Points to note on documents required to apply for PR in Singapore for Indian Nationalities

We have covered a few articles on the documents required when you prepare for your Singapore Permanent ResidencyCitizenship submission.

We all know that a lot of information can be found on the website guiding you on your submission. However, not many know that some nationals might not process certain documents just because their country does not have them.

 For example, The National Identity Card. It is not mandatory to submit the national identity card by nationals of most counties, except Malaysians. Malaysians must include the original copy of the card when they apply for Singapore permanent residency/ citizenship.

Most Japanese do not have a national identity card, instead, they can substitute it by using their Household or Family Register. But since 2016, the Japanese Government announced that each resident would have a personal identification number (My Number). It is a substitute for a national ID card, which still does not exist in Japan, My Number enables the Japanese Government to identify residents and simplify administrative procedures.

Many, encounter situations where ICA requests specific documents which they do not have. It causes a lot of stress and confusion. The worst is when they spent time going around trying to apply for such documents or get directed to different authorities or departments trying to get the correct legal documents. It can be frustrating and is often futile.

Let us review a few documents for PR in Singapore for Indian nationals that are compulsory and point to note regarding the same.

Academic certificate – if an application is submitted only with the certificate, it is insufficient. Transcripts of the assessment must be attached with it. Sometimes, transcripts are also known as mark sheets. It is a must to include them in the application.

For other nationalities, it will be a plus point to include all transcripts or mark sheets for all semesters stating the college attended.

Graduation Certificate – Basically convocation certificate is the same as a graduation certificate. Just a difference in terminology. Some people get confused and waste time applying for a certificate from their respective universities.

Provisional Certificate – A provisional certificate is granted by the college or university proving that the students have completed their Degree. It is a temporary certificate for the student till they receive their original certificate. The provisional certificate can be used to search/apply for jobs or other purposes. However, this certificate is not recognized in Singapore which means that it should not be attached with the Singapore Permanent Residency/ Citizenship application.

Birth Certificate – Incorrect information, such as misspelled name or name not the same as the passport.

Solution – Applicants will have to take their passport to the Indian embassy in Singapore (which is officially known as the High Commission of India, Singapore) to apply for a copy of their birth certificate. 

Documents in language other than English – All such documents require to be translated to English. 

Although most documents submitted by Indian nationals are in English, there are times some are in their regional languages. All submitted PR documents must be translated into English. 

Translated documents must be either

i) endorsed by the embassy or

ii) notarized by Notary Public in Singapore.

From our experience, Indian applicants can approach the High Commission of India in Singapore to have the following documents reissued in English:

  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage Certificates 

All other documents must be notarized by Notary Public in Singapore. 

A notary public has qualified lawyers appointed by the Board of Commissioners for Oaths and Notaries Public to notarize documents, i.e. to certify that these documents are authentic or have been validly executed (depending on the situation). Notaries public are required to issue a notarial certificate for each document that they verify. All notarized documents must also be authenticated by the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL). The authentication can be done at SAL counter. 

Of course, there will be additional cost incurred for the notaries service, not to mention the time and hassle of running from one office to another.

When you engage a professional immigration agency, this service is included. It will save you the time, hassle of getting your documents translated or notarized.


We see our success in our client’s successful application. In TIP, we aim to generously share our knowledge, relevant advice and help our clients to smoothen and simplified their application journey and leading them to a successful application. PR in Singapore for Indian nationals is a very high probability. Read our article: PR in Singapore for Indians – is it true that Indians stand a lower chance of attaining Singapore Permanent Residency?

We possibly cannot share all the details in just one article. We will encourage those who have the intention to change their Singapore residency status to speak with our experienced immigration consultants. Do book an appointment for our complimentary consultation so that we can provide customized and detailed information relevant to your individual needs.

It is important to engage a professional and trustworthy immigration partner to walk the journey with you. Read our article: Complimentary Private Consultation Session – What to expect?

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