August 2020

Can Foreign Students Apply For PR In Singapore?

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Many foreign students study in a world class city and country like Singapore, with great academic higher institutions all the time. Many foreign students love the locals as there is a strong welcoming culture for immigrants to Singapore. Since many people also fall in love with Singapore while they spend time in SG, many of these foreign students wonder, can foreign students apply for PR in Singapore? Or is there no way for them to apply for a Singapore PR?

Firstly, if you have not done so, and cannot understand why these foreign students want to take up a Singapore permanent residency, but you have never stepped into our country despite hearing about it, then here isĀ why you need to try living in Singapore, and you may also fall in love with our urban city. There are so many benefits.

Anyway, as a foreign student, you can certainly apply for a PR in Singapore. However, whether your PR application will get approved or not is another issue. Here are some of the main factors which can help you increase your chances for Singapore PR status approval.

Firstly, if you are a foreign student in a local higher academic institution, and on a local Singapore government scholarship with a bond to a local statutory board upon graduation, your chances for approval is relatively high. This is about as good as your chances get. This is a big plus point for you if you happen to have it.

Secondly, even though a Singapore government scholarship can go a long way in helping improve your PR status approval chances, another thing that is an important factor is social integration. If you are an absolute loner, and other than your scholarship, you show no signs of connections to the country or the locals, then it will be a tough fight for you if you are up against many other similar PR applicants. If you are a foreign student, do not just mix around and have lots of local friends. As we like to say it, it is all about proof. The Immigration and Checkpoint Authority of Singapore, ICA, only looks at proof. Your Instagram, Facebook or Whatsapp friend list is useless when it comes to this. You will ideally want to join cultural, sports or community groups within your university. By showing active involvement in these social groups in your university with much proof behind it, you will be able to increase your PR application success chances.

Thirdly, take up leadership roles within these groups wherever possible. Showing leadership is a good way to make yourself stand out even more, on top of the above mentioned factors. The ICA wants successful, driven and capable applicants showing leadership, and are able to integrate well into Singapore’s fabric of society. Therefore, taking on even multiple leadership roles in your university is a good idea while you are still at it. You need not even be the Chairman or Chairwoman or Director of your group, even being in the executive committee is usually good enough.

How Can One Become A Singapore Permanent Resident?

If you are trying to get your Singapore PR application approved, the following may be of help to you. The following are among the most popular ways in which you can utilize to get yourself a Singapore permanent residency, and perhaps an eventual Singapore passport and citizenship too!

PTS scheme

The first and most popular Singapore PR application scheme would be the PTS scheme. The short form for Professionals/Technical Personnel & Skilled Worker Scheme, this is what many working, white collared professionals and expats in Singapore are classified under. Therefore, there is no surprise that this PTS scheme is one of the most commonly used methods by expats and immigrants for a Singapore PR.

Under the PTS scheme, as the name suggests, only those with an S pass or E pass are able to access this. Work permit and work pass holders are unable to qualify for this.

GIP scheme

The second popular one would be the GIP scheme. Known as the Global Investor Programme, it is a program which allows for one to get a SG permanent residence via investment.

Through your spouse

If your spouse is already a Singapore permanent resident or a Singaporean citizen, then it makes things far easier for you to become a Singapore permanent resident too. This is one of the easiest possible methods to get your Singapore PR application approved if you are married to one. If your spouse is already one, consider using this method, as its approval rate is naturally higher than the rest, assuming you meet the other basic criteria too.

Family ties

If you have an immediate family member who is already a Singapore permanent resident or citizen, you can make use of this family tie to get a PR for yourself. However, since most people belonging to this category are either the aged parents or very young children of an existing resident, most of the people who fall into this group already have their PR application taken care of by the existing resident anyway. So this is a rare one to look at.

Student preferably with top Singapore government scholarships

If you are a foreign student studying in Singapore and have gotten top Singapore government related scholarships for your education, you can make use of this to help yourself get an eventual permanent residency as well as citizenship.