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 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.

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 Singapore, 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!