As a Singapore Permanent Resident Renewal, you have to go through the process of renewing your PR every ten years. Previously, it used to be a relatively straightforward process – you would send in your application and wait for approval. But over the past couple of years, the immigration department has made it more difficult for PRs to renew their status.
If you are applying for renewal from outside Singapore, the documentation needs to be verified by the overseas authority. If you have already been granted permanent resident status, in order to renew your PR, you need to apply for ‘Continuation of Permission of Stay’ (COS). This means that the authorities abroad will verify your continuous stay in Singapore, and if the checkout okay, a new Permission of Stay (PPS) can then be granted.
You will also have to do a fitness test while your renewal application is being processed. This checks to see if you are still physically and mentally fit enough to live in Singapore. The authorities may also ask for a medical examination, background check, and police record check. If you have previously caused any trouble in Singapore, or if you have any criminal records in the country or abroad, then your will not be accepted.
There are also a number of other requirements you need to fulfill. If you are planning to get married, then you will have to provide the names, ages and occupations of your spouse. There is also a requirement that every new spouse has to be at least 21 years of age and can hold PR status or above in his or her own right.
If you fail to meet all these requirements, then even if your renewal application is approved, your PR status will still lapse.
Singapore Permanent Resident Renewal
Under current immigration laws, PRs can get away with not renewing their status for two years. But after that period, you will have to provide a good excuse for failing to renew your PR over that extended period. You also need provide an acceptable reason as to why you did not apply for renewal earlier.
One of the most common reasons is that many Singapore Permanent go overseas on Employment Passes and visit friends or relatives in other countries. You may not intend to give up your PR status, but you may forget that you are no longer a Singapore resident.
In some cases, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) of Singapore will send out reminders to PRs who have not renewed their status. These notices will also ask you to submit your renewal application within a specified time period. If you are unable to provide a reason for failing to apply for renewal and explain why you did not reply, then your PR status will naturally lapse and be cancelled.
If you have overstayed in Singapore on your original PR status, then your status will also be cancelled. If you have overstayed for a period of three months or more, then the authorities can use this to deny renewal.
In the past, Singapore status was renewed without too much concern for the candidates; but since the 9/11 incident in New York City, immigration laws in Singapore have become stricter and more difficult to deal with.
There are a number of reasons for failing to renew your PR status. The most common include overstaying in Singapore, or staying outside of the country for too long at a time when you should have renewed.
Renewing Singapore’s Permanent Residents
A good number of Permanent Residents are now residing outside of Singapore. Many of them are working in other countries and living there for an extended period. In some cases, they do not realize that they have to renew their status, or they have simply forgotten about it.
If you happen to be away from Singapore for more than two years, then your permanent Resident status will lapse. You are required to pay a S$600 fine if you would like to re-apply. But there is also a grace period of one year before your Permanent Resident status lapses. For example, if you were outside of Singapore for two years and nine months, then the lapse period is one year plus nine months.
If you are living in another country and planning to visit Singapore, then the authorities need to be aware that you intend to re-enter the country. This is a purely bureaucratic procedure, so it is unlikely that you will be denied entry. But if you do not inform the immigration department of your intent to re-enter Singapore, then it will not know when you plan to come back. The authorities may still ask you for a reason as to why you are returning at some point in the future. If you fail to provide a good reason, then your permanent resident status will lapse.
There is no doubt that status in Singapore is very popular among business people. It gives them many opportunities for getting contracts and projects in the country, and it provides them with a place where they can live in safety and security. But as the laws change with each new government policy, it is more difficult for PRs to renew their status.
The government does not have a ‘permanent residency‘ policy, instead, it has a ‘permanent resident’ policy. This means that there is no final permanent residence status in Singapore, and the authorities can review your status at any time.
Permanent Residents need to renew their status from time to time. The renewal process is much the same as getting PR status. The only difference is that you don’t need to provide any additional information if you are renewing your status.
You will just have to submit the usual documentation and fees with your Singapore Permanent Resident Renewal. If you meet the renewal requirements, then your status will be renewed once again. You can also apply for PR status while you are inside of Singapore.