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Here’s What to Do When Your PR Application Gets Rejected

Receiving the news that your Permanent Resident (PR) application was rejected can never be easy. Especially when ICA doesn’t provide you with any reason for their rejection. But before you call it quits or give up on the Singapore dream, let’s talk about your options.

First, you need to understand that there are many different reasons why the authorities might disqualify you as a candidate. And while it might seem like you’re left in the dark on your application, there are steps you can take to try and determine the areas you should be working on.

Once you’ve gotten a better gauge of your standing, you can decide whether to appeal against your rejection or re-submit your application after the 6 months cooldown period.

Determine Whether You Are Eligible for An Appeal?

It’s natural that the first thing anyone wants to do is send in an appeal. But before you scramble to do just that, review your profile to determine whether you qualify for an appeal.

Ultimately, the appeal option is intended for two groups of applicants and you want to make sure you fall under either one of these groups:

  1. Your circumstance has a significant change since your original application. For instance, you’ve added new qualifying criteria that indicates long-term interest in Singapore. (*hint: we aren’t saying anything here but you might want to take a closer look at your Singapore-based insurance policies)
  2. You had failed to include a significant accomplishment or contribution in your original application. (Once again… it’s a good time to review your insurance)

Unfortunately, in many cases, appeals get thrown out as there weren’t any significant changes in an applicant’s situation compared to their original application. For such clients, we usually recommend waiting for the cooldown period and sending in a new application.

Naturally, you want to take advantage of these 6 months to quickly buff up your application profile and build up your long-term interest qualifications.

How to Reapply for a Singapore PR

The good news is that you can reapply as many times as you wish for a Singapore PR. The only criteria are you wait for 6 months before sending in your application again.

But that doesn’t mean you keep sending in the same application again and again.

While there is the open secret foreigner quota policy at play here, in most cases, your application would have been delayed if you qualified. A rejection letter is an indicator that there are things missing from your application. Items that you want to work on during this cooldown period.

In such situations, it helps to speak with an immigration specialist who can look through your application details and advise you on the areas to improve.

Alternatively, you can go directly to the various solution providers to beef up those specific areas.

And to do that effectively, you first need to uncover which areas need help, that’s why your first course of action is:

Analyse Where You Fell Short

There are 5 main areas ICA is considering when it comes to any PR application. These are:

  1. Your Education and Job Certifications
  2. Your Historical and Current Employment
  3. Your Duration of Stay in Singapore
  4. Your Economic Contributions
  5. Whether you have any Family Relations in Singapore

On average, if an applicant has failed in a previous application, the cooldown period should lead to an improvement in the first 4 criteria.

The reasoning is that any strong potential candidate would continue to improve themselves as they’re living and working in Singapore. Their education should improve, they should be getting promoted, or they should be earning more.

Unfortunately, the reality is that not everyone gets such improvement within half a year. In such situations, you’ll want to consider this next step…

Showcase a Significant Change

The worst mistake anyone can make is to re-submit the exact same application after it has been rejected. Remember, it’s not going to miraculously improve if nothing has changed.

That’s why one of our recommendations is to add something to your profile that shows progress in your life. More importantly, it should help you to stand out.

One such example is getting a promotion or starting a business as that shows progress. But I know, it’s not something most people can demand and achieve immediately.

For these people, there are other steps they can take.

Such as owning a local property. It shows a commitment to living in Singapore for the long term. But with private property prices at a record high, this isn’t a solution for everyone.

Thankfully, there is a simpler (and less expensive) way, and that is owning a personal whole-life insurance plan. (Oops, I might have revealed a little too much, but you might want to speak with an experienced insurance agent about this)

Be Open and Informative

There’s a fine line between revealing too much information and not revealing any information.

When you put yourself in the shoes of the approver, you got to consider the type of candidates ICA wants to bring into the country.

They want people who can contribute towards the development and growth of Singapore and are looking for clues and signs in the application. Your application.

Thus, any information that highlights this point and paints your profile in a better light is good. Let them know about it.

That’s where a good cover letter helps to bring this message across now that there are no more interviews. You’ve got to let your application documents shine. More is always better than fewer when it comes to a PR application.

Final Note About Resubmitting an Application

While it is tempting to resubmit your application, wait another six months and submit again, and repeat this process until you succeed…

Each additional application is tracked and recorded.

Now, imagine if you were in charge of approving an applicant and you noticed this applicant had submitted the same document countless times… what would your impression of this applicant be?

Likewise, don’t rush when you’re submitting your application but go through your documents to ensure you have something you’re proud to send in.

If you’re still unsure, then why not let our friendly and professional immigration specialists take a look and advise you accordingly?

Oftentimes, we’ve found some applicants were almost there but gave up after one try because they thought they would never qualify. Instead, our advisors are here to give you a realistic evaluation of your chances and the steps you should take to improve them.

You’re on your way to becoming a Singapore PR and in the future, a Singapore citizen.

Let us help get you there.