At first glance, it looks easy. Just fill out the forms then send it to the Immigration Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and hope for the best. However, do you know that these are only the bare minimum requirements before you can even submit an application?
As a foreigner, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence if you are a/an:
- Spouse of a Singapore citizen (SC) or Singapore permanent resident (PR)
- Unmarried child aged below 21 born within the context of a legal marriage to, or have been legally adopted by, a SC or PR
- Aged parent of a SC
- Holder of an Employment Pass or S Pass
- Foreign investor in Singapore
- Student studying in Singapore
Most foreigners living in Singapore are already holding one of these passes: Entrepreneur Pass, Employment Pass, Personalised Employment Pass, or S Pass. Meeting these requirements and applying is straightforward, but it does not mean that you will be granted a Permanent Resident status just because you have provided the documents and information that the ICA requested for. In fact, meeting the basic requirements is only the tip of the iceberg. The actual PR process behind-the-scenes is more complicated and tedious that it seems.
Unlike other countries, Singapore has a relatively opaque immigration admittance. There are no points calculator like for Australia migration, where you can work out your chances. When your application is rejected, no further guidelines or reason will be provided. There are also no hard and fast rules as to how foreigners in Singapore can better their chances for a successful PR application.
From Google surfing, you would likely come across the following:
- Getting Singapore PR depends on my salary
- Getting Singapore PR depends on my investments in Singapore
- Working here longer means a better chance of getting PR
- Getting Singapore PR depends on my profession
- Getting Singapore PR depends on my nationality
Fortunately, or unfortunately for you, the above is all true, to a certain extent. The criteria involved is very complex based on many factors.
ICA assesses a candidate holistically, based on the above, plus many other factors are taken into consideration.
Quality of application
If you want to make it easy to get that Singapore PR or Citizenship, then you should focus on your application. This is the only thing you have full control over.
You may even be guilty of this, but a poorly prepared application is a wasted application!
Why a consultant makes PR application easier
Why bother you may ask? Applying for Singapore PR or Citizenship is not as easy as filling up forms. Just because you think you are a good candidate doesn’t mean you necessarily stand a higher chance of getting that Singapore PR or citizenship. There are many others equally as good, if not better, in the same occupation, age, salary, investments, all competing for limited vacancies.
Missing out key details or not presenting it effectively could become a costly mistake. Often many applicants are not successful because they lack the expertise and time to prepare a strong case to the ICA.
An immigration consultant could save you all that headache by walking with you throughout the application journey. Preparing and organising documents, and then communicating your strong points accurately to ensure you stand the best possible chance.
Speak to TIP’s in-house Immigration Consultants, where we pride ethic and honesty more than anything else. You can be assured of a professional and honest advice on your Singapore PR application. We do not resort to marketing gimmicks, tall claims or even pressuring clients to engage our services. You may have met unethical salespeople with the title of “immigration consultants”, who may not have your best interests in mind. Have a chat with us and you will see the difference.
Permanent Residency hopefuls will have to be extremely sure-footed in the next/first try in their application. Take the preliminary assessment here
Contact us today. We can assure you your time will not be wasted.