Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Singapore Ministry of Manpower | 20060707- PR Applicants Dont Need Employers to Sponsor Them

Look at these stories about Singapore Permanent Resident Application.

Make sure that you read the ICA website carefully!

Trap in PR Applications- The Straits Times, 29 June 2006The grant of permanent residence to foreigners is a critical component of Singapore's human-capital formation and its replenishment. It is a privilege that recognises demonstrated contributions to society and the economy. A violinist with symphony-orchestra credentials has equal claim to value as a geneticist and a language specialist. With the birth rate languishing at slightly above half of the 2.1 replacement level, immigration assumes growing importance as a demographic and manpower planning tool. Latest available figures bear out the quickening pace: 290,118 permanent residents were recorded in the 2000 population census, a huge jump on the 112,132 in the 1990 count.
Any impediment to the smooth operation of the PR application process should be put right. If there is a hint some employers are imposing unreasonable restraint and conditions on employees seeking PR, it should be verified how widespread the habit is. It would amount to obstruction of state policy if it is. A letter to our Forum page on Tuesday describes a practice of employers that is questionable. Bosses tell foreign staff they will support their PR applications only if they signed an employment contract, typically of three years, according to the correspondent. If an employee declines, presumably on grounds such as low pay, lack of a career path or an exploitative workplace, a probable deserving case may abandon any thought of settling here. If he signs up against his better judgment, he will feel unjustly 'bonded' if he is confident he could have a better career with another firm. Just how many are deterred from applying through this form of manipulation is anybody's guess.
An employer in such an instance is misleading his employee. This is highly objectionable. An application requires an employer only to provide company details and to certify on a form that the applicant works for the firm. It is not sponsorship or in any way in support of the application. Companies which claim otherwise are being untruthful. Applicants could seek recourse with the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), and it is understood a written explanation would in many cases be acceptable. If the ICA ascertains that the abuse is serious enough to harm the state's PR objectives, it could consider substituting authentication of employee status with a simpler step to close the loophole to dishonest employers.

MOM: PR applicants don't need employers to sponsor them.- Straits Times, 07 July 2006

Please refer to the letter "Can firms bond their workers to get PR?" (ST, 27 Jun) by Cera Amir and the subsequent editorial "Trap in PR Applications" (ST, 29 Jun).
2. Employers are not required to 'sponsor' an employee's application for PR. They need only certify that the employee is working for the firm. In lieu of the employer's certification, ICA will also allow the applicant to provide other documents that verify employment, such as payslips issued by the company. Thus far, the majority of PR applicants have had no problems getting such information from their employers.
3. Singapore welcomes all bona fide visitors seeking to work, study or stay here. Foreigners working in Singapore and holding a valid P, Q or S work pass are welcome to submit their applications for PR under the Professionals/Technical Personnel and Skilled Workers scheme. Each application for PR is assessed and considered on its own merits. They do not need their employers to sponsor them.

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