If you want the highest chances of getting your Singapore PR application approval, then the secret hiding in plain sight for many newcomers or new immigrants is actually showing successful social integration into our society.
Social Integration By Foreigners
What this means is the process in which foreigners, or immigrants to a country – Singapore in our case, integrate into the local fabric of society and how they socially interact and behave within the place and with the locals and their culture.
Successful Social Interaction And Integration By Foreigners Into The Community
The relevant authorities used to look more at qualifications – especially financial. However, due to new changing sentiments by both the existing Singaporean population, and hence the government, a more balanced approach of looking at both newcomers or new immigrants’ successful social integration efforts in Singapore culture and also qualifications is taken now instead.
In fact, that is why among those applicants or people who have studied in SG before, how exactly these people integrate into the school life with the locals is also taken into account and these people have a higher success rate! For a deeper read on this topic, read our post on whether studying locally can improve your chances of application success.
Many ways foreigners can show interaction with the community
For those foreigners who did not do their education in the country, no worries. There are lots of said ways in which you can show that you have socially integrated into the Singapore community and Singaporean culture. For instance, spending documented time at local sports or cultural community events with Singaporean people, donating to local registered causes and more are great ways of showing this. If you have not already done so, yet are serious about wanting to be a permanent resident, then start shifting at least part of your focus on status approval from economic contribution to successful social integration efforts with Singaporeans, and work on a balanced profile. This way, you stand the highest chance of success going forward.
In fact, some of the most common reasons for rejections, and hence people trying to appeal to ICA against rejection, is largely due to two reasons – qualifications and proof of integration into the local social life. So if you are a new immigrant who wants to stay here for good, make sure to work on and demonstrate your efforts in social integration!