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SINGAPORE PERMANENT RESIDENCE SCHEME

Singapore has consistently been ranked as one of the world’s top countries in terms of quality of living.

Be it tangibles such as healthcare, crime rate, educational institutions, infrastructure, housing quality, business opportunities and unemployment levels.  Or the intangibles such as racial harmony, a multi-cultural and multi-national society as well as access to some of the best touristic destinations in Asia.  The city-state has rightly been proclaimed as Asia’s best preferred business headquarters and one of the best countries to live, work and play!

Thus, obtaining a permanent resident (PR) status in Singapore, which may be your intermediary step towards obtaining Singapore’s citizenship, makes sense.  All the more when this PR status comes with Central Provident Fund benefits and a range of personal tax reliefs and subsidies in terms of public housing, education and healthcare services.

Who is eligible?

The following categories of foreigners are eligible to apply for permanent residence:

  • Spouse and unmarried children (below 21 years old) of a Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
  • Aged Parents of a Singapore Citizen
  • Employment Pass/S Pass holders (includes Personalised Employment Pass and EntrePass holders)
  • Investors or entrepreneurs meeting eligibility criteria under Global Investor Program Scheme 

The two popular options by which a foreign national can become a Singapore PR namely :

1.    Professionals/Technical Personnel & Skilled Worker Scheme; and
2.    Global Investor Programme

Professionals/Technical Personnel & Skilled Worker Scheme

This the most preferred and popular scheme for becoming a Singapore PR amongst holders of the Employment Pass, S pass, Entrepass or Personalised Employment Pass.  Estimates more than 95% of professionals attain their PR status through this scheme.

Notably, an applicant’s spouse and children aged under 21 years may also apply for Singapore PR status together with the applicant.  One point to note is that male dependents will be liable for Singapore National Service once they are granted permanent residency.

Documents required for submission:

Official translations are required if documents are not in English.  A photocopy of all the required documents is needed.

If you are applying for yourself, you need to produce the following documents:

A1. Valid travel document and photocopies of passport pages showing personal particulars and official descriptions are required;

A2. Employment Pass or S Pass;

A3. Identity card (if applicable);

A4. Birth certificate or official household census list or family register;

A5. Deed poll or change of name certificate (if applicable);

A6. All educational certificates (including all tertiary qualifications), transcripts, professional license/membership certificates and vocational trade certificates;

A7. Testimonials from previous employer(s) stating the nature and duration of employment and the last drawn basic salary (if applicable);

A8. Pay-slips for the last 6 months;

A9. Income Tax Notices of Assessment for the last 3 years; and

A10. (For self-employed person) Valid Business Registration Certificate with names of partners shown AND major business contracts/invoices and receipts for the last 3 months.

If you are married, you need to produce the following additional documents:

B1. Official marriage certificate;

B2. Death certificate or divorce certificate in respect of your previous marriages (if any);

B3. Custody papers for the children in respect of your previous marriage(s) (if any);

B4. Spouse’s highest educational certificates (including all tertiary qualifications);

If you are including your spouse in the application, please include the following:

B5. Spouse’s valid travel document and photocopies of passport pages showing personal particulars and official descriptions are required;

B6. Spouse’s birth certificate;

B7. Spouse’s deed poll or change of name certificate (if applicable);

B8. Spouse’s identity card (if applicable); and

B9. Death certificate or divorce certificate and the custody papers for the child(ren) in respect of your spouse’s previous marriage(s) (if any).

If you are including your child(ren) in the application, you need to produce the following additional documents:

C1. Child’s valid travel document and photocopies of passport pages showing personal particulars and official details.  Child’s valid travel document and photocopies of passport pages showing personal particulars and official descriptions are required;

C2. Child’s birth certificate showing both parents’ names and the child’s name;

C3. Child’s Adoption papers (if applicable); and

C4. Child’s deed poll or change of name certificate (if applicable).

Global Investor Programme

Investors who is interested in starting up a business or investing in Singapore may apply for permanent residence at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) under the Global Investor Programme (GIP).

Investment Options

Under GIP, you can choose one of the following investment options

Option A: Invest at least S$2.5 million in a new business entity or in the expansion of an existing business operation.

Option B: Invest at least S$2.5 million in a GIP fund1 that invests in Singapore based companies. 

Eligibility for GIP Application

You are eligible to apply for PR under the GIP if you have :

  • A substantial business track record; and
  • A successful entrepreneurial background.