Becoming a Permanent Resident in Singapore

Singapore is a rapidly developing country when it comes to business, and even though the country itself my be small (it's only 274 square miles), it has a significant business presence.  As such, many people find themselves being transferred to Singapore for business.  A good number of people who move there end up liking it and wanting to say.  Someone in this position has the option of applying to become a permanent resident, although there are certain conditions that must be met.

Singapore has a population of over 5 million, and around 40% of these are foreigners (in 2009), and around 400,000 of these people are permanent residents.  If someone plans to be there for a while, becoming a permanent resident offers some advantages.  Let's take a look at these;

Permanent residents are allowed to live, work and own property in Singapore, although the type of property is restricted to second-hand apartments.  Only citizens can buy new apartments.  Permanent residents are able to get housing loans from banks for up to 80% of the value of the property.  They are also allowed to stay in the country without visa restrictions.  For example, if you're in Singapore on a work visa and you lose your job, you only have a limited amount of time to find another job before you won't be allowed to stay anymore, but as a permanent resident you won't have this restriction.  You are also entitled to pension contributions from your employer.

The application for this status requires two main criteria to be met:  You have to be under 50 years old, and you have to have lived and worked in Singapore for at least 6 months.  Priority is given to people who are able to work and contribute to society.

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