The heavy hand of the Singapore Law weighs down with no remorse on applicants looking to dupe the authorities by falsifying/withholding information pertaining Singapore PR / Citizenship or Work Pass applications. This week alone, two cases made the headlines with the perpetrators dealt with accordingly.
This news report is likely causing a stir among hopeful Singapore Permanent Residence and Citizenship applicants, regardless if they are applying on their own or through immigration professionals. We understand that immigration is a big decision for individuals, families, and businesses. This is not a game.
How then should we restore back trust to the selection process as a result of the doings of rogue individuals and immigration consultancies endorsing such conduct as highlighted in the report?
While we are pretty sure the relevant authorities are working tooth and nail to tighten up these loose ends, we must also do our part to ensure due diligence in partnering individuals and companies.
In recent years, the Singapore government has been initiating policies to encourage the growth of certain key industries. This shifting trend in governmental approaches to local business development can be dated back to the 1990s and early 2000s, where the government encourages the building of a “knowledge-based economy”, with a focus on innovations in technology as well as research and development in other sectors.
Deceptive advertising can be generally defined as “a representation, omission or practice that is likely to mislead the consumer" and practices that have been found misleading or deceptive in specific cases including false oral or written representations. The Singapore Code of Advertising Practice (SCAP) is the guiding principle of Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (ASAS). This Code seeks to promote a high standard of ethics in advertising through industry self-regulation. The basic premise of the SCAP is that all advertisements should be legal, decent, honest and truthful.
A letter from your MP will provide you with a little help in getting your PR application approved. This is because such letters are merely general in nature and does not indicate your key strengths as a candidate for PR. Further, in order to get a letter from your MP, you must be active in taking part and organizing activities in your neighbourhood for some time as part of the social and community integration.
We cannot guarantee 100% PR approvals since we do not have direct control over the Singapore Government’s and ICA decision making. In fact, no agencies or business should be so bold to be giving you such guarantees as it, after all, not true.
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.
By Elena Kwa
Lead Consultant, Immigration@SG LLP (IASG)
The decision to take up a Singapore Citizenship is an entirely personal choice / decision. It is not based on the ethnicity or nationality of the individual. Although majority of the conversion to Singapore Citizenship come from neighbouring countries, South East Asians (i.e. Malaysians, Indonesians, Indians, etc) and Chinese, statistics have shown that an increasing number of Caucasians taking up Singapore Citizenship in recent years.