The Best Time to Submit Your ICA PR Application

Upon establishing that you are eligible to apply for Singapore Permanent Residency, under one of the five PR schemes available, you should prepare to submit your application to Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). In fact, you should do so as soon as you have compiled all the documents for the submission. Why the hurry? Well, here are three reasons why the best time to send in your ICA PR application is none other than now. Read on!


1. Limited Number of Approvals

Over recent years, the number of approved PR applications have steadily remained at approximately 30,000. This is possibly due to the stricter regulations imposed by the government to ensure only individuals who are able to truly contribute to the country are granted this status.


2. Rising Number of Applicants

The size of the foreign workforce in the Lion City is increasing every year. According to statistics published by the Ministry of Manpower, the number of foreigners working in Singapore have increased by over 3% from 2014 to 2019. With more foreigners coming to this city-state to work, there will likely be a higher number of individuals applying for PR status as well.

This increase in applicant numbers, together with the limited number of approval each year, means that you will face a far greater challenge in having your submission approved.


3. Lengthy Processing Time for ICA PR Application

It will generally take four to six months for ICA to assess each submission. Some applications may take a longer time to process if ICA requires more information from the applicant.

Apart from ICA’s processing time, you should also take into account the amount of time you will need to prepare the long list of documents required based on the scheme that you are applying under. These documents can range from your personal particulars, travel documents, educational certificates, payslips and more. If any of your paperwork is not in English, you will have to obtain copies of the official English translation as well. All this preparation time will add to the four to six months mentioned.

Hence, if you are keen to apply for PR with a good chance of approval and not squander precious time, as an eligible applicant, you should submit your application now.

Why You Should Get Professional Help From Us?

Guide You Step-by-Step in the Process
Guide You Step-by-Step in the Process

With the various forms and documents you have to prepare for the Singapore PR application, the entire process can be extremely overwhelming to undertake on your own. At Paul Immigrations, our team of experts will guide you every step of the way, making sure all aspects of your submission are in place.

Provide Industry Expertise
Provide Industry Expertise

As one of the pioneers of the Singapore PR application consultancies, we have years of experience under our belt and have helped over 15,000 clients seeking to acquire PR status in the country. We will provide you with key insights and expertise to help your submission stand out from the crowd.

Craft a Personalised Cover Letter
Craft a Personalised Cover Letter

A cover letter serves the purpose of highlighting your strengths and attributes, and how these positive factors will make you a beneficial PR in the country. At Paul Immigrations, our team of professional writers will help you craft a cover letter personalised to your own individual circumstances to be included in your submission.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are planning to apply for permanent residency in the country as a foreign student, then studying in a local tertiary institution will certainly increase your approval chances. Choosing to attend an institution within the Singaporean education system rather than an international one shows your willingness to integrate with the local community. Generally, studying in one of the following tertiary institutions will place you in a good light in the eyes of ICA:

  • National University of Singapore
  • National Technological University
  • Singapore Management University
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design
  • Singapore Institute of Technology
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences

ICA generally takes four to six months to process each PR submission. If you find new employment during this time, make sure to provide ICA with an update on your job situation via email. You will also have to attach the following documents in your email:

  • A letter written by your employer stating your date of employment, job title, and monthly pay (basic and gross).
  • Form Annex A duly completed and signed by your current employer.
  • A photocopy of your Employment Pass (front and back)

On ICA’s e-PR system, there will be a section at the end of the application form called “Review” that will allow you to do this. Simply click the “Yes” button at the bottom of the page, after which you will be brought to your application form. Check through the information and select the “Amend Disclosure” button to make any necessary revisions. 

Alternatively, if you are concerned about making any mistakes in your application, our team of specialists at Paul Immigrations will be happy to help you with this process to ensure your submission is filed accurately.

Testimonials and letters of recommendations are two examples of additional supporting documents an applicant can include in their submission. If you do not have these available, it is completely fine for you to proceed with applying for permanent residency.

However, it is advisable for you to include at least one additional supporting document to better your chances of approval. Apart from testimonials and letters of recommendation, you may consider including a cover letter in your submission. A cover letter can help to highlight your positive qualities as well as the contributions you have made while in Singapore. At Paul Immigrations, our writers will be able to help you draft a compelling cover letter customised to your individual application.

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