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5 Things to Keep in Mind Before Applying for Permanent Residency (PR) in Singapore


Before applying for Permanent Residency (PR) in Singapore, you should ask yourself if Singapore is an ideal country for your permanent relocation and if you have structured your personal profile to suit the Singaporean economy and workforce. Also check out the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) for more resources on the process.

Bear in mind that information available on ICA’s website is open information to anyone that has an interest to apply for residency here, and that you should take extra steps to ensure that your application stands out among the rest. Statistically, there are 2,500-2,800 approvals per month on average from all nationalities. There are no specific nationalities that ICA claims to be forbidden from applying for PR, however in general, middle eastern countries with ongoing conflict with radical extremists stand a much lower chance at succeeding in their application.

1) Skills and Vocational Training Certifications

Being a small country, Singapore has always relied on foreign professionals to build the fundamentals of its economy. Having a niche skill in a specific industry can boost your chances of success, especially if Singapore needs further development in a particular sector/industry. If you have previous experience in a specific field from a different country, make sure to highlight it together with submitting relevant documents (Certifications, etc) with your application.