Why Immigrations To Singapore Remains Popular As Ever

More and more people are still continuing to migrate to countries like Singapore by the droves. And most that move here pick up a PR and become a permanent resident in Singapore! Here are several reasons for why so many people are doing this!

Many Hong Kong citizens are deeply unhappy with Beijing’s actions, and since years ago, many wealthy people in Hong Kong have also been diversifying into other countries such as Singapore. This unhappiness among the Hong Kong citizens just reached a peak last year in 2019. As a result, many rich citizens have been flooding into Singapore, especially with their cash and investments. In such countries like Hong Kong, where the risk of a communist government coming in is high, many would prefer having their bulk of their assets in a firmly capitalistic country like Singapore instead.

Even after migrating to Singapore, many of the expats prefer taking up at least a permanent residence. One of the main reasons is because Singapore citizens and permanent resident are expected to be provided with more benefits over foreigners. In fact, there were such permanent residence and immigrations related projections here in Singapore by a local immigrations company back in July 2020 – which was when the local General Elections was held, and these projections were later proven right!

Many large media companies are just being propaganda machines now for the left leaning people like socialists and communists. Singapore firmly remains right wing, and there are actually way more right wing, capitalistic people in the world – they just talk less. As a result, these silent majority have been preferring to move to a city like Singapore where their preferred ideologies are being upheld and revered.

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Due to its strict policing, Singapore has also been thankfully a very safe country. As a result of that, people from all over the world who want to avoid unnecessary riots and more want to become a permanent resident in Singapore, as a back up plan to live in such a safe and secure country.

Nobody likes paying more taxes. Even those who are in favor of taxing the rich are hypocritical, and would not want to pay more taxes themselves regardless of how much they make. That is why Singapore is such a great place for immigrants. Its government does not pander to the socialist crowd at all, and forcibly keeps its income and corporate taxes as low as possible, and thus many people – always referred to now as the silent majority, love to live and work in Singapore. Many business owners and investors also incorporate their funds and businesses in Singapore to take advantage of this.

My Journey To Being a Singapore Permanent Resident

Getting your PR application approved and eventually becoming a Singapore permanent resident is not an easy thing to do – especially after the 2008 to 2009 period. Not only that, but if your profile was not the easiest to get approved, getting external help is also not an option. Many immigration consultants will never bother returning your calls, messages or contact form inputs. Most of them are concerned about maintaining a faked high success rate because they only accept easy customers. So back then, I struggled to get mine approved in 2017.

Fortunately, actually good immigration and PR application agencies in Singapore like Dream SG now exist, and they help all PR applicants with their Singapore  permanent residence application, regardless whether yours is an easy or tough case. Of course, prices may vary as a result of that. Expect roughly $3,500 to upwards of $10,000 SGD depending on case difficulty.

Well, for me, I moved to Singapore from Australia back in 2008, and worked here under an E-pass back when I was 28 years old. After working for 4 years, I decided that the Singaporean way of life was for me. Even though many people like to move from Singapore to Australia, there was just a really nice cozy feeling I get when I work and live in SG. I guess, everyone is just different and I love it in Singapore!

E pass is sufficient to apply for a permanent residency. Unfortunately, my academic records were not great back in Australia, and due to the high amount of competition for Singapore PR application, your profile had to be darn near perfect to even stand a chance of PR status approval. It was not just about getting the important things right – you had to get everything right.

My first application back in July 2012 under the Professional, Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers Scheme, otherwise known as the PTS Scheme, got rejected by Immigration Checkpoints Authority ICA, which is the Singapore government branch for permanent residence and citizenship as well as generally travelling into and out of the country.

As fate would have it, I met my current Singaporean husband, and then boyfriend back in 2012, but since I was not yet engaged or married to him then, I could not use the spouse route to apply for a PR. But since I was in a hurry, I tried reapplying again and appealing the PR rejection 6 months later without doing anything different.

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Me thinking I was cool to appeal without actually changing anything but then got proven wrong 😂

As you may have guessed it, I got rejected again! Hahaha! It was so obvious what happened in hindsight, but my emotions got the better of me. Yes, one should improve the profile before appealing, or nothing will change for the Singapore PR status results.

Finally, I went through the spouse route in 2016, and finally got approved for a Singapore permanent residence in 2017! I eventually became a Singaporean citizen in early 2019, but that is a story for another time now!