Singapore

Why Many International Students Study In Singapore

Many international students study in Singapore. Here are some of the reasons why many parents send their kids to schools and for education in Singapore. If you are the parent of a student studying currently in Singapore, or are currently an international student and want to live in Singapore for the long term, this article talks if international students can get a PR in Singapore.

Without further ado, let us discuss why many international students have their education and studies in SG.

First and foremost, Singapore is well known to have one of the best education systems in the world. According to almost every single poll and independent study, it is agreed that Singapore’s educational system churns out some of the best technical minds in the world. While some may argue this may stifle some creativity, there is no ambiguity about the Singaporeans’ success when it comes to topics like Mathematics, Science and more.

Secondly, the entire country has a very competitive culture. Every one wants to win every one else in almost every thing. People take rankings in schools extremely seriously, and this comes to competitive Co-Curricular Activities (CCA) such as sports too. Some parents do not like this level of competitiveness. However, remember that diamonds are forged under pressure! As long as your kids are competitive in the right things, then being extremely competitive is a very good thing. International students or children of parents who just migrated to Singapore as a permanent resident or E pass will love studying in Singapore if they are competitive by nature.

Third of all, as long as you are a permanent resident in Singapore, you would be able to enroll in any school, including top schools like Raffles Institution or Hwa Chong if your results qualify for it. These are the equivalent of top private schools in Western countries, but the good news is that the school fees are still cheap, and not even close to that of top private schools in other countries. While school fees for international students can be more expensive than that of citizens, it is still very affordable! Therefore, international students are able to study in these top educational institutions in Singapore as long as their results allow them to do so. Ability to pursue education in good schools in Singapore is dependent on the student himself or herself, and not their parents’ financial ability.

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How To Use Nationalism Sentiments To Your PR Application Advantage

Here is a great piece of advice on how you can make use of growing nationalism sentiments to your advantage when it comes to applying for a permanent residence in Singapore.

Even though many people may see such a trend as a negative for applicants trying to become new permanent residents in Singapore, I say it is an advantage. You just need to leverage it the right and ethical way.

First of all, why do you want to migrate, live in, work and become a permanent resident in Singapore? Everyone has slightly different reasons, but there must be a common underlying reason – you like it in Singapore. Any logical person would only want to apply for a permanent residence in Singapore if they like Singapore.

Moving on to the next point, what is nationalism all about? It is basically about the identification with one’s own nation – Singapore in this case, and support for its interests ahead of other citizens and people of other nationalities! Therefore, these nationalists are also people who love SG – same as you.

Do you see where we are headed now? Actually, everyone – you and existing citizens and permanent residents love the same things and have the same goals. Everyone loves Singapore, and wants the benefits that one gets when one is a local resident here too. Chances are, you too, love the local culture, community and more!

Therefore, why not do some more integration efforts into the society like you already like, by joining grassroots and perhaps being leaders in them too? Since you already feel strongly for it, doing so should feel very easy to you also. Additionally, it will help improve your profile when it comes to ICA deciding whether or not to approve your PR application.

As you can tell from above, you can really turn any so-called detriment to your advantage. As long as Singapore continues to accept new PR applicants, and as long as you are able to work to separate your PR application apart from others – you can stand a chance of PR status approval!

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Social Integration In Singapore City State To Get A PR

Many new PR applicants in Singapore make use of the Professionals, Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers, PTS scheme. However, with so many people competing alongside you, just having slightly higher wages or having a slight educational edge over other PR applicants may not necessarily be enough to put you over the cut, as there is a limit of roughly 30,000 new permanent residents granted Singapore permanent residence yearly as of now, and which may even reduce in future as SG reaches its projected population.

If you are considering to stay in SG, but not sure, here is a good read on how it is like living in Singapore for a year, before you decide to plant roots here.

Therefore, with such fierce competition, how can you make your Singapore permanent residence application truly stand out? Perhaps many people are familiar with the concept of assimilation and social integration in Singapore, but how many of them can demonstrate this clearly to ICA during their Singapore citizenship journey? Keep in mind that just because you have lots of friends in Singapore, does not mean a thing at all to ICA authorities. From their point of view, concrete proof is everything. Additionally, PR applicant tries to tell ICA the same thing, so how can you truly stand out?

We believe that while having a stable career, living in Singapore for several years first and also a good prior education are strong factors to help you, clearly demonstrating successful social integration effort and success into various social networks into the local society is a great way for you to set yourself apart from other immigrants. This is especially important because cultural diversity in Singapore is always encouraged as it is a heavily multi racial country.

What are some steps that you can take today to help improve your profile when you are ready to apply for a permanent residence?

For example, you could join some social grassroot groups in community centres, your university, and more. However, the key for your efforts to be more easily recognized is to take on some leadership positions. Learning how to be a grassroots leader in Singapore can be a very good idea for you in this case. You may not have the time to be a leader in all of these groups you join, therefore, you want to pick a few prominent social groups, join them and take on leadership positions in these groups. Make sure that your work can be reflected in some form of paperwork.

While there are no publicly mentioned practices of ICA of using social integration as a factor when it comes to them approving PR applications, it can be a differentiating factor. Though social integration is not a strong enough case to overcome a weak profile such as barely there salary and educational levels, it can be especially useful for applications which ICA is on the fence about, and demonstrating that with clear proof can be the pushing point resulting in the approval of your status over others.