Singapore is among the many developed countries with a significant migrant population.
Partly due to its low crime rate, clean environment with a ‘forest city’ prestige, affluent, unrivaled healthcare services and considered as one of the economic powerhouses in Asia-Pacific region with a world-class education system to boot, it is not difficult to wonder why the city-state is the destination of choice among many immigrants.
However, there are a number of barriers to attaining the prized SPR status. Even if you fulfill every aspect of the criteria, it is quite typical for applicants to have a waiting period of a year or more just for a response on the application outcome. All too often, aspiring SPR applicants lose hope along the way, their optimism drowned by a sea of complexity and paperwork.
If you don’t want this to happen to you, here are some tips to position yourself in meeting the PR requirements so you stand a higher chance of success of making the little red dot as your second home.
Tip 1. Be Gainfully Employed
Singapore is a developed nation with an ageing population. To cope with this ‘demographic time bomb’, the state government has opened its doors to foreign talents that possess the right capability and skill sets that could positively contribute and sustain the nation’s overall growth and economic development. If you are a professional with qualifications and employment experience, then you can consider applying for the Professionals, Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers Scheme (PTS Scheme). The PTS scheme is the most favoured and the fastest route to gain PR status within a relatively short time frame of between two weeks to a year.
Case in point: two percent of applicants for the renewal of re-entry permits have been rejected in 2011, with lack of employment as the main reason behind Immigration and Checkpoints Authority’s (ICA) decision. This just shows how the authorities are looking for PRs who could be an asset to the nation’s economy.