Why foreign students can become PRs to reduce fees?

I refer to the article “Almost 6,000 foreign students granted PR from 2008-2017: Josephine Teo” (Yahoo News, Feb 7).

It states that “Of the 7,251 foreign students who applied for permanent residency (PR) between the years 2008 and 2017, 5,932 were granted PR status, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Josephine Teo on Tuesday (6 February).

Speaking in Parliament, Teo added that of these permanent residents, 1,072 subsequently took up citizenship as at the end of 2017.

Eighty-five of them have renounced their permanent residency.

Why do we allow or encourage foreign students to apply to become permanent residents (PRs)?

Are there any other countries in the world that do this?

The annual tuition fee at the National University of Singapore (NUS) for 2016 was $37,500 to $37,550 for Engineering / Science / Computing for foreigners, and $17,100 to $18,950 for PRs.

So, does it mean that by converting to a PR – a foreign student may reduce his or her tuition fees by $106,200 ($37,950 – $11,400 x 4 years)?

Wouldn’t it be better not to reduce the fees of so many foreign students, but to channel the sum to help Singaporean students instead?

How many foreign students in total were there from 2008 to 2017, including those who did not apply to become PRs?

How many PRs’ students were there from 2008 to 2017, who paid lower fees than foreigners, and how many foreigners under the MOE tuition grant, graduated to serve their minimum 3-year bonds to compete with Singaporeans for jobs?
Leong Sze Hian



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16 Responses to “Why foreign students can become PRs to reduce fees?”

  • N.Jungne:

    They also invited Chinese students to be PRs, as from Pr. Schools

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  • My $8 heart bypass:

    Sinkies are really suckers.
    These Trash were given and took up PR happily, on a platter, by the PAPIGS, paying reduced tuition fees, and say bye2 after their tuition.
    Just how many millions of tax payer’s money have been wasted on all these Trash, instead of helping out with our local kids.
    And you think they are stupid enough to give up their home country citizenship ?
    Only with this pile of PAP shit do you find public funds given away without any accountability.

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  • Political Observer:

    I spoke to several male foreign students when I had opportunities.This is what I gather from the infomation I got.
    Majority of them (Guys) did not want to be a PR when they are below 18yrs old.I was told by them that they only accept to become PRs was for a reduction in tuition fees and that also after 18 yrs old. reasons being dont have to serve national service.
    Then when they are about 28 or 30 plus they convert to singapore citizen.

    This is how it is done:-
    Spore govt sponser 60% for education….3 year bond
    100%………6 year bond
    i.e.—–Jobs are guaranteed for the bond duration
    1) Prs after 18 to evade national service.
    2) 18 to 28 or 30 something get married to purchase resale flat (rent out rooms to pay cash for loan instead of CPF fund)When sell can collect cash money and remit them back to country of origin.
    3) Become citizen—and all going to purchase BTO flats.(Get the BTO Flats by 6 to 12 months after application….go for rejected or unwanted BTO)
    4) Sell the resale flat and to purchase BTO…while working all mortgage pay by cash not by CPF..so when sell can collect cash.. Also rent out the rooms to their own nationalities only.
    5) When they are in their 50s or 60s return to their country when they already become a millionaire by remiting the money and selling of flats.
    Its been claimed that they can still be accepted by the country of origin even if they are sporean citizen.
    Get long term visa or PRs in their native country as all of them are Multi millionaires.
    The money stuck in CPF can be used for investment purposes while they enjoy the comfprt back to native country.

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  • Bernard Tan:

    Dear Singaporeans,
    May I seek and suggest
    (1) continue to highlight pro foreign spending at the expense of our belovered Singaporeans children
    (2) continue to highlight the irresponsible and unaccountable incumbent
    (3) forum Mgmt, please consolidate all pointers and consolidate by 2019/2020
    (4) continue to get MPs to raise questions in Parliment
    (5) preserve and be patience
    (6) With God’s help, Singapore will continue to maintain its sovereign status and not be a BASTARD STATE OR COUNTRY

    God bless Singaporean and Singapore

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  • LIONS:

    we need REAL SOLID STATS OF ALL PR-STUDENTS who ultimately take up our SG CITIZENSHIP especially those awarded EXPENSIVE SCHOLARSHIT$?!!!


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  • opposition dude:

    This is what the government means when they say they “care” for Singaporeans ahem.

    Same for when $36 million of taxpayer $$$ was spent on foreign scholars. I’m sure it’s still going on but we do not know how much else has been spent since.

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  • Save ourselves,vto:

    Our SG is now in a chaotic mess, with professional idiots at the helm.
    So stressful everyday thinking of it.
    Who can save us, but ourselves!

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  • Ridiculous:

    How old must a student be to qualify to apply to bcome a PR?
    21yo and above, or any age 9 to 90 yo?
    This is the most ridiculous thing happening. Sickening.
    is the gov so desperate for votes? OMG!

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  • WSK:

    I just wonder if the quality of today’s tertiary education in Singapore is worth that much? If there is no subsidy, will our universities still be able to attract these students?
    Fees without subsidies are “list prices”, these prices don’t reflect the actual worth or real prices of that service / goods in the market. One thing for sure is that we already know that our universities ranking is artificially high….

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  • Who Are The Dumbos?:

    You think PAP is dumb enough to legislate itself? They are the greatest disseminators of half disclosed statistics to paint a fake picture to hoodwink dafts. To cheat, steal and lie for so long needs good brains. Just take a good look at kongheefattchoy.

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  • Get What You Voted:

    Save ourselves,vto:
    Our SG is now in a chaotic mess, with professional idiots at the helm.
    So stressful everyday thinking of it.
    Who can save us, but ourselves!

    Did you vote oppositions or ask stupid questions like what can they do for you?

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  • WP should ask in parliament:

    The questions posted by Uncle Leong’s should have been asked and pursued in parliament by the WP MPs! The ministers will need to answer whether he or she likes it or not but neitizens can KPKB , the ministers would not give a damn! But the very sad thing is that the WP Mps are not asking , keep Diam what to do?

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  • 25 to 30 years of age:

    //Speaking in Parliament, Teo added that of these permanent residents, 1,072 subsequently took up citizenship as at the end of 2017.//

    aiyoh. some will only convert much much much later to “escape” NS lar.

    any number on past PRs who were students but only converted to citizens after 25 to 30 years of age. only daft sinkies and white idiots do not know or pretend not to know this lar.

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  • HarderTruths:

    Pappy mentality is FT are better than $G locals. NO proof needed. No means testing or commitment required or sacrifice needed. They get much better deal than locals, so why not take advantage of $G suckers- that is what they say.

    After all, 70% of citizen voters approve these FT get jobs and prosper rather than locals. So of course they will come and take advantage.

    Flip side is most smart, young and really success-oriented $G locals have left to fist world countries. While $G collects the shit from third world.

    $G would be a very different place if the people of $G looked after their own rather than backstabbing them. Sooner than later the $G backstabbers will know what it is like to be a third world citizen.

    Once the system has too many FT there is no going back and we are far beyond that point.

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  • Asd:

    People say got mandate ma… This what the people want leh
    … Discriminating own nation peopl

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  • Ivan Theng is an idiot:

    Foreign students courted with scholarships somemore.

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