Singapore offers endless possibilities both for work and fun. Whether you are an insatiable foodie, a keen appreciator of fine arts or irrepressible daredevil, there are plenty of fun things to do in the country. The lion city also boosts one of the most robust economy in the world which attracts thousands of talented professionals and executives every year. Among them, there are many individuals in this group that is seeking to obtain Singapore PR status.
In short, PR status which is short of Permanent Residence, allows one to reside in the country and enjoy the many benefits that is exclusively available to the nation’s residences only. With that, Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) employs a strict process with many stringent checks and regulations for PR applicants. This includes segmenting different applicants accordingly to the few different PR schemes. Today, this article will be discussing one of the most common schemes available— PTS Scheme (Professionals/Technical Personnel & Skilled Worker Scheme)
Before we begin, it is important to note that the PTS Scheme is available for Employment Pass Holder only. Ideally, you must be under the age of 50 years old. This schemes also allows your spouse and unmarried children below the age of 21 in your application. While the application process is straightforward, it does require careful attention to minimize all errors that can jeopardize the success of your application.
Step 1: Decide and plan for your PR application
Knowing when you would like to apply for PR is important. Generally, we advise that all applicants have already been working in Singapore for at least six months. This is because you are required by law to submit six months’ salary slips from your Singapore employer. To speed up the process, you should keep and prepare your salary slips so you don’t have to go through the hassle of requesting for them when your busy preparing your other documents for PR application.
Step 2: Determine your chance of approval
The duration of work in Singapore and the type of pass you hold, as discussed in step, is the basic factors taken in to consideration for PR application. On top of that, there are many other factors that plays an important role in your PR application. For example, your work, age, qualification and family ties are all reviewed by the authority as part of your PR application. The key here is to look at them in advance, so you can plan and put yourself in a stronger position to become a Singapore Permanent Residence (PR).
Step 3: Preparation of necessary documents
As part of filing requirements, you are to prepare and submit a set of forms and documents online. The good news is that these documents are available online at the official ICA Singapore website—www.ica.gov.sg. Therefore, it is not necessary to make a visit to the ICA building.
Step 4: Submit your documents
Wait! Before you proceed, do note that all your documents must be in English. Otherwise, an official English translation is needed. The best way is to have it done at your embassy.
Now you have all the steps ready, it is time to proceed with your application. Generally, the application process takes at least 3 to 5 months, and up to 6 to 9 months depending on the time of the year.