Published On: Fri, Jan 14th, 2022

10 Singapore PR Application Tips

Before you begin your application for PR in Singapore, here are some things you should be aware of.

Tip #1: Remember, it’s a competition

The competition for the Singapore permanent resident application is tough. Firstly, you’re in competition with others for limited vacancies.

About 30,000 new PRs are granted each year (this is the “annual quota” people often refer to). And according to most estimates, about 100,000 applicants are considered for these slots. As expected, the government is strict in its selection to ensure the right people are approved. Standards are high and the authorities are highly selective.

Secondly, the government has the pick of the bunch. The pool of competing applicants is made up of well-qualified candidates. Many come armed with impressive resumes, qualifications, and sought-after skills.

So, prepare to put in the required effort to build a complete and strong PR application in Singapore. This will help you to improve your odds of success. If you’re going to apply for Singapore PR, then compete to win.

Tip #2: Focus on what you can control

Depending on your PR application agency in Singapore, as well as your social circle, everyone seems to have a story about getting their PR or failing to get their PR. And these stories might cause you to worry about things that are NOT under your control.

You can’t control the quota and you can’t control the quality or the quantity of your competition. Don’t stress over the things you can’t control. You can only control the quality of your application and the merits that go into your application.

Focus on what you can control. Focus on the preparation of your PR application in Singapore. Focus on building your life and career in Singapore.

Tip #3: Understand the evaluation criteria

Be aware of the criteria and how you’d be evaluated. This will enable you to have a better gauge of what your chances are, and adjust your expectations accordingly.

It will also help you to determine the areas you can improve, and the issues to address in your application.

Tip #4: Know which PR scheme applies to you

  • If you’re a working professional in Singapore with an Employment Pass, S Pass, or Personalised Employment Pass – Apply for PR in Singapore under the Professionals, Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers scheme (Form 4A).
  • If you’re a spouse of a Singapore citizen or Singapore PR – Apply under the sponsor scheme (Form 4SC).
  • If you’re studying here on a student pass and have completed national exams such as PSLE, GCE ‘N’/ ‘O’ / ‘A’ levels or the Integrated Programme (IP) – Apply under the student scheme (Form 4B)

For the above schemes, you submit your application to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA).


Tip #5: Don’t rush the application process.

Take the time and effort to be thorough when preparing your application form and organising your documents. When you complete the application in a hurry, it’s easy to miss out on the required details. Details that could also strengthen your PR application in Singapore.

We get that paperwork is not the most fun thing in the world. But imagine spending years building your life and career in Singapore, and not taking the time to make sure all your merits are deservingly reflected in your application. Now, wouldn’t that be a true waste of your time?

Tip #6 Get clear on your WHY.

When you have a goal and a strong reason why you want it, then you’ll be more motivated to achieve it. Even in the face of difficulty or setback.

That’s the difference between being interested in a goal versus being committed to a goal.

So, it’s important to understand why you want to push through with your Singapore permanent resident application.

Tip #7: Be complete, consistent, and correct.

When you are filling up the details in your application, bear in mind these 3Cs.

Complete – Make sure you provide ALL details required fully. For example, when you are asked for your last ten years of residence – include all the residences that you lived in for 6 months or longer. There shouldn’t be gaps of more than 6 months in your timeline.

Consistent – The details you provide throughout your application for PR in Singapore should be consistent with the details in the documents you are submitting.

Correct – You have to be as accurate and truthful as possible. Do you know how sometimes we embellish/stretch the truth in our resumes to impress people? Well, this is NOT your resume, so DON’T do this in your application, or else you risk committing an offence.

Tip #8: Use simple language, avoid jargon.

Clarity is important in your PR application in Singapore. So it’s always best to use simpler words, so the authorities can understand your application and your merits.

People usually tend to make this mistake when they are filling up their job descriptions.

Tip #9: Pay attention to the “Details of achievements and innovation…” section in Form 4A.

Many people make the mistake of leaving this blank or filling it up with shallow or vague accomplishments that they didn’t think through.

Even when you don’t think you have an accomplishment or an innovation – that’s probably not true. Take the time to reflect. Be as specific as possible in the accomplishments, innovations, and contributions you’ve made to your company/companies, colleagues, and/or industry. This will elevate your PR application process in Singapore

Tip #10 Double-check, triple-check, and maybe check one more time for good measure.

It’s easy to assume you’ve made no major error when you’re completing your form. We tend to do that because most of us have filled multiple forms in our lives, and believe we would be pros by now. But not every form is the same.

To be on the safe side, check your form till you’re confident. Don’t let an unnecessary mistake hurt your chances of getting approved by your PR application agency in Singapore.

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