Writing PR Appeal

Do’s and Dont’s of Writing a PR Appeal

We all know that Singapore is such a comfortable place to live in. Whatever your reasons are, you filed for PR. But here comes the letter from the PR Application Agency that would surprise you – the application result is not good. Yes, rejections are frustrating. But what is more frustrating is when you know that you can take action but you didn’t do anything to reconsider the decision that was made about you. So, if you want to write for a PR Appeal, you have come to the right place.

First and foremost, you should be aware that time is of the essence. Submitting your appeal to the PR department of ICA must be done within 6 months from the date of your application’s rejection. 

Now, here are the key pointers to consider:


  1. Know the recipient’s mailing address 

It is important to send your letter to the correct recipient. Otherwise, your appeal won’t reach the correct department for approval. If you can find the email address, it would be better but you may also hand-carry or mail it to this address:

  • Permanent Residency Department
  • ICA Building
  • 10 Kallang Road
  • Singapore 208719

Your letter can be addressed to the Controller of Immigration.

  1. Evaluate what happened

Determine the areas where you have committed the mistakes. These can be points to address and elaborate on in your letter.

  1. Explain your intent

When writing your letter, it is important to be clear and concise. Make sure that you describe why the rejection is impartial by providing all the significant details including your professional life, social life, and other achievements or contributions in Singapore.

  • Family Ties in Singapore (Relatives who are PRs/Citizens, etc.)
  • Duration of stay in the country
  • Highlight your accomplishments or contributions in your work
  • Share your future plans (Intent to apply for Citizenship, Setting up a business, etc.)
  • Other factors that will manifest your integration into the society
  1. Lay down your desired outcome 

Close your letter with warm wishes.


  1. Don’t forget to include your Application ID.

Make sure to state your application ID in the letter. 

  1. Don’t neglect spelling errors.

For sure, you don’t want to waste your time on another failure that you can actually control. Typing your letter can be a little overwhelming, same as for the other documents. But if you let small errors like misspelled names and other important details slip away, your letter may affect the grant.

  1. Avoid writing common reasons for staying.

ICA is already aware of Singapore’s cleanliness, strong economy, and beautiful tourist spots. But most letters they received have expressed the same reasons why foreigners like to stay in Singapore. So, citing general motives like those simply shows a lack of effort.

The process of writing an appeal letter to change the unfavorable decision taken in your case is not easy. Hence, if you have significant progress that recently occurred or if you have missed any to include in the first attempt, express those in your next appeal. It’s always better to make it more personal and sincere. Avoid committing the same writing mistakes and compromise another time of waiting.

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