Rejection because your case just isn’t compelling enough
Back to basics, ICA evaluates your integration to society, potential contribution and commitment to Singapore through:
Career, experience or work pass
Education or specialisation
Length of stay or local family
Age or family profile
Investments or economic contribution
Others: Local community involvement, tax payment etc
As an EP holder, you would be in a strategic management level position at work, with a tertiary or degree qualification, pay taxes, and maybe you volunteer or are part of a society. What else?
Consider this: You are just 1 out of 177,100 (as of Dec 2020) employment pass holders in Singapore.
To stand out, our best suggestion is to directly invest in the economy and upgrade your work visa to a more “prestigious” EntrePass.
An EntrePass helps you stand out in your re-application
Our suggestion is to upgrade to an EntrePass and invest directly into our economy. An analysis on why EntrePass holders would have higher chances of PR approval:
1. EntrePasses have specific criterion encouraging local investments
To obtain an EntrePass as an investor, you should have substantial local investments and your portfolio is partly tech (to comply with EntrePass requirements), and the rest in other investments.
2. EP holders and EntrePass holders are on different standings
MOM recognises EP and S Passes as part of the foreign workforce in Singapore. On the other hand, EntrePass holders are known as foreign business owners.
Set up a company with your EP to stand out in your reapplication
Owning and running a business of your own in Singapore illustrates a deep desire to establish yourself within the country’s corporate scene.
As a business owner, you move one step away from being part of the general workforce. You directly contribute to local suppliers you use. If you hire local employees, you pay into their central provident funds. If you bring overseas sales, you are growing our foreign direct investments.
If your PR is already rejected once, do things differently and avoid repeating the same mistakes. Become an active contributor to the economy by running your own business in Singapore and in expansion, you may hire local staff too. If are directly contributing to the salaries of local employees, you have a strong case.