Singapore is a country to which many people have migrated, and these many immigrants have helped build the country’s economic strength. The number of people who have migrated to Singapore has been increasing. Some have predicted that by the time Singapore’s population increases to seven million, immigrants will comprise almost half of that figure.
In recent times, workers of all sorts have chosen to migrate to Singapore. These include workers who are less skilled and more skilled alike. The last decade has seen more people than ever before migrate to Singapore – a welcome development because Singapore’s population is rapidly aging while its fertility rate continues to slip, as it has been for over three decades.
Among Singapore’s population today, approximately two million are not citizens of Singapore. Around 500,000 people living in Singapore today are permanent residents (PRs). PRs are usually skilled foreigners who have decided to make their home in Singapore. Many, but not all, PRs of Singapore intend to someday become citizens of the country. Other non-citizens account for the remaining 1.5 million non-citizens. Approximately one million of these people are low-skilled or unskilled workers who work in sectors such as services, construction, domestic labor, services, marine activities, and manufacturing These migrants are disallowed from bringing their families with them when they enter Singapore. They come in under contracts which limit the maximum duration of their time in Singapore. They are unlikely to ever become citizens. A further 100,000 are international students who are primarily from China, India, and other Southeast Asian countries. The remaining non-citizens are skilled workers who are mostly from Malaysia, China, India, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan, and South Korea.
Why Citizens of China Should Consider Migrating to Singapore
Singapore remains one of the nations to which people from all over the world, including China, choose to migrate. While foreign immigration is no longer at the level at which it was 10 years ago, favorable conditions and government encouragement have allowed the figure to remain high. Since 2012, migration to Singapore from China has again been increasing. There are several reasons why a citizen of China might consider migrating to Singapore.
Throughout the history of Singapore, its need and willingness to hire skilled foreigners has attracted a great many people who are interested in moving there. The nation’s vibrant and thriving economy has provided many foreigners, including those from China, with opportunities for career advancement. There are also some foreigners working in Singapore who move there at the request of their company which might be planning to expand business operations in the Asia-Pacific region.
Standard of Living
For many a citizen of China or any other country planning on relocating to Singapore, the country’s high quality of life is an important factor which drives them to relocate there. The Human Development Index (HDI), which ranks global standards of living, ranks Singapore ninth but China 86th; therefore, for most, a move to Singapore would represent a significant lifestyle upgrade.
Foreigners who have children or who have come to Singapore to seek tertiary education themselves will experience many benefits. The education system in the country is highly competitive and one of the best in the world. Furthermore, students from China will not feel isolated in Singapore because a large number of international students who are studying in Singapore today are from China.
Location and Connectivity
The geographical location of Singapore and the various advantages that it gains from this location have drawn many foreigners to the country. One of the key advantages is its connectivity; travel to and from other countries is affordable and safe.
Singapore is internationally renowned as a diverse and cosmopolitan nation. All foreigners who move to Singapore contribute to the development of the country’s impressive cultural mosaic. Furthermore, all foreigners who move to Singapore will know that many people have made that same move before. The large expatriate community in Singapore will serve as a buffer from the culture shock for those moving to Singapore for the first time.
Process of Migration to Singapore
There are several reasons why and methods by which a foreigner could migrate to Singapore.
Migrating for Work
Professionals may choose to use any one of four different types of work visas to migrate to Singapore.
Employment Pass (EP)
Professionals who are eligible may apply for an Employment Pass (EP) to migrate to Singapore. The company seeking to employ the individual must apply for the individual’s EP. It is valid for up to two years assuming that the individual remains at the same company. If the individual changes jobs, the individual’s new company will have to reapply for another EP. Each EP renewal extends its validity by three years.
No levies or quotas apply to EPs. Those who earn more than S$4,000 per month may bring their spouse and dependent children to Singapore, while those who earn more than S$12,000 per month may also bring their parents to Singapore.
To be eligible for an EP, the following criteria must be fulfilled:
- Must be paid at least S$4,500 per month
- Salary is to be commensurate with the applicant’s experience
Must have the educational qualifications and relevant experience necessary for the position to be taken
You might be interested in obtaining an EP of your own so that you can migrate to and work in Singapore. If such is true, we at Paul Hype Page & Co will be able to assist you. We will work with you throughout all the necessary steps of EP application. We will also see to it that you will have the highest possible chance of receiving an EP as soon as possible.