Only Singapore citizens who are 21 years old or older are eligible to buy and rent apartments from the Housing and Development Board (HDB). Each of these apartments are subsidized and include apartments of two to five rooms as well as executive flats. Citizens of Singapore are also permitted to buy subsidized executive condominiums and studio apartments which have been developed by the HDB.
Citizens of Singapore may also receive loans at a concessionary interest rate, from the HDB in order to fund their housing. Singaporean citizens who are first-time buyers of government-built flats are also granted access to housing subsidies such as the CPF Housing Grant, which is worth up to S$40,000. This grant may be claimed by households which are eligible to purchase an HDB apartment. Only Singapore citizens may rent subsidized HDB flats.
When HDB flats are upgraded by the Government, citizens do not have to pay as much as do PRs. Citizens may also purchase any private residential property; however, PRs must first obtain approval from the Ministry of Law before doing so.
The Edusave Scheme is a government initiative which benefits Singaporean students who are eligible. It may be claimed by students who are studying in any eligible academic institution in Singapore. Those who have obtained achievements of note in either academic or non-academic activities are eligible for the benefits provided by this scheme. The Edusave Scheme is comprised of the Edusave Pupils Fund, Edusave Grants, and Edusave Scholarships and Awards.
It should also be noted that students who are PRs as well as foreign students generally pay school and university fees at higher rates when compared to Singapore citizens.
How a Citizen of Japan May Apply for a Singapore Visa
The first step to be taken by a citizen of Japan who is applying for a Singapore visa is that of determining the visa type to obtained. Visas in Singapore include the Employment Pass (EP), Personalized Employment Pass (PEP), Entrepreneur Pass (EntrePass), and S Pass, among others. Further information can be obtained from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
If you are interested in obtaining a visa for yourself so that you will be able to migrate to Singapore, contact us at Paul Hype Page & Co. We will help you deal with all the necessary details for visa application. With our assistance, it will not be long before you will have a valid visa of your own.
Certain documents are required for application for a Singapore visa. The most important of these is a completed, signed, and dated Form 14A. There must also be a recent passport-sized color photograph which fulfills all stated requirements. The photograph must have been taken within the last three months, be in color, have been taken against a white background, show the visa applicant’s complete face with no obstructions due to headgear (headgear worn to comply with religious or racial customs may be used if it does not hide any facial features), and have the applicant’s name as stated on the applicant’s passport written on the back of the photograph. The photograph must then be stuck to Form 14A before the application is made. The applicant’s original passport is also necessary; this passport must be valid for a minimum of six months from the date of entry. A photocopy of the applicant’s passport will also be required. It must be in A4 size, and in black and white. Photocopies of the passport’s front page, biodata pages, signature page, valid visa for Japan page, and valid re-entry permit page will be required.
A Letter of Introduction (LOI) Form V39A is also needed. It is issued by any of several local contacts in Singapore. Any Singaporean citizen or PR who is 21 years old or older may serve as a local contact. An original residence card with copies on both sides in A4 size and black and white are also required, as are copies of e-tickets, official flight itineraries, or any other proof of entry into Singapore. Those who sent a proxy to apply for the visa will have to submit a proxy letter as well as a photocopy of the proxy’s passport or identity card.
How the Singapore Embassy in Japan Aids in Migration to Singapore
Certain important services are offered by the Singapore Embassy in Japan. These include emergency consular assistance, application for Singapore citizenship, passport application and renewal, lost Singapore passports, marriage registration in Japan, notarial and authentication services, issuances of certificates of clearance, and applications for Singapore PR status. Citizens of Japan who have migrated or plan to migrate to Singapore may make use of some or even all of these services for their own benefit.