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Muhammad Ryhan
Ryhan brings with him more than 10 years of relevant client-facing experience across the Financial, Marketing, Media, and Government sectors. Moving ahead from what was predominantly a business development and sales role, he is now responsible for representing the company in the final delivery of solutions to end clients. As the intermediary between internal operations and front-line staff, the role requires a certain set of skills key to balancing the dynamics of the whole solutions chain. In addition, Ryhan still continues with the engagement, educating and bringing in of new business. He also takes the lead in the Marketing, Branding, and Recruitment functions of the company
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Singapore PR Application Approvals - Mid-2019 Stocktaking

 

We have come to the midpoint of 2019 and looking back, the first 6 months of the year has been eventful for IASG and our clients. As at end June, we have seen a record number of PR and Citizenship approvals in the firm compared to the year before, with a large portion of approvals coming from our Indian clients as well.

This came as a surprise, considering the highly competitive quotas available for Indian applicants. We also note that there have been increased approvals for applicants with certain specific skill-sets from the few industry and sectors mapped for growth and talent development. They include, but not limited to applicants from the Information Technology, Banking & Finance, as well as Engineering industries to name a  few.

While the Singapore Government reviews all cases holistically, we can also attribute the success we bring for our clients down to a few key factors:

1) We put considerable time understanding each of our customer profile

2) We invest emphatically on research in relation to understanding Singapore's short, middle, and long term economic and talent requirement - which is detrimental to strategizing each application

 

How to Evaluate Your Chances of Getting PR in Singapore?

 

 

Step 1 – Understand Annual Quotas and Selective Immigration Policy

With approximately 30,000 quotas annually set aside for new Singapore Permanent Residences, the Singapore Government adopts highly stringent yet strategic sets of parameters in evaluating potential candidates for approval.

These parameters are reviewed holistically and there is no single parameter that is more important than another – contrary to popular belief that the Singapore Government only evaluates applicants based on their income ceiling.

Singapore’s Selective Immigration policy is built on a firm notion that views immigrants not only as a booster for the local workforce but also as a solution to address our rapidly ageing population. While the government has put in place policies aimed at increasing our birth rates, at present, Singapore remains open to controlled immigration in order to fill the population gaps, as documented in the Population White Paper.

Singapore : Celebrating Progress Through Diversity

 

 

With the euphoria of Singapore's recent bicentennial commemorative S$20 note dying down, we can take a step back and reflect on the luminaries who made modern Singapore what it is today.  These individuals displayed resolute strength and grit to carve out a better life for themselves and their families. Interestingly, they all had one thing in common - all were immigrants.

Be it for commerce or cultural exchanges, Singapore's geographic locality and safe harbour has contributed much to her growth. Throughout time, Singapore has always been the port of call in the region. Today, it still is. 

As of June 2018, close to 40% of residents in Singapore are foreigners. With a country that does not have natural resources, Singapore has to look to human capital to propel its economic engine forward - and that is exactly what the Selective Immigration policy is set out to do - to get the right profiles of candidates in via Permanent Residence or Citizenship.

Singapore : Rethinking Immigration

 

 

We are at the mid-point of 2019 and one of the top client concerns we face as an inbound-Singapore immigration firm is whether the Singapore Government has slowed down or perhaps ceased issuing Singapore PR / Citizenship approvals.

Having heard many negative news from their peers and friends, we could not blame them.

 

What we can learn from Britain, U.S and Japan
As Immigration professionals, we infer to lessons which enforces what the Singapore government has planned well in advance.

The post-brexit vote from 2016 caused a sudden and forced reduction in Britain’s migrant worker numbers – becoming a cause for concern. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) then concluded in a report that advanced economies such as Britain, the US and Japan may risk being overwhelmed by their ageing populations, should they not be flexible to immigration.

With a low birth rate thrown into the mix, it is no different for Singapore. How then would this impact existing Singapore PR / Citizenship applicants?

 

 

Singapore : World’s Most Competitive Economy

 

 

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Singapore mark's its return to the top spot for Global Economic Competitiveness since 2010.  In this yearly rankings of 63 economies by Swiss-based research group IMD World Competitiveness Centre, Singapore's strength lies in its implementation of efficient and advanced technological infrastructure, the availability of skilled labour, favourable immigration laws and efficient ways to set up new businesses.

Singapore's economic & business performance as well as government efficiency has been key in attracting businesses to set up shop here. Corporates, regardless of size take advantage of the infrastructure and policies to expand their foothold in Asia, and possibly the rest of the world, while at the same time attracting the best of talent to ensure sustained competitiveness and business growth.

Coupled with favourable immigration laws, it is of  no wonder that Singapore has leapfrogged to become one of the most attractive economies to attract human capital.  With a firm plan to ensure there is sufficient manpower to sustain the economy for the long term - hopeful Singapore PR and Citizenship applicants with the right credentials can look to heightened chances of attaining approvals, if their application is strategised the right way.

Social Integration - One of the Key Pillars of Assessment for Singapore PR & Citizenship Applications

 

 

It is of no secret that attaining approvals for Singapore Permanent Residence and Singapore Citizenship remains highly competitive, as the Singapore government needs to carefully balance the economic requirements of the country against local and on-the-ground sentiments.

As inbound Singapore immigration consultants, it is imperative that we help our clients strategize their applications so that they can achieve the highest possibility of approval - regardless the nationality, industry, professional achievements etc.  

On top of crafting an application angle around one’s professional achievements, one of the key aspects of attaining approvals, sadly always go unnoticed, or deemed ‘unimportant’ among applicants.

Social Integration. 

Singapore Citizenship Applications Now Goes Fully Online with ICA's e-Service Portal

 

Following the successful transition of Permanent Residence applications to be fully automated online via ICA’s e-PR, individuals applying or sponsoring their loved ones to attain Singapore Citizenship will now have to complete their submissions thru ICA’s e-Service portal.

Embracing technology, this is part of the Governments’ plan to consolidate all citizen and PR services via SingPass for applicants’ security and convenience.

But what does this mean for applicants? Are there changes to the reviewing process?

Singapore Population Trends 2018 - Insights from Immigration Specialists

 

The Singapore Department of Statistics have recently released their Population in Brief (PIB) 2018 Report with fresh data on Singapore’s population. It provides key updates and trends on Singapore’s population, particularly in relation to citizenship marriages, births and Immigration.

As Immigration Specialists who meet hopeful Singapore PR and Citizenship applicants daily, our industry insights has once again proved vital in assisting many of our clients attain approval for the year 2018. As we deep dive into the data presented in these reports we would like to bring focus on the following findings :

1) Singapore's Citizen Population continues to age. In tandem, our resident old-age support ratio stands higher 

2) The PR population remained relatively stable with a slight decrease in the total number of PRs in Singapore in the last year

3) 22,076 Singapore Citizens (SCs) and 31,849 PRs were granted in the last year

4) The majority of our PRs are in the prime working ages of 25-49 years 


How does one then take advantage of increasing opportunities for their Singapore PR / Citizenship application to be given strong consideration for Approvals? 

Singapore - A hotbed for Innovation

 

As we move into the final quarter for 2018, we have seen increased focus from various government bodies and media up-playing Singapore as an integral place for Innovation & Technology.

Straits Times Article - Singapore needs foreign tech talent: Ong Ye Kung - 21 September 2018

Straits Times Article - Singapore ranked second-best Asian city for tech firms: Report - 20 September 2018

 

In another insightful article, EDB highlights Singapore as the center for Artificial Intelligence and other R&D innovations. According to the Global Innovation Index, Singapore was ranked #1 in Asia and #7 globally among the world's most innovative countries of 2017.

Both global corporate giants and local start-ups thrive in Singapore where R&D is concerned (particularly in technology and biomedical science).

Quote: "An inviting business climate and a talented workforce are attracting technology companies to Singapore". 

In another quote, "The nation will maintain little restriction on foreign labour for high-end jobs such as in artificial intelligence, while keeping a quota system for lower-skilled industries including construction"

Would this perhaps indicate increasing opportunities for Singapore PR / Citizenship applicants employed in this sector?

Singapore Industry Initiatives for e-Commerce

 

It is no secret that Singapore prides itself on being a global eCommerce hub. As the nation continue to make leaps into investing in the right infrastructure and embracing technology, there is a critical need in having the right people for the job. By and large, over the last year, we have monitored closely and seen a growing number of IT & Finance professionals working here and have helped many secure a permanent future in Singapore as Permanent Residents or new Citizens. We have also assisted several companies in this industry to set up shop in Singapore.

Akin to applying for a job, as a hopeful Singapore Permanent Resident / Citizenship applicant,from the Technology sector,you will need to prime yourself to be a strong candidate for approval. So what does it take to be fully considered as a Permanent Resident / Citizen here in Singapore? Or as corporation or business-owner, how do we set-up a base here to have a share of the pie?
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