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Why People Move To Singapore To Live Over Other Countries

Singapore is one of the most popular places for many expats looking to migrate to and live in. And it is really not difficult to see their reasons why! After all, there are lots of benefits of living in Singapore!

Best schools and educational system in the world

Singapore has some of the best schools in the world, both in the private and public sector. This is a great benefit for many parents to be able to send their children to good schools easily.

Lots of shopping and family oriented entertainment locations

There are lots of shopping and entertainment places, mostly suitable for families. These are found literally all across the entire country, making it very easy for expats to find suitable living places there.

Good and safe living environment within condos

There are lots of condos with good facilities which have attracted a lot of fellow expatriates to Singapore. With sports facilities, swimming pools and safe environment for children to play, it is unbelievably attractive for people with kids to want to move to SG.

Great and cheap food in Singapore

Singapore’s food is also incredibly cheap and with lots of choices. Usually in such a developed city with such vast variety of food, it would cost a lot anywhere else in the world. However, in Singapore, you get these for the cheap! How amazing is that?

If you are looking to become a permanent resident in Singapore, then read our previous article on requirements to become a Singapore PR here.

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Can You Change Jobs During PR Application In Singapore?

Life changes all the time. Perhaps you had applied for your Singapore permanent residency 2 months ago when you were at your current job. However, just last week you received a headhunted opportunity by another company for you and now you want to switch company, but perhaps you are worried that if you change job at this juncture, you may jeopardize what is very important to you – your PR application. However, it is a great career leap for you! So which one should you do?

Well, first of all, if you actually engaged an actually good immigration consultant, they will have advised on this matter already, or when you ask them about it. Nonetheless, if you have winged your PR application this whole time by yourself, you really should start to consider using a professional PR application agency in Singapore.

Is this changing of jobs a career leap?

As you possibly already guessed, the higher your income, the more stable your employment and earnings, and the more reputable the company you are with, the higher the chances of your PR application status approval, among other factors.

Therefore, just by changing companies or jobs, you are already showing that your employment is less stable.

However, if your earnings and salary will go up significantly, then yes it is probably perhaps even beneficial for your PR status approval by switching companies or jobs.

Or, perhaps it is a similar income level, but from a small to a significantly larger and reputable international company. In such a case, it is probably reasonable for you to still expect this change to not affect your application. Of course, find a professional permanent residency immigration consultant in Singapore if you want more details.

If this is a horizontal jump in terms of your position, and it is also to another similar company, then you are strongly recommended against doing this. Because by doing this, you will decrease the stability of your employment in the eyes of the Singapore ICA government office, and perhaps lower chances of permanent residence success.

Will anyone else put in your position also change company like you are planning to?

This is a great question and way to figure out if you should do something. If any reasonable man placed in your shoes will also effect that career change, then you doing so will be unlikely to impact you negatively. This is also closely tied to the points I had mentioned in the previous paragraphs.

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Requirements To Be A PR In Singapore

Generally, there are 7 types of methods you can use to become a Singapore PR. If you intend to apply to become a permanent resident in Singapore, you have to fulfill at least one of the following. The more you fulfill, the better, but you just need to fulfill one very well.

1. PTS Scheme

The first and most popular method would be the PTS scheme. Short for Professionals/Technical Personnel & Skilled Worker Scheme, migrants under E pass or S pass are eligible to apply. You can apply by yourself using a SingPass after you have registered for one and prepped up all the necessary documents like your income slips, residential proof, Annex A and more, or you can look for a local immigration agency. Sometimes, it can feel as though if you pay more in taxes, your chances of approval is higher. But in reality, it simply is because that usually means you make a higher salary, and you have been living and working in Singapore for a long period of time than others, and these are the real underlying factors that ICA looks at (this is a good article which touches more on this) when it comes to PR application approvals for those under PTs scheme. Those under a work pass are ineligible to apply, even if you are a Malaysian who has been living in Singapore for long periods of time.

2. GIP scheme

The second popular method is the GIP scheme – short for Global Investor Programme Scheme. This enables investors and businessmen to get a permanent residence in Singapore via investment. Generally speaking, the minimum sum required as of now is SGD 2.5 million. However, there are other criteria involved and you are advised to refer to the EDB website factsheet.

3. Spouse relations

If your spouse is an existing Singaporean citizen or a permanent resident, then you can go that route as well. If you happen to be married to one, and you are also a working professional under the E pass or S pass, which many permanent residents in Singapore were before getting their PR status approved, you can use this method if the first one fails. Technically, you are among the group which has the highest probability of success due to one of the ideal overlaps in your PR application profile.

4. Unmarried child younger than 21 years of age

If you are an unmarried child of or legally adopted child of a current Singaporean citizen or permanent resident, then you are eligible to apply. Although the chances of you, the reader, falling into this group is slim, as usually the parents of this group will apply on their behalf instead.

5. Immediate family member relations

If you are for instance the parents of people who have already become Singapore citizens, then you will also be eligible to apply for a Singapore PR status via online through ICA.

6. Tertiary education student

If you are a foreign tertiary education student studying in Singapore under a Singapore government scholarships for international students or grants, you will be eligible to apply for a PR in Singapore.

However, it is also ideal that you pick up some leadership positions in groups within the university and be more than just academically successful. This is a good read which elaborates more on whether having studied in Singapore improves your profile.

7. ForArts

Short form for Foreign Artistic Talent Scheme of Singapore, if you are an internationally recognized celebrity and have also made contribution to Singapore’s culture, then you can apply under this ForArts scheme. Chances of anyone reading this who is under this category is low, so we list it last, but it is a method for you to get your Singapore PR application done, so we typed it out here too!