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by American
Tue, 05 Mar 2019 1:43 am
Forum: Careers & Jobs in Singapore
Topic: Do PRs have it better?
Replies: 2
Views: 775

Do PRs have it better?

Hey all Now that I’ve been a PR a few years, I’ve experienced a different work experience overall. Besides the monetary benefit of CPF, and more perceived level of job security, I feel there are some downsides. Do you find that many employees prefer EP over PR? As an EP you are beholden to your empl...
by American
Fri, 22 Feb 2019 7:12 am
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Newborn pr
Replies: 13
Views: 2834

Re: RE: Re: Newborn pr

Strong Eagle wrote:
lingkiin wrote:Newborn cases should be able to walk in.
That's an advanced newborn if she/he is already walking.
Haa! Did it online as well. I wonder if the walk-in application is more efficient.
by American
Wed, 20 Feb 2019 8:27 am
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Newborn pr
Replies: 13
Views: 2834

Re: RE: Re: Newborn pr

And ICA will hint or directly suggest LTVP instead, going by recent applications! That's the same suggestion being dished out at MPS too to folks asking for PR assistance Reviving this thread. What is the average time it really takes to get a newborn's PR in 2018/2019? I am still waiting for the PR...
by American
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: Newborn pr
Replies: 13
Views: 2834

Re: RE: Re: Newborn pr

So, how many months your soon took to get his PR? Anyone get their children approved recently? I applied for my son on 2/7... Won't be so fast as you expect. And ICA will hint or directly suggest LTVP instead, going by recent applications! That's the same suggestion being dished out at MPS too to f...
by American
Tue, 19 Feb 2019 3:12 pm
Forum: PR, Citizenship, Passes & Visas for Foreigners
Topic: waiting for PR application for newborn - short term visit pass extension declined
Replies: 15
Views: 9740

Re: waiting for PR application for newborn - short term visit pass extension declined

Hi wwww, I am Singapore PR and we are also expecting a baby in the next few months. Can you share what is the process to apply PR for newborn? Thank you. You need to apply for your newborn's passport asap. Once you receive it you just complete the usual PR application form (form 4 if I remember rig...
by American
Mon, 03 Dec 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Foreign property mortgages from OCBC or other Singapore bank (USA property specifically)
Replies: 7
Views: 2221

Re: Foreign property mortgages from OCBC or other Singapore bank (USA property specifically)

ANZ/Australia. For USA you'd need to look at Citi / HSBC / BOA and other banks with retail presence in the USA. The given reason being that if they need to hold your title as collateral they need to do it in the USA via a registered bank in USA as the mortgagor and they need to do valuations (and n...
by American
Sun, 02 Dec 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Foreign property mortgages from OCBC or other Singapore bank (USA property specifically)
Replies: 7
Views: 2221

Re: Foreign property mortgages from OCBC or other Singapore bank (USA property specifically)

I used to do this but once my local property was 50% paid off I used a equity loan to pay off the foreign collateral loans completely. Now I don't really care what the exchange rate is doing as my foreign properties are "paid off" (in the sense they don't have a mortgage against them). Thanks PNGMK...
by American
Sat, 01 Dec 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: Property Talk, Housing & Rental
Topic: Foreign property mortgages from OCBC or other Singapore bank (USA property specifically)
Replies: 7
Views: 2221

Foreign property mortgages from OCBC or other Singapore bank (USA property specifically)

Hi all I am a USA citizen and Singapore PR. I am looking to purchase an investment property in the USA and would like to finance this with a Singapore based mortgage. I came across OCBC bank providing foreign property mortgage for New York. Has anyone used OCBC for this purpose? Any thoughts or expe...
by American
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 1:59 pm
Forum: Domestic Helper & Babysitter Issues
Topic: Experiences with 2 maids - best practices
Replies: 5
Views: 7141

Re: Experiences with 2 maids - best practices

Thanks for the tips. Won’t worry so much about having 2 filipinas nor age gaps but do need to work out the room logistics. Would expect some sort of storming period at the beginning. I should add, there was one point of contention we didn't find out about until we moved to our second place. We got t...
by American
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:44 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: I kissed a maid and crapped in my nest
Replies: 14
Views: 8166

Re: PR REP Renewal

This is an easy one to solve. Hire an unattractive maid! Many of my colleagues are very trigger happy to hire a maid and send their wives to work. I tell them it is a land mine, be very careful. I let my wife stay at home and do household work, we don't want to get into any kind of mess. Sent from m...
by American
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 11:27 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Toilet seats almost always wet!
Replies: 6
Views: 2086

Re: Toilet seats almost always wet!

its better here than most other places in the world. Ever tried to find a clean public toilet seat in San Francisco, even in the posh parts of town? Go on and continue sanitizing the seat yourself. That’s what I do. Evening everyone, I’m a guy so i don’t usually use the actual toilet most times in a...
by American
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:55 pm
Forum: Domestic Helper & Babysitter Issues
Topic: Transfer maids - more troublesome or saviours ?
Replies: 1
Views: 1966

Transfer maids - more troublesome or saviours ?

We have been interviewing several transfer maids lately and noticed all of them having some kind of complication such as dispute with current employer (abusive employer, disagreement with employer) or seeking a higher salary. We are having a hard time finding one with a bonafide departure of an expa...
by American
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: Domestic Helper & Babysitter Issues
Topic: Experiences with 2 maids - best practices
Replies: 5
Views: 7141

Experiences with 2 maids - best practices

Hi All Wanted to hear anyone’s experiences with employing 2 live in maids. We would qualify for having 2 maids based on our work situation, living quarters and children. Seeking advice on the following: - maids of the same race: heard this is bad for Filipinas (a tendency to quarrel. Though I am uns...
by American
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:34 pm
Forum: Domestic Helper & Babysitter Issues
Topic: Market rates for live in maids
Replies: 0
Views: 1132

Market rates for live in maids

All Trying to get a sense of live in maid rates these days. In searching various maid agencies, I’m noticing expat-oriented maids asking 800-900/month, while those with experience working for Chinese, Indian or local Singaporeans are asking for roughly 650-750. It seems the minimum these days is 600...
by American
Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Domestic Helper & Babysitter Issues
Topic: Is a full time live in maid my only option?
Replies: 5
Views: 2168

Re: Is a full time live in maid my only option?

Hi everyone! It seems that if we were to hire someone for only drop offs and pickups it would end up being $25 an hour, and with 2 hours a day 5 days a week that would be $1000 a month, vs.a live- in helper which it appears would cost somewhere around $1500 a month. Both options certainly seem like...

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