With the tightening of the Singapore immigration framework in late 2009, it has been recognised that getting a Work Pass, Permanent Residence and Citizenship for foreigners are stricter. Nevertheless, the number of Singapore Permanent Residence(SPR) and Singapore Citizens(SC) granted for the last 4 years have been constant.
Application of SPR is under the jurisdiction of Singapore Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA). According to the recent Singapore 2014 population statistic, about 30,000 new SPRs have been granted each year to keep the PR population stable. The graph on the left shows the statistic taken from the recent publication of 2014 Population in Brief.
Permanent residence is an intermediate step through which suitable foreigners and spouses take up citizenship in Singapore.Even with the tight regulations, there is still a continuous interest by foreigners in becoming a SPR.
SPR application can only be submitted upon securing an appointment via ICA e-appointment website. An appointment date is normally available 4 to 6 months from the website log in date. And upon submission, ICA may take up to 6 – 9 months to process each application.
As a SPR, one can enjoy benefit like owing a Singapore public property, receiving subsidy to good medical support and accessing to public education for their children.
Working SPRs are required to contribute to the Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme, in which they and their employer contribute a monthly amount to their retirement fund. The amount in the CPF funds can be used for individuals’ health care, home-ownership, and family protection.
All Singaporean male and second-generation permanent residents are required to register for Singapore National Service (NS) upon reaching 16½ years old and will be scheduled for enlistment at the earliest opportunity or upon reaching 18 years old.
If they are pursuing full-time studies, deferment from full-time NS may be granted only if they meet the deferment conditions stipulated by the Ministry of Defence.
Many SPRs have misconception that validity of their SPRs status is for life. SPRs approval come with a Re-entry Permit (REP) which generally valid for 5 years. Without REP, the SPR will expire.
REP Renewal of SPR can be submitted 6 months prior to expiry date of ones SPR. The approval will be at the discretion of ICA officers. The processing time of the application is 5 working days and it must be submitted online to ICA. The renewal will be valid for a period between 1 -5 years.
For Professionals who have been working in Singapore and are interested to apply for SPR, NAVE would recommend them to submit their SPR applications after a year of holding a valid Employment Pass(EP) and/or S Pass. Local Authorities will then have more information on them and have a better access on their application.
Last Update : January 2014