If you are a Singapore citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) and are married to a partner who is non-local, it can be a good idea to help your partner apply to be a Singapore PR too. The benefits are great — you’ll be able to buy affordable housing flats, and employers will be more open to hiring a local as it saves them the trouble of applying for foreign work passes.
However, it is not an easy task to achieve PR status for your spouse. This is due to a number of factors, and these may restrict your chances of getting a successful PR application for your spouse. Let’s take a deeper look at some of these issues and how they could affect your spouse if he or she applies for a Singapore Permanent Residency.
Since 2012, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has aimed to prevent sham marriages. These sham marriages typically involve two parties — a local citizen and a non-local resident. The non-local resident compensates the local citizen to marry them, solely to make themselves eligible to apply for Singapore PR status, thus allowing them to stay in Singapore indefinitely.
This is why PR applications for spouses are under more scrutiny than before. The process becomes even more tedious and the checks become more stringent — all of which are potential issues that your spouse can face while applying for Singapore PR.
There Is No Automatic Approval
Just because you are married to a Singapore Citizen or PR, it is not a guarantee that you will be able to get PR status either. Having a Singaporean spouse only qualifies you to apply for Singapore PR status — your application will still go through the rigorous checks to see if it meets all the qualifications.
Long Waiting Times
The entire process to get your PR approval can be rather exhausting and may take quite some time. You’ll need to prepare a long list of documents, and when you send in your application, it will take at least 4 to 6 months before you will know if you were successful.
If you missed out on a single detail, your application will be rejected. A reapplication may only be done upon the time specified on the letter sent. This means that you will need to wait another 4 to 6 months on top of the wait time for applying again.
If you need help and want the best chance to get a first-time successful Singapore PR application, our team of professionals are here to guide you through the application and increase your chances of getting your application approved.