6 Perks for a Singapore Permanent Resident Family
6 Perks for a Singapore Permanent Resident Family
Having lived and worked in Singapore for some time, you may be entertaining the possibility of securing a better future here for your loved ones. One of the best ways to settle down here for generations to come is to obtain Permanent Resident status. By becoming permanent residents, you and your family are automatically eligible for a portion of the numerous benefits enjoyed by citizens for life.
Read on to discover these benefits for Singapore PR families, and learn how Paul Immigrations can help turn your family’s dream into reality.
Becoming a SPR allows you to eliminate the hassle of additional travel visas. Instead, you will only need a single Re-Entry Permit which lasts five years before renewal. Moreover, your PR status will qualify extended family members such as your parents and in-laws for the Long-Term Visitor Pass (LTVP). This pass allows them to stay in the city with you and enjoy similar immigration benefits as PRs.
International schools are certainly the school of choice for expatriate families. However, enrolling at local institutions will help your child integrate more naturally with the local cohort, especially if you wish to make a life here. Fortunately, as PRs, your children will be able to pick from a wider range of educational institutions, from public preschools to universities. Moreover, subsidised tuition fees at institutions of higher learning can help ease the cost of education borne by you and your spouse.
As PRs, you and your spouse can access more affordable housing options under the Housing Development Board (HDB). No longer will you have to limit yourself to only options on the higher end of the real estate market like private condominiums. In addition, you are entitled to cover your home purchase with savings in your Central Provident Fund (CPF), a compulsory national savings scheme for citizens and PRs alike.
Another perk to obtaining PR status is the healthcare subsidy benefits that are available for your loved ones. Medisave is a part of CPF which lets them gain access to more affordable healthcare. This national medical savings scheme can help you pay off costly medical bills for yourself or immediate family, including your spouse, children, parents and grandparents. PRs and citizens are also protected by the safety net of low-cost medical insurance. Your dependants will thus enjoy greater financial security in the long run.
Applying for PR status now will benefit you and your spouse later in old age. CPF also acts as the national pension system that automatically secures part of one’s earnings for retirement. The system then creates a Retirement Account (RA) when you turn 55 years of age. The RA specifically buoys your old-age expenses, thus easing the financial burden on your children.
The greatest perk for SPRs is that it affords eligibility for citizenship. Should your children wish to become Singaporeans, they will have a better shot at obtaining citizenship. Holding a Singapore passport also opens up more travel destinations for your children due to the country’s strong diplomatic relations. Additionally, you would be eligible for plenty more incentives such as:
Paul Immigrations can help get you and your loved ones started on your journey to apply for PR.
Applying together as a family keenly indicates to immigration officials how serious you and your loved ones are about settling down here. Nonetheless, it can be a challenging task to synthesise your collective strengths and contributions into a single package. This is where Paul Immigrations can give your application the edge it needs.
A well-executed cover letter will effectively convey your family’s strong intentions and eligibility. Enlist the help of professional writing services at Paul Immigrations to elevate your profile. They will be able to compose a cover letter exclusively for your application to secure that coveted status.
Since immigration authorities have to go through thousands of applications, your submission should be properly organised, containing only the latest and most relevant paperwork. Moreover, your forms should be completely filled out with accurate information. Seek the help of the Paul Immigrations team to accomplish each step of the process efficiently.
To apply together at the same time, you can apply for PR with your family as dependants. In this case, the term ‘dependant’ refers exclusively to your spouse and your biological or legally adopted children who are under 21 and unwed. You can include dependants in your application under Professionals, Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers (PTS) scheme or the Global Investor Programme (GIP).
However, if your profile is most suitable for Foreign Artistic Talent Scheme (ForArts), do note that this does not include dependants.
Alternatively, if you or your spouse already has PR, whoever has PR status can sponsor the application for the rest of the family afterwards. Your child can also apply on their own merits if they hold Student Passes.
All individuals above 21 must apply for PR on their own or with their Singaporean spouse under the following:
Nonetheless, Singapore understands the importance of your role as the primary caregiver for your child. Hence, in these extenuating circumstances, your child may still gain entry to live here under the LTVP scheme.
Do note that this grants them a maximum of two years’ stay before renewal and they are not permitted to work unless they hold a valid work visa, S Pass or Singapore work visa. To better navigate the e-PR system, consider engaging a professional from Paul Immigrations to advise your family on the way forward.
It is understandable that you might hope to attain all of the above perks for your dear parents. Unfortunately, only citizens can sponsor Singapore PR for their aged parents. Nonetheless, they can still stay with you in the city by holding an LTVP.
Ultimately, becoming a PR yourself is one of the biggest steps you can take to become a citizen in the future if you hope to open the door to PR for your parents. You can further discuss the options available for your parents with our specialists at Paul Immigrations.
NS or National Service falls under the Enlistment Act, which requires every male Citizen or Permanent Resident to enlist for two years when they reach 18. Exemption from NS is only for main applicants who have obtained their status under the PTS scheme or the GIP.
As your child will likely apply for PR as your dependant, he will be obligated to serve when he comes of age. Nonetheless, your son will integrate better into society through this common experience shared amongst most male Singaporeans and PRs.