3 Mistakes to Avoid in Your ICA PR Application

Did you know that the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) only approves an estimate of 30,000 Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) applications each year? If you are planning to apply for permanent residency in Singapore, this means it is vital for you to ensure every single aspect in your application meets ICA’s requirements to prevent any chances of it being considered invalid.

What most applicants do not know, however, is that the whole process of applying for permanent residency can be tedious. With the amount of information that needs to be completed and various paperwork that has to be uploaded, making mistakes is entirely possible. Read on to find out more on the three common mistakes to keep in mind and avoid when preparing your PR application:

 

 

1. Incorrect/Incomplete Information in the ICA PR Application

Depending on which scheme you are applying under, you will be required to fill in the personal details of the main PR applicant and/or dependant(s) on the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority’s (ICA) online portal, the electronic Permanent Residence (e-PR) service. This means that you will have several sections that need to be completed, all of which — without question — needs to be accurate. If you either accidentally miss out on a section or fill in incorrect details, your application will be considered incomplete, which may result in an invalid submission.

 

2. Not Uploading All Documents Within the Given Timeline

ICA requires every applicant to complete their submission on the e-PR service within seven days (or 168 hours) from the time they start on their application. If you miss this deadline, you will have to start all over again from the very beginning, rendering the time you spent previously wasted.

To prevent this from happening, it is advisable for you to prepare all of your paperwork even before you begin your online application. Prepare a list (or refer to the document list ICA has provided on their website for each PR scheme) and ensure you have everything checked off before starting the process of applying for permanent residency. This will reduce the chances of accidentally leaving out any paperwork as well as prevent you from missing the deadline.

 

3. Not Providing English Translations of Non-English Documents

If any of your original paperwork are not in English, you will be required to obtain copies of their official English translations to be submitted to ICA. Failure to provide English translations of your non-English paperwork may cause your submission to be invalid.

However, not any translation service provider will do for this particular task. You have to acquire the English translations by one that is approved by ICA. These include translations that are:

  • Given by the embassy of the country where the document was issued
  • Created by a notary public in Singapore or the document-issuing country
  • Done by a private party that is authenticated by the embassy of the country where the document was issued
  • Done by a private party that is notarised by a notary public in Singapore or the document-issuing country

How Paul Immigrations Can Help with Your PR Approval Chances

Offers Expert Advice and Insights
Offers Expert Advice and Insights

The team of specialists at Paul Immigrations is equipped with years of experience in the process of applying for permanent residency. With our industry expertise, we will advise you with the essential ways you can set yourself apart from the other applicants.

Collates All Essential Documents
Collates All Essential Documents

There is a long list of paperwork that needs to be provided to ICA in your submission and missing any one of them may affect your approval chances. At Paul Immigrations, we will take on this task for you and ensure every single paperwork has been accounted for in your submission.

Ensures an Error-Free Submission
Ensures an Error-Free Submission

Errors in your submission can significantly affect the success rate of you acquiring PR status in Singapore. Under the guidance of our team of specialists, you can set aside your worries and rest assured that we will prepare your application meticulously.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you do not have to upload all of your supporting documents in one go on ICA’s e-PR portal. Every applicant is given seven days (or 168 hours) from the time they start their online application to complete every aspect of their submission, including the uploading of paperwork. This means an applicant may theoretically upload whatever paperwork that is on hand first and complete the rest at a later date, as long as it is within the deadline.

At Paul Immigrations, our specialists will prepare all of your paperwork before we begin your online application to reduce any possibility of you missing your deadline and make sure every paperwork is in the correct format (i.e. either PDF or JPG).

You may consider including other supporting paperwork besides what is required by ICA in your submission. However, we must emphasise that including more paperwork does not automatically equate to a higher success rate. Before submitting an additional document, thoroughly consider its purpose and how you think it will positively add to the approval chances of your submission.

At Paul Immigrations, we can advise you on what to submit. One such document we usually advise our clients to include is a cover letter. Our in-house writer will craft this for you, ensuring it is customised to your strengths and highlights any contributions you have made to the Singaporean community.

Every PR applicant is expected to make their submission within seven days (or 168 hours) of starting the process of applying for permanent residency on the e-PR portal. If you do not complete your submission within this deadline, you will be required to start from the very beginning of this entire process.

If you are worried about missing the deadline, we advise you to engage our specialists, who will guide you in every step of your submission in a timely manner. With their years of experience, our expert team will ensure each part of your application is checked off the list seamlessly.

You may amend your information on the e-PR portal only if you have not started uploading your documents. Once you have begun the uploading process, you will no longer be allowed to make any amendments. Therefore, it is imperative for you to ensure that all the information you have keyed in is accurate and up-to-date. Our team has the know-how to navigate you through the system and assist you with looking out for common mistakes, minimising them before proceeding to the next step of uploading all of your supporting paperwork.

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