Singapore Permanent Residence
Notably, Singapore Permanent Residents (PR) enjoy a wide spectrum of perks. For one, they are provided with most of the rights and duties of citizens such as government-sponsored housing. But the biggest – and most appealing – benefit is having the right to stay in Singapore without visa restrictions. With a PR status, one has the right to live and leave anytime they want.
A PR’s spouse and unmarried children under 21 are also eligible to apply for permanent residence. A PR’s children are on the high-priority list to enter public schools. It may also be important to note that permanent residence allows you to switch jobs without the risks of reapplying for a new work visa.
Before you apply to become a Permanent Resident, allow us to give you a brief overview of the schemes under which a Singapore permanent residence can be granted. These are the main categories of the various PR schemes devised by the government.
1. If you are an EP holder prior to your PR application…
Apply under the Professionals, Technical Personnel & Skilled Workers Scheme (PTS)
At the time of your PR application, you should hold a valid Employment Pass – whether P or Q Pass. You will be assessed by a point system which will take into account your basic monthly salary, length of stay in Singapore, age and your academic and professional qualification. Your spouse and unmarried children are also eligible to apply for PR under this scheme.
2. If you are an artist with international standing in art, dance, music, theatre, photography and film…
Apply under the Foreign Artistic Talent Scheme
Initially, you should present you resume and documented proof of your recognised art such as portfolios, press reviews, etc. to the National Arts Council (NAC) for evaluation. Should the NAC find you eligible, they will send you a Permanent Residence application form. You should immediately complete the application form and all its requirements. NAC will then recommend your application to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA).
3. If you:
- have adequate professional or tertiary qualifications,
- are a working professional,
- are interested in relocating to Singapore, yet are not currently employed in here, or
- are an undergraduate or postgraduate student from a recognised foreign university…
Apply under the Landed Permanent Residence (Landed PR) Scheme
Eligible applicants are granted one (1) to two (2) years to seek employment in Singapore. Your Permanent Residence status will be conferred once you secure a job.
4. If you are a resident of Hong Kong…
Apply under the Approved-in-Principle (AIP) PR Scheme
The AIP scheme offers a 5-year in-principle PR approval to eligible applicants from Hong Kong. These AIP holders may be conferred Permanent Residence if they can secure an employment or migrate their families to Singapore within the 5-year period.
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