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Indian PR feeling frustrated that wife and daughter could not get their permanent residency after three tries


First, I would like thank everyone for your time to answer questions.

I’m Indian, living here since 2002 (13+ years), married on 2011 and now have a daughter. I have applied PR for wife and daughter for 3 times and they were rejected.

First time for wife on 2012 , took 8 months, got rejection letter.

Second time for wife and daughter 2014, took more than 8 months, got rejection letter. Third time for wife and daughter May 2015, took just 3 months, got rejection letter.

Reply says that “your family continue to stay on existing pass”.

My wife is not working as she takes care of my daughter. Other than that, my track record is good like rest in terms of tax, CPF, community services, volunteer services and CC member since 2012.

I studied in Singapore Poly in 2005 and NTU 2009 for master and decided to call Singapore as home, willing to apply SC for family.

Technically, my wife and daughter having non-PR status are blocking my application for SC. I have applied one time but got rejected.

I understand immigration policy will change over time and getting approval is based on prevailing condition at that time.

But as human, this induces  alot of soul searching like I can’t form a family here like others. People I knew who have migrated here in 2008 became PR and form their own family nucleus.

I’m sure, I’m missing something in my application.

Could you please, someone who has same experience or have knowledge about it advise me?

Can I appeal on the recent PR rejection?

Thanks again.


Posted by since2012


There are an unbelievable number of people in various countries trying to jump to a stepping stone like Singapore; many who have fantastic qualifications and often the requisite experience. The PI is one I have a little more familiarity with.

I think a few of the upper echelon in ICA and the PMD etc are having serious second thoughts and regrets about how easy they made PR a few years back. I expect to see it tighten up even harder and the bar to rise even higher.

I also don’t believe that PR will exist in it’s current form for much longer (i.e. as a potential pathway to SC or even as a form or permanent visa – we have already seen progressive tightening on the regulations and I expect to see a large number of REP applications start to fail soon).

My view is that the OP is not likely to progress further to his goal as a SC, not because of a failing on his part but that because the Singapore government has finally realized they have been selling the golden goose for a price way under it’s value.

You only have to look at countries like Australia that are now considering a minimum fee of $50,000 to even apply for PR to understand how desperate the situation is on both sides (i.e. those wanting to flee countries with limited economic opps or political freedom to those countries with limited resources (i.e. land/water/labour) who need both the cash and human capital).

Posted by PNGMK

Editor’s note: The article is retrieved from Singapore Expats. We have also editted the first comment slightly in terms of grammar and presentation.

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2 Responses to “Indian PR feeling frustrated that wife and daughter could not get their permanent residency after three tries”

  1. COme on … Let face the facts
    You can only become PR/citizen only if your are Chinese
    All I am saying, its easier!
    so much for “meritocracy”… who ever still believe in that
    shit, still haven’t wake up from fantasy to reality

  2. xyz says:

    Yeah face the facts. After 13+ years and getting S’pore diploma and degree, and still only a PR. Don’t talk cock about “decided to call Singapore as home, willing to apply SC for family”.

    I know many ex-india indian colleagues who easily got PR & SC before 2011.

    And saying that wife & daughter not PR is blocking you from getting SC is pure bullshit.

    Obviously you just want your whole family to get PR & remain as PR, in order to enjoy PR subsidies for education & medical, and also able to buy resale HDB, and easily get jobs, etc etc.

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