With thousands of foreigners applying for Permanent Resident (PR) status in Singapore every year, an unsuccessful outcome is a reality many applicants have to contend with. Unfortunately, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) does not disclose to applicants the reasons for their rejected submission. This makes figuring out why you were not granted permanent residency in the country almost impossible as it could be due to any number of reasons.
However, there are certain factors we know that contribute to ICA’s decision-making process with regards to the PR application. If your submission was unsuccessful, you may use these factors to gauge the possible reasons why you were not granted PR status.
While ICA does not explicitly specify spending a minimum length of time in the Lion City before one can apply for permanent residency, the chances of a successful submission is far greater if you have stayed in the country for at least one year. Generally, the longer your duration of stay, the more likely you will be granted PR status as it shows your commitment to the country.
If you are applying for permanent residency as a means to continue working in the little red dot, then getting a rejection might be a result of ICA deeming your economic contributions to the country insufficient. This could be due to a couple of reasons: either you have only worked in Singapore for a short length of time or your monthly income is too low for you to make significant tax contributions.
Singapore is currently facing an ageing population, a situation that does not bode well for a small city-state that relies heavily on its people to help it progress economically. As a result, bringing in young foreign talents is one of the government’s priorities to ensure the country remains globally competitive. Unfortunately, this means you may face a harder time getting your submission approved if you are older (i.e. above 50 years old), in which case you will have to prove your worth as a PR in other ways.
The PR application form consists of several sections applicants are required to complete and accidentally missing out on any of one of them is not unheard of. Unsurprisingly, any missing information will render your submission invalid, thus leading to a rejection. An unsuccessful entry may also be a result of forgetting to include any one of the necessary supporting documents required by ICA.
If your submission for PR status was rejected, it can be hard to determine the potential reasons why. With their years of expertise, our team of specialists at Paul Immigrations will be able to help you identify the areas that can be improved to better the success rate of you attaining PR status.
While not required, a well-written cover letter can play a significant role in the approval chances of your application. At Paul Immigrations, our team of writers will help you draft a cover letter that will highlight your strengths as well as the positive contributions you can make as a Singapore PR.
Mistakes in your PR application form can be detrimental to your approval chances. To reduce the possibility of an unsuccessful submission, our team of experts will guide you throughout the entire process and ensure one hundred percent accuracy in your submission.
You may wish to take into account the potential reasons for the rejection before submitting an appeal. Re-applying for permanent residency is of no use if you do so without making any significant changes to your individual situation that will put you in a better light as a potential Singapore PR.
In general, you should submit a fresh application six months after your last attempt. If you do not have any value-added change during your previous entry for the status, it is definitely not likely that an appeal letter would help change the result of the rejection.
Before submitting an appeal, you need to thoroughly consider the different factors that might have possibly resulted in you not being granted permanent residence in the country.
For instance, if you have stayed in Singapore for only a short period of time prior to submitting your first application (i.e. less than a year), the duration of your stay might be the reason for your rejected outcome. You will then need to bear this in mind before deciding on whether to appeal or wait to submit a fresh application instead.
A successful submission depends on multiple factors. In most cases, it is wise for you to wait until you have resided in the country for one to two years before appealing to prove to ICA that you are committed to staying in the city-state for the long haul.
The additional paperwork should serve the purpose of highlighting your positive attributes as well as the potential ways you will be able to contribute to the country as a Singapore PR. One additional document we recommend you include in your appeal is a cover letter that is written professionally by our team of experts.
While no PR application is guaranteed an approval if it is submitted at a particular time, we advise you to make your submission once you satisfy all the eligibility criteria for the PR scheme you are applying under. Meeting the minimum criteria along with a complete form will at least ensure your submission is valid, thus lowering the chances of you not being granted PR status.
At Paul Immigrations, our team of specialists will be able to assess your eligibility for permanent residency as well as help you throughout the entire process. In addition, we will advise you on the areas in which your application can be improved to increase your chances of acquiring permanent residence.