Residing and studying in Singapore will definitely provide an advantage when applying for PR. Students who physically study in Singapore, will inevitably mingle and receive exposure to local cultural traditions and nuances. Such interactions allow applicants to adapt easily and integrate with the society and this is one of the critical factors for a strong profile.
As long as you are a stable candidate and do not switch jobs often or give the reviewing officers the impression that you are a ‘job-hopper’, it will not affect your chances of PR approval.
In a press release by The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Singapore (ICA), it is confirmed that come 18 December 2017, all Singapore PR Applications will be done fully online via ICA’s e-PR system only.