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Singapore PR application: Top 5 Tips of Becoming a Permanent Resident In Singapore


Singapore PR application: Top 5 Tips of Becoming a Permanent Resident In Singapore

July 2021

The Lanturn Team

Have you been thinking about becoming a PR in Singapore?

There is good reason to.COVID-19 has made Permanent Residency in Singapore (Singapore PR application) more beneficial than ever. Whilst Employment Pass holders have faced many restrictions returning to Singapore, becoming PR in Singapore will allow you the same immigration rights to re-entry as Citizens. In addition to that, you would no longer need a work permit, so getting that new lucrative job offer becomes much easier. For business owners, you will have the ability to run multiple businesses without restrictions. And the most relieving part – you won’t have to worry about leaving Singapore in 30 days if you lose your job! Successful immigration application is becoming more difficult to achieve, but by following these tips, you’ll have the best chance of success!


5 Benefits of Becoming a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR)

Discover the benefits of becoming a Singapore permanent resident and learn how Lanturn can help secure your first step in gaining citizenship in this article.

Singapore PR application – Let’s get started with our 5 tips.

Tip 1

Collect all the right documents in advance A PR application requires a lot of documentation and some of these documents can be a pain to find – do you still have your university transcripts from years ago? The documents required to depend on your Singapore Permanent Resident eligibility. As a foreigner, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence if you are a/an:

  • Spouse of a Singapore citizen (SC) or Singapore permanent resident (PR)

  • Unmarried child aged below 21 born within the context of legal marriage to, or have been legally adopted by, an SC or PR

  • Aged parent of an SC

  • Holder of an Employment Pass or S Pass (the most common route)

  • Students studying in Singapore

  • Foreign investor in Singapore

For the latest documents required, head over to ICA’s website (link: and download the correct appendix at the bottom of the page.  Give yourself sufficient time to collect all these documents before beginning the application process. Once you have begun the online Singapore PR application, you have to submit everything in 7 days. Make sure the scanned copies of documents are clear with no information cut off.

Tip 2

Include your whole family in the PR application It is possible to submit an individual PR application but for a maximum chance of success, you should include all family members in the application. This shows your long-term commitment to Singapore. If you include male children in your PR application and your Singapore PR application is successful, they will be enrolled in mandatory national service at age 18 as an immigration requirement.  Purposefully excluding male children to avoid national service responsibilities will lower your chances of success of becoming PR in Singapore.

IMAGE: Singapore Permanent Resident - PR Application

Tip 3

Cover letter ICA looks for Singapore PR applications that can integrate into Singapore’s society for the long term. Prepare a great cover letter to convince the authorities that this applies to you. Your cover letter should present yourself as someone who has made contributions to the community, which can be through volunteering or taking part in community initiatives. However, it can also be through contributions your business has made. For example, have you brought employment to a number of local Singaporeans? Have you been involved in mentoring and training your employees? Are you running a business that can serve and improve the community? Submit a PR application with a well-written cover letter and boost your chances of success.

Tip 4

Keep trying! As said, PR is difficult to obtain. Don’t give up hope after one rejected application. We have helped applicants successfully obtain PR despite them having received a prior rejection. Re-apply and show your commitment to Singapore is serious. That being said, don’t reapply for PR too soon after the rejection. We advise you to wait at least 6 months before applying again. If there are changes to your Singapore PR application, such as new achievements, educational qualifications, and/or new family members applying, it can improve your chances of success.

Tip 5

Engage help for your PR Application The PR application process can be completed individually by carefully following the steps laid out by ICA online. But, between balancing a busy career, family commitments, and looking after your health, it may be that the cumbersome process of applying for PR just keeps getting put off. The application requires a high amount of administration and enlisting professional help for your PR application can take the burden off your shoulders and save you time and hassle. With the help of professional expertise, you won’t have to worry about making errors on the PR application and missing out on opportunities to boost your profile.

Where to start with Your Singapore PR application?

Now you know the top tips for a successful Singapore PR application, you have collected all your documents, and you’ve written a great cover letter. It’s time to get started.. head over to ICA’s website ( and log in through your SingPass to submit the application. Alternatively, enlist Lanturn to help you with your preparing your PR application and cover letter – you can book a call with us *here*

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