If you are planning to apply for Permanent Resident (PR) status in Singapore, you would first need to determine which PR scheme you are eligible for. There are five schemes that you can apply for permanent residency in the Lion City, each with their own set of eligibility criteria. Unsure if you are eligible to be a PR? Read on to find out more about them and their requirements to identify which is best suited for you.
If you hold either an Employment Pass or S Pass, you are eligible to apply for permanent residency through the Professionals, Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers (PTS) Scheme. It also allows you to include your spouse and/or children in your submission. Unfortunately, work permit holders are not eligible to do so under this option, but may consider the others listed below.
The following groups of individuals may be eligible for permanent residence in the Lion City under the Family Scheme if they are:
If you are a foreign student in the country, you may submit an application under the Student Scheme, as long as you have:
Foreigners who wish to invest in the country’s economy may apply to become a PR via the Global Investor Programme (GIP), a scheme administered by Contact Singapore — a division of the Economic Development Board. The GIP provides experienced foreign entrepreneurs and investors who wish to invest in a new or existing business in the country an easier route to obtaining PR status.
Foreign artists who are keen to carve their career in the Lion City may become PRs through the Foreign Artistic Talent Scheme (ForArts). ForArts is jointly administered by ICA and the National Arts Council, and caters to foreign artists who have made significant contributions in their respective creative fields.
The process involved in getting permanent residency can be complex, making it easy for you to accidentally leave out crucial information and documents. The team at Paul Immigrations will guide you throughout the entire process, leaving no stone unturned to bring you a step closer to becoming a PR.
The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority will deem a submission incomplete if it is missing any required document(s), thus causing it to be rejected. At Paul Immigrations, our team of specialists will eliminate this concern and ensure every single document has been accounted for.
Stand out from other applicants by including additional documents that highlight your positive traits and contributions. With their expertise, our team of specialists will advise you on the type of documents that will help raise the success rate of your submission.
The ICA does not recognise common-law spouses with regard to the submission for PR status. Since an official marriage certificate has to be produced by the applicant’s sponsor (i.e. the Singapore Citizen/PR), the couple has to be married within a legal context.
According to ICA regulations, a citizen is only allowed to sponsor the PR application of their biological or legally adoptive parents.
If your parents-in-law are keen to do so, they may submit an application via one of two options.
Firstly, if your spouse is not a citizen, have them submit a citizenship application. If they are granted citizenship, your spouse may sponsor their parents’ PR application.
The second option is for your parents-in-law to submit their PR application based on their own merits via one of the following PR schemes: PTS scheme, GIP, or ForArts.
If your residential address changes during this period, immediately update this new information on ICA’s ePR system. This ensures you do not miss any crucial letters relating to the outcome of your submission.
You would have to supplement your application with a declaration letter, explaining their absence. If you are unsure of how to write this letter, approach our team of experts at Paul Immigrations. We will help you prepare this letter and ensure your submission is still considered valid.
While the National Arts Council (NAC) is the administering body of the ForArts scheme, ICA still makes the final decision. You would need to submit the PR application form and the necessary supporting documents to ICA.
Our team of specialists at Paul Immigrations will be able to guide you through this process, ensuring you do not miss out on any important information required by ICA.
We advise you to submit your application as soon as possible. Remember, you are vying for this coveted status against thousands of other applicants. In addition, ICA has tightened their regulations over the years to ensure only those who are serious about contributing to the country’s progress are granted the status. Therefore, getting your submission settled as soon as you can may increase your likelihood of obtaining permanent residency here.