Can You Change Job During PR Application?

If you have already submitted your Singapore PR application using the PTS scheme and your relevant E pass or S pass earlier, and yet now you are thinking to change jobs to a new employer, will you still be eligible to apply for your PR application? Or will your previous application process be voided?

Many people are worried that if they do this, their potential PR status will be at jeopardy or they may get blacklisted by the Immigration Checkpoints Authority ICA for changing jobs in the middle of a PR application process.

Well the answer is it depends. Bear with me as I explain it below.

The Immigration Checkpoints Authority ICA wants to approve of highly educated, high earning PR applicants who have a stable career and wish to live in Singapore over the long term. Whoever fits that criteria the most will get the highest chances of PR approval in Singapore, especially for those utilizing the PTS scheme Singapore.

Since educational qualifications and desire to stay in the long term in Singapore is a constant in the above mentioned criteria, they are essentially a non factor when it comes to the question whether you can change your job during PR application.

There are essentially two main factors at play here – which is your earning and income levels, and the stability of your career.

If you are changing jobs, and you want to ensure that you still stand the highest chances of getting your application for PR in Singapore approved, then make sure that it is to another significantly higher position with a significantly higher income. If you are making a lateral jump just that it is in between different companies, you will be losing out on this factor here.

Secondly, because if you do change your job during the PR application process, this means that ICA’s view of the stability of your career will be lowered. However, if the pay is significantly higher at your new employer and that is why you are severely tempted, then make sure that it is to a stable, established and extremely reputable company. If so, the ICA authorities will see the overall change as a positive change, and hence not let it affect their decision, and base your PR status approval on other factors instead.

Last but not least, if you do decide to be changing jobs, then make sure to prep the necessary documents and then submit it to your immigration consultant or submit it to ICA yourself to update them accordingly immediately once your job change is confirmed in writing.