Having read the PR approval chance threads for 2019 and 2020, I guess my chances are not high.
In SG: since Jan 2019
Salary: ~100k per year
Education: Bachelor (Engineer, 2007 - 2012), MSc in Information Technology (2013 - 2015), both in Moscow, Russia.
Occupation: Software engineer at a well-known SG-based company.
Family status: married an EP holder (Indian national) at RoM in July 2020.
My wife's profile:
In SG: since May 2018
Salary: ~125k per year
Education: Bachelor (India)
Occupation: non-tech job at the same SG-based company
Family status: married
A little more about us:
We both started investing in local companies in late 2019 (AIA, StashAway, etc.). Not much, less than 1k per month from each of us. Somebody told us it would show the Gov of Singapore we planned to stay here for long. Besides we purchased medical insurance plans for the case of serious injury or hospitalisation. It's for us to be calm and again to show the Gov we wouldn't need to fundraise if anything serious (God forbid) happened.
She applied in Nov 2019 and got rejected in May 2020.
I also applied in March 2020 and got rejected in mid-July. My rejection letter has quite a general reason:
All SPR applications are assessed holistically under the prevailing criteria, including economic contribution, education qualifications and integration with Singapore society among other things.
I wonder if there's anything meaningful behind this.
sundaymorningstaple wrote: ↑
Fri, 05 Jun 2020 9:50 pm
Generally, it is recommended two years between applications. Unless you have a major change (even then I'd recommend a 12 month wait) e.g., massive increase of salary, additional certification/degree/patent position. But, if basically no real change, then in all probability, just like research, same data in, same results out. Then wait 2 years before reapplying is recommended.
I also came across this, and I wonder what's the point in waiting for 2 years after being rejected? If the probability of approval grows from 0.1% to 1% after 2 years, there's no point in waiting. I'd rather apply every time after paying my income tax. At least I'd feel like I'm doing something, not just waiting.
I understand that I'm under the "Other races" category, and we have less than 1000 PRs (less than 5% out of approximately 30k PRs approved annually) and God only knows how many applicants every year. And this is in normal times. Given COVID-19, unemployment among the locals, I realise that my chances are a little greater than zero. However, I'd like to ask you for any advice. I cannot change my race to Chinese/Malay. I cannot marry a citizen of Singapore. And I am not a millionaire, so I can't get in as an investor.
What we can change is:
- Annual income from around 100k to at least 150 or 200 for each of us.
- EP to PEP.
- Somebody told me getting a job at one of the FANG companies could increase my approval chances. But I'm not sure because those companies are American, and employees can be transferred to non-SG based offices (relatively) easily. Also, I wouldn't change my job now, in the uncertain economic situation. I'd rather stick to what I have and be happy with that.
- Open a joint savings account in a local bank (OCBC, UOB, etc.) to show the Gov we have enough money to support ourselves (not sure this item will help us increase our chances).
- Stay longer, apply every time after paying taxes and hope for a miracle happen one day.
- Learn Chinese (I had this thought some time ago. Not for PR. I just wonder if I'll be able to memorise Chinese characters use the tones correctly. But if it counts as integration, of course, I will use it in my future applications).
We both love Singapore and want to make it our permanent home. Being on an EP feels very insecure (You lose your job. You leave the country). And COVID-19 made things more serious.
Of course, moving to an English-speaking country with an easier path to permanent residence and citizenship is an option. Once they re-open their borders. But this is plan B. Ideally, we would love to stay here.