I am going to digress from my usual topics and talk about being a Permanent Resident (PR) in Singapore. I have quite a number of friends who are PRs and a few of them have successfully converted their blue card to the pink ones in a matter of years. The permanent residency of Singapore has been highly sought over the years. This got me thinking about the who, what, why and how of being a Singapore PR.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ATTAINING SINGAPORE PR
Being a Singaporean, I can validate that being a Singaporean equates to having ample benefits ranging from tax benefits to enjoying subsidized fees in one of the top-notched healthcare facilities in the world. The healthcare industry in the country is nothing short of efficient, clean and safe. The government has organised the Republic’s Public Healthcare System to 3 integrated clusters – each equipped with a full suite of healthcare services, including polyclinics, general hospital, community hospital and a medical school — to better facilitate patients management. As the country takes strong preventative measures against counterfeit and unsafe drugs, all drugs that can be readily found in pharmacies across the island are usually safe for consumption.
If you are a parent, you will also want to enrol your child/children into local educational institutions, where they are operated under a system envied by the rest of the world. It was raved by former British Education Minister Michael Gove back in 2010 as one of the ‘world-leading’ education systems in the World. While international students bear a monthly school fee ranging from S$763 to S$1,777 depending on the educational level, PRs will only need to pay between S$218 to S$487. Hence, many expats prefer to attain PR status for themselves and their children in order to benefit from the exceptional educational system at a subsidized rate.
If that is not enough to persuade you, what about the idea of living in a country with an extremely low crime rate? The latest Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) Safe Cities Index (SCI) ranked Singapore as the world’s second safest city, after Tokyo. One reason is due to the stringent laws and strict enforcement which deters both its citizens and foreigners from committing crimes. The abundance of CCTVs installed across the island makes it even more difficult for criminals to get away freely. The city-state is the 11th-most surveilled city in the world, making it the 3rd-most outside China. Therefore, many will feel extremely safe even when commuting late into the night.
If you are someone who embraces multi-culturalism, and are always excited to linger with people of other cultures while learning about their background and practices, you will fit in perfectly in Singapore. The Lion City is home to 4 major races – Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian – giving the country a wonderful mix of various cultures. The city-state prioritises social harmony in Singapore, making racial tensions almost unheard of.
Influenced by such diversity, the local delicacies contain elements from the various ethnic groups and are something you cannot find elsewhere in the world. Furthermore, such delicacies are conveniently found in open-aired food complex called hawker centres, coffee shops and food courts. These places provide a wider range of options and are more affordable compared to those found in restaurants. The ‘hawker culture’ was nominated by Singapore’s National Heritage Board (NHB), National Environment Agency (NEA) and Federation of Merchants’ Associations Singapore for inscription into UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2018.
Given the benefits of being a PR in this little red dot, the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore (ICA) receives plenty of applications. However, the authority only grants between 25,000 to 35,000 PR applications per year, down from about 80,000 in 2008. Furthermore, the application process can be very tedious, given the amount of paperwork that has to be done. It can be very intimidating for people who want to start afresh in a new country.
Yet, local immigration consultancy firm Paul Immigrations specialise in the application of Singapore PR. They are well-equipped with comprehensive knowledge and expertise of the application process. The firm undertakes the responsibility of applying for PR on behalf of individuals from diverse backgrounds. What makes it one of the top choices for expats is due to the high success rate over the years, with over 15,000 satisfied clients.
HOW CAN PAUL IMMIGRATIONS HELP YOU?
1. Share Insights and Provide Expertise
Given the complexity of the application process, it can be a hassle for many applicants. The consultancy has a team of specialists with years of experience that are valuable in helping to ease the whole process significantly. At the same time, they will be able to share insights and expertise to help you attain a better chance in getting an approval.
2. Organise ALL Necessary Documents
Any missing documents during the next step of submitting your documents through the online portal can result in an incomplete application. As the e-PR system is the only way for one to apply for SPR, an incomplete submission can result in your submission to be invalid. The specialists at Paul Immigrations will ensure that all the necessary documents are processed and delivered.
3. Gather Additional Essential Documents
Just like an outstanding resume, additional documents that showcase your talents, strengths and contributions – including a letter of recommendation by your employer – will shine a spotlight on you for the right reasons. This can boost your chances of getting the highly sought after PR status.
4. Write Personalised Cover Letter
It is essential for you to set your application apart from the rest of the applicants to gain the upper hand to attain an approval since ICA handles cases by the thousands. The specialised team of writers will craft the personalised cover letters, using your strengths to help you stand out from the crowd.
5. Lead You Throughout The Entire Process
As mentioned, the whole journey to submit the application can be tedious. A simple mistake made during the submission can deem your submission invalid. The consultancy’s specialists will help guide you through the entire process to ensure you do not miss any documents or steps along the way.
6. Reduce Hassle & Time Wastage
It can be a waste of precious time attempting to undertake the whole process without an expert to guide you. From the paperwork to the submission, make your process a seamless and hassle-free one with the professional team at Paul Immigrations.
If you are looking for an effortless PR application, visit Paul Immigrations!