An Easy Guide for Becoming a Permanent Resident in Singapore

Singapore Permanent Resident

Singapore, renowned for its stability and high living standards, entices many individuals seeking opportunities for work and residence. In 2023, the Singapore government granted 34,500 new permanent residencies to foreigners, recognizing their potential contributions to the nation. Obtaining a Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) could be a pivotal step if you’re considering making Singapore your second home. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you navigate the process smoothly.

What Are The Singapore Permanent Resident Benefits?

  • Permanent Residence: Stay in Singapore permanently, providing stability for you and your family.
  • Re-Entry Permit (REP): Ensure hassle-free travel with a valid REP for seamless re-entry into Singapore.
  • Access to Services: Enjoy subsidized education, public healthcare, and a lower resident income tax rate.
  • Employment Opportunities: Secure employment more easily, with employers no longer needing to apply for work passes for you. Receive Central Provident Fund (CPF) contributions.
  • Property Ownership: Purchase HDB flats jointly with another Singapore Citizen or PR, facilitating homeownership.

How To Apply For SPR?

To initiate the Singapore Permanent Resident application process, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Spouse of a Singapore Citizen or SPR
  • Unmarried child below 21 years of age of a Singapore Citizen or SPR
  • Aged parent of a Singapore Citizen
  • Holder of an Employment Pass or S Pass
  • Student studying in Singapore

Application Process:

  • Apply online via the Electronic Permanent Residence (e-PR) system using your digital ID Singpass or Foreign Identification Number (FIN) for students.
  • Submit required documents online.

For Applicants:

  • Travel documents valid for at least 6 months, including passport pages with personal details.
  • Identity card (if applicable).
  • Birth certificate or official family document showing both parents’ names.
  • Deed Poll or name change certificate (if applicable).
  • Child’s birth certificate with both parents’ names (including adoption papers, if relevant).
  • Death or divorce certificate and custody papers for children from previous marriages (if applicable).
  • Highest education certificates.
  • For employed individuals:
    • Work Pass (if applicable).
    • Employer’s letter confirming employment details (dated within the last month).
    • Payslips for the last 6 months.
  • For self-employed individuals:
    • Valid Business Registration Certificate with partner names (if any).
    • Occupational license.

For Sponsors:

  • Identity card.
  • Official marriage certificate.
  • Death or divorce certificate and custody papers from previous marriages (if applicable).
  • Highest education certificates.
  • Employer’s letter detailing employment history and salary breakdown for the last 6 months (dated within the last month).
  • Payslips for the last 6 months.
  • Appendix – 2 (PR-FTS).
  • Valid Business Registration Certificate with partner names (for business owners) or vocational license (for self-employed individuals).
  • Occupational license related to your employment (for self-employed individuals).

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For sponsoring an aged parent

For Applicants:

  • Identity Card or Travel Document of the applicant’s spouse, or Death Certificate of the applicant’s spouse (if deceased). If a Death Certificate is unavailable, a photograph of the tombstone may suffice.
  • Official marriage certificate.

For Sponsors:

  • Singapore Citizenship Certificate (if applicable).
  • Birth Certificate, authenticated by proper authorities. If unnamed, additional supporting documents are required.
  • Deed Poll or name change certificate (if applicable). Alternatively, a letter from a competent authority certifying the relationship may be accepted.
  • Birth Certificates and Citizenship Certificates of the sponsor’s siblings (if any).
  • Identity cards and travel documents of the sponsor’s siblings (if any).
  • Highest educational certificates of the sponsor and siblings.

For Applicants with an Employment Pass or S Pass

  • Employment Pass or S Pass documentation.
  • Highest educational certificates, transcripts, professional licenses/memberships, and vocational trade certificates.
  • Testimonials from a previous employer(s) detailing employment nature, duration, and last drawn basic salary (if applicable).
  • Appendix – 1 (PR-PTS).

For Married Applicants:

  • Official marriage certificate.
  • Custody papers for children from previous marriages (if any).
  • Spouse’s highest educational certificates, transcripts, professional licenses/memberships, and vocational trade certificates.
  • If including spouse:
    • Spouse’s valid travel document with Immigration Pass and passport pages.
    • The spouse’s birth certificate indicates both parents’ names.
    • Spouse’s deed poll or name change certificate (if applicable).
    • Spouse’s identity card (if applicable).
    • Death or divorce certificate and custody papers for children from spouse’s previous marriages (if any).

For Applicants with Children:

  • The child’s valid travel document with Immigration Pass and passport pages.
  • The child’s birth certificate shows both child’s and parent’s names.
  • Child’s adoption papers (if applicable).
  • A document for when a child changes their name (if applicable)

Student studying in Singapore

For Applicants:

  • Educational certificates, transcripts, professional licenses/memberships, vocational trade certificates, and current result slips.
  • Valid travel documents and passport pages of parents, displaying personal details and official descriptions.
  • Non-English documents must be translated by the embassy, a notary public, attested by the embassy, or notarized by a notary public.
  • Photograph requirements:
    • Size: 35mm wide x 45mm high without border, taken within the last 3 months.
    • Background: Plain white with a matt or semi-matt finish.
    • Image Size: 400 x 514 pixels.
    • Facial Image: Full face without headgear, unless worn due to religious or racial customs. Headgear must not obscure facial features. A facial image should measure between 25mm and 35mm from chin to crown.
    • Format: JPEG image format.

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Applying For SPR Through the Global Investor Programme (GIP)

  • Qualified individuals with an exceptional business history can apply through the Global Investor Programme (GIP).
  • Application is submitted online through the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB).

How Much Does It Cost To Apply For SPR?

  • Processing Fee: S$100 (payable upon application submission).
  • Entry Permit (Form 5 or Form 5A): S$20 (issued upon approval).
  • Identity Card: S$50 (payable at the ICA office upon approval).
  • Re-Entry Permit (REP): S$50 for a 5-year validity period (issued upon approval).

The REP is essential for maintaining residency status when leaving Singapore temporarily.

Becoming A Singapore Citizen (SC)

  • After holding a Singapore Permanent Resident for at least 2 years, individuals aged 21 or above may apply for Singapore citizenship.
  • Enjoy full rights and benefits including voting rights and eligibility to purchase HDB flats directly from HDB.

In conclusion, obtaining a Singapore Permanent Resident opens doors to numerous opportunities and benefits, paving the way for a fulfilling life in the Lion City. Whether you choose to settle as a Singapore permanent resident or aspire to become a Singapore Citizen, the journey begins with understanding the application process and meeting the necessary criteria.

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