Electronic System for PR Applications Introduced
Starting December 18, this year, The Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) will introduce an electronic system for permanent residency applications.
With this new system, called the electronic-Permanent Residence (e-PR) in place, applicants do not have to make an appointment with ICA to submit their documents. All they have to do is key in the required information into a virtual application form on the ICA website, and scan and submit the documents electronically.
However, with this new system, applicants will not be required to pay a processing fee pf $100 and $20 for the entry permit if their application is successful.
The fees will be imposed from December 18 onward. Previously, applicants were not charged a processing fee, but had to pay S$100 for an entry permit if their application was successful.
In a statement issued recently, the ICA also said it will no longer release any e-appointment slots from December 18 and will
only accept PR applications through the e-PR system. “All available appointment slots before Dec 18 have earlier been released,” it said, adding that it “will not release any additional slots”.
However, those who have already secured appointments are not affected and can continue to submit their hard-copy applications during their appointments. They will also not be affected by the new fee structure.