What are the disadvantages of applying for Singapore permanent residence?

  1. Male SPRs who are granted SPR status under the first generation Professional/Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers Scheme (PTS) are exempt from NS. However, male children who are granted SPR status under their parents’ sponsorship are liable for National service under the Enlistment Act.Male children under the age of 18 must serve 2 years in the National Service upon turning 18. They are required to register for NS upon reaching 16½ years old and will be scheduled for enlistment at the earliest opportunity after turning 18 years old. If they are pursuing full-time studies, deferment from full-timeNS may be granted if they meet the deferment conditions stipulated by the Ministry of Defence. They are also required to serve 40 days of Operationally Ready National Service (i.e. reservist duty) every year until the age of 50 years (for officers) or 40 years (for non-officers). Children of non-SPR or non-citizen individuals are not required to register for NS.
  2. Some foreigners feel the mandatory CPF contributions is a disadvantage.
  3. If you wish to withdraw all your CPF savings, the only option is to denounce your permanent residence status.