8 Hurdles to Obtaining Singapore Permanent Residency
Since 2009, Singapore has seen a drop in permanent residency (PR) approval rates, as the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) further refined its regulations. In gist, the ICA favours immigrants who are here for the long haul and are willing to call Singapore their home permanently.
Below are some of the reasons for the steep rejection rate and the difficulties applicants face in attaining Singapore PR nowadays.
Complex and Tedious Procedure
While all the information is available online at ICA and other government websites, the PR application procedure is quite complex, with lots of intricacies involved and substantial documents to produce. You have to fill a lot of forms, correctly of course. One tiny mistake and the application is rejected. Then you have to wait for at least 6 months year before you can try again.
Incomplete Application Forms and Partial Document Submission
Though it may sound extraordinary, but it does happen. Applications as serious as Singapore PR are too left incomplete by some people. Sometimes the requisite documents are not handed along with the application. In either cases, the applications are summarily rejected.
Low Chances of Approval
Moreover, as described above, Singapore is on the top of relocating-destinations-list of every competent foreign professional. With plenty of better qualified and better suited candidates, the chances of approval have diminished substantially for most applicants. You might wonder what it takes to convince ICA of your potential contribution to Singapore!
Immigration is a Hot Button Issue
Since 2011, immigration has become a hot button issue in the city-state with citizens complaining of over-crowding and rising property prices due to more foreigners. Low PR approvals is also a consequence of this. To its credit, the Singapore Government has taken note and put in place various infrastructure and housing projects.
Large Number of Applications
ICA receives thousands of PR applications every month and even though you feel qualified to be a Singapore PR, your application may still be rejected. This because unlike countries such as Australia and New Zealand, Singapore doesn’t declare its points system for judging the residency applications.
Applying Too Soon
A general trend in attaining Singapore PR is that the longer you have lived in Singapore and the more you have contributed to the society, the greater are your chances of getting a Singapore PR. Thus, it’s advisable to use the other available immigration options such as Singapore Employment Pass, Personalised Employment Pass or the Entrepreneur Pass, to shift to the city-state and work towards Singapore permanent residency.
Not from the Preferred Regions
Another observable trend is that citizens of proximate regions to Singapore such as Malaysia have better chances. This is so because Singapore share similar culture, background and history, with these regions and people from there have a better chance of integrating into the Singaporean society.
Not Applying for your Male Child
There are cases when a person applying for Singapore PR has a male child, for whom the permanent residency is not been applied for. As second-generation PRs in Singapore are liable for National Service, the ICA doesn’t look favourably at such applications, and are most likely to be rejected.
How to Overcome Difficulties in Obtaining Singapore PR
There is no such thing as a fool-proof Singapore PR application. But what you can do is to put your best foot forward. Or better still, engage a professional such as us to do this for you. Experts at Rikvin, who are well versed in making PR applications, and appealing in case it gets rejected, may be your best bet.
If you want to gauge your chances of getting a Singapore PR, here’s a check-list to follow:
- Whether you have the relevant skills, educational qualifications, and professional and financial background to secure a Singapore PR?
- Do you belong to a niche industry that requires personnel with specialised skills-set to function?
- Does your skill-set compliment the local work-force and not replace it?
- Are you under 50 years of age?
- Do you possess a qualification from internationally/nationally reputed institutions?
- Do you have family ties in Singapore?
- Are you engaged in some kind of voluntary work?
- Do you contribute in your local community socially and culturally?
- Importantly, have you worked in Singapore for at least 12 months before applying for Singapore permanent residency?