Eligibility For Singapore Permanent Resident Application– PTS Scheme


If you are an individual holding an employment pass or entrepreneur pass in Singapore and are interested apply for pr in singapore, then this article is for you. We will be going through the steps for PR application under the PTS scheme or otherwise known as Professionals/Technical Personnel & Skilled Worker Scheme. Among all PR Singapore schemes, this is by far the most popular.

It should also be noted that the scheme allows you to include both your spouse and any unmarried children under the age of 21 in one single application. While the procedure to acquire permanent residency under the PTS scheme is relatively straightforward, however it does require a certain level of pre-research and leg-work to be done. 

To start, we will be covering eligibility criteria for the scheme. To apply for permanent residency under the PTS scheme, you must first be an employment pass holder under the age of fifty. IN addition while you could technically make the application the day you first start work in Singapore as an Employment Pass (EP) holder, however the PTS scheme mandates that you submit six months’ payslips from your Singapore employer. Therefore, you can only officially submit the application after six months working as an EP holder in Singapore. 

What can then interested parties do while waiting to attain proof of six months’ worth of pay slips? They can first list down all factors that are considered in the approval of Singapore’s PR status. This includes the following five factors. 

Firstly, your educational background, specifically the reputation and weight of the degree that you are holding on to. 

Secondly, the length of your stay within the country prior to the application also matters. The longer you have stayed, the higher the likelihood of the authorities being convinced of your ability to fit in. 

Thirdly, your career in terms of employment background as well as the forecasted stability of your job. Not to be overlooked either is both the credentials of your employer as well as your salary or wealth. These factors serve as a gauge to how stable your stay is likely to be in the country. 

Fourthly, if you have existing family ties in Singapore, it is considered to be a plus point as you are seen to already have roots within the country.

Lastly, any charitable contributions such as volunteering within the Singapore society are heavily considered. Your willingness to contribute back to society as well as to integrate within the cultural norms are two aspects that must not be overlooked. 

The list of factors here are non-exhaustive but are key touchpoints that you should be aware of. A concerted effort in these areas will certainly increase the chances of a successful Singapore PR application. 

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Written by Danny Dotson

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