Being one of the countries with the best quality of life, the permanent residency status in Singapore is one that many non-citizens would want to obtain. There are multiple benefits that come with being a permanent resident in the city-state. After all, we are known to be one of those best places in the world to live, earn a living and grow academically . However, due to this increasing demand, the local government can be strict when it comes to approving applications. Fortunately, there is help for those who truly wish to be a PR in our sunny island.
Applying For Permanent Residency
The entire process to gain a PR status in Singapore is definitely an arduous journey. According to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), you will need to check out if you qualify with the following requirements:
1. Spouse of a Singapore citizen (SC) or Singapore permanent resident (SPR)
2. Unmarried child aged below 21 born within the context of a legal marriage to, or have been legally adopted by, a SC or PR
3. Aged parent of a SC
4. Holder of an Employment Pass or S Pass
5. Current Student in Singapore
6. Foreign investor.
Adding on to that never-ending list, ICA also takes into account factors such as the individual’s economic contributions, qualifications and more.
All PR applications must be submitted online using ICA’s e-Service. However, be careful! As one wrong document would cost you a non-refundable processing fee of S$100.
Once it has been submitted, in comes the wait. The general processing time is usually four to six months…or even longer. Even with that long of a waiting time, success is not guaranteed. While the number of applicants continues to increase yearly, the number of applicants obtaining the status has been around the 30,000 mark annually in recent years.
Being a PR in the little red dot can earn you a variety of benefits that non-citizens and non-residents would not be able to. To name a few, successful applicants can enjoy subsidised housing, education, reap the financial and tax benefits provided by Singapore’s Central Provident Fund scheme and receive greater job opportunities. But of course, there have been some foreigners who aim for PR status just to take advantage and enjoy the benefits. Due to this, the ICA tightened its PR policies and reduced the number of annual approvals.
How Engaging A Professional Can Help The Process
Thus, engaging an immigration consultant who specialises in Permanent Residency applications does make a difference. For example, Paul Immigrations specialises in the application of a PR status in Singapore. They are well-equipped with knowledge and expertise of this process. More importantly, the firm has maintained a high success rate over the years. As of 2020, they have garnered 15,000 over satisfied customers and counting!
There are multiple ways that these professionals can help you. Firstly, their team of specialists can ease the complicated process significantly by offering key insights and expertise, garnered through years of experience. These tips and insights can help you to get a step closer to approval.
Secondly, their team helps you to prepare additional essential documents. Additional documents that display your best qualities and contributions, including a recommendation letter by your employer, will set you apart from other applicants. This can increase the success rate of your PR application.
Last but not least, their team can lead you throughout the entire process to ensure you do not miss any important documents or other pertinent information.
They lead you through the process in these six steps:
- An Immigrations Consultant (IS) would give you a call to confirm your eligibility and conduct a basic profile assessment.
- A personal meetup would be scheduled to confirm the said eligibility (to produce work pass, etc.) and factors affecting your case would be laid out. Thereafter you may decide if you would like to engage their services.
- Essential documents for the application would be mentioned during the meeting and you will be requested to submit them to the IS either in person or via email.
- The IS will guide you to complete the PR application form based on the documents collected and the firm’s writer would do up a cover letter to distinctively set you and your submission apart.
- Once the steps above are completed, you may choose to put in your submission through ICA’s e-Service by yourself or the team can guide you through the whole process. The entire process typically takes one to two months.
- ICA takes four to six months to assess each submission, and depending on the outcome, the IS will update you on your next course of action.
Whew, now doesn’t this sound much easier? This is because the consultants help you to manage the stressful parts of the procedure. Above that, they also make sure that your entire submission gains an upper hand during the approval process.
The firm was established in 2016 and it has since been the spot where many PR applicants’ happy endings occur. Don’t take my word for it? These reviews say it all:
“Thank you Paul Immigrations for helping my family to have successfully obtained our Singapore PR approval the first time we applied. The staff at Paul Immigrations has a very good attitude and ardently helped us in PR application process preparation. The staff patiently helped us to solve the problems we face; thus, our whole family is grateful that our Singapore PR got approved within 5 months. With the approval, it solved the problem of our child’s education issue and enabled our family to live in Singapore more conveniently.” Zhang Hao, 43, Researcher (China)
“Amazing and prompt service offered by Paul Immigrations! I was pleased with the exceptional service provided by them. The staff are very courteous and professional! After just 6 months my PR application was approved.” Rajesh Muthusamy, 32, Software Developer (India)
Ready to put in your application for the highly coveted PR status? Reach out to these experienced specialists by calling in and setting up an appointment with them. All the best!
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