Your PR Application Process – Why You Need To Be Thorough

Some people try to cut corners when it comes to their PR application process in Singapore, and then they ask me how did I get my permanent residence approved. The quick answer is, do not cut corners, and be absolutely thorough during your application for Singapore PR, as well as providing the necessary documents to ICA as requested for by ICA.

Work and career segment for Singapore permanent residence application

Additionally, when it comes to your work and career segment during the application for Singapore PR process, you will also be asked to provide testimonials from past employer. This is necessary for ICA to process your permanent residence application in Singapore. Many applicants, for some reason, want to skip this one. Sometimes it may be out of shyness to contact the past employer, or perhaps you did not end the employment well at all. Well, there you go – you answered it yourself. One of the reasons I believe ICA Singapore asks for testimonials from your previous employers is so that they know whether your claims are accurate, and whether you are a stable employee. ICA does not want to approve permanent residencies for people who are unstable when it comes to their employment, or are always causing trouble at their work place.

Make sure to provide your pay slip accurately as well. Do not ever try to alter your income to be higher than it really is to get a higher chance of PR status approval. If you are under the required amount, or you do not feel confident, then simply work harder on your career before re-applying to become a Singapore permanent resident.

Academic qualifications

This is another segment which is very important as well. Make sure to provide the necessary requested for documents. There have been Singapore PR applicants who have falsified their academic achievements, as they think that ICA will not tally or double check with the claimed educational institution because it was from another country and not Singapore. That is not true. As much as possible, ICA does its due diligence well. This is why there are cases where people have falsified their educational certificates knowingly before in the past, and got found out either on the spot or years later. These offenders usually face jail time, hefty fines or revoked PR status, or all three.

Is It Harder To Get Your Permanent Residence Status Approved Now?

Some people are increasingly telling me that it is harder to get their permanent residence status in Singapore approved, and so here is my take on it!

Most countries are now getting stricter with their immigration policies, especially when many countries and cities around the world are becoming increasingly well developed already. This seems to be the trend too in Singapore, with tightening of work passes and more. This means two key things:

  • The people are usually more well educated, and do not blindly accept anything that the government proposes as being good for the country. This means that uncontrolled immigration policies will now be looked deeper into. As a result of this, politicians who want to work hard to keep their positions in office will now need to actually listen to the people, and this will very often mean a more selective permanent residence program. This is also the case in Singapore. That is why since 2008, the number of new permanent residents approved yearly in Singapore has approximately halved to only around 30,000 a year.
  • When a country like Singapore is still in its early stages of development, it needs people with skills from all industries to build up the countries. As it gets to the late stages, such as now for Singapore, it should not randomly bring in and encourage immigrants with skills in areas where there is a surplus of people. This is because that will only result in dissent among the existing citizens and residents locally in SG. Therefore, selective choosing of the right people is what the Immigration Checkpoints Authority ICA government officers of Singapore is doing now when it comes to PR status approvals.

Of course, while it is more difficult, it does not mean impossible. In fact, it is still very possible, and simple to get a PR in Singapore if you know what you are doing.

I know that many people fall in love with Singapore after living here, and really want to become a permanent resident here. However, please do it the right way still.

For instance, if you are still getting your PR application rejected over and over, perhaps you want to look for external help from a PR application agency. It is important to get this right, as otherwise the entire PR application approval processing time can take ages. You can save lots of time and energy by using a consultant.

You definitely do not want to take dubious methods as well. For instance, there was this Pakistani man who was jailed in Singapore for lying during his application. And his PR application was over a decade ago! So make sure to do it right by using a professional, or consult with someone you know who has done it properly before.

Singapore gardens by the bay

Why I Fell In Love With Singapore After Being A PR

If you have never been to Singapore, you will be forgiven to think that Singapore literally looks like a city and country which came straight out of a Star Wars movie or futuristic movie scene. Yet it still has cool rustic places located right within the city. Singapore is truly an amazing place and I have fallen with it more and more over the years as I settled down here as a Singapore permanent resident, and here are the reasons why. If you need assistance with applying for Singapore permanent residence, you can check out for PR application help in Singapore.

Changi Jewel futuristic
This is what you are greeted by once you arrive into Changi International Airport in Singapore.

Right upon arrival into Singapore, you enter this Jurassic world like location known as Jewel, where you are greeted by a gigantic waterfall with background music, lots of flora and still lots of high class luxury shops as well as dining choices. You get the best of nature and city at the same time. You will quickly realize that Singapore has this theme of mixing ultra urban designs with nature.

Singapore roads
Singapore’s roads are largely paved with lots of beautiful trees and flowers, making it a nice respite for nature lovers who are living in this small urbanized country.

Regardless of where you stay in Singapore, you will notice that the roads are smooth and that the roads are paved with neatly groomed grass, shrubs or trees. Even though Singapore is considered an ultra urban city in 95 to 99 per cent of the country, you never feel too detached form nature.

It is definitely a pleasant sight. However, you still want to avoid travelling during the peak hours in Singapore. After all, it has one of the world’s highest population and vehicle densities.

woman at Sentosa Aquarium Singapore

With lots of shopping places along Orchard Road, and tons more shopping malls distributed evenly throughout Singapore, it is a local and foreigner shopping paradise. Personally, I am not the biggest fan of shopping, but there is no denial that many people love it and flock to Singapore for it. The opening hours are significantly longer than most other countries, being open from around 11am daily till 10pm daily.

Also, you get to visit interesting places like the SEA Aquarium at Sentosa, which is one of the largest oceanariums in the world. While Sentosa is an offshore island, you can get to it via car, taxi, train or walk across the bridge to it, and as it is still within the Republic of Singapore, you need not bring your passport along. Additionally, there are lots of touristy places like Universal Studios and more within Sentosa too!

rustic places SG
Yes, these rustic places still exist too in Singapore due to preservation policies.

For those who love rustic places? No worries! Due to preservation policies in Singapore, many of these locations are reserved. Some places are completely preserved, while most have their designs and exteriors preserved, but interior updated to modern times. It is a truly unique experience.

As you can tell from the above, Singapore is really a hybrid between modern designs and nature.

The only downside to Singapore? The property prices can be really expensive! And if you hate noises, you need to stay in a quiet landed enclave, which cost a lot.

Bukit Timah Singapore

My Story Behind Migration To And Becoming A Singapore PR

Hello everyone, my name is Rose Markie, and I used to run a beach cafe and hence my site’s name. Ever since 2006, I have been travelling to and fro Singapore, because my husband has some business and investing dealings at Singapore.

Personally, I have always been a fan of a quiet lifestyle, so I was never too excited about Singapore initially, because it just reminded me of downtown London, which was a little to hectic for me in my opinion. I just preferred the countryside (for clarification – I still do, but I will explain more later on) kind of lifestyle.

As a result of this, I was quite reluctant to accompany him initially when he went to SG for a week or two each time, once every one to two months.

However, him being a caring husband, told me that he actually got me a place nestled in Bukit Timah, and at a quiet spot, and kept encouraging me to accompany him just once.

I tagged along once with him to Singapore in 2006, then once in 2008 and the third time in 2009, and then I started to fall in love with Singapore’s hybrid culture of East meets West. Granted, till date, I am still not the biggest fan of Orchard Road nor large crowds unless I need to buy something, where I live is nestled in a pretty quiet residential enclave and that makes me feel perfectly at peace. Especially when I still get to have my little backyard!

Ever since 2012, where it was the fifth or sixth time I went to visit the city-state, I actually asked my husband, who is a UK citizen and a Singapore permanent resident, to get me a Singapore PR status too as a spouse using his permanent residency. If you are not sure how to apply for a Singapore permanent residency, do yourself a favour and just look for an immigration agency to help with your PR application in Singapore, and just skip the hassles. Thankfully for me, he was already a Singapore PR, and it was easy to get me a Long Term Visit Pass, also known as LTVP, initially. It was then eventually converted into a permanent residence status over the years, as I decided to sell off my cafe and live in SG more frequently. I am still British at heart! But definitely still a lover of Singapore.

Check out the following video to learn more about migrating to Singapore by a fellow expat!