Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) has reported that Singapore will launch an online permanent residency applications process that will replace the manual process.
The new electronic permanent residency system, known as e-PR, will allow applicants to submit the application and supporting documents electronically without needing to make an appointment with Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. The current system is no longer accepting appointments beyond 18 December, and would affect foreign nationals applying for permanent residency in Singapore.
According to BAL, the e-PR system should streamline the application process, although the review period will remain four to six months. Additionally, applicants will no longer need to submit documents in person at Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
Meanwhile, applicants who already have an appointment before 18 December are not affected and will hand submit their documents at their appointments. New applicants will be able to apply under the new system starting 18 December.
Applicants will be able to access the e-PR system on 18 december using their SingPass/2FA verification. A new government filing fee of S$100 will be applicable. An additional S$20 will be charged for the Re-Entry Permit if the e-PR application is approved.
In the release, BAL stated: “The e-PR system will improve the application process and eliminate the need to wait for an appointment and make a trip to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority counter to submit paper documents.”
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