Q: How can I become a Singapore PR?

A: In order to become a PR, you will need to apply for an Entry Permit with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). An application for an Entry Permit is an application for Singapore PR.

Q: Who is eligible to apply for Permanent Residency (PR) in Singapore?

A: The following people are eligible to apply for Singapore PR:

  1. Students who have passed at least 1 national exam in Singapore (PSLE, GCE ‘O’ Levels, ‘N’ Levels, and ‘A’ Levels)
  2. Employment pass holders
  3. S Pass holders
  4. Dependants of a Singaporean or Permanent Resident in Singapore
  5. Aged parents of a Singapore citizen

Q: What is the success rate of approval at First Immigrations?

A: At First Immigrations, we do not guarantee 100% that your PR application will be approved by the authority as we are not the decision makers. However, based on our past track record we have achieved 90%-95% success rates in 2014 and what we guarantee to our clients are high quality work and first class services.

Q: Why engage First Immigrations for my PR application?

A: With more than 8 years of experience and boasting about 95% success rate, First Immigrations has the expertise in the PR application process. We understand the right documentation and submission process that will help to enhance your chances of getting your application approved.

Q: What benefits can I enjoy as a Singapore PR?

A: As a Singapore PR, you will be able to enjoy education and healthcare subsidies as well as public housing ownership eligibility. Being a Singapore PR, you will be able to enjoy more benefits and privileges than a foreigner holding on a work pass.

Q: What are the obligations I have to meet as a Singapore PR?

A: One main obligations as a Singapore PR is serving the National Service for second generation male PRs. Second generation male PRs refer to those who become PRs under the sponsorship of another person, for example parents or spouse. They have to serve the National Service for two years on a full time basis at the age of 18 years old, and serve intermittent duty as a citizen soldier for the ten years.

Q: How long will my PR application take?

A: Once all documents are submitted, the processing time is at least 6 months.

Q: Why did my Singapore PR application get rejected by the authority?

A: Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) does not provide the reason for rejecting the application. However, some factors for rejection include exceeding the quota. Our Singapore government reviews the number of existing PRs over the total population in the country and calculates the assigned quota each year. This quota is confidential and is adjusted periodically. Other factors include messy documentation. Therefore, neat and error-free documentation together with the required supporting documents and cover letter will help to increase the rate in getting your application approved.

We understand how aggravating it is to be rejected for a PR application after putting in the time and effort to gather and collate all of the required evidence to match ICA’s requirements. Every year, the criteria, considerations, and quotas established by the ICA have a significant impact on the outcomes of permanent residency petitions for all applicants. You may be wondering whether it is possible to tell if your profile is right for a successful application. With nearly ten years of expertise and has aided thousands of applications, we at First Immigrations can help you identify the weaker aspects of your application and advise you on improvements to be made. We can also emphasize the strengths of your profile in order to better get ICA’s notice and consideration.

Speak with one of our First Immigrations Specialists and let us evaluate your possibilities in under 30 minutes today.

Q: Can I sponsor my children who are above 21 years old for PR?

A: No, if your children are above 21 years old, they will have to apply for PR on their own merits.

Q: Once I am a PR, can I apply for my parents to stay in Singapore?

A: Yes, you can. You can sponsor your parents to stay in Singapore via long tern social visit pass which is valid for 5 years and is renewable.

Q: I studied in Singapore before for a few years. Does this increase the chances of getting my application approved?

A: If you studied at a local school such as the local polytechnics (SP, NP, TP, NYP, RP) or universities (NUS, NTU, SMU), you will have an edge over other applicants who went to international schools as ICA officers will take it as you were able to integrate with the local community successfully.

Q: How do you write a cover letter that is customized for me?

A: Once you engage us, our professional writer will call you to conduct an interview in order for us to understand your background better. We will send you a draft for review and amend accordingly based on your feedback.

Q: What should I do if I have change my job while the ICA is processing my PR application?

A: Before changing jobs, we suggest that you contact ICA to provide them with the following information:

  • A letter explaining that you have changed job
  • A copy of your new work pass
  • Passport biometric page copy
  • Annex A from new employer

Q: I am currently on employment pass. How long should I wait before I can apply for PR?

A: There isn’t any specific employment period which foreigners have to wait before applying for PR. In general, employment pass (P or Q work pass) or S pass are eligible to submit their applications for PR under the Scheme for Professional / Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers (PTS) for ICA’s consideration.

Q: How do I know if my application is successful?

A: ICA takes at least six months to process an application and the outcome will be informed via post.

Q: What happens after a successful online PR application submission?

A: Once your submission is done online, ICA will generate a reference number that indicates the timeline for processing as well. The processing time for PR applications normally takes 4 to 6 months but may take longer for certain cases.

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee on the processing timeline. One can only track their PR application status online using the SingPass login at ica.gov.sg. Although we understand that some applicants want a prompt evaluation, ICA will not entertain any requests to expedite a PR evaluation.

Nevertheless, based on our record, more than 90% of approved applicants have waited longer than 6 months. Taking other factors into account, we would advise applicants to wait for the final decision from ICA which will be sent by mail to the applicants’ local correspondence or applicants can check their PR application status online.

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