Singapore Permanent Residency
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
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1) Am I Eligible for Permanent Residency in Singapore?
The following categories of foreigners are eligible to apply for Permanent Residence:
(a) Spouse and unmarried children (below 21 years old) of a Singapore Citizen (SC) / Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR)
(b) Aged Parents of a SC
(c) Employment Pass / S Pass holders
(d) Investors under the Global Investor Program (GIP)
(e) Students under a valid Student Pass
You can take our Self-Assessment Tool to check your eligibility for Permanent Residency.
2) How Do I Apply for Singapore Permanent Residency?
You are required to prepare your eApplication prior to assessing the ICA PR Submission Portal.
Once there, you will have to complete a 14-page application form prior to uploading your compulsory documents to the online system. After submitting your compulsory documents, make payment of S$100 per applicant to ICA, and you have successfully submitted the application.
It is important to note that you can also submit relevant supporting documents to support your application after uploading your compulsory documents to increase your chances of success. You can request for a list of accepted supporting documents by submitting a contact form here.
3) How Long is the Entire Application Process?
After you have submitted your documents to the ICA, the application can take between three to six months to process. You may check your application status on iEnquiry. The ICA will also inform you via mail on the outcome of your application.
4) What are the Benefits for PRs of Singapore?
Change jobs freely without having to worry about re-applying for work permit
Avoid foreigner hiring restrictions and quotas to access more potential career options
Tax relief on CPF contributions (CPF is deducted from salary before tax is assessed)
Start your own company – ranked #1 by the World Bank for Ease Of Doing Business
Bank loans and grants available to companies with local shareholders
Priority for your children’s public education in government schools
Lower school, college and university fees for PRs vs foreigners
Significant medical and public healthcare subsidies
Your parents can get a long term social visit pass to stay with you in Singapore
Borrow mortgages from local banks (lower interest rates + 80% LTV)
Buy HDB resale property after 3 years
Save 20% on ABSD (Additional Buyer Stamp Duty)
PR opens the door to Singapore citizenship - increased travel freedom, mobility and quality of life
#1 for best quality of life in Asia (Mercer’s Quality Of Living 2014-2017 survey)
#1 for best country to work in Asia (World Economic Forum’s 2016 GCI Index)
#4 globally and #1 in Asia for freedom of travel (Henley & Partners Visa Restrictions Index 2017)
5) Can I Appeal Against a Rejected Application?
If your application is rejected, you may submit an appeal to the ICA via email () or via walk-in at the Permanent Residency department (Level 5) of the ICA building and submit it at the reception counter. Appeals stand a low chance of overturning the initial application verdict, but there have been instances where a submitted appeal resulted in a successful reconsideration of the application.
6) How are You Able to Assist With My Application?
We will personally get in touch with you to find out more about how we can help to structure your application correctly, and if there are any gaps in your application, we will also highlight it to you and inform you on how you can further improve on your application, all for free.
Should you feel that you require personalized attention for your application, we will further guide you step-by-step, month-by-month, until your submission with the ICA.
7) Can You Guarantee a PR Application's Success?
Nobody in Singapore can guarantee success in an application. However, our consultations are always free and are meant to understand your profile holistically. If eligible for PR, we inform you on how you can significantly increase your chances of success through our time-tested method of providing the ICA with a well-structured application.
8) How Experienced Are You in Singapore's Immigration?
Our consultants possess a combined 18 years of experience in Singapore's immigration field, and we regularly keep up-to-date on the latest immigration trends and criteria in Singapore. We also advise on Singapore Citizenship applications and Business Incorporation for foreigners.
9) What happens when I put in my information in the Eligibility Test?
Within two working days, you will be contacted by our staff to arrange for a complimentary profile assessment for you to better understand your profile. You may take this time to ask us all the questions you have on your Singapore Permanent Residency application. Your information provided is solely used for us to contact you with regards to your enquiry. We may also share more information with you on the benefits of becoming a Singapore PR.
10) Can I apply for PR if I am holding a Work Permit (WP)?
Unfortunately not, however, you may explore options with your employer to upgrade your work pass if you intend to apply for PR.
11) Can I include my family in my PR application?
You may include your family in your application if they are holding on to a Dependant Pass (DP), Long-term Visit Pass (LTVP), S Pass or Employment Pass (EP) with a valid FIN number.
12) Does having shares in a local company increase my chances of PR success?
One of the key factors that is vital in an application is the level of integration the applicant has with Singapore's society or economy. Owning shares in a local company may increase your chances of success, especially if you have been a long-term investor.