And for those who have sons and have decided to apply PR for them as well, may I know why you take the risk? Is it because you know quite sure that you will stay here for long time (say, 20 years)? Or because you think it is the right thing to do, despite the future complications that you know about?
Okay. Here's my take on it. My situation was a wee bit different than DWK (and I do know his problem with his country of origin - hope somehow that eventually gets resolved between the two governments - though I doubt it as long as Singapore keeps providing a safe haven for a certain ethnic class to park their assets.)
Both of my kids (1 of each gender) have dual citizenship as their mother is a Singaporean and they were born here in true Singaporean style (the old KK hospital). As such, PR was not an option. I could have, however, easily have gotten them out of Singapore and back in the US for schooling like in boarding schools. I don't like that and I think a kid deserves to be brought up with his family regardless. Anyway.....
I am an man of principles. I believe in payback. I believe in doing what is right. Sure, I not above making a profit, but not by making somebody else make a loss. I rather work and live in a win-win mode. I make a little less and the other persons also ends up feeling like they haven't been ripped off. Normally, over the longer term, both eventually make the same amount due to repeat business. It's the same with my relationship with Singapore. Sure I could just use the system for all it's worth and then bail. But at the end of the day, I'd feel like crap and I'd be just one more arse who would eventually cause the laws here to be changed to close all the options and making it more difficult to say here for the long term. (I've been here over 26 years now). As it is, the abuses are already causing much consternation amongst us long-term PR's because as as result of the abuses, are subsidies are being cut drastically.
I wish more young families had principles but somehow that seems to have been bred out of the current working generation. I've just about run my course and reckon I've got about 3 or 4 more years max and then I'm gonna retire (not here but on my farm where I can go out and relax without any traffic sounds or mercury vapour lamps at all.
You want a say in the running of the country? What's stopping you? Sure there are limitations. I'm a PR. I'm also a full member of our HDB estate's resident's committee. I cannot become as PAP member because I'm not a citizen but I help where I can. As a PR I am accepted in the community and if I want to participate further then I should take up Citizenship.
There you go again about complications. What complications? I only see positives and not negatives. I didn't want to go here as this is already long enough but......
Let's suppose you are here for the long term and you manage to get your son through without doing NS by being on a student visa. Guess what happens when he finishes school? No more Student Visa. Now let's assume that he's a decent looking chap and is not some hid in the dark PC gamer who never sees the light of day. e.g., probably by this time has a girl friend or two. Maybe one pretty seriously. Guess what's going to happen when he loses his Student Visa. He's gonna be out of the country. The government knows what you are doing (been done many times before) so once he's finished his schooling, he's not going be able to get PR or a LTSVP. Where is he gonna go? You put him in this predicament. When he has to leave the country he gonna probably have to leave his girlfriend behind as well. He's gonna love you for that. By that time he will have spent his whole life in Singapore and now he's got to leave and go to some country that he doesn't even really know. Why? Because of misguided parents who don't understand that doing 21 months of military service can help he to be a better person. In addition to that, it also gives him the opportunity to possibly take up citizenship if he wants too. It give him the opportunity to not have his whole life thrown into disarray by your actions 16 years earlier. You see, while the government leaves those "loopholes" there, they are holes that have lots of jagged edges and a single misstep means you son could very easily learn to hate you for not have better judgment.
My opinions only. But my son is thanking me today. I hope yours will.