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airpiratehkg wrote:If my wife has our baby in Singapore will our kid be an automatic permanent resident? Note my wife and I are not Singaporean.
I am assuming you and your wife are both PR's and not EP holders. If so then the highlighted should answer your question plus some.....
Application for Singapore Permanent Residence & Citizenship
Permanent residency application is open to those under 50 years old and who are
suitably qualified or skilled. They may apply to the Singapore Immigration Authorities
for Singapore P.R. after at least 6 months of employment on Employment pass or on
a three -year Work Permit.
Approval of application of PR is based on the applicant's qualifications, expertise, local employment and individual merit. New applicants would be assessed on talents, skills and experience and not just on academic qualifications. Another factor to consider whether the immigrant's family members can also contribute to Singapore's growth and how well the immigrant and his family can fit into Singapore society. Foreign students on scholarship might be persuaded to get their families to settle in Singapore. The target group of new immigrants will be mainly younger people.
The number of PRs in Singapore is 350,000. There are about 800,000 people staying in Singapore on Long Term Social Visit Passes. In 2003 6,500 foreigners becomes Singapore citizens. The number of Singaporeans is 3 million. Each years about 500 male PRs enlist for National Service.
Singapore Prs by age (2000 census figures)
0-14 years 46,027
20-29 years 61,937
30-39 years 94,995
Total number of SPRs below 40 years is 202,959. As at year 2000 there are a total of 290,118 ( or 3.7% ) Permanent Residents compared to 112,132 ( or 7.2% ) in 1990. In 1994, 21659 PR applications were approved. In 1995 this figure went up to 24437 and in 1996, 31618 foreigners became Permanent Residents. An estimated 35,000 could possibly be absorbed depending on individual merit.
The first category are the PRs who met certain standards and whose children could become Singaporeans. Next, the EP holders who had skills or professional qualifications and came to Singapore as executives or professionals. The 3rd category were the semi-skilled and low-skilled - construction workers, domestic helpers, technicians, bus drivers and crane operators who were WP holders. The CPF rates for SPRs is 4% for 1st year, 9% for 2nd years and 13% for 3rd year.
Foreign spouses of Singaporeans including husbands of Singaporean women may
also apply for Singapore PR. The number of foreigners given Permanent Residence in Singapore has been increasing for the last few years and is expected to continue to increase in the immediate years ahead.
About 10,000 people are granted citizenship every year less than half of the 30,000
who are granted PR status annually. A person is eligible for citizenship if he is above
21 years and has for a total of 10 out of 12 years as a PR. Those with relevant
qualifications are eligible after 5 out of 6 years as PR, while professionals, investors
and graduates can apply under the Accelerated Citizenship Scheme after 2 years as PR. The 9 page citizenship application form ask for personal and family particulars, educational and employment histories, travels details and income tax calculations.
The thing that put people off from applying for citizenship is the thought that their sons have to go through national service. First generation PRs and foreign born citizens do not have to serve but their sons will be enlisted upon reaching 16-1/2 years.
What are the benefits of Citizenship?
Only Singapore citizen can apply for a Singapore International Passport which has
very little travel restrictions around the world.
Citizens have the right to vote in Presidential and Parliamentary Elections and to stand for elections. PR's children if borne in Singapore becomes only PR but Singapore Citizen's children borne anywhere will automatically become Singapore Citizens.
Citizens over 21 years can buy or rent subsidized public housing from the HDB while PRs can only buy resale flats. Married Citizens who are first time buyers can get CPF housing grants of S$40,000 to buy from the open market and S$50,000 if the apartment is near where their parent's or where their married children lived. In upgrading of HDB flats Citizens pay a fraction of HDB upgrading costs while PR pay for the full cost. Singapore citizens are entitled to a subsidized mortgage loan rate of 0.1% above the CPF rate. Citizens can buy all types of private residential property but PR must seek permission from the Law Ministry if they want to buy landed property
or any unit in a low rise apartment development which has less than 6 levels.
Citizens qualify for tax rebates of S$5,000 to S$20,000 if their 2nd child is borne after Jan 1st 1987. More tax rebates & subsidies are now available even for the 4th child . Citizens who are working mothers qualify for tax rebates equal to 15% of their income at the time of her 3rd and 4th child birth if she elects for separate income tax assessment. Citizens receive ad hoc CPF top up from the government. Citizens do not pay fees in government and government aided schools. PRs pay concessionary fees.
Other factors being equal, professionals and other professional visit pass holders stand the best chance of becoming PRs under a point system beginning January 1999. Other than type of work pass, other factors are: duration of stay in Singapore, academic qualification, basic monthly salary, age and family ties in Singapore. No reason is ever offered for approval or rejection and this will still hold. The type of work pass the applicant holds will be the primary basis for assessing his economic contribution to Singapore. This aligns PR to the work pass framework implemented by Ministry of manpower. In general all things being equal this means that those on the P pass for administrator, professionals, managers, entrepreneurs, investors and specialist talent stand a higher chance of becoming PRs than those on the Q pass for skilled workers and
technicians. Semi-skilled and unskilled foreign workers on the R pass are generally not eligible for PR
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