In 2020, IASG discovered that applicants from the key performing industries, especially from Finance, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Manufacturing have all experienced a higher volume of approvals. This is in line with the government’s agenda of developing those future industries in order to remain economically competitive in a speedily progressing world.
Accepting applicants who have relevant experience and are highly skilled in these industries, ensures that Singapore can successfully develop these sectors. Within applicants from these industries, those that have embarked on projects of National Interest have also experienced a higher rate of approval outcomes.
Singapore needs foreign professionals who are highly skilled and are able to drive the national projects and undertakings of the government – this is a position that will hold, despite the tumultuous nature of the global economy that is emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Here are three approval cases in 2020:
Case Study 1
In the final quarter of 2020, we received an approval for a Permanent Resident application. The couple who applied were both aged (the wife is 58 years old, and her husband is 80). She is a Spanish national, and her husband is a Canadian national of Indian descent. Her husband and herself both held good positions in terms of employment in local educational institutions but during the course of their application, her husband’s contract with his employers ceased.
With a mix of exotic nationality, being an aged couple, as well as experiencing a loss of employment, this case posed various challenges. The couple had already applied once before and received a rejection outcome. When they employed the help of IASG in their second time applying for their PR status, they faced rejection again.
Nonetheless, IASG re-examined their case against current immigration trends, and represented them in their appeal. This involved analysing the government’s renewed industry outlook, the narrative change focusing on recovery from Covid-19 and future industries. Situating the couple’s appeal within industry analyses allowed them to then get their approval to be Permanent Residents in Singapore.
Case Study 2
Another case we received an approval outcome for in Q4 of 2020 was for an Indian national and his family. This case posed one key challenge – the quota for Indian nationals applying for Permanent Residency can be highly competitive. Additionally, the Main Applicant’s employment contract was already expiring and there was no certainty as to whether it would be renewed yet or not due to the pandemic.
This applicant had also received two prior rejections to his applications when he came to IASG for help. We studied his profile and with our industry knowledge and experience, guided him on where certain weaknesses in his case were, and how to correct them. With him trusting our advice, and fully entrusting us to represent him well, he received what he coined a ‘happy shock’ on his approval outcome in this highly competitive market.
Case Study 3
The third case study we will be looking at is of a Malaysian national client. Though she was being sponsored by her Singaporean husband, she was a mature client and a lower income individual compared to most other applicants. She had received several rejection outcomes previously applying on her own. When she came to IASG, she wanted to better understand why her profile was undergoing multiple rejections and wanted IASG to aid her in strengthening her profile so that she could be best represented before ICA. She trusted the firm and allowed us to guide her into strengthening her profile. Her commitment to wanting to receive her Permanent Resident status, amalgamated with our industry knowledge and expert advice allowed us to put forth a compelling case towards ICA, and in October, in the midst of a pandemic as well as a highly competitive quota, she finally received her approval outcome.
If there is anything we can glean from these cases, it would be that the nationality, age, or income of an applicant are not major enough of an influencing factor that should dissuade anyone from applying. In fact, what applicants should do is place their trust in a firm that has a proven track record of handling unorthodox cases, as well as a keen industry knowledge with immigration analysts to study the immigration climate of Singapore. These factors will allow clients to best represent themselves before ICA and give them the highest possible chance for an approval outcome.