Some quick background. We applied for permanent residency in Singapore in December, and received our notice that we had been granted PR last week.
If you get approved for PR, you get an in-principle approval letter that is valid for two months. But first there are a few more hoops to jump through before you have your formal Permanent Residency.
Make your appointment with ICA
This can been done on their e-registration site. We didn’t do this first and I wish we had. I assumed that it would be no problem to get a fast appointment, but it actually turned out that we will need to wait about a month to file our paperwork. If we had known that, we wouldn’t have rushed to get our medical paperwork done, as it turns out that it wasn’t at time critical as I thought it would be.
Singapore requires that you get a blood test and a chest x-ray to prove you have neither HIV nor Tuberculosis. In our case, we called our doctors and they were able to organize it as a single appointment. We go to the IMC clinic at Camden, and they did the blood draw for the HIV test in office and then sent us to the second floor for our chest x-rays (Singapore General Hospital has a satellite radiology clinic there). It should be noted that most health insurance plans don’t cover this expense. We’re trying to see if ours will–the plan doesn’t really say if it does. If we end up paying for it out of pocket, I’ll let you know what the cost was.
Fill out the paperwork
Fairly straightforward stuff to get your PR card. Similar to what you filled out for your work permit or dependent pass. Name, birthdate, address, etc. No questions that threw me upon first glance (which, for the record was all I’ve given it).
Form for your work to sign off on
When you apply for PR, you need a form from your work, so they already are aware that you’ve applied. But once PR is established, you do start contributing to CPF (that’s a whole other post and it can be a bit complicated) and your work needs to know that as they’re the ones who pay you and are required to contribute x percent of the monthly deposit. This form says it must be signed within two weeks of your appointment, which will be tricky for us as GNB’s human resources department is not in Singapore but Ravi isn’t terribly worried. However, I figured it was worth bringing up.
That’s it, until the appointment
Once we have our appointment, I’ll let you know what that was like and the fees and so forth.
What about Primary 1 registration?
Phase 2(c)–the phase we’re eligible for as PR’s registers on July 30th. When Ravi told me we couldn’t get an appointment before August 18th, I panicked. The MOE has a hotline for P1 registration questions and I called them to find out what I could/should do as we have the in-principle letter but won’t have the physical identification cards in time. They told me I could register her with the in-principle letter and if the school had questions that they could contact the MOE. So that is a big relief.