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PR Application for EP Holders | Becoming a Permanent Resident

Becoming a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) as an Employment Pass (EP) holder can be a complex. At A1 Immigration Consultancy, we empathise with the challenges that EP holders may encounter during their PR application journey. Our team of immigration experts is here to provide you with professional guidance and support to navigate the intricacies of the application process. 

Becoming a Permanent Resident

As an EP holder looking to become a Singapore PR, you have a clear pathway to securing permanent residency in the Lion City. The PR application process involves meeting specific eligibility criteria and providing the required documentation to demonstrate your commitment to Singapore and your potential contributions to the country's social and economic fabric.


When applying for PR, it is essential to showcase your dedication to becoming an integral part of Singapore's society. Highlighting your long-term plans, family ties, and meaningful contributions to the community can significantly strengthen your application.


By presenting a compelling case as an EP holder, you increase your chances of obtaining PR status and unlocking a host of benefits, such as enhanced job opportunities, access to education and healthcare, and a sense of stability and security in your future endeavours in Singapore.

At A1 Immigration Consultancy, our immigration services experts are here to guide you through the entire PR application process, offering advice and personalised strategies to maximise your prospects of obtaining permanent residency in Singapore. Trust us to be your reliable partner as we work together towards a successful PR application outcome.

Why Choose A1 Immigration

At A1 Immigration, we recognise the competitive landscape of obtaining Singapore PR, especially for EP holders. As an EP holder aspiring to become a Singapore Permanent Resident, you need personalised support and effective strategies to present a compelling case during the application process. Our wealth of experience and profound understanding of the permanent residency application process uniquely position us to maximise your chances of success in securing permanent residency in Singapore. 

Expert Advisory Tailored for EP Holders


With our extensive expertise and years of experience in PR and immigration matters, A1 Immigration offers specialised advisory services catered specifically for EP holders applying for PR. Our team is well-versed in the intricacies of the application process and stays abreast of the latest developments and changes in laws and regulations. By leveraging our expert advisory services, you can rest assured that you are receiving accurate, reliable, and up-to-date information to make well-informed decisions based on your unique circumstances.

Navigating Dynamic PR Requirements


The PR application landscape in Singapore is dynamic, constantly evolving with changing requirements and criteria. We understand the challenges this presents for EP holders seeking PR status. At A1 Immigration, we place a strong emphasis on adaptability. Our team continuously monitors and adapts to changes in laws and regulations, ensuring that our strategies are always aligned with the current standards. This approach enables us to provide you with the most effective guidance, significantly enhancing your chances of a successful PR application.

Expertise in Document Preparation for EP Holders 


Preparing the right set of documents is pivotal for a successful PR application as an EP holder. We recognise that this can be a daunting and time-consuming task. At A1 Immigration, we possess in-depth knowledge of the key documents required for a robust PR application. Our consultants will guide you through the document preparation process, helping you compile the essential paperwork effectively to bolster your application and increase your chances of approval.

Benefits of Applying for Permanent Residency in Singapore

Becoming a PR offers numerous advantages and exclusive rights that make it an appealing option for EP holders seeking long-term settlement and growth in Singapore. Here are some of the benefits of obtaining permanent residency in Singapore:

1. No Work Pass Restrictions


With a Singapore PR status that does not expire or have any time limits, you gain the right to live in the country and enjoy the freedom to enter and leave without the need for separate visas to work or travel. Unlike EP holders, PRs are not bound by the constraints of work pass renewals or job changes, allowing greater job flexibility and the freedom to choose employment opportunities independently of employers. Singapore PRs are issued a Blue Identity Card that serves as their identity document, granting unrestricted movement within the country.

2. Property Ownership 

Singapore PRs enjoy the privilege of purchasing public housing (HDB) owned and managed by the Government, while foreigners can only acquire private properties that are significantly more expensive. PRs can also benefit from lower property tax rates and greater ease in obtaining housing loans, making property ownership more accessible. Additionally, PRs can purchase resale or second-hand HDB flats, further expanding their housing options.

3. Access to Government Pension

Singapore PRs are included in the Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme, a pension fund in which both the employee and employer contribute monthly amounts. The CPF offers financial support for various necessities such as housing, education, healthcare, insurance, and retirement planning. CPF contributions can also serve as a form of tax relief, resulting in lower taxable income. PRs can also entirely withdraw their accumulated CPF funds if they choose to renounce their residency or if it expires, provided they do not plan to work in Singapore in the future.

4. Work and Career Opportunities


As Singapore PR students, there will be priority given when it comes to enrolling government schools, just after citizens. This preferential treatment extends to subsidies and tuition grants for local and private educational institutions, offering greater educational opportunities for PRs. In terms of career, PRs have the freedom to change jobs without the need for reapplying for a work permit, eliminating the risk of job loss due to work pass issues. Additionally, the government's policy prioritises job opportunities for locals, providing PRs with more job openings to choose from.

5. Eligibility for Singapore Citizenship


Singapore PR status is a pathway to obtaining Singaporean citizenship. After living in Singapore as a PR for a certain period and meeting specific criteria, PRs become eligible to apply for citizenship. As we all know, citizenship offers numerous benefits, including the right to vote, eligibility for government positions, and the convenience of travelling on a Singapore passport.

Singapore PR Eligibility Criteria

As an EP holder looking to apply for Singapore Permanent Residency, there are specific eligibility criteria you need to meet to be considered for PR status. As an expatriate, you may be eligible to apply if you fall under various categories, including being the spouse of a Singapore citizen or permanent resident, an unmarried child below 21 years old of a Singapore citizen or PR, an aged parent of a Singapore citizen, an Employment Pass or S Pass holder, a student studying in Singapore, or a foreign investor making significant contributions to Singapore's economy. Each category has specific criteria. It is essential to understand these requirements before proceeding with your application. Here are eight key points to consider:

1. Employment Pass Holder


To be eligible for PR application, you must be an existing EP holder in Singapore. While you may technically apply for PR on your first day of being an EP holder, it is advisable to wait for at least six months as you need to provide six months' worth of payslips to demonstrate your stable employment.


2. Employment History 

Having a stable employment history in Singapore is vital. A longer employment history and consistent contributions to the local workforce can strengthen your PR application.


3. Income Level 

Your monthly salary plays a significant role in determining your eligibility for PR. Generally, a higher income level can enhance your chances of approval.


4. Educational Background 


Your educational qualifications can positively impact your PR application. Higher academic achievements and qualifications from reputable institutions can be advantageous.


5. Professional Skills and Expertise


Possessing specialised skills and expertise that are in demand in Singapore can make you a valuable addition to the local workforce and improve your PR prospects. 


6. Contributions to Singapore


Demonstrating significant contributions to the Singaporean community through volunteer work, social initiatives, or other meaningful activities can bolster your PR application.


7. Family Ties 


If you have immediate family members who are Singapore PRs or citizens, it can play a role in reducing the risk of your PR application being rejected.


8. Age 


Your age can also be a factor in your Singapore PR application. While there is no specific age requirement, younger applicants may be viewed more favourably as they have the potential to contribute to the country's workforce and society for a more extended period. However, applicants of all age groups can still be eligible for PR if they meet other relevant criteria and demonstrate their commitment to Singapore's progress and development.

Documents Required for Singapore PR Application Process

Applying for Singapore Permanent Residency involves a meticulous process that requires the submission of essential documents to support your application. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) assesses each application carefully, and having the right documents is crucial to increase your chances of approval. Here are the key documents EP holders need for a successful PR application:


1. Photograph of Applicant


A vital element is the submission of a passport-sized digital colour photograph for each applicant. To meet the requirements, the photo must measure 35mm in width and 45mm in height, taken against a plain white background with a matte or semi-matte finish, and must be a JPEG image format. The full face of the applicant must be captured without any headgear, except for religious or racial customs that permit it. Moreover, the facial image must be positioned between 25mm and 35mm from the chin to the crown.


2. Educational Certificates and Qualifications


It is essential to provide the highest educational certificates, including all tertiary qualifications, transcripts, professional licences, membership certificates, and vocational trade certificates. These documents serve as crucial evidence of your educational background, professional achievements, and expertise in your field. 


3. Valid Travel Documents


Your travel document should have a minimum validity of at least 6 months from the date of application submission. Additionally, your passport should have sufficient blank pages to display your personal particulars and official descriptions. These travel documents are essential for verifying your identity, nationality, and travel history. 


4. Employer’s Letter


Your employer's letter plays a critical role in this process. The letter should include specific details about your company's nature of business and activities. For instance, if your company is involved in manufacturing, it should state the type of product(s) manufactured. Moreover, the employer's letter should contain crucial information about your employment, such as the date of employment, your current position, and your monthly salary for the past six months. The salary breakdown into basic pay, overtime, and allowances per month should be clearly outlined. Note that you should be submitting payslips from the last 6 months. These payslips should reflect your basic salary, which refers to the fixed and regular wage you receive from your employer. It is important to note that certain components should not be included in the basic salary for the PR application. These include, additional payments like overtime, bonus, or commission; allowances for travel, food, or housing; contributions to pension or provident funds; sums provided for special expenses due to the nature of employment; and any gratuity payable upon discharge or retirement. The letter should be addressed to the Controller of Immigration and must be dated within one month from the date of your submission.


5. Identification Documents 


It is vital to provide accurate and up-to-date identification documents to support your application. These documents serve as essential proof of your identity and family background. If applicable, you should include a copy of your identity card, which helps verify your current residency status in Singapore. Additionally, you will need to submit your birth certificate or an official household census list or family register that displays both your parents' names. This document is crucial in establishing your family ties and background. If there has been a change in your name due to a deed poll or legal process, you should include the relevant certificate to demonstrate the name change.


6. Cover Letter


This document offers a unique opportunity to make a lasting impression, setting you apart as a standout candidate amidst fierce competition. A well-written PR cover letter allows you to showcase your exceptional attributes and key strengths, effectively capturing the reader's attention. With numerous PR application forms being processed for Singapore Citizenship or Permanent Residency, it becomes paramount to make your application stand out from the rest. By maintaining a professional and organised approach and ensuring the completion of all required documents, you can avoid delays and increase your chances of a successful outcome. 


In addition to the above-mentioned documents, there are specific requirements based on your individual circumstances. If you are self-employed, you will need to provide a valid Business Registration Certificate that includes the names of partners, along with any relevant occupational licence related to your employment, such as stall licences, business licences, or property agent licence.


For applicants who are married, you must include an official marriage certificate and, if applicable, provide the death certificate or divorce certificate related to any previous marriages. If you have children from previous marriages, custody papers for those children must also be submitted.

If submitted a PR application for your spouse, you will need to provide their valid travel document with a valid Immigration Pass and passport pages displaying personal particulars and official descriptions. Additionally, include your spouse's birth certificate showing both parent's names, their identity card (if applicable), and any relevant documents related to previous marriages.


If you are including your child(ren) in the application, you must submit their valid travel document with a valid Immigration Pass and passport pages displaying personal particulars and official descriptions. Also, include the child's birth certificate with both the child's and parents' names and any relevant adoption papers or deed poll/change of name certificates if applicable.


PR Filing for Your Children


If you are married and have children, an important consideration you'll face is whether to apply for PR for your son(s). In accordance with Singapore laws, as the main applicant granted PR under the first-generation PTS scheme, you will be exempted from compulsory military service. However, it's essential to be aware that for all healthy males granted PR status through their parents, there is a requirement to register for national military service at the age of 16½. Subsequently, they will be scheduled for enlistment at the earliest opportunity after turning 18 years old. This service commitment entails 2 years of full-time National Service, followed by 40 days of Operationally Ready National Service per year until they reach the age of 50 (for officers) or 40 years old (for other ranks). 


If you are a male who has been granted Singapore PR and were previously a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident, regardless of the scheme under which your PR status was granted, you may be liable to be called up for National Service (NS). This means that if you were a citizen or PR before, you would still have to fulfil your NS duties even after obtaining PR status again.


This obligation is an integral part of Singapore's commitment to national defence and ensuring the security of the country. As you weigh your decision, it's essential to consider this aspect and its implications for your son's future.

Applying for Singapore Permanent Resident Status

Step 1: Obtain and Review PR Application Forms

Once you have confirmed your eligibility and made the decision to proceed with the Singapore PR application, the next steps involve obtaining the necessary forms and preparing the required documents.


Initiate your Singapore Permanent Residence application through the electronic Permanent Residence (ePR) system on the ICA website. Navigate to the Apply for Permanent Residence page and access the application through the shortcut options "I am a/an Employment Pass Holder (EP,SP) > I want to Apply for PR”. To proceed with your PR application, access the online system using your Singpass credentials. 


Once you have successfully logged in, proceed to choose the relevant icon that corresponds to the specific PR category you are applying for. In this case, it will be the Application for Singapore Permanent Residence (PR) I want to apply for "Myself (with family)" or "Myself". 


Review Form 4A and Accompanying Notes to Form.

Step 2: Prepare the Supporting Documents

You have two convenient options to initiate the PR application process: Download the PR application form, which you can conveniently complete electronically. Once you've filled it out, return to the same page to effortlessly upload the form. This method is highly recommended for a seamless application experience. Alternatively, you can choose to complete the PR application form online directly. This option provides an efficient and straightforward way to submit your application hassle-free.


But first, be sure to download and read the necessary documents. Concurrently, start compiling the required supporting documents, as specified in the "Explanatory Notes and Documents List" of Form 4A. 

Step 3: Complete the PR Application Form

Completing the PR application form is a straightforward process. But note that it's crucial to act promptly and ensure your application is submitted within 7 days or 168 hours from the start of the online application process. This timely submission is essential to avoid any potential delays or complications in the application procedure. 



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