Social Integration In Singapore Is A Key Criteria For PR

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 for applications for PR – 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!

Appeal Letter To ICA For PR Rejection – Advice

Many people who submit a Singapore PR application get a rejection letter by Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority ICA, particularly for first timers.

Perhaps like them, you may have tried to appeal, and unfortunately got your appeal rejected too.

Reasons are plentiful, and can range from missing supporting documents, incomplete forms, weak identity profiles or more. ICA website also does not provide any reason for the people getting rejected, and this can be frustrating for you.

There are usually only two options for you.

Appeal letter to ICA for rejection decision overturn

The first step or option will be to actually write and submit an appeal letter to ICA website regarding this matter within 2 months of the rejection date. Appeal is actually the common route that is taken by most people as there is minimal waiting time for you as well. Some people ask us for the example or sample appeal letter template, but we strongly do not recommend that. Such a example or sample for appeal is unlikely useful in itself. This is because ICA does not necessarily approve appeal letters lightly as well for immigration.  This means that unless your case was a simple situation of having left out one crucial document in the initial process, chances are you need to demonstrate clear and significant progress in terms of your profile in order for them to accept the appeal letter.

Going for an appeal is usually ideal if you had only missed out perhaps one or maximum two documents during your initial application. However, if yours was a case of weak qualifications or profile in the eyes of ICA, then re submitting instead of trying to appeal is the smarter decision for you.

Re apply 6 months or more later

The second option will be to re submit again for approval. This is the recommended route if your profile is weak and is most likely the reason and cause for getting rejected. This is because usually anything short of a significant improvement in your submission or appeal will result in the same.

However, how long must you wait before you can try for PR again after? The quick answer is that you can submit it 6 months or more after the initial date stated. However, you definitely do not want to keep submitting and keep getting rejected over and over again. For instance, you definitely should not change job or company in the interim time unless it is to a significantly higher salary position at a prestigious company. Everything you do in between now and re applying has to be about improving your profile.

We can advise you on your success before you make any moves on appeal as there can be other factors, so that you stand the highest chances of approval of becoming a resident in Singapore.

Use our contact details and contact us today for your appeal or re application!

Can You Change Job During PR Application Process With ICA?

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Wanting to change job or company during your Singapore PR application process is a common concern by many customers. As changing jobs is a commonly asked question, we seek to answer this query here.

This question is specifically for those who have already submitted your documents to ICA, and are awaiting for the results of your status.

If you have not yet applied with ICA at all yet and are considering changing jobs even before that, then this does not directly apply or as much to you.

Can you switch jobs or employment?

If you want the short answer, the answer is yes. However, there are two main caveats, and several things that you should inform ICA of if you so wish to do this.

Only be changing jobs while pending if the new job is significantly higher salary or employment with a much better company in SG

First of all, while some people change careers due to a better work-life balance, if you are serious about getting your application approved while changing employment, then try to make sure that you only accept the offer if it offers a significantly higher income or salary. The higher your salary, the better your chances of getting a pass. (However, do note that paying more in taxes does not automatically mean higher chances of approval success.) The last thing you want to do is to change jobs or company to a similar pay but more relaxed work scope during the pending process.

While you switch employment or job, demonstrate responsibility

Second of all, regardless what new work in the country you are considering right now, the key is to portray to the authorities that you are a responsible and stable adult and applicant. However, if you are always constantly changing your work place, then you will probably get onto their naughty list and it will be really difficult for your PR to get granted!

If you are switching employment or jobs, do notify the authorities

Here are some things that you should ideally inform ICA beforehand, so that you still can change jobs while still keeping your chances of status granted high.

You can either choose to email them at ICA_PR@ica.gov.sg or contact them physically at their offices at Immigration & Checkpoints Authority ICA Building 10 Kallang Road Singapore 208718 the following information or documents:

  • An explanatory document which explains your situation and why you are considering to make the change in work. Keep in mind that this explanatory piece should illustrate that you are a responsible, sensible adult who is only changing jobs because it is clearly the only logical thing for anyone in your position to do and accept.
  • To provide them with a copy of your new work pass
  • To send them the Annex A from the new company you will be working for
  • A copy of your passport biometric page

Do not jeopardize your pending PR confirmation you had been applying for by doing the following mistake

Something additional that you want to note is also that you should only do the above steps if you have already received an official offer from the organization. If it is a soft offer, and you inform ICA authorities on the supposed change in employment, and right after that, the organization or company rescinds on their job offer to you, resulting in you backtracking your explanation to ICA, that can cause confusion and cause the officers in charge to view you as a wishy washy permanent residence applicant.

We always recommend that you will need to be thorough when you apply now, and while some people may have gotten away without informing ICA of such changes, or keep changing careers and still get their status granted in the past, keep in mind that many of those easy approval stories happened before 2008 to 2009 and getting your documents approved is getting harder these days. Therefore, being thorough will ensure your chances are kept highest.

Will Having Studied In Singapore Increase Odds Of Being PR?

Many foreigners interested in a Singapore PR application are curious if having studied in a local university or tertiary education institute in SG increases the chances of successful status approval. While there is no hard and fast rule that having done so translate directly to your chances being higher, and vice versa, it does indicate some other things which can be of benefit to your application.

For instance if as an international student, if you have studied in a local university in Singapore, it likely demonstrates that it is more possible that you were putting in effort to integrate with the locals. It is not because of prestige or academic score reasons at all. If you studied within an international school or private institution in the country, then that will be a different story as it may seem to the ICA authorities that you seem to prefer sticking to your current citizenship status. Therefore, it is usually of no use to indicate this in your application if you did not study in a local school, because it is non-beneficial in helping you improve the probability of success.local university

However, it also depends on what you do within the school. It is not just about studying at a local educational institution. For instance, if you take lots of leadership roles and co-curricular activities within the college, and demonstrate that you do try to assimilate with the locals more than just study in the school, these will definitely help you in getting your chances of approval higher, especially if you put all of these into your cover letter during your application process too.

Additionally, if you had a government scholarship by the local government to study in a local university, then your chances of application success would usually be significantly increased. This is because these scholarships are rarely given out, and only to the best students academically speaking. Also, these government based scholarships usually have bonds, which means that you will need to be working for a local statutory board most of the time after graduation. This also helps you in getting a local permanent residency application approved due to the fact that you will definitely be working full time at a relatively high paying job right after university graduation. All of these work in your favour.

As you can tell, demonstrating that you are willing and interested in working hard to assimilate into the country, its culture and with its people definitely helps you out, as we also explained in another post how such assimilation efforts can be the difference in approval status versus your friends, and why two supposedly similar people can have different status results.

Why Your Friend Got Singapore PR While You Got Rejected

If both you and your friend, who is supposedly highly similar in details to you, tried applying for a permanent residency by yourselves, it does not mean that both of you will automatically get accepted. Even if on paper both of you have similar qualifications and more, it does not automatically mean both of you will get the same results for the PR status. If you need professional help getting your permanent residence status granted, you can contact us.rejected

Firstly, unless you submitted the documents together with him or her, side by side, and filling up every single question asked by ICA together, and have the near identical cover letter and on the same day and time, there is a high chance that one of you did not fill in one part properly, or the way that ICA wants. This is a common issue, and it is not just about careless mistake. It is about whether you filled in the relevant portions, and gave the documents as the way that ICA prefers.

Secondly, your family background can matter, and we are not talking about the financial background. We are talking about heritage. If you or your friend happen to have some family members, even if they are not immediate but are extended family members, who are Singaporeans or permanent residents already, that will tilt the odds in that applicant’s favour when it comes to applying for a local PR.

Thirdly, does your friend know another language like English or Mandarin which you may not necessarily know? As Singapore’s main two languages used are English and Mandarin, if an applicant can demonstrate that he or she is able to speak both languages fluently, even if the racial descent is neither Chinese or Caucasian, it can significantly help improve the chances. This is because the local government will likely favour those who are able to assimilate into the local culture and languages easily, instead of only speaking their home language.

While the above points may not seem like big points to some of you, they, among other factors, are and can be seen as very important criteria for ICA. Therefore, even some seemingly ‘small’ points can tilt the odds and chances of getting a PR status granted heavily in the applicant’s favour. For instance, social integration may be seen as a minor factor to many people, but it is increasingly important!

Also, keep in mind that overall, it is also getting harder for new applicants to get their approval, because the government has cut back on the quota per year now. It will only get harder in future, so reach out to us if you need professional help by a professional registered consultancy like us now!

Why Is It Harder To Get PR Approved Nowadays In Singapore?

If you feel that getting a Singapore PR application approval is harder nowadays, you are definitely not alone, and definitely not hallucinating.

You see, in the past, before the years 2008 to 2009, getting one in Singapore was not difficult at all for many people, and it almost felt like you did not need any effort at all whatsoever to get it. This is what some call as the heyday of the ‘open door’ policy, and there was a huge influx of people into the country.

Many people became permanent residents and bought multiples homes locally here as investment properties, or bought holiday houses in SG. Most of them never worked or ran a business in the country, and some argue there was zero contribution to the society in general by these people. However, since they bought multiple homes, and so many people got this status too in a short period of time, this caused local house prices to shoot up multiple folds, and that is why the prices of houses increased very significantly the periods prior to 2009.difficult

The Singapore government and ICA, sensing unhappiness from the citizens and existing permanent residents due to this rapidly rising cost of living without a respective increase in standard of living, took action by not only introducing property cooling measures which felt relatively useless, but took a firm action against the number of new PR granted yearly to new applicants to curb this rising cost.

Another reason for the amount of PR to be granted to foreigners yearly decreased is because of political reasons as well. There were many people who became new permanent residents and these people only hired foreigners over locals exclusively at companies, and therefore, while the economy grew in general, few locals benefitted at all. To appease the citizens and assimilated PRs, the ICA and the Singapore government realized that the only fast way to solve this issue was to be stricter on the acceptance of new applicants.

Despite these difficulties, many people still apply for it yearly, as such a status truly offers lots of benefits to those who hold it.

What Are The Benefits Of Becoming A PR In Singapore?

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What are some of the benefits of getting that PR status approved? Let us and our company share with  you what they are if you still on the fence!

Keep in mind that the following benefits may not necessarily seem as benefits to every one, as every one holds different things at different priority levels to themselves. Therefore, some of the following may seem as benefits for you, while others may not seem as clear cut for you. But nonetheless, they are considered as benefits, which non residents are not able to do!

Firstly, you can enter, leave the country and stay in the country for as long as you want, and there is basically no restrictions. You will no longer have to apply for visas to travel or work here. If you want convenience, you will get that with this status!

Secondly, if you are residing in SG already, and want more stability for your future family life in the country, being a permanent resident allows you to also include your spouse as well as any unmarried child under the legal age of 21. Additionally, if your children are school aged, they will also be easily eligible to enter any of the local public schools if you wish them to do so.

Thirdly, if you are intending to work here, then having this status will allow you more work freedom. This is because you can easily change jobs freely without requiring to re-apply for a completely different work permit, and hope for approval once again. There is always high potential risk of delay or rejection. However, with a residency application, you can change jobs or simply start a business in our country! You get way more work freedom.

Fourthly, you will be able to make use of the Central Provident Fund (CPF) scheme. This is a form of pension fund, similar to that of many other countries. If you want to make sure of this CPF scheme to grow your retirement funds, being one will allow you to become eligible to qualify for it. This is the case regardless whether you are self employed or working at a job for someone else.

Fifthly, If you wish to buy property in the country, being one will be able to allow you a high priority to borrow various types of real estate mortgage loans. This is the case whether you are looking to buy a public government HDB flat (only a second hand one in the open market) or private condominium or landed properties. Having future easier access to property loans is also a reason why many investors use GIP Singapore scheme to get a local PR.

Next of all, if you have aged parents, whom you want to keep close to you and take care of, you can easily get long stay visas for them, making this much easier and keeping your life less stressful.

You have the ability and will become fully eligible for a full citizenship if you wish to do so in future. The best part about a permanent is that it offers you that flexibility, and it is still up to you if you wish to just remain a PR and keep another citizenship, which many people do, or convert into a full local citizen, which many also do so! Having this flexibility either way not only for yourself in the future, but for your future generations is a big benefit!

Wondering what makes you eligible? Then make sure to read this post on what makes you eligible for approval!

What Allows One To Become Eligible For A PR In Singapore?

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How can you become eligible for a a Singapore PR application? Here are some of the very basic things to do with your identity, and citizenship status for you to qualify among other factors. You only need to fall under at least one of the following categories.

Firstly, you could be a spouse of a current Singaporean citizen or a current PR. Keep in mind that if you are married to one, it does not automatically confer the status onto you as well. It simply means that you are under one of the categories which ICA is willing to consider reading your application and potentially approve of.

Second of all, if you happen to be an unmarried child of a citizen or a permanent resident of our country, then you can also apply for your own status if not yet already done by your parents for you. In such a case, either you or your parents can do it for you, depending on your current age.

Thirdly, if you hold either a S pass, Personalised Employment Pass, Entrepreneur Pass or Employment Pass, you can potentially be approved for your submission. Keep in mind that regular work passes such as those issued to regular construction workers do not qualify for this.

Fourthly, if you are willing to invest a minimum of $2,500,000 SGD into a Singapore based business or in a Global Investor Programme GIP approved fund which invests in Singapore incorporated corporations, you can be eligible to a PR status, among other factors to be considered by ICA eventually as well.

Fifthly, if you are the aged parents of a Singaporean. If you are a citizen, and you want your aged parents to become a PR in our country, then your parents are eligible, albeit this alone does not automatically confer an automatic approval.

Finally, if you or your child have a Student Pass, have lived in Singapore for a minimum of two years and have also passed at least 1 local based national exam – PSLE, N/O/A levels. Alternatively, they could be enrolled in one of the local Integrated Programme schools. Keep in mind that studying in SG alone does not automatically mean guaranteed approval. There are still other factors within that, but every additional bit helps increase your chances!

Keep in mind that the above are the bare minimum standards that you or your family member has to have before being able to qualify to apply. For other factors which will be deeply considered by ICA, you can feel free to contact us to find out more!