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Permanent Residence & Citizenship

Of the new PRs, 62.5 per cent were from Southeast Asian countries, 31.2 per cent from other Asian countries and 6.3 per cent from countries outside Asia.

Permanent residency in Singapore is an immigration status in Singapore, second only in privilege to Singapore citizenship. Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs) have most of the rights, privileges, obligations, and responsibilities that citizens do, including National Service obligations (waived for most adult applicants but not for their male children) and compulsory Singapore Central Provident

Fund contributions. Notable exceptions include not being able to vote or to hold public office, more limited public




The number of PRs granted in 2019 was slightly higher at 32,710, compared to 31,849 the year before.


benefits such as medical and housing benefits and lower public (government supported) school placement priority.

So, what is so great about having Singapore PR? Well, from jobs, to healthcare, to education, to quality of life, Singapore has a lot to offer.

NOTE: ICA takes into account factors such as the individual's family ties to Singaporeans, economic contributions, qualifications, age, family profile and length of residency, to assess the applicant's ability to contribute to Singapore and integrate into our society, as well as his or her commitment to sinking roots.


Whether you are a working professional or an investor, there are three schemes that will get you

closer to becoming a Singapore PR.

As a foreigner, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence if you are a/an:

1. Professionals, Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers Scheme (PTS)  


In order to apply for permanent residence (PR) under PTS scheme, you must be an Employment Pass holder (EntrePass, Personalised Employment Pass, Employment Pass or S Pass ). You should be under 50 years old, although exceptions can be made on a case by case basis. The PTS scheme allows you to include your spouse and unmarried children below 21 years old in your application. Most foreigners who are gainfully employed in Singapore can apply for PR under this scheme.

2. Global Investor Programme (GIP)


The GIP aims to attract high-level investors and entrepreneurs to live in Singapore, allowing foreigners to apply for permanent residency if they invest at least $2.5 million to start or expand a business here, or in a GIP fund that invests in Singapore-based companies.


You will also need to prove to the authorities that you have an entrepreneurial flair, by showing a good track record and furnishing a credible business proposal or investment plan in order to earn

your permanent residence status through the Investor Scheme.



In order to qualify for the GIP Scheme you must:

If you own more than one business, you must submit the financial statements of the company which has the highest turnover. You are free to consolidate your businesses in order to meet the minimum annual turnover criteria. Authorities will also take into account the factors such as your role and position in the company, and the profitability of your company

For companies in other business sectors: A minimum of S$50 million in the most recent year and at least S$50 million per annum on average for the last three years

3. Foreign Artistic Talent Scheme (ForArts)


The Foreign Artistic Talent Scheme (ForArts) was introduced in 1991 for outstanding international arts professionals to become Singapore Permanent Residents (PR) in recognition of their cultural significance and contribution. The scheme aims to enable committed and talented individuals to play a critical role in advancing the arts and cultural landscape in Singapore through the deepened engagement with local communities, and contribution to the diversity of expertise.

The Scheme is jointly administered by the Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the National Arts Council (NAC). However, ICA remains the final authority on all PR applications.



To be considered for the ForArts Scheme, applicants must meet all the following minimum criteria:

Besides possessing the ability to play a critical role in advancing local arts and culture, and the commitment to do so, eligible applicants must furthermore demonstrate good character and the ability to be a role model for their peers, in order to be considered favourably for support under this scheme.


1. Main applicants who are granted PR status under the Professionals/Technical Personnel and Skilled

Workers Scheme or the Investor Scheme, are exempted from NS.


2. Male applicants who are granted PR status as a Foreign Student or under their parents’ sponsorship are required to register for NS upon reaching 16½ years old and will be scheduled for enlistment at the earliest opportunity upon reaching 18 years old.


3. Your children who are over 21 years and your parents are eligible to apply for the 5-year Long Term Social Visit Pass (LTSVP), which is renewable and tied to the validity of your re-entry permit.

National Service Liability


Under the Enlistment Act, all male Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents, unless exempted, are required to serve National Service (NS). Following the completion of full-time NS, they will be required to serve up to 40 days of Operationally Ready National Service (ORNS) per year for the duration of their ORNS training cycle, till the age of 50 years (for officers) or 40 years (for other ranks).

Deferment from NS for university studies, regardless of whether such studies have begun, will not be granted. Those who are pursuing full-time GCE ’A’ Level or Polytechnic Diploma studies (or equivalent) may be granted deferment if they meet the deferment conditions stipulated by the Ministry of Defence. All male applicants are required to access www.cmpb.gov.sg for information on NS deferment, pre-enlistment process and Exit Permit requirements, before

proceeding with the application.

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