You’ve got your Singapore PR status for almost five years and now it’s time to renew it. A valid Re-Entry Permit (REP) is necessary whenever a Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) wishes to travel out of Singapore. It will enable the Permanent Resident to retain his/her PR status while away from Singapore.
How to renew Singapore PR?
It’s actually not PR card that you need to renew but REP as it’s only valid for five years. A Singapore PR who remains outside Singapore without a valid REP will lose the PR status.
My Own Experience Renewing REP
I submitted my renewal application online. Every time it took a few minutes only. You can go here, login, and submit your application.
I previously renewed my REP four times in the past, two of which got five-year renewal and the other two only one year because I spent most time overseas during those periods. The first time when I tried to renew my REP got almost instant approval without submitting any additional documents.
For the time I received only one-year REP, the application was pending after I submit; I was contacted by ICA officer for additional documents. Finally granted one-year REP.
Singapore PR Renewal Eligibility
To apply for or renew a REP, you must be a PR and hold a valid travel document. But this is not many looking to renew PR want to know; many are wondering whether they can get their REP successfully renewed.
There is no official documentation on the requirement or criteria. Based on my experience and other PR friends, the following are the deciding factors:
- CPF contribution during the period
- Individual income tax contribution
- How long you stay in Singapore (I read “70% requirement” somewhere before)
- No trouble with Singapore law
The general processing time is within one working day; and, if you don’t get it within this time frame, it’s a bad sign. If you continued your job and contributed your tax and CPF, normally you won’t have any problem. If you stay outside Singapore during most time of this period, you may not get a renewal.
How to Renew PR / Apply for REP
You can renew PR and apply for REP online within three months of its expiry date. You are not required to submit any documents, unless requested by ICA, when you apply for REP online using e-Service.
If your REP has expired, you must book an appointment using e-Appointment to apply in person.
Submit your application online via Electronic Re-Entry Permit System (e-REP) with a SingPass account before the expiry date of your current REP.
If you do not have a SingPass account or your current REP has expired, you can make an appointment via Electronic Appointment Booking System (e-Appointment) prior to submitting your application (including completed forms and relevant documents) personally to:
Permanent Resident Services Centre
5th Storey, ICA Building
10 Kallang Road
(Next to Lavender MRT station)
If you are overseas at the time of application, you may submit your application using e-REP provided you have a SingPass account. If you do not have a SingPass or Internet connection, you can submit your REP application through:
- a Singapore Overseas Mission
- a representative of a foreign government performing consular functions on our behalf in that country
- a local representative in Singapore
Note: An overseas application should be submitted at least 2 months before the expiry of the current REP. This is to allow sufficient time for processing. An overseas applicant whose spouse is an SC or SPR should furnish his/her spouse’s Singapore identity card number and a copy of their marriage certificate to expedite processing.
REP Application Fee / PR Renew Fee
A S$10 fee is payable for every year, or part thereof, of your approved REP.
For online application, you will need to pay the fee within 14 days of the approval date or your application will be withdrawn. Payment can be made using either Visa or MasterCard credit/debit card, American Express (AMEX) credit card, Internet direct debit.
The PR renew / REP applications can be processed within one day if the applicants are in Singapore. For PRs who are currently not in Singapore, the outcome of the applications will be made known to the applicants within 5 working days.
Documents Required to Renew PR / PR Renewal Form
- Completed Form 6 . Download Notes – REP.
- Singapore blue identity card/Identity card for National Service personnel
- Valid travel document
- Latest REP, if any
Additional Documents Required for SPRs under the Professionals/Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers (PTS) Scheme
If you are an employee:
- A letter (issued not more than one month ago) from the employer addressed to the Controller of Immigration, stating the date of employment, position held and monthly salary
- Statement from the CPF Board showing the CPF Contribution History for the last 12 months
- Income Tax Notice of Assessment for the last 3 years.
If you are self-employed (e.g. company director, sole proprietor, business partner)
- Income Tax Notice of Assessment for the last 3 years
- And ONE of the three documents listed below:
- Practicing Certificate (applicable to applicants whose occupations require such certificates to proceed with their respective professional practices in Singapore, e.g. doctors, lawyers, etc)
- Vocational Licence
- Business Registration Certificate (showing the names of all the Directors and partners) from the Instant Information Service, Accounting & Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA).
Additional Documents Required for Spouse of a Singapore Citizen/SPR
- Original marriage certificate
- Singapore Identity Card of Spouse
Additional Documents Required for Dependant SPR below 21 Years of Age
- Travel document
- Birth Certificate
- Parent’s identity cards
- Marriage certificate of parents
- Parents’ travel documents with the latest Re-Entry Permits
When the applicant reaches 21 years old, he/she needs to produce the highest qualification certificate and proof of employment in Singapore, if any.
Note: Additional documents and information may be required to support the application if necessary.