17-Jul-2012 filed under Replies to Media
17 Jul 2012
Corporate info in PR applications is essential
From Koh Wee Sing Head, Public & Internal Communications, Corporate Communications Division, Immigration & Checkpoints Authority
We refer to the letter "Why the need for corporate info in PR applications?" (July 7).
Foreigners who apply for permanent residence are assessed on a set of prevailing criteria, including their economic, social contributions and ability to integrate in Singapore society, among other factors.
Each application is assessed carefully and holistically based on its own merits.
Requesting information from the applicant's employers is to verify that the applicant has provided accurate information of his/her employment here.
This information also helps us to make a better assessment of his/her economic contributions to Singapore.
We wish to assure readers that any information furnished as part of an application to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority is kept confidential.
7 Jul 2012
Why the need for corporate info in PR applications?
From Lee Chui Ling
As a human resource manager in an SME, I wish to highlight a practice by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority that seems irrelevant.
When a foreign staff member applies for permanent residence, the annex to the application requests that the company provides information such as turnover for the past three years, authorised and paid-up capital.
This form is then provided to the staff member for his/her application. Could the ICA clarify how financial information with no direct bearing on the applicant impacts the authority's judgment of his/her qualification for PR status?
Does it, for instance, mean that one who works for a multinational corporation stands a better chance of obtaining PR than one who works for a small local enterprise?
To ask for the revenue figures in a form to be given to the employee disregards the company's rights for the sake of expediting an individual's application.
This is sensitive corporate information not normally disclosed in such a casual manner.
It is stated that "the signing of this form does not imply company's sponsorship", so for what exactly are the financial details needed?
While the form is optional, the ICA must realise that a company which supplies such information for an employee does not necessarily gain from the exercise, as employees with a successful PR application are then free to find employment with other companies.