How to Apply for Permanent Residency in Singapore

If you’re an expatriate working in Singapore or have your own business in the island-city and hold an Employment or Entrepreneur Pass, you can apply for PR (permanent residency) under the PTS (professional/technical/skilled worker) scheme. Once you attain PR status, you’re entitled to enjoy the same rights and privileges as any natural citizen of Singapore. At the same time, you’re also expected to fulfil specific obligations as a permanent citizen.

On becoming a PR, you not only gain the right to work and live anywhere in the city-state but as well as the right to purchase real estate. Furthermore, you’re allowed to move about in the country and travel abroad at your free will and admit your children in public schools. Most importantly, you can look forward to a pension after retirement as your employer or company is legally obligated to contribute to a mandatory pension scheme every month.

Who is Eligible to Apply for PR?

The ensuing categories of expatriates or foreigners qualify to submit PR applications:-

  • Spouse and dependant children (under 21 years) of individuals who are either SPR (Singapore Permanent Resident) or SC (Singapore Citizen)
  • Old parents of SC
  • Those employees having P,Q or S work permits
  • Financier/Investors/Capitalists/Entrepreneurs/Industrialists

It takes about 3 months for an application to be processed. You’re informed by mail about the status of your application. In case, you shift to a new address within this period, you should inform the ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority about the same.

Documentations to Be Submitted

PR application forms can be downloaded from the ICA’s portal (you’ll need to have an Adobe Acrobat Reader). One can also avail of the form from the ‘Permanent Resident Service Centre’ office located on the 5th floor of ICA Building at 10, Kallang Road (besides Lavender Metro Station) Singapore-208718.

Foreigners bracketed under the categories of spouses, and children of SPR/SC and elderly parents of SC will have to fill up a Form 4 and submit it. They’ll also have to submit the relevant documents listed in ‘Accompanying Notes to Form 4’ which they can check out downloading the same from the ICA’s website. Old parents also have to complete filling Form 4 and submit it along with the applicable documents as mentioned in ‘Accompanying Notes to Form 4’.

Employees having P, Q or S Work Passes have to complete one original transcript of ‘Form 4A’ and one facsimile of the same form. Apart from that, they’ll have to submit all the appropriate documents as listed in the ‘Accompanying Notes to Form 4A’.

Application Process

Foreign individuals classed under groupings of ‘P, Q, and S Work Pass Holders’, ‘aged parents’ and ‘spouse/child of SPR/SC’ will have to deposit the application form together with the apposite documents at PRSC’s counter.

Investors, capitalists and businessmen will need to send in their applications to Singapore Development Board for PR according to the ‘Global Investor Program’. One can log in at for complete info on the application procedure and criterions for appraisal.

The fees for entry permit and re-entry permit (per annum) are S$ 100 and S$10 respectively. The fees for visa is S$ 30 for foreigners who need an entry visa.

Enlistment for National Services Unless excused under special circumstances, all SPRs and SCs (males only) have to sign up for National Services. Once the tenure of NS is completed, one is needed to serve for a minimum of 40 days of ORNS (Operational Ready National Service) each year for the entire period of their ORNS training phase.

Employees working as executives or officers have to serve till they become 50 years old and workers of other hierarchical ranks have to serve till they attain the age of 40. All children (male) of SPRs who’ve been awarded PR status are compulsorily required to enlist themselves for NS as per the Enlistment Act when they become 18 years old.

Last Updated On:28 Feb 2014

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