An electronic–Permanent Residence (e-PR) application system has been introduced by the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority. The e-PR is expected to be effective from 18th December 2017 and will be mandatory for all permanent residence (PR) applications being made from that day onwards.
PR applicants will no longer be required to make an appointment to submit their application in person. Instead, the e-PR will allow the applicant to use an online system to enter their details and then electronically submit their documents. Additional changes include changes to the fees being paid. Currently, PR applicants are charged SGD 100 for an entry permit, and are not charged a processing fee. Effective, 18th December, the charge payable online for PR processing will be SGD 100 and the entry permit fee will be SGD 20.
The processing time will be unaffected by the introduction of the e-PR system. Applicants can still expect the general processing time to be between 4-6 months, once all documents are submitted and fees have been paid, to have their application submitted and processed. In order to use the e-PR system (along with the other existing documents) applicants must have a:
- Valid SingPass account;
- Computer that can run Adobe Acrobat Reader;
- Scanner; and
- Digital passport-sized colour photograph, taken against a white background