Singapore PR

Becoming a permanent resident in Singapore is a huge milestone towards becoming a naturalized citizen.  A permanent resident has access to a lot of benefits including free housing, employment benefits, and so on.  However, to become a permanent resident one needs to follow up on certain procedures.  These procedures may sometimes be cumbersome, but the fruits are worth it.  It is also important to note that since 2009, the government has been rejecting many applications compared to previous periods because of concerns raised on the issue of immigration.  The secret however is not to give up but, to understand what the government is looking for and then learn how to present yourself as an asset rather than a liability.

When Should You Apply?

You can only apply to be a permanent resident of Singapore in case you already are a temporary president. You cannot apply for permanent residency when you are still living outside Singapore. To acquire temporary residency, you just need to be staying in Singapore, as a result of working here, or studying. The best time for you to apply is when you are sure that all your papers are okay including tax papers and tax returns. Make sure that all your papers have been okay for at least two years before you apply for the same. During this time, ensure that you obey the laws strictly so that the authorities do not see you as a potential headache, but rather as a potential asset.

After The Application

Once the application process is complete, the authorities may either reject or accept the application. If they accept, then know that you are indeed one lucky person because the opportunities in Singapore are enormous. This is one place where you can rise from the ashes and climb to the top through hard work. Nobody cares where you come from, what your family background is, or how rich your parents were before you came to Singapore. It will all depend on what you choose to do with your life.


In case your application is rejected, you don’t need to worry at all. There is an option for appeal. Although in many cases this is usually ineffective for the simple reason that the circumstances of the applicant would not have changed dramatically, it is always good to try. This is especially true when you have had an increase in your pay grade or you have acquired new skills and you can easily present yourself as a better asset than you did in your first application. However, in case the application is rejected, you will need to wait for a stipulated amount of time. Sometimes, the immigration authorities will tell you when you should apply next. In case they don’t it is advisable that you wait for just six months in order to apply again. This will help protect you from unnecessary rejection, which can be heartbreaking.

Unlike what many people think, there are still very many opportunities for people who want to apply for permanent residency. All one needs is to know how to play his game, update his skills and of course, a lot of luck.


Singapore is one country that many people would love to migrate to. In fact, the truth is that Singapore today has greatly benefited from the efforts of immigrants, both in the past and in the present. As it stands today, at least 35% of all the residents in Singapore are non-citizens. Although this has created some level of discomfort, it greatly highlights the extent of the immigrants’ influence in Singapore.

The ultimate desire of many people, who think of migrating to Singapore, is usually to become a naturalized citizen. However, before one becomes a citizen, one will have to go through a number of procedures.

A Temporary Resident

The first step towards becoming a naturalized citizen of Singapore is to become a temporary resident. This means that one has to move from his country of birth to Singapore. This may be due to a number of reasons including seeking better health, attending college in Singapore, getting married to a Singapore national, or getting employed or investing and starting a business in Singapore.

Since majority of immigrants who seek residence in Singapore usually go there to work, the government has classified immigrant employees into two categories: the foreign workers who constitute of semi-skilled laborers and the foreign talent who constitute of highly skilled immigrants looking for work.

Permanent Resident

Once you have acquired a pass, a visa that allows you to live and work in Singapore for a period of time, the next step towards becoming a full citizen is acquiring permanent residence. To become a permanent resident, you will need to have stayed in Singapore for a period of time.

Normally, it is advisable that you stay in Singapore for at least two years so that you can have proof of your contribution to the nation. Although the number of people who have been accepted to be permanent residents has gone down in the recent past, it is important to note that many people are still being accepted. The secret to this is to ensure that once you have landed in Singapore, you take time to build your portfolio so that you can position yourself to be of value.

If you apply for permanent residence and your application ends up getting rejected, you do not need to worry. There is always a chance of appeal. In case your appeal is rejected, you’ll be notified when you’ll be eligible for the application. The time between the rejection and the re-application should be used to polish up you value.


The last process in the journey of immigration to Singapore is becoming a naturalized citizen. The qualification of becoming a naturalized citizen is that you must be at least 21 years of age and you have must have stayed as a permanent resident of Singapore for 2 to 6 years. The other option is getting married to a Singapore national and being a permanent resident for at least two years prior to the application.

Although there are great opportunities out there for people who want to become naturalized citizens, it really all depends on how much effort you are ready to put into building yourself and your career.