Grace Fu, Population
No plans to limit duration of PR status: Grace Fu
Published on Nov 15, 2012 1:38 PM
About 10 per cent of permanent residents (PRs) here have held their PR status for 20 or more years, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Office Grace Fu in Parliament on Thursday.
However, her ministry does not plan to stop renewing the re-entry permit for people who have held their PR status for a certain number of years, she said in response to a question by Mr Ong Teng Koon (Sembawang GRC).
PRs are issued with a re-entry permit which are valid for a maximum of five years. The permit may be renewed if the PR meets criteria such as being gainfully employed and having family roots in Singapore. A PR who travels out of Singapore or remains outside the country without a valid permit will lose his PR status.
Ms Fu said taking up citizenship is a "serious commitment" which is ultimately a personal decision.
"The best way to attract qualified PRs who have decided to make their future here to consider applying for citizenship is to ensure that our Singapore citizens are well looked after," she said, citing the greater differences in benefits given to citizens in areas such as marriage and parenthood, housing, healthcare and education.