Eligibility Criteria and Requirements for Permanent Residence Visa
The Singapore PR visa can be given to these categories of foreigners:
- holders of the Employment Pass and the S Pass;
- spouses and kids of the Singapore citizens / Singapore PRs;
- the Singapore citizens’ aged parents;
Foreign employees who work in Singapore on work visas (Employment Pass & S Pass) are required:
- to show salary slips for the last 6 months they have worked in the country;
- to work a certain period of time in Singapore.
6 months aren’t enough to get qualified. Commonly, different types of work visas have their specific “due time” when the PR application would have the highest chance. For P1 (EP) holders, it is after a year of working in Singapore; for P2 holders it is usually after 2-3 years. The lower the visa is, the more time it takes to get qualified for the PR visa.
Investors are required:
- either to invest no less than 2.5 million SGD in a new business setup or expansion of already existing company or
- invest no less than 2.5 million SGD in a GIP-approved fund.
Foreign artistic talents must fit these criteria:
- to be a well-known artist in your native country (international reputation is a plus);
- to showcase relevant expertise in your niche or practice;
- your contribution to Singaporean culture must be significant, and you have to demonstrate a strong engagement into the local culture at the leadership level;
- you are expected to have specific plans how to bring Singaporean art on the higher level.
What if Permanent Residence Visa Gets Rejected ?
Singapore lures a lot of professionals, entrepreneurs and artists, and the competition around the Permanent Residence visa increases day by day. To get your visa approved, you must prove your talent is crucial for Singapore. If you fail to prove your uniqueness, your application is likely to get lost against the background of other applications. Moreover, there are a lot of tedious forms and documents that must be prepared and filled faultlessly. If you fail to get the paperwork done perfectly and your personality’s value substantiated persuasively, you can be asked by the authorities to wait for a year or so to try again.
The Immigration and the Checkpoints Authority assesses every candidacy on holistic basis taking into account even the subjective factors. This authority usually doesn’t explain the reason why the application gets rejected, but we can summarise some of the reasons basing on our own expertise and experience:
- mistakes in documents and the application form (obscure answers, grammar mistakes, lack of proofs for the statements made in the application, poor translation and so on);
- salary insufficiency (a sponsor’s salary isn’t high enough to support a spouse and children);
- failing to prove the candidacy’s contribution (skills that are crucial for the Singapore’s growing sectors of the economy) and commitment (integration with society) to the state.
Since there is no official reason of the rejection announced by the ICA, it is wiser to re-submit the application in appropriate time rather than to appeal the rejection. In case of rejection, we can investigate the reason based on our expertise, fortify the documentation involving new trumps, re-compile the application and get everything ready for a new application. From our experience, a re-considered and fortified application has a stronger chance for approval than an appeal.
How to Apply: the Best Singapore Permanent Resident Visa Scheme
The application process for Singapore residence visa differs for various categories of applicants. We will guide you through the 3 most popular schemes and explain how to apply for the Singapore PR with the highest chance for approval.
1. Scheme of obtaining PR for foreign professionals, technicians, and skilled workers
It fits those individuals who already work in Singapore for a certain period of time while applying for the PR (it’s a key requirement). Although a foreigner is required to provide salary slips only for the 6 months of working in Singapore, the longer his/her work history in the country is, the better chance he/she has. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will assess you candidacy based on your personal and professional merits, so it is crucial to build up the employment profile in advance. The agent that helped to apply for the work visa for a foreigner knows the best time when the application would be the most successful and how to squeeze the maximum out of the candidate’s profile. If you have doubts you would be able to get your profile prepared in time, please don’t hesitate to book our free eligibility assessment and benefit from our full PR support.
2. Scheme of Singapore PR for investors (also known as Global Investor Programme)
Foreign investors can get the Singapore PR for themselves and their families right away if they fit the criterion of investing at least 2.5 million SGD into a new Singaporean business setup, existing business, or a GIP-approved fund. If you have a desire to get involved at the basement level of Singapore’s business, ensure you meet all of the criteria. The authorities will take into consideration some other factors like your entrepreneurial background, a track record of your business, and your investment plan. Please contact our visa team to get a competent assessment absolutely for free and learn how to turn your investment efforts into a comfortable PR for you and your close people.
3. Scheme of Singapore PR for foreign artists
The country that aims at becoming an artistic hub of the South Pacific zone has a special PR program for foreign artistic talents. If you are professional in arts, music, dance, photography, literature, theatre, or cinematography, and you are going to contribute your talent to cultivating the Singapore’s culture soil, you can pursue getting the status of a permanent resident. If you aren’t sure you would be able to persuade the authorities that Singapore needs your talent, entrust this matter to a visa professional. We will find the best argument to bring your talent to Singapore permanently.
Please take into account that to apply for the PR visa, an applicant must attend an appointment at the authorities (the ICA). We will help you to make an appointment and instruct you how to make a successful application. The ICA needs up to 6 months to process each PR visa application and attached documents. If the ICA finds the application and documents wrong or weak, the processing time can be longer and the application can even get rejected. That’s why it is important to have a visa professional prepare you for the getting this probably the most important visa in your life.
Permanent Residence Visa Renewal Process
Permanent residence visa belongs to renewable visas. You have to get your PR visa resumed every 5 years. The government needs to know for sure you are contributing to Singapore society positively in terms of economic values and that you can integrate into this society. If you have doubts that you fulfil the PR extension requirements, make sure you get a professional help in the PR renewal. Please contact our PR visa consultants for better understanding and assistance in the hard process of retaining your PR status.