Should You Apply PR for Spouse?

Long-distance relationships are tough, especially after marriage. With different time zones, it’s difficult to find that rare sliver of time when both you and your partner are available to talk about your day, share your worries, have a laugh, or just look at each other.

The increased frequency of flights and the availability of different types of visas have made long-distance relationships a little easier to bear, but after a long period and a lot of plane tickets later, you start wondering if your spouse should live with you.

Singapore is a great country with an excellent blend of east meets west. People from all over the globe become permanent residents of the island city, and enjoy many perks of this metropolitan nation. If you are thinking of making this island city state your home for the long haul, here are some reasons why your spouse should also apply for PR.



1. Subsidised Hospital and Medical Bills

As a local or Permanent Resident, medical and hospital bills are subsidised heavily by the government and a mandatory nationwide savings scheme called MediShield Life. By applying for permanent residency, your spouse will then be covered in case of any medical emergency. As a Permanent Resident, you can expect a subsidy of up to 55% on hospital bills, but foreigners have to rely on their company’s medical insurance and their own wallets to cover their medical expenses.

Aside from hospitals, the government also provides subsidised healthcare for general ailments via public clinics known as PolyClinics.


2. Access to More Affordable Housing Options

The government has put in measures to ensure that locals and PRs have access to more affordable housing options. Unlike foreigners, you will be allowed to purchase public housing, also known as HDB flats, and new executive condominiums. To add to that, you will also benefit from government grants to help make the island nation your home.

Foreigners, however, face much higher costs when it comes to living in Singapore. Albeit being able to purchase executive condominiums, the unit has to be at least 10 years old before it is available to a foreigner to purchase. The next best option would be private properties or rental. Foreigners also have to pay a higher Buyer’s Stamp Duty of 15%, whereas PRs and Singaporeans only pay 5%. All of this adds up — not to mention, legal fees, registration fees, or even realtor fees.


3. Wider Job Opportunities

There are plenty of foreigners working in this busy city state. However, applying for a job in the city state as a foreigner can be a headache, not to mention, risky. Foreigners have to apply for a Singapore Work Permit, a Letter of Consent (LOC) and have a secured job position before being accepted in the role. This process takes place every time a foreigner would like to change their job as well. If they are rejected, they will no longer be allowed to reside in the country until they manage to obtain another role.

Receiving permanent residency will allow them to find more jobs in the country in companies willing to recruit only Singaporeans or PRs because of less paper work and an easier hiring process. Looking for a job is already a demanding affair. With Permanent Residency, you can avoid certain bumps in the road.


4. Say Goodbye to the Hassle of LTVP

One of the reasons people apply for the Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) is because they want to bridge the distance between them and their spouse. However, the application for an LTVP is a tiresome one. Every two years, six months before the validity of your LTVP expires, you are required to manually reapply with the right documents to renew the pass.

Moreover, it is not always guaranteed that your reapplication will be a success. As the government looks to refresh criteria whenever possible, every reapplication will depend on the latest criteria, and the success of the reapplication depends on whether your documentation is up to par.

Having your reapplication for an LTVP rejected can be upsetting, particularly if you have come to love the Little Red Dot as your home.

How Paul Immigrations Can Improve Your Spouse’s PR Chances

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Frequently Asked Questions

There are three main schemes available to your significant other to apply for Singapore PR:

  • Professionals, Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers Scheme (PTS)
  • Family Scheme
  • Global Investor Programme (GIP)

For the former two, the scheme for your spouse may depend on the type of pass you are holding as well. If you are holding an EP, PEP, EntrePass, or S Pass, under the PTS Scheme, your partner can apply for Singapore PR as a dependant. Alternatively, they may apply for it on their own if they are holding an EP, PEP, EntrePass or S Pass themselves. If you are a Singapore Citizen or PR, under the Family Scheme, your spouse is entitled to a Singapore PR.

On the other hand, if your significant other contributes to the local economy as a foreign investor, they are then eligible for permanent residency via GIP. However, their application will not be handled by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) but by Contact Singapore, a branch of the Economic Development Board (EDB). All documents and forms must be submitted to Contact Singapore.

If you are unsure or would like further clarification on the most relevant scheme for you, our specialists at Paul Immigrations can assist in assessing your situation and guiding you through your application.

This would be entirely up to you and your other half. Securing a job can increase their chances of becoming a Singapore PR, but as the spouse of someone with a Singapore PR, Singapore Citizenship, EP, PEP, EntrePass, or S Pass, they are eligible to apply as a dependant.

Alternatively, if your partner has secured a job in the country, he or she is eligible to apply under the Professionals, Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers Scheme (PTS).

In order to apply PR for your spouse, there are a number of documents you will need to provide to the Immigration & Checkpoint Authority (ICA), depending on the scheme:

  • NRIC
  • Official Marriage Certificate
  • Death or divorce certificate of former spouse for children from previous marriages
  • Custody papers of their children from previous marriages
  • Highest educational certificates (including all tertiary qualifications)
  • Valid Business Registration Certificate (if you are self-employed)
  • Occupational license (if you are self-employed)
  • IRAS consent letter (if you are self-employed or employed)
  • CPF consent letter (if you are self-employed or employed)
  • Payslips for the last six months (if you are employed)
  • Unless they are self-employed, an employer’s letter, dated within a month of the PR application and addressed to the Controller of Immigration. This letter must declare their current job role, date of employment, and also an exhaustive breakdown of their monthly income (inclusive of basic, overtime, and allowance).

Our specialists will be able to assist you with compiling these documents, making sure nothing is left out.

While all PR applications do not have a fixed timeframe for approval, the approximate approval for the application will take about four to six months.

Approval for PR applications depends heavily on the accuracy of the documents provided as well as the type of pass you have applied for. In view of this, some applications may require a longer time to process.

Your spouse can stay here whilst their application is going through processing. However, they need to either have a pass to work, or a valid visa to stay. It is recommended that your spouse stays or works in Singapore for a longer period of time to boost the success of the application.

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