SINGAPORE: The government has no plans at this point of time to consider not renewing the re-entry permit after one has held permanent resident (PR) status for a stipulated number of years.
Making the point in Parliament was Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Grace Fu, who added that based on available data, around 10 per cent of the PR stock would have been PRs for 20 or more years.
Ms Grace Fu is also assisting Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean in overseeing national population policies.
She explained that the PR status does not have a validity period.
However, PRs are issued with a re-entry permit (REP) that has a maximum validity of five years.
It may be renewed if the PR meets the prevailing criteria, including whether he is gainfully employed and is contributing to Singapore, or whether he has family roots in Singapore and continues to maintain ties here.
The actual length of validity granted may vary depending on the specific circumstances of each case.
Ms Fu cautioned that a PR who has travelled out of or remained outside Singapore without a valid re-entry permit will lose his or her PR status.