Generally, there are 7 types of methods you can use to become a Singapore PR. If you intend to apply to become a permanent resident in Singapore, you have to fulfill at least one of the following. The more you fulfill, the better, but you just need to fulfill one very well.
1. PTS Scheme
The first and most popular method would be the PTS scheme. Short for Professionals/Technical Personnel & Skilled Worker Scheme, migrants under E pass or S pass are eligible to apply. You can apply by yourself using a SingPass after you have registered for one and prepped up all the necessary documents like your income slips, residential proof, Annex A and more, or you can look for a local immigration agency. Sometimes, it can feel as though if you pay more in taxes, your chances of approval is higher. But in reality, it simply is because that usually means you make a higher salary, and you have been living and working in Singapore for a long period of time than others, and these are the real underlying factors that ICA looks at (this is a good article which touches more on this) when it comes to PR application approvals for those under PTs scheme. Those under a work pass are ineligible to apply, even if you are a Malaysian who has been living in Singapore for long periods of time.
2. GIP scheme
The second popular method is the GIP scheme – short for Global Investor Programme Scheme. This enables investors and businessmen to get a permanent residence in Singapore via investment. Generally speaking, the minimum sum required as of now is SGD 2.5 million. However, there are other criteria involved and you are advised to refer to the EDB website factsheet.
3. Spouse relations
If your spouse is an existing Singaporean citizen or a permanent resident, then you can go that route as well. If you happen to be married to one, and you are also a working professional under the E pass or S pass, which many permanent residents in Singapore were before getting their PR status approved, you can use this method if the first one fails. Technically, you are among the group which has the highest probability of success due to one of the ideal overlaps in your PR application profile.
4. Unmarried child younger than 21 years of age
If you are an unmarried child of or legally adopted child of a current Singaporean citizen or permanent resident, then you are eligible to apply. Although the chances of you, the reader, falling into this group is slim, as usually the parents of this group will apply on their behalf instead.
5. Immediate family member relations
If you are for instance the parents of people who have already become Singapore citizens, then you will also be eligible to apply for a Singapore PR status via online through ICA.
6. Tertiary education student
If you are a foreign tertiary education student studying in Singapore under a Singapore government scholarships for international students or grants, you will be eligible to apply for a PR in Singapore.
However, it is also ideal that you pick up some leadership positions in groups within the university and be more than just academically successful. This is a good read which elaborates more on whether having studied in Singapore improves your profile.
Short form for Foreign Artistic Talent Scheme of Singapore, if you are an internationally recognized celebrity and have also made contribution to Singapore’s culture, then you can apply under this ForArts scheme. Chances of anyone reading this who is under this category is low, so we list it last, but it is a method for you to get your Singapore PR application done, so we typed it out here too!