I'm a younger US citizen with a higher-tier job in the tech sector. My fiance and I have decided that we would like to explore the idea of moving to Singapore in the next five years or so. By that time we will be married, have no children, and be bringing our dog (or two if we get another).
We are at the very beginning stages of the planning process so I have very little hard information on Singapore and what it's like to emigrate there. What I am looking for here is anyone that can share personal experiences or can point me to good resources about the process of being a US citizen and moving there. Here are some specific questions, though they are just the tip of the iceberg and I'm also looking for questions I didn't even know to ask:
- I've heard it's (relatively) easy to emigrate to Singapore if you can find a job there, which is also not terribly difficult if you're in one of their major sectors like finance. Being a tech infrastructure expert it's usually not hard to find a place in any sort of business. Does that logic hold true in this instance?
- How easy is it to bring a pet (specifically a dog)? I'm assuming I'll be living in a high-rise apartment because that is the majority of the housing available, but are they generally accepting of dogs there?
- Are there any hurdles to citizenship other than finding a job? For example, I know that Japan is fairly restrictive of whom they make citizens, but I have heard no such reports about Singapore.
- How long should I expect the process to take from start to finish (excluding finances, finding a job, and any travel planning)? As in, from the moment I decide it's time to start whatever paperwork or requests are necessary to the time I am finally able to relax in my new home with my family.
- What are the major hurdles I must overcome (socially, financially, government-wise, etc) to complete this process? This is the one question where I specifically want discussion of finances (but don't forget the rest of the hurdles!), because while I am confident in being able to muster up the change to make this happen sooner or later, I am not unfortunately made of money, so it has to be discussed at some point. Specifically, how much does each piece of the puzzle cost (visas, living expenses, travel, etc)?
- What are the major differences between the US and Singapore in social and federal responsibility? As in, what kinds of personal rights would I lose or gain, what behaviors are considered acceptable or unacceptable, etc.
Of course if you have any other recommendations or questions I should be asking feel free to contribute!