ukdesigner wrote: ↑
Sun, 01 Nov 2020 8:07 pm
Been a while since I posted on here but just wondered what your thoughts are on applying for PR again. My wife and I applied several years ago but got the usual thanks but no thanks letter but thinking of giving it another whirl. Reasons being, COVID19.
Some backstory. I own a business here and employ 8 locals/PR, 1 foreigner, my wife on DP and myself. Been here, 13 years now. Recently had my entrepass renewed in record time. Usually takes 3+ months but this year was approved in 5 weeks. Record speed, which I'm attributing to less EP applications but mainly due to employing a few locals. My pass application doesn't go through the usual EP route but through a different agency for vetting. Can't remember who off the top of my head.
I'm British, Caucasian, 49, married to a Filipina. No children. Salary, well that's been downgraded due to covid to ensure staff are kept in jobs, but usually well over $130k a year. No real education beyond secondary but have a business here which up until this year has been profitable and growing and all taxes, personal and business paid on time. Business is also GST registered. Not sure if that makes a difference.
What's your thoughts?
Just going by what you've put here, almost zero.
You have think about it in buckets. You are in the Caucasian bucket, which is "others". All the people you are "competing" with for the limited number of PR slots are caucasians. Many of them are high paid execs earning well in excess of your salary, and they run companies which have many many locals employed.
At the same time you are old (no offence). Within 10 years or so you will be hitting retirement age, so you then become a drag on Singapore's finances. I think anyone over the age of 40 will struggle to get PR.
I'm assuming your wife is a real Filipina and not something like a Chinese Filipina. As a result she is also dumped into the others category. Which means, no chance as well. This competes with the likes of you. How old is your wife? Is she of child bearing age? How much does she earn?
These are all missing data points.
If she is also of 40, chances decline dramatically. If she of child bearing age and has produced a kid yet, they might be reticent to grant it to you.
If she is a home maker, then what is she contributing to Singapore?
Remember, it's not just about what you contribute to Singapore? It's how the whole family holistically contributes to Singapore.
Now I've been super negative here, but I'd like to end on a positive note. You know my view on your chances. There is no harm in applying. You will have to pay $120 for the application, which is not a huge amount for your salary. Go ahead. You have to be in it to win it.
If you do choose to apply, I wish you the best of luck!