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Relocating, travelling or planning to make Singapore home? Discuss the criterias, passes or visa that is required.
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Postby britdev » Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:59 pm

nutnut wrote:
JR8 wrote:p.s. how do you get on with her family?


This is a very important question, especially with Chinese families. I see what JR8 was asking there, make sure you have a good relationship with them.


I didn't see the relevance, but yes everything is fine on that front and yes of course I know (and am frequently discovering more) of the intricacies of how Chinese families work. It's not an issue for us. They are very laid back.

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Postby britdev » Wed, 08 Oct 2014 1:07 pm

And no she isn't a SPG before anyone decides to try that one.

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Postby the lynx » Wed, 08 Oct 2014 1:11 pm

britdev wrote:And no she isn't a SPG before anyone decides to try that one.


Don't worry she's not if she makes her own money...

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Postby Max Headroom » Wed, 08 Oct 2014 1:25 pm

Dick. Gosh, it's been ages since I heard the word dick. I think we should all use the word dick more often.

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Postby AngMoG » Wed, 08 Oct 2014 1:43 pm

Just my 2 cents here: Unless you want to go through the hassle of founding your own company with local directors, paying fees for that and then employing yourself basically, there are no real option besides marrying to stay in Singapore. I am wondering though if at some point the authorities are going to crack down on such schemes too, seeing as that company provides no jobs to Singaporeans...

To stay in the UK, she'd have to be transferred or find a job there. Which from what I have seen should not be that hard currently (well, in IT at least; depends which area she works in).

On the balance of things, if you want to be together, I'd recommend UK, since it respects your wish to be independent and her wish to be in the UK, and overall, the visa situation could be a bit easier that way.

I also agree that marrying for visa reasons is silly, especially so since you haven't lived together for a longer time yet. Just get married when you're ready (or don't in the end, however it ends up).

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 08 Oct 2014 2:17 pm

britdev wrote:How was that "hard to discern"? The opening post was pretty clear about it. Why are you trying to be a dick about it? Your first post also gave the impression you'd not actually read it so maybe you genuinely haven't read it.


No need to be a knob - Coming here seeking opinion and then attacking people for giving it. It is assumed people boil down their circumstances/questions rather than inflict 1000 pages of War + Peace upon them.

You won't like the answer, but you can't just live here. At some point, probably quite soon, if you carry on as you are you'll simply be refused entry (and effectively deported). And rightly so, you're a tourist attempting to live here.

I won't give you the rest of my opinion as you won't like it, and don't deserve it.

'Oh Mr. Britdev, I ruv you rong time, I different from de other girls, really I am'.

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Postby Primrose Hill » Wed, 08 Oct 2014 2:21 pm

You said that your GF is a PR holder in UK, then it is easier to settle in UK than here. Make sense too.

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Postby JR8 » Wed, 08 Oct 2014 2:29 pm

Primrose Hill wrote:You said that your GF is a PR holder in UK, then it is easier to settle in UK than here. Make sense too.


Nope, PRC SG-PR holder.

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Postby Primrose Hill » Thu, 09 Oct 2014 10:27 am

JR8 wrote:
Primrose Hill wrote:You said that your GF is a PR holder in UK, then it is easier to settle in UK than here. Make sense too.


Nope, PRC SG-PR holder.


Ooops sorry. IMO, it is still easier to obtain an indefinite leave to remain in UK for her, compared to you obtaining visa to live here. Although, if you guys get married, you are apply for a DP.
If she wants to move to the UK in June, best thing to do is to start applying for indefinite leave to remain in UK from China begining of 2015. or a work permit courtesy of her bank. I believe work permits these days are notoriously difficult to obtain in UK, but if you guys are getting married, the indefinite leave, maybe an easier route.

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Postby PNGMK » Thu, 09 Oct 2014 1:09 pm

britdev wrote:
PNGMK wrote:I don't really see the problem.

Just keep coming in and extending your SVP online with a break outside until you get very short SVP's or until she's ready to move. UK citizens get a fair amount of lee way on SVP's. Eventually they'll warn you off but you leave for a week or so and then come back.

You can't work in Singapore but that doesn't seem to be a problem.


Thanks. But I don't want to "game" the system at all. I want everything to be above board and legitimate.


You're not gaming the system. You're applying (on entry) for visas which the officer will give, or not as per ICA guidelines... When you hit a certain point those visas will be shorter and you'll know that you have to make other plans. Many, many people come in and out of Singapore multiple times every year for many years - you're not that far out of the norm.


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