Consulate-General of The Republic of Singapore - San Francisco

Apply for Singapore Permanent Residence

Spouse or unmarried children (below 21 years old) of a Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident may apply for Permanent Residence in Singapore.


All documents submitted through a Singapore Mission overseas are to be certified true copies or notarised.  Official translations of the required items are required if they are not in the English Language.





1)              One set of completed Form 4 .  The form may be downloaded from  .  Applicant is required to complete Part A to Part E and Part G.  The local sponsor is to complete Part F and Part H of the application Form 4;





2)              A passport-sized photograph of the main applicant is to be pasted onto the space provided on page 1.  Photographs of children include in the application are to be pasted onto the spaces provided on page 6.  The photographs must be :


  • 35mm wide by 45mm high without border and taken within the last three months;
  • taken full face without headgear, unless the applicant habitually wears a headgear in accordance with religious or racial customs.  The headgear must not hide the applicant's facial features;
  • the facial image must be between 25mm and 35mm from chin to crown; and
  • taken against plain white background with a matt or semi-matt finish.





3)              Valid travel document of applicant.  Photocopies of pages showing personal particulars, official descriptions and Singapore immigration endorsements are required;


4)              Work Pass of applicant, if any;


5)              Identity cards of both applicant (if any) and sponsor;


6)              Applicant's Birth Certificate;


7)              Official Marriage Certificate;


8)              Educational certificates of both applicant and sponsor;


9)              Official Birth Certificates of children showing both parents' names and child's name and adoption paper, if applicable;


10)          Death certificate or divorce certificate and the custody papers for the children in respect of applicant's/spouse's previous marriages (if any);


11)          A letter from sponsor’s and applicant’s (if applicable) employer stating the date of employment, position held, salary per month for the last 6 months with breakdown into basic, overtime and allowance per month.  The letter, addressed to the Commissioner, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority, should be dated within 1 month from the date of submission.


12)          A statement from the CPF Board showing the sponsor's monthly "CPF contribution history" for the last 12 months;


13)          Sponsor's and applicants's (if applicable) Income Tax Notices of Assessment for the last 3 years;


14)          Sponsor's valid Business Registration Certificate (for self employment) with names of partners shown and Valid Vocational licence, if applicable;


15)          Deed Poll or Change of Name Certificate of applicant and sponsor.


16)          When completing the application form, please note that the basic salary does not include the following :


  • Additional payment by way of overtime, bonus or commission.
  • Travel, food or housing allowance.
  • Any sum paid to an employee or contract worker to defray special expenses incurred by him owing to the special, unusual or hazardous nature of the employment.
  • Any contribution paid by employer or contractor to any pensions fund or provident fund.
  • Any gratuity payable on discharge or retirement.



Applicant and sponsor may be required to furnish additional documents and information whenever necessary





17)          Under the Enlistment Act, all male Singapore Citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs) are liable ot register for National Service (NS) upon reaching 161/2 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).


18)          Main applicants who are granted PR status under the first generation Professionals, Technical Personnel and Skilled Workesr 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 161/2 years old.


19)          NS-liable PRs are expected to serve NS.  Should they renounce or lose their PR status without serving or completing full-time NS, this would have an adverse impact on any application by them in the future to work or study in Singapore.


20)          Male ex-Singapore Citizens and ex-Singapore Permanent Residents who are granted Singapore PR status are liable to be called up for NS regardless of the type of PR status they are granted.  For further enquiries, please write to :-


    Central Manpower Base

    3 Depot Road, #03-07

    Singapore 109680

    Contact no(s): 1800-367-6767(local) or 65-6567-6767 (overseas)

    Email  :







21)          The grant of permanent residence does not exempt an individual from registration with the relevant professional bodies or any other statutory conditions as required by legislation governing the regulation of their professions (e.g. doctors, lawyers, etc.).


22)          Ex-Singapore Citizens and Ex-Singapore PRs who have withdrawn their CPF monies would have to refund the full CPF amount withdrawn if their PR application is approved.  A letter of clearance from CPF Board is required for completion of PR formalities.  For further enquiries please contact :-


    Central Provident Fund Board

    79 Robinson Road CPF Building

    Singapore 068897

    Contact number : 1800-227-1188

    Email :


23)          All correspondences will be sent to the sponsor's residential address as registered in the sponsor's Singapore identity card.


24)          ICA may share your personal information with other Government agencies to process any applications you have made or to render you a service, so as to serve you in an efficient and effective way, unless such sharing is prohibited by legislation.





25)          If you knowingly and willfully falsify or conceal a material fact or submit a false document in relation to any application, action will be instituted against you and you will be denied all immigration facilities.  In addition, you will face severe penalties provided by the law.




1.       The fee for certification of documents is US$3.00 per document, each additional document is US$2.00.  (Originals must be provided.)  Please contact the respective Singapore Overseas Mission for appointments.


2.       Processing time will vary from case to case.


3.       The processing fees will be determined by Immigration & Checkpoints Authority once the application is approved.


    3501 International Place, NW, Washington DC 20008
    Tel : (202) 537-3100 Fax : (202) 537-0876
    Email :
    URL :
    1. To facilitate the return of your documents, please provide a self-addressed, stamped US Postal Office Express Mail envelope (overnight service with a tracking number).  Fedex, DHL, UPS or other courier services are not acceptable.

    595 Market Street, Suite 2450, San Francisco, CA 94105.
    Tel : (415) 543-4775 Fax : (415) 543-4788
    Email :
    URL :
    1. To facilitate the return of your documents by post, please provide a self-addressed and stamped United States Postal Service (USPS) Express Mail envelope.

    231 East 51st Street, New York, NY 10022
    Tel : (212) 223-3331 Fax : (212) 826-5028
    Email :
    URL :
    1. For the return of your documents by post, please arrange for a self-addressed and stamped United States Postal Service (USPS) Express Mail envelope.  Federal Express, DHL, UPS, Airborne, Certified mail, etc. are not acceptable.

The Singapore Missions are not responsible for any documents lost in the mail.


(As at 01 January 2008)


595 Market Street, Suite 2450,
San Francisco, CA 94105, USA

(415) 543-4775

(415) 543-4788


Singapore citizens who need emergency consular assistance after office hours can call:
(415) 595-4346

Please note that general enquiries and requests for urgent visas will not be entertained at the above Emergency Number.

Operating Hours:
Counter service/visa hours (open to the public):
Mondays to Fridays; 9am to 1pm

Closed on:
US Federal holidays and Singapore National Day

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