Singapore is a tiny island that houses a population of about 5.7 million people (singstat.gov.sg 2019) out of which citizens accounting for about 62% of the total, the rest being made up of permanent residents and non-residents who include international students and foreigners who work here.
There are many factors driving foreigners to want to come to Singapore. According to a series of dialogue sessions conducted by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) of the Lee Kuan Yew School for Public Policy and supported by the National Integration Council, IPS shared that the main driving force for foreigners wanting to come to Singapore is economic in nature. This essentially translates to better employment opportunities as well as a better quality of life.
It also does help that people get to enjoy cultural and racial harmony as well as having access to world-class education facilities for their children. This is a country built upon the foundation of meritocracy where fairness, transparency is highly valued.
On top of it all, there is a chance foreigners can call this place their home by applying for the Singapore permanent residency (PR) and then eventually citizenship.
Benefits Of Applying To Be A Singapore Permanent Resident (PR)
Without being exhaustive, here are some pluses of being a Singapore PR.
- You will be able to travel in and out of Singapore freely without the need for additional visas. However, do note that this does usually comes with a validity period of up to 5 years and is due for renewal upon expiry subjected to approval by the authorities.
- You will have the extra freedom to change jobs freely. For all other non-PR foreigners, they are working in Singapore typically on a work permit, S pass or employment pass. These are obtained subject to their current employment and will have to be reapplied should they wish to change to another employer, at the risk of rejection or delay. A Singapore PR will also not be subjected to foreigners quota imposed upon businesses.
- You will be eligible to purchase resale executive condominiums (EC) or HDB. These are affordable public housing schemes provided by the government that are not eligible for foreigners
- Should you wish to purchase a private property, you may do so by paying only a mere 5% additional buyer stamp duty on the property price, compared to that of a foreigner who has to pay 20%. That is a whopping 4 times as much!
- When buying a property, you get to choose from more loan schemes and generally, securing financing for your property purchase will be easier.
- One of the biggest reasons why many foreigners want to relocate their families over is because of the quality of the education provided here. As a Singapore PR, your child has a better chance of enrolling in the local public schools. There is a double advantage here as you can save on the exorbitant international school fees as well as better integrate your child into society.
- You can also include your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 in your PR application (this is dependent on the type of scheme you are applying PR under). Your parents can also apply for long term stay visas.
- You will be under the Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme, whereby you and your employers are required to make a monthly contribution of your salary into your pension fund. These monies can then be used for healthcare, insurance or property purchase.
Last but not least, obtaining a Singapore Permanent Residency is the potential doorway to you eventually applying for full local citizenship.
Applying For Singapore PR Can Be Yet Quite Frustrating…
In all honesty, there is no fixed method to guaranteeing that your application will be successful. Let nobody fool you about this.
Nowhere on the official Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) official website states that by fulfilling certain criteria, you will surely get your application approved. There is a list of eligibility questions as well as documents that are required to be submitted. After that, it is really up to the assessments of individuals.
However. what we do know from the graph above, is that the number of PRs being granted yearly seems to hover at the 30,000 marks.
There are also no official figures published on how many applications ICA receives yearly.
If you have the time to surf the internet for a bit, you can even find some discussions in forums where there are individuals who have been trying for several years without success. And yet, we also can read on the news where there are people who are successful with their first try.
And here’s the painful part, a typical application result wait is 4 to 6 months and if you are ever rejected, you will need to wait out another 6 months before you can apply again. In other words, you only get 2 chances a year to have your application approved.
How About Hiring Expert Help? – Paul Immigrations Reviews
Yes, while you are free to try to make this work all on your own, you can perhaps consider engaging expert help on this matter. There are not many six months cycles we have to waste and your personal circumstances may change during this wait.
There are many reasons you can have a need for expert help but to sum it in a nutshell, I would propose that you consider someone who has a wealth of experience doing this.
Paul Immigrations is a consultancy firm established in 2016 and they are focused on the business of helping individuals apply for Singapore PR.
I personally believe this is due in part to them having the opportunity to collect data over the years and thus being able to decipher what makes an application good or bad.
They have a rather huge office over at Suntec City which I have had the opportunity to visit last week.
As I was waiting in the reception area, my observation was that their 4 receptionists were non-stop busy handling phone enquiry on a Monday morning. And shortly after, groups of people starting streaming in for their appointment with the sales consultants.
It seems pretty brisk business to me and it also further confirms that there are indeed many people wanting to look into applying for the Singapore Permanent Residency.
Paul Immigrations Reviews: How The Process Works.
For those who are keen, the sales consultants from Paul Immigrations will get on the phone and have a quick assessment. This is to enhance efficiency in the workflow and if you are eligible and will be keen to find out more, the sales consultant will then make an appointment for you to visit the office and have a further in-depth discussion.
There will be a lot of fact-finding involve. Your basic information such as employment and family status will be required. Then they may also touch on the intangibles such as contribution to society, or whether you have a specific skill set that is valuable, etc, etc.
The whole purpose is to know everything there is to know about you so the team at Paul Immigrations can shine a spotlight on your strengths to make you stand out from the rest.
Or perhaps for those of you who have several failed attempts, they can dissect the situation and see what potential blind spots you may have missed.
Once the above is all done, and should you choose to proceed, the operations team will then take over the case and assist you in the preparation for the application.
I shall not go into the nitty-gritty but when you visit their office, you can see for yourself they do have a massive ops team working meticulously on their clients.
Oh yes, I should also specially mention that they have a dedicated team of writers who will be assisting you to craft out a personalized cover letter, an executive summary if you would call it.
This is no different from a job interview. Every candidate is eligible and qualified. But only a selected few will be handed the blue card.
You really need to stand out in every possible way you can.
Ready to start the Singapore PR application process? You can contact the expert team at Paul Immigrations for more insights.