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Application for PR

Application for Permanent Residence (PR)


A PR refers to a foreigner who has been granted permanent residence status which allows him/her to reside in Singapore on a permanent basis.


As a foreigner, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence if you are a/an:


  • Spouse of a Singapore citizen or Singapore permanent resident (PR)

  • Unmarried child aged below 21 years old, born within the context of a legal marriage to, or have been legally adopted by, a Singapore citizen or PR

  • Aged parent of a Singapore citizen

  • Holder of an Employment Pass or S Pass

  • Student studying in Singapore

  • Foreign investor in Singapore.


Factors such as the individual's family ties to Singaporeans, economic contributions, qualifications, age, family profile and length of residency are considered, to assess the applicant's ability to contribute to Singapore and integrate into our society, as well as his or her commitment to sinking roots in Singapore. PRs aged 15 years and above will be issued with the Singapore blue Identity Card (IC). A PR is required to have a valid Re-Entry Permit if he/she wishes to travel out and return to Singapore as a PR.


If you are a foreign investor in Singapore, you can apply for PR at the Singapore Economic Development Board under the Global Investor Programme.


APPLICATION FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR PROFESSIONALS, TECHNICAL PERSONNEL AND SKILLED WORKERS

Eligibility


Any person, who is working in Singapore on an Employment Pass or S Pass, may submit an application for permanent residence to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) for consideration. He/She may include in the application, his/her spouse and any unmarried children aged below 21 who was born to him/her within the context of a legal marriage, or has been legally adopted by him/her.


Photograph of Applicant(s)


One passport-sized digital, colour photograph of each applicant to be uploaded during the submission of supporting documents.


Employer’s Information


To enable us to assess your application holistically, it is important that your employer provides the information requested. Your employer should state the nature of the company’s business and activities e.g., if it is a manufacturing industry, state the type of product(s) manufactured; if it is a trading entity, state the type of product(s) traded and sources of imports; if it is a service-oriented industry, state the type of service(s) rendered, etc.


Basic Salary


Basic salary does not include the following:


(a) Additional payment by way of overtime, bonus or commission

(b) Travelling, food or housing allowance

(c) Any contribution paid by the employer or contractor to any pension fund or provident fund

(d) Any sum paid to an employee or contract worker to defray special expenses incurred by him owing to the special, unusual or hazardous nature of the employment

(e) Any gratuity payable on discharge or retirement.


Occupation / Industry


When completing the offline application form, please input the occupation and industry.


Translated Documents


Documents not in English must be translated. ICA accepts:


(i) Translations provided by the embassy of the country that issued the document

(ii) Translations produced by a notary public in Singapore or the country that issued the document

(iii) Privately created translations attested by the embassy of the country that issued the document, or notarised by a notary public in Singapore or the country that issued the document.


DOCUMENT LIST FOR PR APPLICATION (PROFESSIONALS, TECHNICAL PERSONNEL AND SKILLED WORKERS)

The following documents are required for the application. Official translations are required if documents are not in English.


A1. Valid travel document with validity of at least 6 months and passport pages showing personal particulars and official descriptions;


A2. Employment Pass or S Pass;


A3. Identity card (if applicable);


A4. Birth certificate or official household census list or family register showing both parents’ name;


A5. Deed poll or change of name certificate (if applicable);


A6. Highest educational certificates (including all tertiary qualifications), transcripts, professional license/membership certificates and vocational trade certificates;


A7. Testimonials from previous employer(s) stating the nature and duration of employment and the last drawn basic salary (if any);


A8. Payslips for the last 6 months;


A9. Current Employer’s letter stating the date of employment, position held, salary per month for the past 6 months with breakdown into basic, overtime and allowance per month. The letter, addressed to the Controller of Immigration, should be dated within 1 month from the date of submission;


A10. (For self-employed) Valid Business Registration Certificate with names of partners shown; and


A11. (For self-employed) Occupational license pertaining to your employment (e.g. Stall license, business license, property agent license).


The following additional documents are required if you are married:


B1. Official marriage certificate;


B2. Death certificate or divorce certificate in respect of your previous marriages (if any);


B3. Custody papers for the child(ren) in respect of your previous marriage(s) (if any);


B4. Spouse’s highest educational certificates (including all tertiary qualifications), transcripts, professional license/membership certificates and vocational trade certificates;


If you are including your spouse in the application, please include the following:


B5. Spouse’s valid travel document with valid Immigration Pass and passport pages showing personal particulars and official descriptions are required;


B6. Spouse’s birth certificate showing both parents’ name;


B7. Spouse’s deed poll or change of name certificate (if applicable);


B8. Spouse’s identity card (if applicable); and


B9. Death certificate or divorce certificate and the custody papers for the child(ren) in respect of your spouse’s previous marriage(s) (if any).


The following additional documents are required If you are including your child(ren) in the application:


C1. Child’s valid travel document with valid Immigration Pass and passport pages showing personal particulars and official descriptions;


C2. Child’s birth certificate showing both the child’s and the parents’ names;


C3. Child’s adoption papers (if applicable); and


C4. Child’s deed poll or change of name certificate (if applicable).


National Service Liability

Under the Enlistment Act, all male Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, unless exempted, are required to serve National Service (NS). Following the completion of full-time NS, they will become Operationally Ready National Servicemen (NSmen). An NSman’s obligation will end at the age of 50 years (for Officers) or 40 years (for other ranks).


Main applicants who are granted PR status under the Professionals/Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers Scheme or the Investor Scheme are exempted from NS.


Male applicants who are granted PR status as a Foreign Student or under their parents' sponsorship are required to register for NS upon reaching 16½ years old and will be scheduled for enlistment at the earliest opportunity upon reaching 18 years old. MINDEF allows students to attain educational qualifications up to the ‘A’ Levels certificate, the polytechnic diploma or an equivalent before they are required to serve NS. They are enlisted at the earliest opportunity when they have finished such courses, or after turning 18 years old, whichever is later. MINDEF does not grant deferment for university studies, regardless of whether such studies have begun.


Males who are granted Singapore PR, and who were previously Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents, are liable to be called up for NS regardless of the scheme under which their PR status was granted.


Renouncing or losing one's PR status without serving or completing full-time NS would have an adverse impact on any immediate or future applications to work, study or live in Singapore, or for Singapore citizenship or PR status. Renouncing or losing one’s PR status without serving or completing full-time NS may also adversely affect any immediate or future applications for renewal of Re-entry Permits made by one’s family members or sponsors.


Ex-Singapore Citizens and Ex-Singapore PRs who have withdrawn their CPF monies would have to refund the full CPF amount withdrawn if their PR application is approved. A letter of clearance from CPF Board is required for completion of PR formalities.


Application Procedure

All permanent residence applications must be submitted online. Applicants can either key in the application details online, or download and complete the PR application form offline before submitting it online.


Submission of PR application is done via the Electronic Permanent Residence (e-PR) system. When completing the online application form, “NA” must be keyed in for fields that are not applicable.


Processing Time

All applications for PR are carefully considered and reviewed by ICA. Generally, PR applications take about six months to process, provided all the required documents are submitted. Depending on the complexity of the case, some applications may take more than six months to process.

New or repeated applications, for the same person(s), will not be accepted while the current application is still in process.


Fees

A S$100 non-refundable processing fee is payable for each applicant at the point of submission of PR application.

If your application is successful, you will need to complete PR formalities personally in our office at ICA. The following fees are applicable for each applicant:

  • S$20 for Entry Permit

  • S$50 for a 5-year Re-Entry Permit

  • S$50 for Identity Card

  • S$30 per Entry Visa (foreigners requiring a visa).

For more information on PR application, you may refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).


Application for PR through Bestar

Bestar is able to help applicants in all applications for long-term immigration facilities in Singapore, for example, Singapore Citizenship, Permanent Residence and Long-Term Immigration Passes.


For further enquiries or more details, please contact Bestar.

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