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What To Do & Why, When a Singapore PR Application is Rejected?

When a Singapore PR Application is Rejected

Singapore ranks among the countries with the smallest populations in the world. According to the latest statistics, it ranks 114th in the world in population. The number of people in Singapore today is even fewer than those of other small countries such as Lebanon, El Salvador, and Kyrgyzstan, among others. For this reason, Singapore needs all the input which foreigners entering the country could possibly provide. 

If you are reading this right now, it is likely that you are thinking of living and working in Singapore someday. Although this article is about Permanent Resident (PR) status in Singapore, it is worth mentioning that one of the easiest methods by which a person could possibly become a PR of Singapore is by first obtaining a highly coveted Employment Pass (EP). If you can prove that you will contribute to the success of the Singaporean nation and economy, it is likely that the authorities will deem you deserving of an EP and subsequently PR status. This is where we at Paul Hype Page & Co can come in. We will take you through the process of EP application and make sure that no step is left incomplete. Through our assistance, it will be much easier for you to receive the EP which you have desired. 

Once you have received your EP, you can further increase your chances of becoming a Singapore PR. One way by which you can do so is by owning and running a business of your own in Singapore. Doing so provides the authorities with ample evidence that you have a deep desire to establish yourself within the country’s corporate scene and provide products and services which people all over the country will willingly use. This is an important service to the country of Singapore. If you would like to do so, we are also able to be of assistance. Our company incorporation services are highly recommended by many people from within and outside Singapore alike. We will see to it that the company which will be incorporated for you will be as stable and prosperous as it could possibly be. This would in turn make your reception of Singapore PR status far more likely. 

That being said, in recent years, Singapore’s government has begun to tighten some of its immigration laws, a fact of which those who areapplying for a Singapore PR must be aware. Due to this fact, there are numerous instances in which a PR application will be rejected. Although the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) does not state any specific criteria related to approval or rejection, there are valid reasons as to why a Singapore PR application may have been rejected.  

It is important that those applying for PR status avoid being negligent during the application process. Those who have forgotten to fill out every portion of the application form or neglected to submit documents to accompany the application will almost certainly experience rejection of PR applications. 

Some applicants are rejected because they failed to specify the exact reasons as to why they believe that they deserve PR status in Singapore. Such applicants thus failed to ensure that their applications specified their skills, abilities, work history and other professional experience, and educational qualificationsThose who included unclear or seemingly suspicious information are likely to be rejected.  

Applicants who are most likely to be successful are those who have skills or experience in previous jobs that are much sought-after by many employers in Singapore. Such applicants are fortunate enough to possess skills and qualities that Singapore’s employers look for in new employees.  

Furthermore, many foreigners who have chosen to relocate to Singapore have made the mistake of failing to apply for a working visa such as the EntrePass or EP and thus become one of the many registered foreign workers in Singapore. Those who do not complete this process will find that they are unlikely to ever receive PR status. 

If you would like to have a discussion about the different visas available to foreigners in Singapore, contact us at Paul Hype Page & Co. We will supply you with all the information you may need at no charge. 


Information for Foreigners Who Plan to Start a Business in Singapore 

One way by which foreigners can increase their chances of having their PR application approved is by starting a business in Singapore. Singapore’s business incentives provided by the country’s government will fund a significant portion of the startup costs of a business which has been relocated from a foreign country to Singapore. The use of other tax incentive schemes provided by the government will help foreigners who have completed the process of business relocation.  

Foreigners who are interested in starting a business in Singapore also need to initiate the process of moving their assets to Singapore. Those who have done so must then learn all they can about how these assets are to be taxed in Singapore. They must know of their tax resident status, position with regard to double taxation, and yearly tax reporting requirements. For the handling of such matters, we at Paul Hype Page & Co have employed a team of experienced  tax consultants who are always ready to assist you for tax planning purposes. We will help you better understand how to manage your tax obligations.


Don’t leave your Employment Pass application to chance

Paul Hype Page & Co have our in-house licensed employment agency registered with the Ministry of Manpower and offer a full spectrum of work pass services. We will provide a thorough assessment of all factors of your application and ensure that they meet MOM current standards of review. Our reliable guidance and high success rate come with years of experience and continually staying abreast with Singapore’s immigration regulatory updates.

Call us at +65 6221 4711 or contact us now for a free consultation.

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 1:40 am
Categories: Migration to Singapore

Singapore PR Application is Rejected FAQs

How much of Singapore’s population growth can be attributed to immigrants?

In 2018, the population of Singapore grew by 49,458 people. Of these people, 27,028 of them were immigrants. Therefore, according to the most recent statistics, approximately 55% of Singapore’s annual population growth can be attributed to immigrants.

How many PRs live in Singapore?

Today, there are approximately 500,000 PRs in Singapore. This figure is expected to remain relatively stable. This is due to limits on the number of people granted PR status every year by the Singaporean government. 

Do many people living in Singapore today originate from abroad?

A large number of those currently living in Singapore are PRs, foreigners, or new citizens. According to the latest estimates, around 44% of the country’s population may be classified as a person of one of those categories. 

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LAKSHMI .N.K says:

Hi, My husband worked at Singapore for 9 years till 2016 November..He worked at DELL.He completed MCA .He was a P2 holder.We applied for both of us at 2015..My husband applied already 2 times before getting married.And my daughter was born in singapore at 2015.She is SG50 baby.. But unfortunately it get rejected.. Now we are in india and trying job in singapore..Is there any chance?
really i fell bad and i want to bring up my child in singapore
I’m waiting for your kind reply…

Paul says:

Dear Lakshmi,

You may consider setting up your own company in Singapore as an option. We have an all-in-one Incorporation with Employment Pass package which encompasses everything you need to get started in Singapore quickly and efficiently. If you would like to explore this option, do drop us an email at and our dedicated Corporate Specialist will get back to you.

Best Regards,

Haja says:

I am an indian. I am working in singapore post at last 5 yrz. Shall i eligible for apply singapoee PR? Plz give some tips for apply singapore PR.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Haja,

You may check MOM’s website for the full list of migration criteria. Your approval would depend on the ICA’s criteria and what they look for in the individual’s application. Hope this helps.

Best Regards,

Srikanth says:

Hi, pls advice
I’m a Indian, male, Indian nationality, Hindu
Holding spass currently, as a planning executive,
Fixed monthly basic 2700S$
Expiry date will be 08/01/2018
For pass 3.8years working in same company without taking any leaves or MC, and only once went back to India in the pass 3.8years.
I joined in this company on 08/02/2014 to still in same company.
But my employer had applied worke permit for the first 1year after that upgrade to spass two times.

Highest ducational qualification: computer science engineering(B.Tech degree)
One of the Indian university which is recognized by Singapore MOE list of universities

I completed my degree in apr 2013 and
Got a opportunity in Singapore to work 20 sep 2013, so my total working experience is only 4years but the 4years experience in Singapore.

I awarded of some of the two days courses like fire fighter for respond fire accidents, first aider, internal aduter level1 for ohsas QA, and halal foundation course non supervisory level1.

And I’m just 3months back joined in Singapore Red Cross as youth member/volunteer.

And my previous employer also from Singapore
First I joined this company as training employee by holding training employment pass for 4minths.
Including the 4minths training period,
I have been staying in Singapore for 4 years.

One more thing is both of my previous and current employers also very possitive to me and still encouraging me for grow step by step in their companies and settle here.
The company CEO also ready to give me any kind of letter for me if it will helpful and he advices me
They want to promote me to another lever land that will help for my PR application in future.

Pls advice, what are my chances of my PR approval and what should I better to improve in my side.
My ICA appointmt date will be 11/10/2017.

Thank you.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Srikanth,

We are unable to advise further as to what your chances are for PR approval as it would depend on the ICA’s criteria and what they look for in the individual’s application. Some applications may take longer to process, so you would need to follow up with the relevant authorities to check the status of your application from time to time.

Hope this helps.

Best Regards,

Uma Thevi says:

HI there, I applied for my PR in Dec 2016. I applied for my whole family, me, my husband and our 2 children. On Aug 2017, i rcv the letter saying our PR application not successful. I am a S Pass holder. My S pass validity is 5 yrs. I am working in Spore for the last 20 yrs. My husband is a work permit holder. Both my kids are studying in Malaysia. Can i reappeal? What is the process for appeal? Can i only apply PR first? Please assist.

elise says:

Hi Uma,

Sorry to hear that. You may try to appeal or attempt to apply for a PR for yourself first. That may help.

Best Regards,

Lim Cai Tee says:

My pr application unsuccessful, kindly advise what i need to do

Pls reply to my email


Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Lim,

For PR matters, you will need to refer directly to ICA.

Good Luck,



Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Sujeeta,

The best option would be through getting employment here and then applying for a PR status after a couple of years. You may check MOM’s website for the full list of migration criteria.

Do drop us an email at if you need further assistance on securing Employment Passes. Have a great day ahead.


Dewi Kartika says:

I’m an Indonesian Chinese and have been working in Singapore since Jan 2008, I completed my Diploma with 6 High Distinctions and 2 Distinctions and applied my PR for the 4th time on this year 1 Aug, but still being rejected.

I’m really disappointed and sad, how to appeal for this?