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Commentary - Dealing with Rogue Consultancies

The number of  scams in the first five months of 2020 has increased to almost 30 times compared to the same period last year in Singapore with eCommerce scams proving to be the most common in the first three months of the year, with "Covid-19 related items" accounting for about one in four such cases.

Fake loan schemes were another common tactic as scammers got away with at least $41.3 million in total between January and March this year.

In this unprecedented times, it is common that unfortunate individuals gets taken advantage of in view of their desperation to attain specific objectives. For us in the Immigration Consultancy business, it is no different. Recently, the Straits Times reported

We are living in a time whereby foreigners who are presently on valid work passes are worried about the stability of their jobs and their ability to continue supporting their families' livelihood in Singapore.  While the situation with Covid-19 and its impact on global economies is beyond control, securing Permanent Residence in Singapore is one way which enables these foreigners to continue plying their trade here, without having to go back to their home countries.

How do foreigners ensure that the consultancies and agencies supporting their endeavors to secure Singapore Permanent Residence and/or Citizenship are trustworthy? A good and quick audit to help you is to spend a little bit of time doing some research and ask yourselves :

Commentary - Impact of General Election 2020 on inbound Singapore Immigration

We have come to the time again for Singapore to vote for a new government. Dubbed the 'Pandemic Elections', for the first time ever, the Singapore General Elections will be held amidst a global setback as Singapore looks to a progressive government that can ride us all out of this storm, together.

Commentary - Is there a Place for Foreign Talent in Singapore post Covid-19?

As Singapore nears the end of the Circuit Breaker measures, the impact that the virus has both economically and socially has been highly apparent. This does not only affect our well-being and way of life, but also business and economic confidence, as well as the ability of the Singapore government to see this through with the least impact on Singapore as an economic powerhouse.

As Immigration Consultants, we face increased concerns from existing foreign talent in Singapore (Professionals holding on to Employment Passes and S-Pass only) with regards to their job stability and likelihood of them continuing to contribute their expertise to Singapore.

This comes amidst recent reports on how organizations are trying to hold on to their foreign workforce despite cost pressures from the circuit breaker. In lieu of preserving jobs for locals and PRs, HR experts weigh in on how foreign talent could be the first to go, when push comes to shove.

 

So, Are Foreign Talents here to stay in Singapore post Circuit Breaker and Covid-19?

Commentary - Employment Pass minimum qualifying salary to be raised to $3,900; tighter rules on hiring foreign workers

 

Effective 1 May 2020,  the Ministry of Manpower Singapore (MOM) will be adjusting the minimum salary for foreign professionals to qualify for an Employment Pass (EP) to be raised to $3,900 per month (from $3,600 presently). This is in part due to the tightening of rules for hiring foreign workers as part of efforts to assure Singaporeans that they are competing on a level playing field.

This issue of maintaining a balanced approach in hiring foreign talent to complement Singapore's manpower requirement was debated in parliament recently. As inbound Singapore immigration specialists, we are fortunate to be in a position to analyse the situation from both sides. 

 

So how will this impact Singapore Permanent Residence / Citizenship application?

 

Is there really a ‘Quota System’ that may impact Singapore PR Applications?

This is one of the most common question we receive from customers who are thinking about applying for Singapore PR. While the ‘Quota System’ is already an open secret, understanding the core reason behind it is key to bringing you a step closer toward Singapore Permanent Residence.

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