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PR Invitation letter for student's graduating this year??

Post by decloahn » Thu, 01 Apr 2010 12:02 pm

I know that PR invitation letter are given to students selectively, but based on experience of my friends who've graduated last year and the years before, you are very likely to get the letter if you graduate from one of the local univ/polytechnic.

I am about to graduate from NTU this year, and my friends told me now is usually the time when those invitation letter arrive. I thought I was one of the few who didnt get the letters, but as I ask around, even my friends who can graduate with 1st class and 2nd class honours also haven't got the letters.

The International Student centre at NTU told me that ICA stops giving letters from this year, but I did see one or two from this forum who managed to get the letter.

So i'm wondering if i can get a show of hands and maybe some info from those who didnt and those who did get the letter.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 01 Apr 2010 5:44 pm

How many of those students do you reckon are on this forum? And what will it do, other than depress you? Don't forget, the only people who would be on here about that would be those who didn't get one. So, percentage wise it would be even more depressing wouldn't it? :-|
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Post by wcs » Sat, 10 Apr 2010 6:58 am

I don't know about this year's batch at NTU, but I can ask when I catch up with some acquaintances from there.

I was in last year's batch, and the International Student Centre sent out the email to come and collect the letters in early march. We had a month to collect the letters, and it ended in early april.

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Post by GoGreen » Mon, 19 Apr 2010 10:26 pm

They don't offer Letter of Invitations anymore starting this year. As per what I checked with ICA few months ago. So you have to get your employer to help you get Work Permit first, and then apply for your PR.

Very troublesome since not many companies are hiring foreign talents if we are yet to be PR or Singaporean, because of the increased levies and the max. cap on the number of foreigners for an office.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 19 Apr 2010 11:27 pm

GoGreen wrote:They don't offer Letter of Invitations anymore starting this year. As per what I checked with ICA few months ago. So you have to get your employer to help you get Work Permit first, and then apply for your PR.

Very troublesome since not many companies are hiring foreign talents if we are yet to be PR or Singaporean, because of the increased levies and the max. cap on the number of foreigners for an office.
At least it will stop the backdoor entry of our rich neighbours buying their way into Singapore by sending their sprog to Singapore universities (paying inflated fees - the uni's just lap that stuff up) and getting the invite, which becomes a backdoor passport to PR here, and they get it without having to meet any income levels at all - just get a job at McD's and PR is theirs. To me it made a mockery of those who have the educations & experience and can't even get EP's let alone PR.
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Post by GoGreen » Mon, 19 Apr 2010 11:56 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
At least it will stop the backdoor entry of our rich neighbours buying their way into Singapore by sending their sprog to Singapore universities (paying inflated fees - the uni's just lap that stuff up) and getting the invite, which becomes a backdoor passport to PR here, and they get it without having to meet any income levels at all - just get a job at McD's and PR is theirs. To me it made a mockery of those who have the educations & experience and can't even get EP's let alone PR.
I agree with you.. I can't get EP for one and I don't want to work at McD's - I want a real management/office job with real pay. But it isn't easy without PR. I almost flare up when the ICA lady told me I have to re-route my plan. But nope, I didn't - don't want to get black listed.. lol

So I guess just have to do the difficult way and stick with it.. Oh btw, those who are looking for a job can apply for this;
https://epec.mom.gov.sg/epec/index.do

Happy job hunting!

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Post by wcs » Tue, 20 Apr 2010 1:55 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote: At least it will stop the backdoor entry of our rich neighbours buying their way into Singapore by sending their sprog to Singapore universities (paying inflated fees - the uni's just lap that stuff up) and getting the invite, which becomes a backdoor passport to PR here, and they get it without having to meet any income levels at all - just get a job at McD's and PR is theirs. To me it made a mockery of those who have the educations & experience and can't even get EP's let alone PR.
Obviously being someone who may end up benefiting from this scheme, I am slightly biased! ;) But trying to keep a balanced mind, I thought it was more a way of trying to create a workforce that is up to local standards & boost the education export industry here. Singapore wants foreigners to pay full fees to study here. They also want skilled workers.

The big issue at the moment is foreigners being able to integrate into society. I feel that a student who has spent four years studying here in classes where the majority are locals, and probably has a local as a bf/gf, would be better placed to integrate, than the family who arrives on EP from another third world country with working experience but no ties to Singapore.

Ultimately you need both...fresh people to whom Singapore is a place to live their lifes, and experienced hires with families. :)

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 20 Apr 2010 7:05 am

I think, if you do some research, you might find that the long term 'staying' percentage is probably no different than those who come in the front door.
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