or in my case; I’m an Indo/Chinese. Apparently having small eyes and fair skin are still not enough for applying PR in Singapore. People said I look more to Japanese than Chinese; I don’t have Chinese name, I can’t even speak Chinese even though I already took 2 courses for basic conversation.
But here I am. Trying my luck to get Singapore PR after four and a half year procrastinating. 💪
And FYI, I applied my SPR using the old system (before Dec 2017), which is an offline application and will only need to pay once my SPR approved.
🎀 Documents I prepared and submitted 🎀
- Cover Letter >> no harm to make one and submit with a list of the documents you are going to attached. Some people made it in 3-4 pages, but according to some sources the officer wouldn’t read it if it’s longer than 1 page. So make it short and clear should be better. I give you my sample below. ⬇
- Completed form 4A and Annex A >> submit the original.
- Recent photograph >> only 1 required to paste it on form 4A.
- Passport >> copy the 1st page of your recent passport and bring along the original passport as a proof. No need to copy or bring expired passport.
- S-Pass or other work visas>> copy both front and back of your recent card and bring along the original card as a proof. No need to copy or bring expired card.
- Your local ID card >> not necessary. ❌
- Birth Certificate >> make 1 copy and bring along the original. If you have in two languages (like I do), please bring both originals and both copies. One of them must be written in English.
- Family Card >> this is to proof that you are the legal child of your parents. Make 1 copy and bring along the original. If you have in two languages (like I do), please bring both originals and both copies. One of them must be written in English.
- Name Revision Documents >> I did slight revision of my last name from “TUVW XYZ” into “TUVWXYZ” (no space) with help from my dad back in 2013. Not much different as it was only removing the space between “W” and “X”. However it caused 10 odd documents for this. I brought 1 copy of the whole document and bring along the original. If you have in two languages (like I do), please bring both originals and both copies. One of them must be written in English.
- Education Certificate >> make 1 copy and bring along the original. If you have in two languages (like I do), please bring both originals and both copies. One of them must be written in English.
- Education Transcript >> make 1 copy and bring along the original. If you have in two languages (like I do), please bring both originals and both copies. One of them must be written in English.
- Course Certificates >> make 1 copy for each certificates you have and bring along the originals. If it’s online certificate and still relates to your job, please tell the officer that it is online and make sure you can show the original online certificates as well.
- Employment Letter from Current Employer >> submit the original and must be dated no longer than 1 month before your application date.
- Payslips for the past 6 months >> make 1 copy for each and bring along the originals.
- Income Tax Notice Assessments for the last 3 years >> make 1 copy for each and bring along the originals. Or it is better to print them out online.
- Parent’s Marriage Certificate >> not necessary. ❌
- Father’s Name Change Certificate from Chinese Name to Non-Chinese >> make 1 copy and bring along the original. If you have in two languages (like I do), please bring both originals and both copies. One of them must be written in English.
- Mother’s Name Change Certificate from Chinese Name to Non-Chinese >> not necessary. ❌
- Recommend Letter from someone local in higher rank >> this is to prove that you have been involved in a local activity, that you are active and you do contribute something back to this country. I asked my choir director to do it. And submit the original.
- Employment Letter from Previous Employer(s) >> make 1 copy for each and bring along the original.
- Curriculum Vitae >> as a complete background. No harm to submit. The officer took mine for their reference.
And that’s all about the documents I submitted.
I decided to come earlier than my appointment. My appointment was at 12:15PM. I arrived at ICA Building Kallang at 11:45AM. After I scanned the back of my S-Pass I got queue number and went inside the waiting room. Stepped inside the glass door, my queue number was already called. Not so much people on Monday morning before 12 noon, and they already called my number. The officer was a nice Malay lady, and I think this should be benefit me because saya boleh cakap Malay. I believe that this PR offline submission was all about making a good first impression. Not only with the complete set of required documents, but as well as dressing up in a professional way and politely greet the officer. And so that’s what I did.
By the time I finished submitted all the documents, a little bit chit chat with the officer, had all my documents thoroughly checked, I sat down for a while to make sure I had all the originals back and booked taxi back to office, it was already 12:15. The queue at the ticketing counter was already starting their snaky way. Glad I came earlier than my e-appointment!
🎀 Important things you may need to know 🎀
❗ Translated documents must be provided only by the embassy, or by the notary office (a notarized institution), or by private translation certified by the Embassy. Do not ask your private lawyer to do it.
❗ Starting from Dec 18th 2017, you can only apply PR via online. Under this new system, all applicants will be charged a S$100 processing fee when they submit their forms online (successful or not). Those who are successful will pay an additional S$20 for the entry permit.
🎀 Personal check for HIGHER probability to get PR 🎀
✅ It’s getting more and more difficult to get PR nowadays. E-Pass safe to apply after 3 years working in Singapore. S-Pass safe to apply after 4 years.
✅ You are single individuals in 20s or 30s who are ready to call Singapore as home, probably will have family and your children will serve the country in the future. And your parents have their own business in your home country so they wouldn’t be a burden to you, or your parents already Singaporean PR. If you are married then there are other additional documents you must submit and this post is not the right one for you.
✅ You have stable job, been in the same company for minimum 3 good years, have not too high and not too low salary, your company business doing good and willing to submit Annex-A for you. It is recommended to stay in the same company until you received IPA and IC.
✅ You should have at least Bachelor Degree from a reputable university and good education transcript.
✅ You have been involved in charitable works, volunteering, donations, other activities to prove that you are actively giving back to society. And it is recommended to ask someone local in higher rank to give you recommendation letter for those activities.
✅ You are a Chinese race (not necessarily a PRC) but Chinese race is still a majority here. I hate to say this, but most of my non-Chinese friends said they found it difficult for them to get PR approved – especially from that you-know-what countries. So if you are a Chinese, but don’t have Chinese name and can’t even speak Chinese, you have to bring a proof that you are a Chinese descendant. In my case, I submitted my Father’s Name Change Certificate as well as my Birth Certificate.
✅ Last but not least; you (and your immediate family member) don’t have any black police record for your stay in Singapore or any other countries. I’m pretty sure Singapore government will know somehow.
🎀 My Cover Letter Sample 🎀
Please note that this post is merely based on my personal observation. I might be wrong, but I got my SPR just one time applied. I’m trying to help others by sharing my own experience and I don’t have any bad intention. Should you have any objection or questions, do not hesitate to leave comments below. Happy applying! 🎀
🎀 🎀 🎀 🎀 🎀 🎀 🎀 🎀 🎀 🎀 ~ UPDATE ~ 🎀 🎀 🎀 🎀 🎀 🎀 🎀 🎀 🎀 🎀
Believe me, I started to check my application status by the 4th month after I submitted offline. And the frequency I’m checking the status getting more and more often after the 5th month passed. I literally checked the status almost everyday by end of May to early June and I was impatient to see the status always “in progress”. But some of my SPR friends said the longer you wait the higher change you’ll get approved.
And I finally received my IPA on 4th of June 2018, which is 6 months 8 days later after the day I submitted my PR application (27th Nov 2017). It was my early birthday present, I was feeling ecstatic and overjoyed! On 5th July 2018 I got my entry letter and finally on 13th July 2018 I received my BLUE CARD!!! 🥳🎉
RED passport, here I cooooooooome!!! 🥰🥰🥰