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Family Matters: How To Apply Singapore PR For Your Family


Whether you are a Singapore Citizen marrying a foreigner or an expatriate looking to put down roots and call our sunny island your home, applying for Singapore permanent residency (PR) for your family members is relatively straightforward, provided you have done your homework.

The Singapore PR application process can often be gruelling, with various eligibility requirements and information to parse through. As such, it is unsurprising for some applicants to overlook crucial details, impacting their chances of success.

So, take the time to read the fine print and understand what it takes to avoid that dreaded rejection rather than leave everything to chance if you wish to secure PR status for your family. To help you with this monumental task, let us share everything you need to know about securing Singapore PR for your entire family.


2.1. Why You Should Apply Singapore PR For Your Family

As one of the leading financial hubs in Asia and a country with political stability, Singapore has long been a popular destination for expatriate families seeking a high quality of life and a safe and stable environment to thrive. Regardless of their reason for migration, many eventually decide to settle down and apply for Singapore PR online to enjoy the various perks this country has to offer.

Benefit #1: Better job opportunities

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As a thriving metropolitan city, Singapore is home to numerous career opportunities. Being a PR could help your family members open doors to a more promising career path, as they have greater flexibility in changing jobs without having to undergo the necessary paperwork associated with a career change.

For example, your spouse will require a new Letter of Consent (LOC) whenever they change jobs if they hold a Dependant’s Pass. As a PR, they can sidestep this issue, avoiding the hassle and stress arising from this administrative process. Besides, various job postings only seek out Singaporeans and PRs due to hiring restrictions. With a PR status, your spouse can also bypass these limitations.

Benefit #2: Affordable housing

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Expatriates moving to Singapore usually face limited residential options, as public housing is reserved for Singaporeans. So, those seeking to own a property in Singapore are restricted to more expensive private condominiums.

While your family might not be eligible to buy a brand-new BTO flat unless either spouse is a Singapore Citizen, Singapore PRs can still buy a public resale apartment after a successful PR application. That is still a significant cost saving, as public housing is generally more affordable than private housing.

Benefit #3: Affordable healthcare

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As a Singapore PR, your family members will have access to the national insurance scheme, MediShield Life, providing coverage for their basic medical needs. This benefit is especially helpful for families with children or elderly parents who may require regular medical care. Not only do you have access to world-class medical services. The treatment cost is also subsidised.

Benefit #4: Priority education placement

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The public educational institutes in Singapore, especially the renowned schools, often encounter overwhelming demand for enrolment spots. With limited vacancies, priority will be given to Singapore Citizens and PRs. So, if you have a preferred public school in mind for your child, helping your child apply for PR is one of the best ways to secure a placement.

Moreover, as a PR, your child’s education fees will be significantly lower – at least half the amount paid by foreign students. The money you save can be redirected to other necessary expenses, so you face less financial strain.

Benefit #5: Greater mobility

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After applying for and becoming a Singapore PR, your spouse, children, and parents will no longer require a Dependant’s Pass or Long-Term Visit Pass to reside in Singapore for the long term. That is advantageous for close-knit family units looking to relocate to Singapore permanently.

Benefit #6: Eligibility for Singapore Citizenship

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Ultimately, your PR application brings you one step closer to becoming a Singapore Citizen, bringing with it even more benefits and opportunities! PRs can apply for citizenship after living in the country for a period of time (two to five years).

As a Singapore Citizen, you finally have voting rights while receiving higher healthcare and housing subsidies, as well as better tax rates. Most importantly, you will be granted a Singapore passport, allowing you to enjoy visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to numerous countries.

Learn More: What Are The Benefits Of Singapore Citizenship?

2.2. How To Apply Singapore PR For Your Spouse & Children

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PR application avenues available to your family

Are you and your spouse neither a Singapore Citizen nor a PR? In that case, we recommend applying for PR together as a family unit if both of you fulfil the permanent resident eligibility criteria, as family is an essential value to the government. As a result, your application may be viewed more favourably. Here is a list of PR application schemes available to both of you.

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Conversely, if you are already a Singapore PR or Citizen, the recommended path for your legally married spouse and children (unmarried child below 21 years of age and born within the context of a legal marriage or legally adopted) to obtain a PR status is through the Family Sponsor scheme.

Should your spouse and children be eligible for this sponsorship scheme, you need to produce the following documents during the PR application:

  • An official marriage certificate to prove your marital status;
  • The birth certificates of your children indicating both parents’ and child’s name (including adoption papers, if applicable) from the current marriage;
  • The divorce certification and custody papers for the children from a previous marriage, if applicable.

Couples who fail to present these legal documents, common law spouses, or live-in couples are not eligible to apply under this programme. Please note that marriages entered solely for immigration are not accepted by law in Singapore. Those found guilty of engaging in a Marriage of Convenience (MOC) or marriage fraud can receive a prison sentence of up to ten years, a fine of up to S$10,000, or both.

A step-by-step guide to applying for Singapore PR

Whether you are a Singapore Citizen looking to secure PR for your spouse and children through the Family Sponsor scheme or expatriates applying as a family unit, the application procedures remain the same.

Step 1: Gather all the required documents

Please pay attention to the essential documents required for your Singapore PR application, as missing out on even one counts as an incomplete submission, resulting in an automatic rejection. To ensure you do not miss out on anything, we recommend compiling a checklist and crossing off each item once you have it ready.

Here is the list of necessary documents for your PR application:

  • A passport-sized photograph taken within the past three months;
  • Birth certificates for the children (if any);
  • Business owners must provide a valid Accounting Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) registration certificate and the company’s profit and loss statement for the past twelve months.
  • Educational certificates and professional qualifications;
  • Employment letters, payslips, and income tax assessment for the past six months;
  • Identity cards for the applicant and sponsor;
  • Marriage certificate;
  • Photocopies of the passports.

Ensure all documents are notarised and in English. Translations must be error-free and done by an approved source, such as the high commission or embassy of the country that issued the document, a notary public in Singapore or the country that issued the document, or a private translator attested by either authority.

Step 2: Prepare the profile

Remember, you are competing with hundreds of thousands of applicants yearly for the coveted PR status. As such, your family members’ profiles, including yours if applicable, must be comprehensive, detailing not just the mandatory information but also why you and your family members will make excellent members of Singapore society.

Step 3: Complete the application form

Once you have your profiles and documents ready, you can proceed to fill out and submit your completed PR application form via the e-Services portal on the Immigration and Checkpoint Authority’s (ICA) official website.

Please note that you must complete the process within seven days to avoid non-acceptance of the application during e-submission. Additionally, all submitted applications will be subjected to a non-refundable processing fee. So, ensure everything is in order before making your submission.

Step 4: Monitor the application status and address any issues or missing documents

You can view the status of your PR application on the ICA website via the ‘Enquire Application Status’ function. You may have to be patient, as the processing time for PR applications can vary. You might even have to wait several months for a decision.

Sometimes, the ICA may request additional information or documents during the review process. Please promptly respond and provide the requested information or documents to avoid further delays for your PR application.

2.3. How To Apply Singapore PR For Your Parents

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PR application avenues available to your parents

Unlike the PR application process for your spouse and children, you cannot sponsor your parents for Singapore PR unless you are a Singapore Citizen. If you are a Singapore PR, you can only secure a Long Term Visit Pass for your parents to remain in Singapore, but not PR.

So, does this mean your parents cannot be a Singapore PR unless you have citizenship? Fortunately, the answer is no. As long as your parents fulfil the Singapore PR requirements, they can still apply and be assessed for PR on their own merits via the same PR application schemes. In this case, the application process is identical to what was shared above.

Sponsoring your parents’ PR applications

Conversely, if you are a Singapore Citizen looking to sponsor your parents’ PR applications under the Aged Parent Scheme, here is a step-by-step guide on the application process.

Step 1: Prove your relationship

Similar to sponsoring your spouse or child, you must submit supporting documentation proving your relationship with your parents. Generally, your birth certificate indicating both parents’ names should suffice. Failure to do so may result in their PR applications being rejected.

Step 2: Gather the essential documents

In addition to your birth certificate, you and your parents must submit several other documents during the online application process. Remember, all necessary documents must be in English.

Documents required from the sponsor:

  • Income tax assessment for the last three years;
  • NRIC;
  • Official birth certificate with both parents’ names present;
  • Payslip for the last six months.

Documents required from the parents:

  • A copy of your parents’ passports;
  • A copy of your parents’ current Singapore Pass (short-term visa or Long Term Visit Pass);
  • A passport-sized photograph taken within the past three months;
  • Your parents’ birth certificates;
  • Your parents’ official marriage certificate.

The following documents are also necessary if your parents are working in Singapore:

  • Employer’s letter;
  • Income tax assessment;
  • Payslip for the last six months;
  • Work pass.

Step 3: Submit the application online

Once you are done gathering the essential documents, you can proceed to submit your parents’ PR applications online via the ICA website. Likewise, your parents’ applications will be subjected to a non-refundable processing fee and must be completed within seven days to avoid non-acceptance during e-submission.

Step 4: Monitor the application process

Once you are done with the application, you can view the status of your parents’ PR applications and receive notifications about the next steps via the ICA’s e-PR system.

2.4. How To Complete The PR Approval Process

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You will receive an in-principle approval (IPA) letter if the ICA views you and your family members as suitable candidates for Singapore PR. While congratulations are in order, you must undertake a few tasks before your family can become full-fledged Singapore PRs.

Step #1: Schedule an appointment with ICA

You can schedule an appointment with an immigration office to finalise your PR application via ICA’s website. Ensure you are available on the particular date and time you have selected. If you must change your appointment, please notify the ICA at least two days in advance.

Step #2: Complete the formalities

On the day of your appointment, please proceed to the Permanent Resident Services Centre located on level 5 of the ICA building. Once you arrive, take a queue number and wait for your turn to be called. Be prepared to provide additional information or documents if requested by the ICA officials to complete the formalities.

Step #3: Pay for your new PR documents

After completing the formalities, you and your family will receive new documents, including the Entry Permit, Identity Card, 5-year Re-Entry Permit (if eligible), and Entry Visa (if applicable), certifying your new PR status. Please note that you must pay for these documents.

What if the PR application is rejected?

If you and your family receive a rejection for your PR application, fret not! You still have various avenues available to you. You can file a PR appeal within six months of the refusal date if you have made significant improvements in your profile. However, you only have one shot at this, so make it count.

Alternatively, you can choose to wait out the six-month cooling period before reapplying for PR. This way, you will have ample time to enhance your profile. Not to mention your duration of stay in Singapore increases. Who knows? Your circumstances may even change significantly during this time, improving your chances of success.


Question #1: Which of my dependents can I sponsor for Singapore PR?

As a Singapore Citizen or PR, you can sponsor specific dependants for Singapore PR. Understanding which family members fulfil the criteria can cut short any time wasted and significantly expedite the PR application process.

Family members who fall within either of these three categories are eligible for sponsorship:

  • Aged parents of a Singapore Citizen;
  • An unmarried child (21 years old and below) who is born within a legal marriage or is legally adopted;
  • The legally married spouse of a Singapore Citizen or PR.

Question #2: Should I apply for PR with my spouse if neither of us is a Singapore PR?

We often recommend that legally married spouses and families apply for Singapore PR together under one application, as it conveys to the immigration officers your desire to live in and support this country. Doing so helps strengthen the application, enhancing your chances of success.

Question #3: Can I sponsor my parents-in-law for Singapore PR if I am a Singapore Citizen?

Unfortunately, Singapore Citizens can only sponsor their biological or adoptive (through a legal adoption) parents for PR under the Aged Parent Scheme. If your parents-in-law wish to become a Singapore PR, your spouse must be a Singapore Citizen and the one to sponsor their applications. Alternatively, they can apply for PR through the various other PR schemes available.


Applying for Singapore PR, whether for yourself or your family members, can be a tedious and complicated process. Even the slightest mistakes could potentially disqualify you and your family’s applications. Therefore, it is best to consult a qualified PR application agency in Singapore to assist you with the application process.

At Singapore Immigration Partners, our experienced team of consultants has assisted numerous clients and their families with the successful application of their Singapore PR status. As such, we are familiar with the intricacies of the process and can help you navigate it seamlessly. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with our PR consultants.