During a dinner gathering with friends, a topic of relocating popped up in our discussion as one of our friends is migrating to another country. It started off if we should invest in an asset in another country as a precaution? The question arises not because due to any instability in the country but as a consideration and planning in terms of education and opportunity in future for our next generation.
As usual, Singapore and Australia came top of the list due to their close proximity, accessibility and with friends and family have been residing there. Comparing both, I would prefer Singapore as it is only a 1-hour flight away and the similarities in lifestyle.
The Benefits of as Singapore PR
Ease of Setting up Business
Singapore government has always been pro-business and has been committing regularly to reduce red tapes and ease the regulation to facilitate entrepreneurs to start-up businesses there.
Given its strategic location in the Asia Pacific, many multi-national companies set up their Asia region base here. Hence residents are exposed to high expertise jobs, in turn, a better and more efficient workforce for businesses to hire.
Singapore’s public transport system is recognised as one of the world’s best cost-efficient transport systems with the majority of residents commuting on the public transport system on a daily basis.
Better Job Opportunities
Employment is based on the system of meritocracy instead of race, religion or skin colour which prompt talents around the world to gather and contribute strongly to their economy. As PR, you are able to switch to another job without having to re-apply for a work permit.
Safe and Secure Environment
Singapore is one of the safest places in the world to live and work in. Compare to other countries, riots are almost inexistent with high maturity in politics. There is also a high emphasis on liveability & well-being.
With the high degree of transparency, you won’t get caught off guard on rules and regulations. Likewise, there is no under the table arrangement there.
Eligibility & Criteria to Apply Singapore PR
Anyone eligible can apply for the permanent resident status if you belong to one of the following categories:
- Spouse of a Singapore Citizen or PR.
- S Pass, Employment Pass, Personalised Employment Pass or Entrepreneur Pass holders.
- Unmarried children of a Singapore Citizen or PR below 21 years of age.
- Aged parents of a Singapore Citizen.
- Student Pass holders who have resided there for at least two years and passed at least one national exam (i.e. PSLE or GCE ‘N’/’O’/’A’ levels) or are in the Integrated Programme.
Should You Appoint an Agent to Help on Your Application?
While you can apply for Permanent Residence on your own however there are high chances you will encounter unfamiliarity with the application process, preparation of required paperwork in a short time frame, difficulty in navigating the e-Service and may not fulfil the criteria required by ICA due to lack of experience and know-how to make your stand out.
Usually, a standard PR application takes approximately four to six months to be fully processed. However, some submissions may take longer, depending on the type of application and validity of the submitted documents.
Paul Immigrations is an immigration consultancy firm based in Singapore that specialises in the application of Singapore Permanent Residence. With expertise and comprehensive knowledge of their consultants, they have maintained a high success rate over the years.
How Paul Immigrations Can Help?
Offer Key Insights and Expertise
Organise All Necessary Documents
Prepare Additional Essential Documents
Craft Personalised Cover Letters
Lead You Throughout the Entire Process
Minimise Hassle & Time Wastage
Paul Immigrations Reviews: Singapore PR Application Process
Step 1: Client Interview via Telephone Call
A first-round interview will be conducted with the applicant to ascertain if they are eligible to apply for Permanent Resident (PR) status via a telephone call.
- The following information is required:
- Type of work pass the potential client is holding (i.e. S Pass, Employment Pass, Personalised Employment Pass)
- Whether the potential client has family ties with any Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents
- Whether the potential client has any pending applications with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
- Applicant profile assessment will be conducted involving certain factors, such as the following:
- Length of stay in Singapore
- Number of times applicant has paid income tax
Step 2: In-Person Appointment
After the first round of interview, Paul Immigrations will schedule an in-person appointment.
- This is to confirm if the applicant is holding the correct work pass and to verify the details shared over the phone conversation. The physical work pass is required to be verified during the appointment.
- Review your profile, based on the profile assessment conducted by phone. This is to gauge the likelihood of a successful PR application.
- Paul Immigrations will go through with you on the possible factors that will affect your PR approval. These factors include:
- Your profile assessment like education qualifications, industries working in, and if have admirable merits and more.
- ICA’s annual quota of approved PR applications
- The local political climate at the point of the application
- How difficult it is to attain approval when applying for PR (number, stats, demand, unspoken quota)
Upon which, you can decide if to engage Paul Immigrations service to improve the chances of getting an approval.
Step 3: Request for Documents from Client
After reviewing your eligibility, you will be requested to submit the documents.
- Audited form submission (also known as Form 4A)
- Correct compulsory documents (as required by ICA)
- Essential additional documents (these documents may reflect the client’s participation in charity work, community involvement, etc.)
- With the complete documents, they will advise if the documents satisfy the listed PR criteria and requirements as stated by ICA.
Step 4: Completes the Rest of the Paperwork on Behalf of Client
- Paul Immigrations will complete the PR application form based on the information extracted from the documents.
- They will also craft a personalised cover letter based on a questionnaire.
- The purpose of the cover letter is to emphasise the client’s commitment to the local community and the Singaporean society as a whole.
Step 5: Submits PR Application
After every aspect of your PR application is completed, they will proceed with the online submission, either:
- Submit the application remotely.
- Schedule an in-person meeting with the client to submit the application.
Step 6: Outcome of Application
ICA takes about four to six months to assess each submission. Depending on the outcome (i.e. whether it is approved or rejected), Paul Immigrations will guide you on the next best course of action to take.