How to go to Singapore and get a Local Passport?
Singapore is beautiful, safe and always warm. If you dream of moving to one of the most comfortable countries in Asia, this article is for you. Immigration consultants will tell you how to stay there legally forever.
Only a person who already had a long-term visa and then a residence permit can apply for Singaporean citizenship. That is, the procedure is as follows:
Step 1: long-term visa
There are several types of visas in Singapore that will allow you and your family to apply Singapore PR (Permanent Residence) in the future. But consider the most affordable options:
The most affordable option is the Professionals / Technical Personnel Scheme (PTS). The employee is invited by the company, and it is assumed that it is the only source of his or her income.
S Pass is a visa for technical professionals, including those who work with their hands. For example, the visa is suitable for electricians and skilled workers in the workplace.
- Entrepreneur Pass – a visa for prominent entrepreneurs who open companies in Singapore. They either receive funding from the state, or have connections with investors, or develop an innovative idea.
- Employment Pass – a visa for managers and qualified professionals, such as programmers or financiers. Interestingly, entrepreneurs apply for the same visa – it is easier to get your EP than Entrepreneur Pass, so people open companies in Singapore and then invite themselves to work.
- Higher Education. It is desirable that the diploma is issued to you by a prestigious university.
- Work experience that fits your future position.
- Fixed monthly salary.
- Deadlines: EPs are issued in 2-3 months if you are invited by a long-standing company, and in four or six months if you are going to develop your business.
- Family: Family members can move in with you after receiving a Dependant’s Pass.
Step 2: Residence Permit
Permanent Residency or PR gives a person all the same rights and opportunities as a citizen, except for the right to vote and hold public office.
PR is not issued by the Ministry of Labour, but by a body called the ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority). The state does not disclose all the criteria by which it evaluates PR candidates, and often refuses without explaining anything.
Obtaining a residence permit is more difficult than applying for a work visa. Singapore has an annual quota of 30,000 new GNPs. Often PR is not given for the first time, and there are cases when after the first application for PR people wait for six months and eventually get rejected.
- Adequate salary level.
- Recommendation from the employer.
- Documents: application with photo, passport, your Employment Pass, birth certificate, marriage certificate, higher education diploma, proof of salary and certificate of employment.
- Deadlines: Technically, it is best to apply Singapore PR as soon as you receive the EP. In reality, it is best to wait a year or two. Applications are considered for four to six months, but people sometimes wait more than a year for a decision.
- Family: GNP is served together. PR is issued either to all family members or to no one.
Step 3: Citizenship
In a sense, this stage is simpler than obtaining a residence permit. However, you will have to wait longer for an answer from the authorities than when you apply for PR.
- Prepare a package of documents: passport, Singaporean ID, birth certificate, marriage certificate, documents on employment and salary level, diploma of education, and document on military service.
- Interview with the ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority).
- Pay 100 Singapore dollars for each applicant in the family.
- Deadlines: you can apply two years after receiving the PR. Authorities say the decision is made in six months to a year, but in fact you can wait up to 2 years.
- Family: As with PR, children and spouses apply together. Decisions are made by the whole family at
The good news is that you don’t have to go through all three steps to live and work in Singapore – just get your EP (Employment Pass).