Getting your PR application approved and eventually becoming a Singapore permanent resident is not an easy thing to do – especially after the 2008 to 2009 period. Not only that, but if your profile was not the easiest to get approved, getting external help is also not an option. Many immigration consultants will never bother returning your calls, messages or contact form inputs. Most of them are concerned about maintaining a faked high success rate because they only accept easy customers. So back then, I struggled to get mine approved in 2017.
Fortunately, actually good immigration and PR application agencies in Singapore like Dream SG now exist, and they help all PR applicants with their Singapore permanent residence application, regardless whether yours is an easy or tough case. Of course, prices may vary as a result of that. Expect roughly $3,500 to upwards of $10,000 SGD depending on case difficulty.
Well, for me, I moved to Singapore from Australia back in 2008, and worked here under an E-pass back when I was 28 years old. After working for 4 years, I decided that the Singaporean way of life was for me. Even though many people like to move from Singapore to Australia, there was just a really nice cozy feeling I get when I work and live in SG. I guess, everyone is just different and I love it in Singapore!
E pass is sufficient to apply for a permanent residency. Unfortunately, my academic records were not great back in Australia, and due to the high amount of competition for Singapore PR application, your profile had to be darn near perfect to even stand a chance of PR status approval. It was not just about getting the important things right – you had to get everything right.
My first application back in July 2012 under the Professional, Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers Scheme, otherwise known as the PTS Scheme, got rejected by Immigration Checkpoints Authority ICA, which is the Singapore government branch for permanent residence and citizenship as well as generally travelling into and out of the country.
As fate would have it, I met my current Singaporean husband, and then boyfriend back in 2012, but since I was not yet engaged or married to him then, I could not use the spouse route to apply for a PR. But since I was in a hurry, I tried reapplying again and appealing the PR rejection 6 months later without doing anything different.
As you may have guessed it, I got rejected again! Hahaha! It was so obvious what happened in hindsight, but my emotions got the better of me. Yes, one should improve the profile before appealing, or nothing will change for the Singapore PR status results.
Finally, I went through the spouse route in 2016, and finally got approved for a Singapore permanent residence in 2017! I eventually became a Singaporean citizen in early 2019, but that is a story for another time now!