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APPLICATION FOR SINGAPORE PERMANENT RESIDENCY How to Apply for Singapore Permanent Residency After you have obtained your employment and dependent passes, you may wish to apply for Singapore Permanent Residence (SPR). In Singapore the process is relatively straightforward. It’s unlikely you will require the services of an immigration consultant or lawyer. So long as you hold a Singapore P, Q or S work pass, you may submit your application at any time. There is no mandatory qualifying period. Non-Singaporeans can become Singapore Permanent Residents (SPRs) by obtaining an Entry Permit. An application for an Entry Permit is jointly an application for Singapore Permanent Residence. The following categories of foreigners are eligible to submit applications: • • • • •

Spouse and unmarried children (below 21 years old) of a Singapore Citizen (SC)/Permanent Resident (SPR); Aged parents of a Singapore Citizen; P, Q or S work pass holders; Investors/Entrepreneurs; Hong Kong residents who satisfy certain guidelines can apply for permanent residence by submitting applications through SMC Management Consultants Pte Ltd in Singapore.

For SMU’s faculty who are work pass holders, you need to: 1. Fill in Form 4A (Application for Permanent Residence for Professionals/Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers). The form can be downloaded from Singapore’s Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) website: www.ica.gov.sg – look under Permanent Resident Services. 2. Ask SMU’s Office of Faculty Administration (OFA) to complete Annex A of Form 4A. 3. Submit two sets of completed Form 4A (one original and one photocopy) with Annex A and all supporting documents personally to: Permanent Resident Services Centre 5th Storey, ICA Building 10 Kallang Road (next to Lavender MRT station) Singapore 208718

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After Approval in Principle After approval in principle is granted by the ICA (which may take up to three months from the date of application, but can be shorter), you should then do the following as instructed by the ICA in order to complete your conversion to PR: 1. Register for a Singapore Identity Card (NRIC) 2. Apply for Singapore Entry Permit and multiple re-entry visa (N.B.: The fee for an Entry Permit is S$100 and the fee for a Re-Entry Permit is S$10 per year. For foreigners requiring a visa, the visa fee is S$20 per issue.)

3. Go for a medical examination, if instructed by ICA 4. Enrol in Singapore’s Central Provident Fund (CPF)

After Completing the PR Process You will need to provide SMU’s OFA with: •

A photocopy of your new NRIC (blue card, both sides). Your NRIC contains the identity number which a PR receives in Singapore. It will be different from your Foreign Identity Number (FIN) on your employment or dependent’s pass.

A photocopy of stamped passport and Form 5 which indicates your “reentry status” in Singapore.

Upon receiving your new NRIC number, you should also follow up with SMU’s administration regarding: • •

A new SMU ID card (from OFA) A new Aviva insurance card (from SMU’s OHR), where applicable

Some Impacts of Converting to PR Status CPF: Once you are granted PR status, you will need to contribute to your CPF (Central Provident Fund). Both you and SMU would ordinarily pay a graduated rate for the first two years of PR status and full rates thereafter. You may, however, opt to scale up to full rates right from the start. You would have the option to elect one of the following: •

SMU immediately scales up to full employer contribution rates, while you remain at the graduated rate for employee over the 2-year phasing in period, or

Both you and SMU immediately scale up to full contribution rates.

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You can read more about CPF and the PR graduated rates at www.cpf.gov.sg. Or ask OFA or OHR should you require any additional clarification about this. SMU Gratuity: Once you begin your CPF contributions, your SMU service gratuity will stop accumulating. The accumulated amount, including the tax gross-up, will be paid to you as “cash earnings” at the next available payroll date. Thereafter, your appointment will no longer carry with it a service gratuity component. School Fees for Dependent Children: All things being equal, the financial assistance, once extended in respect of your dependent child, as part of your current employment contract, will not be withdrawn when you take up Singaporean PR during the contractual period. However, SMU’s management reserves the right to review the eligibility of the faculty member for this provision when the contract is being renewed. Singapore National Service: Under the Enlistment Act, all male Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs) are liable to register for National Service (NS) upon reaching 16 1/2 years old. They are required to serve 2 years of full-time NS at 18 years old, followed by 40 days of Operationally Ready National Service per year till the age of 50 years (for officers) or 40 years (for other ranks). Main applicants who are granted PR status under the first generation Professionals/Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers (PTS) Scheme or the Investor Scheme are exempted from NS. Male children who are granted PR status under their parents' sponsorship are liable for NS upon reaching 16 1/2 years old. Refer to www.ns.sg for more information.

Further Information and FAQs You may also refer to this link in the ICA web site for a comprehensive list of FAQs about the application process. http://app.ica.gov.sg/serv_pr/per_res/app_for_pr_faq.asp In addition, the ICA has set up a special on-line service called the RED, AMBER, GREEN Eligibility Tool where you can do a self assessment on your eligibility for PR and Singapore Naturalization. Take a look at the following link: https://www.psi.gov.sg/NASApp/tmf/TMFServlet?app=NEAT-PUBLIC&isNew=true&Reload=true

If you have a life time membership to the RELO CENTER, you may also find it helpful to refer to the Center. If you have further questions about how the PR status will affect your employment relationship with SMU, please feel free to contract OFA, or directly

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contact OHR with respect to payroll, CPF matters, or the administration of SMU’s Flex-Ben Program.

Date: March 2007

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