Top 3 Likely SG PR Application Success Factors Ranked!

While the Immigration Checkpoints Authority ICA of Singapore never publicly releases the factors which contributes to the success of your PR application, with enough experience shared by many different successful new permanent residents, we have distilled down to the likely top 5 factors which will help you get your PR application approved in Singapore – ranked!

Your financial stability and ability

While you need not necessarily apply for a Singapore PR through the Singapore GIP scheme, or qualify for it to be considered financially stable and capable, you definitely need to earn a decent higher than average income with career stability if you want higher chances of PR status approval.

There is a reason why the bare minimum requirements for a PR applicant under the commonly used PTS scheme is actually an E pass or an S pass, and work permit holders are ineligible to apply.

Also, your career stability is a big factor. If you earn big bucks one year but nearly nothing the other year, or if you keep changing jobs and companies, then your PR application may not be viewed as favourably by ICA.

The chances of you staying in Singapore for the long term or forever

The more immediate family members you have in Singapore, the higher the chances of you wanting to stay in Singapore for the long term or even forever. There is a reason why spouses of existing Singaporean citizens or permanent residents get a high chance of their permanent residence getting approved by ICA as long as the other factors have also met the minimum requirements.

The more you can demonstrate that you have full intentions to work, live and stay in Singapore over the long term, the higher your chances of getting your PR application approved. However, do note that all these requires proof, such as marriage and more. Just feeling like you want to live in SG for the long term is insufficient for ICA and PR status approval purposes.

Demonstrating efforts to integrate successfully into Singapore

What country or government wants new citizens who hate the local culture and people? The answer is none for two reasons – they do not want chaos, and the politicians want to stay in office. And if new citizens hate the locals and the local culture, then the existing citizens would vote them out.

Therefore, the ICA authorities of Singapore government also only want to approve people who demonstrate ability to integrate successfully into the social fabric of Singapore society.

Once again, all these requires proof. Simply trying to submit a cover letter or random documents during your PR application saying that you know your neighbours well means absolutely nothing to the ICA.

So how then do you demonstrate all these? Perhaps join local community centre groups which you are interested in, and take up grassroot leadership roles. That will vastly improve your chances of Singapore PR application success!


Life In Singapore After Becoming A Singapore PR – Comparison

Obviously, becoming a Singapore permanent resident comes with a lot of benefits. However, most of those benefits are repeated either on blogs or immigration sites over and over again. You probably got bored of reading the same.

Here are however some practical benefits which I have experienced since becoming a Singapore PR 3 years ago. If you need help and are struggling severely with your PR application approval, seriously consider getting Singapore PR application help. Each time you apply for a Singapore PR, you may need to wait till 6 to 8 months for a result. If you get rejected just two or three times because of mistakes or a not good enough profile, you would have wasted several precious years already. Do not waste your life and money away doing that. Just get professional help if you need them, do not be a scrooge and become the biggest loser for you and your family in the meantime just because you are stingy.

While it is not publicly stated, what I have found is that it is easier to get a long term visit pass for my relatives easier as a permanent resident. As a new immigrant to Singapore, you are probably most concerned about immediate family members you have left behind to take up an expat job gig in Singapore. However, if you intend to stay in SG over the long term, consider becoming a permanent resident. You can then stay and work in Singapore indefinitely, and sponsor your closest relatives to Singapore easier. Previously, it was significantly harder or took longer for these long term visit pass approvals when I was just holding an E pass.

One of the biggest wins when it comes to being a permanent resident is that in the event you wish to change jobs, wish to join a promising start up, or even do your own business, there is no concern about you getting evicted from Singapore due to visa related issues as long as your bank account can afford staying indefinitely in Singapore!

Being a permanent resident also means that I got cheaper and half subsidized rates for certain medical appointments. However, I will not talk too much about this, because nobody really wants to get a Singapore PR just to fall sick and benefit from cheaper rates. It is just not too logical. However, it is still a benefit nonetheless and you will get cheaper rates at selected medical outlets.

You can send your children to local schools. I will not necessarily say this is a benefit for all, as many expat parents like myself also prefer sending my children to international schools. However, for those parents who prefer, this is a good benefit.


Why You Need To Apply Faster If You Want To Be Singapore PR

With the latest elections and increasing pressure on the government by the Singapore population, just like most other countries, governments are severely pressured by the people to put locals first or face a real risk of being fired. Therefore, there is no difference with such phenomenon when it comes to Singapore too.

Whether the Singapore government originally wanted to rapidly increase the population count to 10 million or not, will probably never be known, as there was pressure from on the ground sentiment and other politicians scrutinizing and questioning this policy. Nonetheless, the government either debunked it or secretly scrapped this idea, and supposedly has no more intention for increasing immigration rate once again. However, while that does not mean that the Singapore government and ICA is going to cut the number of new permanent residents and citizens in Singapore, it also means that becoming a new Singapore permanent resident and getting your Singapore PR application will never get easier already, like this article discusses as well.

As becoming a Singapore permanent resident is not going to become easier anymore, and may even become harder as the years go by, it is imperative that you keep your documents in order, and ‘do all the things’ when it comes to making your PR application as attractive to the ICA officers as much as possible. This means that you cannot just blindly focus on a stellar education or work employment record. You also should ideally demonstrate successful social integration in Singapore with proof behind it, and basically being thorough in improving your profile.

In the latest Singapore General Elections in 2020, there was a record number of opposition politicians within the government, and also a very near upset for several supposedly stronghold constituencies. The main rants by people who voted against the PAP this time was a consensus on the ground that too much benefits are given to foreigners, and not to local citizens and existing permanent residents.

As a result, simply by simple extrapolation, any sensible government would start putting more benefits and focus, job and educational priorities in Singapore to locals. This means that as the years progresses, it is likely that it will become harder and harder to become a new Singapore PR, while existing permanent residents in SG will reap more and more benefits.

Therefore, if you even have a thought of wanting to hold a Singapore permanent residency, it is essential for you to apply for your Singapore PR as soon as possible to have the highest chances of PR status approval and success! Whether you try your Singapore PR application through a PR application agency in Singapore or yourself via the ePR, it is essential that you get it done as soon as possible.


Migrating To SG – Eligibility For Being A Singapore PR

If you want to migrate to Singapore just like I have, then you need to see whether you qualify to be a Singapore permanent resident first. While the following are the schemes under which if you are, you will be able to apply for a Singapore PR, it does not mean automatic qualification. However, if you do not fall into any of the following schemes, for example if you are a work pass holder, then you cannot apply for a PR. Your application will be disregarded.

6 main Singapore PR schemes

With that said, let me share the various Singapore PR schemes!


The easiest way to get a Singapore permanent residency is to be legally married to a Singapore citizen or an existing permanent resident of SG. The key to getting your PR status approved is to show that you are serious about wanting to live for the long term in the country. If you are married to an existing citizen or PR, then it goes without saying that the probability of you wanting to settle down for good in Singapore for the long term is very high. Naturally, this is the easiest route, if you already are married or intend to get wedded to one.

For those of you who are not in this category, fret not. There are still lots of ways you can procure a permanent residency in SG.

Professionals or Technical personnel and skilled worker scheme (PTS scheme)

A popular method to get a Singapore PR, the PTS scheme is highly popular among most expatriates working in the city. Those with employment passes (EP) or S pass (SP) can utilize this PTS scheme to apply.

Some additional factors can help you increase your chances if you are going to use the PTS scheme:

  • Higher salary with supporting documents such as pay slip and tax returns
  • Stable and lengthy employment at a stable business or company in Singapore

Global Investor Programme scheme (GIP Singapore)

Investors and wealthy individuals who own corporations or run family offices can choose this route. It is the de facto route for billionaires and hectomillionaires (net worth over $100 million) since it is the fastest way to get it. In fact, Eduardo Saverin, billionaire co founder of Facebook, whos supposedly staying at Sculptura Ardmore got a PR quickly in Singapore via this method too to the best of our knowledge.

If you can choose this route, you probably already know what you are doing, so I will not touch on that. However, I just want to make you happy and have you know that YES. Singapore allows for permanent residency in Singapore via investment.

Family based ties

Unmarried child of a legally wedded Singaporean or PR couple below 21 years old

Chances are if you are reading this, you are probably the parents and wanting to see if you can get a Singapore PR for your child. Good news, yes you can via this method. In fact, if you are going the family route, it is the easiest way.

Aged parents of citizens or people with a permanent residence here

If you are an existing citizen or resident, and want to get the PR status for your parents, congratulations. You can apply for a status for them.


If you are currently a student studying in one of the local Singapore universities under a Singapore government scholarship, the chances of you getting your PR status approved is also exceedingly high.