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Impossible to get appointment with ICA to apply for PR

Postby mortlock2005 » Tue, 25 Nov 2014 9:03 pm

It is completely impossible to get an appointment with ICA to submit our forms for PR. Does anyone know if you can still go to the offices without an appointment and get a queue number? You used to be able to do that, but I'm not sure if you still can. I know it means waiting for hours to be seen, but we want to get the paperwork lodged ASAP.

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Re: Impossible to get appointment with ICA to apply for PR

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:45 pm

Remember, trying to jump the queue will make you look desperate. In any case, even if you get an appointment, you do realize it can take upwards of 15~18 months to get approved OR REJECTED after submitting your paperwork.

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Re: Impossible to get appointment with ICA to apply for PR

Postby singaporeflyer » Wed, 26 Nov 2014 1:09 am

Walk in appointments are not there anymore and it is clearly mentioned in the ICA PR application page. Keep looking for cancelations in appointments for submission and that is the only other option.

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Re: Impossible to get appointment with ICA to apply for PR

Postby ecureilx » Wed, 26 Nov 2014 8:17 am

singaporeflyer wrote:Walk in appointments are not there anymore and it is clearly mentioned in the ICA PR application page. Keep looking for cancelations in appointments for submission and that is the only other option.


actually you can walk in, and go the queue counter, and then she will scan the slots, if she is in a good mood, and tell you the next earliest available slot, which will not be on the same day !! it will be like, next week or week after next ... or later ..

if OP has the luxury of doing it, than checking online .. by all means, he can do it !!

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Re: Impossible to get appointment with ICA to apply for PR

Postby Addadude » Wed, 26 Nov 2014 9:05 am

I was just talking to an ex-colleague about his recent experience applying for PR. He basically kept visiting the ICA website every morning to see if a slot had become free. When one became available he grabbed it and went straight down. He applied in August and got approval late October. He's English (caucasian), married to a Singaporean (got hitched last year) and was on his second EP (in Singapore about 6 years) when he applied. I don't know what his salary is but it would at best be 'average'.
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Re: Impossible to get appointment with ICA to apply for PR

Postby Barnsley » Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:07 am

Addadude wrote:I was just talking to an ex-colleague about his recent experience applying for PR. He basically kept visiting the ICA website every morning to see if a slot had become free. When one became available he grabbed it and went straight down. He applied in August and got approval late October. He's English (caucasian), married to a Singaporean (got hitched last year) and was on his second EP (in Singapore about 6 years) when he applied. I don't know what his salary is but it would at best be 'average'.


Are there "different queues" for Family Ties as opposed to PTS applications?
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Re: Impossible to get appointment with ICA to apply for PR

Postby curiousgeorge » Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:10 am

When you originally apply online, you get allocated a slot six months into the future. This is standard for all applications...basically to see if you're serious and will still be around in six months - its a first cut method of sifting out the blaggers.

If you're trying to book a slot sooner, then you're going to have to wade through the e-appointment system on an hourly basis waiting for a slot to open up. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy living in Singapore while you wait six months for your interview.

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Re: Impossible to get appointment with ICA to apply for PR

Postby Addadude » Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:30 pm

Barnsley wrote:Are there "different queues" for Family Ties as opposed to PTS applications?


If my ex-colleague's experience is anything to go by, there is indeed. It also could be that there were 'available PR slots' for his particular racial/relationship profile.

To Curious George's point, constantly checking e-appointment slot availability and having the flexibility to grab the first opportunity that comes along is key to getting an earlier appointment.
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Re: Impossible to get appointment with ICA to apply for PR

Postby ful babu » Thu, 27 Nov 2014 12:38 am

curiousgeorge wrote:When you originally apply online, you get allocated a slot six months into the future. This is standard for all applications...


Do you know this for a fact / observations / personal experience ?

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Re: Impossible to get appointment with ICA to apply for PR

Postby the lynx » Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:17 am

ful babu wrote:
curiousgeorge wrote:When you originally apply online, you get allocated a slot six months into the future. This is standard for all applications...


Do you know this for a fact / observations / personal experience ?


More like a trend, rather than a fact.

If the popularity of getting PRs is sky-high, I wouldn't be surprised if you have to wait one year for a slot... So checking the website every day for last-minute cancellation is the best way to clinch an earlier slot.

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Re: Impossible to get appointment with ICA to apply for PR

Postby PNGMK » Thu, 27 Nov 2014 8:34 pm

The number of PR awarded in 2014 is about 2/5 of what it used to be... and the demand has gone up. The ICA is quite rightly using every barrier they can to weed out applicants. There's no need for them to open up more slots when they have less PR to give out.
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Re: Impossible to get appointment with ICA to apply for PR

Postby curiousgeorge » Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:58 pm

ful babu wrote:
curiousgeorge wrote:When you originally apply online, you get allocated a slot six months into the future. This is standard for all applications...


Do you know this for a fact / observations / personal experience ?


Fact: when you apply online you are guaranteed an appointment in the future - ICA makes it for you
Observation: For most people, in the last couple of years, the wait is very long
Personal Experience: when I applied online, my future date was six months. I clicked "accept" and waited six months.

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Re: Impossible to get appointment with ICA to apply for PR

Postby American » Sat, 16 Apr 2016 12:54 pm

curiousgeorge wrote:
ful babu wrote:
curiousgeorge wrote:When you originally apply online, you get allocated a slot six months into the future. This is standard for all applications...


Do you know this for a fact / observations / personal experience ?


Fact: when you apply online you are guaranteed an appointment in the future - ICA makes it for you
Observation: For most people, in the last couple of years, the wait is very long
Personal Experience: when I applied online, my future date was six months. I clicked "accept" and waited six months.


Hi there. I just started looking into the PR application. The MOFA site makes you download the forms in PDF, fill it in, then reserve an appointment through their e-appointment system. There is no guaranteed appointment time in the future - this seems to be completely false. Please share the details of the website where it allows you to 'apply online'.
http://www.ica.gov.sg/page.aspx?pageid=151#procedure

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Re: Impossible to get appointment with ICA to apply for PR

Postby the lynx » Mon, 18 Apr 2016 1:42 pm

American wrote:
curiousgeorge wrote:
ful babu wrote:
Do you know this for a fact / observations / personal experience ?


Fact: when you apply online you are guaranteed an appointment in the future - ICA makes it for you
Observation: For most people, in the last couple of years, the wait is very long
Personal Experience: when I applied online, my future date was six months. I clicked "accept" and waited six months.


Hi there. I just started looking into the PR application. The MOFA site makes you download the forms in PDF, fill it in, then reserve an appointment through their e-appointment system. There is no guaranteed appointment time in the future - this seems to be completely false. Please share the details of the website where it allows you to 'apply online'.
http://www.ica.gov.sg/page.aspx?pageid=151#procedure


Oh curiousgeorge meant applying online for the appointment slot, not online PR application. :P


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