of Manpower, which has the final say with regard to either approval or rejection.
Many people from all over the world are interested in becoming permanent residents (PRs) of Singapore. However, some do not understand the process which one must undergo before becoming a PR of the country. For this reason, we at Paul Hype Page & Co have taken it upon ourselves to assist those eager to gain Singapore PR status in their attempt to do so. We even offer an important advantage to those who are interested in becoming a PR. This is the case because through the use of our package, those who have received an Employment Pass (EP) will be allowed to apply for PR status after six months – a significant reduction from the usual one-year waiting period. We are willing to be of service at any point throughout the entire process.
Please peruse the following links for further information about the EP:
- Employment Pass
- Employment Pass Guide
- Employment Pass Requirements
- Employment Pass Procedures
- Employment Pass Success Factors
How to Apply for Singapore PR Status
The following are the steps by which one can become a Singapore PR:
Step 1: Decide When to Apply for PR Status
All Singapore PR applicants are to provide salary slips over six months from their Singapore employer; thus, it takes at least six months for a prospective PR to apply for PR status. The type of work pass held also plays a part in determining the optimal application date; it can range from anywhere from six months to three years after commencement of employment in Singapore.
Step 2: Consider Other Factors Related to PR Status Application
There are also several other factors considered by the authorities when they make a decision on one’s PR application. They include the applicant’s educational background, duration of physical stay in Singapore, employment background, job stability, employer’s credentials, salary, financial well-being, moral character, family ties in Singapore, and charitable contributions to society, among other important factors.
Step 3: Decide on PR Filing for Children (If Applicable)
Those who have children must consider if they intend to extend their PR application towards their children. As per Singapore laws, the main applicant who is granted Singapore PR status is exempted from national military service; however, all healthy male children who have been granted PR status through their parents must register for national military service when they become of age. They will be required to serve two years of full-time national military service followed by 40 days of Operationally Ready National Service per year until the age of 50 (for officers) or 40 years (for other ranks). Of course, applicants who do not have any children may disregard this step
Step 4: Download Documents and Review Filing Requirements
Once PR eligibility is established and the applicant decides to proceed with PR application filing, the next step is to obtain the PR application forms and review submission requirements.
The Form 4A document consists of two parts: PR Application Form and Annex A. The first part (PR Application Form) is to be completed by the applicant. It requires the details of the applicant and the applicant’s family. It includes basic information as well as educational and professional history. The second part (Annex A) is to be completed by the applicant’s employer, who is to explain the nature of the business. However, the employer is not considered to be sponsoring the application. The second document, titled Form EP4, contains explanatory notes on Form 4A.
Step 5: Prepare Supporting Documents
After downloading and reading the necessary documents, applicants are to prepare supporting documents. The list of supporting documents required is provided in Form EP4.
Applicants are advised to make a copy of each supporting document while also keeping a copy of the original document with them because when submitting the PR application, the applicant will be required to provide the original document for verification.
Any documents which are not in English must be paired with an official English translation of the document. Such a translation may be received at the embassy or High Commission of the applicant’s home country. Applicants will require originals and copies of both non-English and English translated versions of the required documents.
Previous employment appointment letters, performance evaluation reports, and recommendation letters may also prove to be useful.
Step 6: Complete the PR Application Form
Applicants are to list their educational and employment history in chronological order. Educational history is to be listed from the applicant’s high-school diploma. Those who cannot produce an appropriate certificate for a degree or diploma education that has been completed should not list such a qualification. Should they do so, unnecessary delays may be caused because authorities might send the applicant a letter requiring that the applicant produce the necessary document for verification purposes in order to further process the application.
The details of the applicant’s spouse and children, if any, are also to be listed in the same PR application form. This is true even if the applicant is not applying for PR status for the spouse or children of the applicant.
Step 7: Singapore PR Status Application Filing and Submission
Once the applicant has completed the PR application form, received the completed Annex A from the applicant’s employer, and prepared the supporting documents, the applicant may submit the PR status application to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore.
The applicant is required to bring all necessary original documents for verification purposes. The application has to be submitted in person for verification of supporting documents, completion of PR application, and submission of all the necessary documents. All these verifications are conducted by an ICA officer.
It will take approximately three to six months for the ICA to send a letter to the applicant; this letter mentions the outcome of the applicant’s PR application. Those who have not received such a letter may call ICA for further information; ICA will then specify if the application has been approved or rejected; if neither is the case, the application is still undergoing processing. No further explanations or reasons will be provided to the applicant.
Step 8A: If the Application Is Approved
Once an applicant receives the approval letter, the applicant is to again visit the ICA office. This visit is to be made within 30 days of receiving the approval letter. During this visit, the applicant is to complete all remaining formalities. The following documents are required:
- Approval letter
- Results of medical check-up as required by the authorities
- Passport-sized photos for each of the applicants
- EPs and Dependant’s Passes (DPs), which will be replaced with PR cards
- Travel documents for each applicant
When completing PR formalities, the ICA officer will collect all of the applicant’s documents before the applicant completes all of the necessary formalities. At the end of this process, the applicant will receive the following items:
- PR identity card for the applicant and the applicant’s spouse, if any; this card will serve as proof that its holder is a permanent resident of Singapore; the minimum age at which a person may receive such a card is 15
- PR certificate for each PR applicant
The re-entry permit is typically issued for five years at a time and is renewable thereafter. Those who plan to leave Singapore must make sure that their re-entry permit is valid until their return.
Those who have completed all PR-related formalities may claim the privileges of being a Singapore permanent resident. Singapore PRs enjoy many of the benefits given to others with full Singapore citizenship, including the freedom to live and work in Singapore without visa restrictions, government schooling for their children, and compulsory participation in the Central Provident Fund (CPF) Scheme which grows their pension fund.
New Singapore PRs are to inform their employers of their new status. Their employers will require a copy of the new PRs’ PR card to update HR records and will also need to start making contributions to their CPF fund. New PRs are also to inform banks so that the banks can update personal details as specified in the bank account.
Step 8B: If the Application Is Rejected
Those who have been rejected ought to know that there are no restrictions on how many times one can apply for Singapore PR. However, in order to maximize one’s chances of becoming a Singapore PR, those who have been rejected are advised to wait for at least six months to pass before submitting another PR status application.
Is a Singapore PR also a citizen of Singapore?
Although PR status and citizenship have certain similarities, they are not the same. A PR of Singapore is not a citizen of Singapore. However, if certain criteria are fulfilled, a Singapore PR may apply for citizenship of Singapore.
Can anyone of any nationality become a Singapore PR?
The Singaporean government does not place PR-related restrictions upon any nationality. Thus, any person of any nationality who fulfills the necessary criteria may become a permanent resident of Singapore.
Can those who have neither a spouse nor children apply for PR status?
Similar to the case with nationality, marital status or lack thereof is not a relevant factor with regard to application for PR status. One is also not required to have any children before making any attempt to become a PR of Singapore.