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Chances of getting SC as an overseas university student?

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Chances of getting SC as an overseas university student?

Post by amberysaffron » Sat, 05 Feb 2022 4:17 am

Hi there,

I am a 22 year old applicant / PR currently finishing up my bachelor's in Canada.

I applied on Oct 2020 via ICA website. All documents + payments were done online.

I'm a Filipino woman, currently studying a STEM field and working two jobs (as a teaching assistant and a front end developer for a large US company, working remote) while going to university full time.

Total salary about 60k CAD / USD a year.

Did PSLE and did my IB diploma in Singapore. Currently enrolled in a STEM field at a Canadian university.

Was a PR since I was 5 (so PR for 17 years), migrated with my parents. My parents own a HDB, are living comfortably on roughly household income about $190k/yr.

It's been 18 months since applying for citizenship. I was wondering if there's any chance of me getting it at all, if making voluntary CPF contributions could help, or if I just have to wait til I find a job in Singapore to be approved. Is it necessary to be working in Singapore? I may get an offer from the company I am working at. Since I am a remote employee, could I work in Singapore for a certain period of time after graduation with the same US employee, would that help my case?

Sorry, I am extremely new to this process and I haven't particularly learnt how to 'adult' yet. I identify strongly as a Singaporean since I've lived in Singapore my entire life. Only reason for moving to Canada for university was for a special program that I could not find in any of the local unis. My parents are still PRs and are applying in the next 2 months - will their pending status help my case by any chance?.

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Re: Chances of getting SC as an overseas university student?

Post by PNGMK » Tue, 08 Feb 2022 10:42 pm

are you still a PR? to become a citizen you really need to move back and establish residency in my opinion. this means looking for a job.
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Re: Chances of getting SC as an overseas university student?

Post by malcontent » Thu, 10 Feb 2022 8:55 pm

amberysaffron wrote:
Sat, 05 Feb 2022 4:17 am
Hi there,

I am a 22 year old applicant / PR currently finishing up my bachelor's in Canada.

I applied on Oct 2020 via ICA website. All documents + payments were done online.

I'm a Filipino woman, currently studying a STEM field and working two jobs (as a teaching assistant and a front end developer for a large US company, working remote) while going to university full time.

Total salary about 60k CAD / USD a year.

Did PSLE and did my IB diploma in Singapore. Currently enrolled in a STEM field at a Canadian university.

Was a PR since I was 5 (so PR for 17 years), migrated with my parents. My parents own a HDB, are living comfortably on roughly household income about $190k/yr.

It's been 18 months since applying for citizenship. I was wondering if there's any chance of me getting it at all, if making voluntary CPF contributions could help, or if I just have to wait til I find a job in Singapore to be approved. Is it necessary to be working in Singapore? I may get an offer from the company I am working at. Since I am a remote employee, could I work in Singapore for a certain period of time after graduation with the same US employee, would that help my case?

Sorry, I am extremely new to this process and I haven't particularly learnt how to 'adult' yet. I identify strongly as a Singaporean since I've lived in Singapore my entire life. Only reason for moving to Canada for university was for a special program that I could not find in any of the local unis. My parents are still PRs and are applying in the next 2 months - will their pending status help my case by any chance?.
I’m not sure it’s as straightforward as going down the list and ticking off pluses and minuses.

What advantage would SC give you? Is there any reason for them to doubt your intentions or be suspicious about your motives?

You are in Canada… a country that many find more attractive than Singapore.

You already have PR… with the right to move back, work and live permanently in Singapore.

You are young… fresh overseas grads have a tendency to wander and explore before putting down roots.

They might think… does it really add up, given the timing of your application? What gives?
Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it - Niels Bohr

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Re: Chances of getting SC as an overseas university student?

Post by Lisafuller » Wed, 16 Feb 2022 11:33 pm

malcontent wrote:
Thu, 10 Feb 2022 8:55 pm
amberysaffron wrote:
Sat, 05 Feb 2022 4:17 am
Hi there,

I am a 22 year old applicant / PR currently finishing up my bachelor's in Canada.

I applied on Oct 2020 via ICA website. All documents + payments were done online.

I'm a Filipino woman, currently studying a STEM field and working two jobs (as a teaching assistant and a front end developer for a large US company, working remote) while going to university full time.

Total salary about 60k CAD / USD a year.

Did PSLE and did my IB diploma in Singapore. Currently enrolled in a STEM field at a Canadian university.

Was a PR since I was 5 (so PR for 17 years), migrated with my parents. My parents own a HDB, are living comfortably on roughly household income about $190k/yr.

It's been 18 months since applying for citizenship. I was wondering if there's any chance of me getting it at all, if making voluntary CPF contributions could help, or if I just have to wait til I find a job in Singapore to be approved. Is it necessary to be working in Singapore? I may get an offer from the company I am working at. Since I am a remote employee, could I work in Singapore for a certain period of time after graduation with the same US employee, would that help my case?

Sorry, I am extremely new to this process and I haven't particularly learnt how to 'adult' yet. I identify strongly as a Singaporean since I've lived in Singapore my entire life. Only reason for moving to Canada for university was for a special program that I could not find in any of the local unis. My parents are still PRs and are applying in the next 2 months - will their pending status help my case by any chance?.
I’m not sure it’s as straightforward as going down the list and ticking off pluses and minuses.

What advantage would SC give you? Is there any reason for them to doubt your intentions or be suspicious about your motives?

You are in Canada… a country that many find more attractive than Singapore.

You already have PR… with the right to move back, work and live permanently in Singapore.

You are young… fresh overseas grads have a tendency to wander and explore before putting down roots.

They might think… does it really add up, given the timing of your application? What gives?
Exactly my thoughts. Having Canadian citizenship may end up being more rewarding. I personally think the value of holding SC status is only present when one is a resident of SG.

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Re: Chances of getting SC as an overseas university student?

Post by Lisafuller » Wed, 16 Feb 2022 11:40 pm

amberysaffron wrote:
Sat, 05 Feb 2022 4:17 am
Hi there,

I am a 22 year old applicant / PR currently finishing up my bachelor's in Canada.

I applied on Oct 2020 via ICA website. All documents + payments were done online.

I'm a Filipino woman, currently studying a STEM field and working two jobs (as a teaching assistant and a front end developer for a large US company, working remote) while going to university full time.

Total salary about 60k CAD / USD a year.

Did PSLE and did my IB diploma in Singapore. Currently enrolled in a STEM field at a Canadian university.

Was a PR since I was 5 (so PR for 17 years), migrated with my parents. My parents own a HDB, are living comfortably on roughly household income about $190k/yr.

It's been 18 months since applying for citizenship. I was wondering if there's any chance of me getting it at all, if making voluntary CPF contributions could help, or if I just have to wait til I find a job in Singapore to be approved. Is it necessary to be working in Singapore? I may get an offer from the company I am working at. Since I am a remote employee, could I work in Singapore for a certain period of time after graduation with the same US employee, would that help my case?

Sorry, I am extremely new to this process and I haven't particularly learnt how to 'adult' yet. I identify strongly as a Singaporean since I've lived in Singapore my entire life. Only reason for moving to Canada for university was for a special program that I could not find in any of the local unis. My parents are still PRs and are applying in the next 2 months - will their pending status help my case by any chance?.
I’d say there is no reason to apply for SC until and unless you’re back living here. When you do, and settle and find a job, then think about applying.

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Re: Chances of getting SC as an overseas university student?

Post by amberysaffron » Mon, 04 Apr 2022 4:06 pm

PNGMK wrote:
Tue, 08 Feb 2022 10:42 pm
are you still a PR? to become a citizen you really need to move back and establish residency in my opinion. this means looking for a job.
Yup, I'm still a PR.

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Re: Chances of getting SC as an overseas university student?

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 05 Apr 2022 6:04 pm

amberysaffron wrote:
Mon, 04 Apr 2022 4:06 pm
PNGMK wrote:
Tue, 08 Feb 2022 10:42 pm
are you still a PR? to become a citizen you really need to move back and establish residency in my opinion. this means looking for a job.
Yup, I'm still a PR.
Then PNGMK's follower to the question applies.
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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