My Colleague’s EP Renew Is Rejected

I have been working in Singapore almost 5 years. Each year, my company will help me to renew my EP, same as this year. Usually it only takes 1 or 2 days for my new EP getting approval. But anyone is so lucky. The Singapore government still tights the foreign workforce. Every year, the MOM will reject some EP and SP renew cases. This year, my colleague met this problem. His EP is rejected by MOM in this August.

When we got the result, our company took the action immediately. They appeal the renew request and hope MOM can reconsider this case. He is one of the most important employee in our company. Therefore, the company will do everything to keep him working here. Fortunately, he got his new EP for another one year in the end.

Though my colleague and I renew our EP successfully, I believe there are lots of people not that lucky like us. Several weeks ago, Singapore government release the population statistics for 2013 to 2014. In the Population & Land Area section, I found the population of PR reduced 3500, at 527.7k, which is 531.2k in 2013. So I raise a question here, does Singapore government stop giving PR to foreigners?

Can I Apply PR in Singapore?

Of course, the answer is “YES”. In 2013 to 2014, Singapore government may give around 5000 PR. This number is not released by Singapore government. But I get some clues from the latest statistics. First, the Singapore Citizens increased 29.5k. But the total number of new born kids is 39,720 and the number of deaths is 18,938. The difference between this two number is 20,782. Therefore, there are around 8700 PR holders who converted to be citizens. But the total number of PR only reduced 3500. So the conclusion is there is still opportunity to get PR in Singapore. But it is very hard.

From the peak 79,000 new PRs approval in 2008, the number of new PR approval decrease sharply each year. Singapore gov will keep the PR population of between 0.5 and 0.6 million. Current number of PR is maintained at a low level. I guess the situation will become better after 2016. But it should meet one condition: the number of live-births in these two years keep stable.

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