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5 Things To Ensure You Don’t Get Rejected

People all over the world look to Singapore as a model society that offers plenty of opportunity for all its citizens, even new comers, to thrive and prosper. A Singapore permanent resident is more likely to integrate into society, and start being a productive member of the economy, far quicker than in any other Asian nation.

With so much demand from immigrants to gravitate to Singapore then, what should one do to ensure their Singapore permanent resident application is not rejected?


Things to Consider

Applying to become a Singapore permanent resident isn’t like applying to other countries, where there are complex point systems and mundane evaluation criteria. There are several different categories of Singapore PR schemes, and the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) does have specific requirements that all applicants from each scheme must possess to be successful. And if you meet those criteria, then your application stands a greater chance of being accepted.

In general, here are 5 things that the ICA may look for in a successful Singapore permanent resident application:

Age of Applicant

Generally speaking, the younger you are when you apply, the better your chances of success are. Young applicants are far more likely to become contributing members of society quicker and for longer. And that’s what every government in the world wants.

Your Experience Profile

Depending on the industry you work in, the positions you have held in the recent past, and the level of skill and experience you bring to Singapore, your Singapore PR application is likely to be accepted if you have an impressive experience profile.

Family Matters

If you are able to demonstrate your family connections to Singapore, that will go a long way too in easing the approval of your application.

Glowing Recommendations

Where possible, it really helps to include stellar recommendation letters from past employers – preferably those based in Singapore. These letters not only show that you have worked in Singapore, but also demonstrate that you can integrate into the workforce and Singaporean society successfully.

Clarity Matters

Many people will start filling out the application by hand, and will have overwrites, blanco-corrected entries and illegible scribbles in various entries. That makes it hard for the ICS staff to properly vet the application. The best way to ensure success is to provide a typed/online filled form that has all of the information clearly presented.

Ensuring that these 5 criteria are met is the first step in making sure that your permanent resident application stands a good chance to get approved.


Making the Right Choice


While meeting the above criteria will certainly help, applicants must first decide which category of Singapore PR status they wish to apply for and that’s the biggest decision to make in order to plan for a successful application. You would have to be one of the following to be eligible to become a Singapore PR:

  • Spouse of a Singapore citizen or Singapore permanent resident (PR).
  • Unmarried child aged below 21, born within the context of a legal marriage to, or legally adopted by, a Singapore citizen or Singapore PR.
  • Aged parent of a Singapore citizen.
  • Holder of a/an S Pass, Employment Pass, Personalised Employment Pass or EntrePass, who is working in Singapore. You may also include your spouse and any unmarried children aged below 21, born within the context of a legal marriage, or legally adopted by you, in your application.
  • Student studying in Singapore, who has resided in Singapore for more than two years at the point of application, and has passed at least one national exam (i.e. PSLE or GCE ‘N’/’O’/’A’ levels) or is in the Integrated Programme (IP).
  • Foreign investor in Singapore. You would need to find out the applicable requirements to apply for Singapore PR at the Singapore Economic Development Board, under the Global Investor Programme (GIP).

Knowing which class of Singapore PR you want to apply for, and then tailoring the responses to the application accordingly is by far the best strategy to ensure success.