What To Do After Your PR Application Has Been Rejected

What To Do After Your PR Application Has Been Rejected

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If your Permanent Resident (PR) application has been rejected, you have two options to proceed with. Firstly, you could appeal against your rejection if the reasons for failure are currently no longer applicable to you. Alternatively, you could submit a reapplication after a 6 months cooldown period.

Proceeding with either option will give you a second chance at succeeding in your PR application. As such, you may wonder if there are substantial differences between these two options. If so, read on to find out which route is best suited for you.

Appeal your Rejection or Reapply in the next Window?

In deciding between choosing to appeal your rejection or reapplying for PR, you have to consider two factors. Firstly, there is a technical difference in that an appeal must be submitted within 6 months of the date listed on your rejection letter. In contrast, a reapplication attempt can only be made after the 6 months period has passed. Secondly, the purpose behind each mechanism is different and thus they are best utilised under varying circumstance.

Who Should Appeal their PR Rejection?

The appeal option is intended for two categories of applicants.

  1. Applicants whose circumstances have changed drastically since the time of their original application. For example, if you completed a higher tier of studies at a local university.
  2. Applicants who failed to include significant accomplishments or contributions in their original application. If you did not detail out important information in your original application, then an appeal affords you the chance to raise these positive points to the authorities.

Do note that the barrier to what constitutes a significant change is rather high, as such not many appeals are accepted.

Who Should Reapply for PR?

After the 6 months waiting period, you can reapply for Singapore PR. This is the more common route of the two and is generally less stressful as the artificial time limit of appeal within 6 months does not apply here.

However, without changes to either the application or your credentials, you risk a second round of PR rejection.

What We Recommend

Whether you are appealing your PR rejection or waiting to apply a second time, we strongly recommend that you first understand why exactly you were rejected. Commonly, reasons will be given for the application’s rejection. You should strongly consider these and determine if your current situation merits an appeal or a successful reapplication.

If you are keen on reapplication, the additional 6 months in which you are unable to apply for PR status is intended to give you time to fulfil the required criteria. To aid you in avoiding failure a second time, we have composed this article to give you an overview of the steps you should take to improve your chances of being granted Singapore PR status.

First Immigrations’s PR application specialists will review your case and determine how to best improve your application.

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Why Did Your Application Get Rejected?

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The first step towards having a stronger PR application is to find out where you previously fell short.

Broadly speaking, your entire PR application is judged based on 5 sets of criteria, namely:

  1. Education and vocational certifications
  2. Historical and current employment
  3. Duration of your stay in Singapore
  4. Societal contributions that you have made to Singapore
  5. Existing family ties that you have in the country

If your PR application was rejected, it was likely because either you have not had sufficient progress in 1 of these 5 categories, or you were unable to demonstrate them in your application. As such, the process to comprehending the rejection starts from determining which of these two factors were culpable.

Unsure whether it was your current credentials or your application that was lacking? Consider engaging a PR application consultant to review your case. First Immigrations offers a free evaluation of your PR application success rates.

Education and Vocational Certifications

Your past formal education plays a big part in the success of your PR application. It certainly helps if you graduated from a prestigious university and course, be it at bachelors, masters or doctorate level.

If you did not graduate from a highly respected university, fear not for the authorities also take into account efforts you have made in adulthood to improve yourself. Part of the much advocated for life long learning approach, the authorities accord credit to you if you have passed multiple vocational certifications.

Both formal and vocational educational certifications are used as proxy measures for your intellect, attitude and skill level. As such, they speak much about both your ability to contribute to Singapore’s economy as well as your willingness to continually improve your skillset.

Historical and Current Employment

Similar to your education, your historical and current employment speaks volume about your ability to contribute to Singapore in the future. Past jobs, including that of your role progression, accomplishments and overall record tell the authorities if you are a productive individual.

On the other hand, your current employer is used to gauge the foreseeable length of your employment. For example, if you work for a renown brand who retains a positive reputation, then the authorities can rest easy knowing that you will likely be employed for a decent amount of time.

Duration of Your Stay in Singapore

The duration of your stay acts as a proxy for how well assimilated you are into Singapore’s society as well as your overall intent to make the country your home. The longer you have stayed in this sunny island, the safer it is to assume that you have accepted the many cultural norms that we have.

Additionally, it makes logical sense that if you were keen to live here on a long term basis, that you would not have spent the last few years living abroad.

Societal Contributions

In addition to having a great education, qualifications and job, the government also takes into account your willingness to contribute to Singapore’s society. This is often equated to voluntary work that you can partake in.

The actual work could range from volunteering at an elderly’s home or pet shelter to teaching financial literacy to students or the elderly. In other words, there is no limitation on the type of recognizable contributions that you can make towards the community.

If you have a specialised skillset such as a certificate for teaching first aid or baking, then consider using these skills to contribute to society.

Existing Family Ties in Singapore

The last optional criterion for PR application is that of existing family ties. If you have relatives living in Singapore, then you stand a better chance of having your PR application approved.

How to Drastically Improve Your Chances At A Successful PR Application

At this point, you probably have a vague idea of what part of your initial application was lacking. However, before you either get disheartened or reapply without substantial changes to your application, we strongly urge you to visit a PR specialist. Doing so will allow you to receive professional consultation and review of your current application. In this way, concrete steps can be formulated for you to take, that will drastically improve your PR application.

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Trust First Immigrations to be Your Partner in Your PR Application

First Immigrations is the leading PR application consultant in Singapore. Having been in the industry for many years, we truly understand the frustration of foreigners applying for PR status. In fact, 30% of all applicants give up on attaining PR after their first rejection. Additionally, after further review, we have found that 90% of all applicants who were rejected had errors in their application.

When you apply PR Singapore with us, we give you a realistic evaluation of your current chance of success before telling you the required steps needed to improve your odds. We take special care to ensure that your application is not only error free, but also correctly angled to demonstrate the desired traits under the PR application program. Apply Singapore PR with us today!

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