I was looking for conditions attached to the visa on arrival, but drew a blank on it being spelled out in black and white (neither does it appear on 'IMM-27E' the white SVP arrivals card). I suppose common sense would suggest that it is for a 'social visit' rather than say employment. IMO returning to SG to await issuance of an EP would fall under that category.
For instance, I am on an LTVP, and was on an LTVP during my previous stint here too. But before that was issued I arrived in the country the LTVP wasn't confirmed/issued, and I landed at Changi and got an SVP.
Furthermore, on the last occasion, I had to subsequently extend my SVP online, despite by then having my LTVP 'approved in principle', simply because I couldn't get an e-appointment soon enough to 'complete formalities' prior to my original SVP on arrival expiring. The latter suggests to me that 'awaiting issuance of a residency status visa' is an officially recognised valid ground for seeking an SVP.
'VISA APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY INTO SINGAPORE FOR UK AND IRELAND
British and Irish passport holders do not require visas to visit Singapore for a stay of less than one month, if they have a passport valid for at least 6 months upon entry, a confirmed onward return ticket and sufficient funds for their stay in Singapore.
http://www.mfa.gov.sg/content/mfa/overs ... ments.html
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And note that on neither occasion did I have a confirmed onward return ticket. But then at the airport I was dressed smart/casual rather than as a beach bum or tramp.
The IMM-27E card references the Immigration Act (Chapter 133) Immigration Regulations Regulation 32 (2)
You can find the first one here, http://statutes.agc.gov.sg
" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; . I suspect that the second part (i.e. 'Immigration Regulations Regulation 32 (2)' ), is a stand-alone code or set of regulations that might yield more than the former dry statute. Try Googling that and see if you can find anything...