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LTVP Application Help!

Postby Lostsoul » Wed, 04 May 2016 12:10 pm

Dear all,

Looking for advice on my case from all the seasoned vets here.

I recently ROMed 2 weeks ago with my wife. She holds a PRC passport but had been residing in Hong Kong for some time. Dad's PRC, Mom's from Hong Kong.

I am a SC, born and bred in SG.

She was previously on work-permit in Singapore and that was when we met.

The Minstry of Manpower had given approval for us to get hitched before the ROM.

ICA had also granted the PMLA approval before the ROM.

I had just applied for LTVP for her 2 weeks ago after the ROM.

Would there be any issue if I recently changed job due to an opportunity and would that be a factor as PMLA approval was based on my previous job?

I am a local degree holder with Hons from NUS and am currently doing my MBA part time at NTU. I did not include my half-completed MBA in my application as I thought it was not a completed degree yet.

Previously was working in stat board - Manager - earning 5.8k basic with typical gov-level bonuses.

Now in a former government linked organization, Assistant Director, earning 6.5k basic but with a more generous variable component.

I am 29 this year. She is 25, she had been doing some freelance dance and ballet instructing in Hong Kong previously but I have listed her as unemployed in her applications here.

From all your experiences, what are the chances of her getting her LTVP processed? Am getting really worried now as it had been almost 2 weeks (haha, I know it says up to 4/6 weeks but I am quite anxious..)

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Postby BBCWatcher » Wed, 04 May 2016 12:20 pm

You're a better sponsor than you were previously. It's all onward and upward professionally and financially. In my view it couldn't hurt to let ICA know about your updated details if ICA doesn't know about them already.

From your description I would be quite surprised if your wife's LTVP is not approved. Please keep us posted.

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Postby Lostsoul » Wed, 04 May 2016 4:08 pm

BBCWatcher wrote:You're a better sponsor than you were previously. It's all onward and upward professionally and financially. In my view it couldn't hurt to let ICA know about your updated details if ICA doesn't know about them already.

From your description I would be quite surprised if your wife's LTVP is not approved. Please keep us posted.


That is reassuring :)

I hope it comes in soon as she needs to go back to HK for her sis's wedding and I am preventing her from making ANY travel plans for fear of it screwing up the application (Change of DE card, need to reapply visa etc etc..)

So nothing to do but to fiddle my thumbs and wait..

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Re: LTVP Application Help!

Postby Lostsoul » Fri, 06 May 2016 11:02 pm

dear all, can I check if the photocopy of her edu certs and all work?

Her originals are not in SG!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 07 May 2016 12:34 am

No. You will need to present them for comparison should they ask for them.

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Re: LTVP Application Help!

Postby JR8 » Sat, 07 May 2016 3:43 am

Lostsoul wrote:dear all, can I check if the photocopy of her edu certs and all work?
Her originals are not in SG!


As SMS suggests, photocopies are ok for the application, but for the meeting at ICA, the issuance and 'Completion of formalities' you need the originals. In my personal experience [LTVP], they did ask for them.
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Postby Lostsoul » Sat, 07 May 2016 11:53 am

JR8 wrote:
Lostsoul wrote:dear all, can I check if the photocopy of her edu certs and all work?
Her originals are not in SG!


As SMS suggests, photocopies are ok for the application, but for the meeting at ICA, the issuance and 'Completion of formalities' you need the originals. In my personal experience [LTVP], they did ask for them.



Thanks both. Can I check if she can go back to grab the certs and come back with a different DE card? I will need to re-apply visa for her too. And she needs to stay away for 7 days minimum yes?

Sigh...

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Re: LTVP Application Help!

Postby JR8 » Sat, 07 May 2016 6:53 pm

Isn't she able to get someone from her home to post them to her?
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Re: LTVP Application Help!

Postby Lostsoul » Sat, 07 May 2016 7:48 pm

JR8 wrote:Isn't she able to get someone from her home to post them to her?


Nobody stays at her old home now. All shifted to HK...

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 07 May 2016 11:03 pm

Or apply to the awarding institutions to have them re-issued to her at your SGn address? Surely?
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Re: LTVP Application Help!

Postby Lostsoul » Sun, 08 May 2016 11:15 am

JR8 wrote:Or apply to the awarding institutions to have them re-issued to her at your SGn address? Surely?


Will be trying that route, just that one of her diplomas that I listed is in PRC. Not sure if they are responsible to such requests. Hence the concern..

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Postby JR8 » Sun, 08 May 2016 5:39 pm

Start by trying to get copies of the highest qualification and work downwards as might be required. The highest one, or ones if they are of the same level, are definitely the most important. In fact ISTR that ICA only ask for the highest one. i.e. They do not wish to receive copies of every single edu certificate one might have even gained.

It would seem odd if the PRC diploma cannot be re-certificated, as effectively that would suggest if you ever lose the paper cert then you lose the entire qualification itself. Doesn't make sense does it? And if that were the case then ICA would surely have previously encountered this issue with other applicants.
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Re: LTVP Application Help!

Postby Lostsoul » Mon, 09 May 2016 9:22 am

JR8 wrote:Start by trying to get copies of the highest qualification and work downwards as might be required. The highest one, or ones if they are of the same level, are definitely the most important. In fact ISTR that ICA only ask for the highest one. i.e. They do not wish to receive copies of every single edu certificate one might have even gained.

It would seem odd if the PRC diploma cannot be re-certificated, as effectively that would suggest if you ever lose the paper cert then you lose the entire qualification itself. Doesn't make sense does it? And if that were the case then ICA would surely have previously encountered this issue with other applicants.


Not saying that, just saying that it may take a long time for them to mail over a copy. Responsible should not be the word in my previous reply, responsive is.

We have called and written, so fingers crossed.

That is why thought might be faster for her to fly back and just pick it up.

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Re: LTVP Application Help!

Postby Lostsoul » Tue, 10 May 2016 3:25 am

An update - I applied for both LTVP and SVP extension.

Her SVP was previously valid till 22nd May, ICA just emailed to make payment for extension till 22nd June.

LTVP still receiving attention, FIN number now reflected.

Does this make the application slightly more optimistic?

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Re: LTVP Application Help!

Postby JR8 » Tue, 10 May 2016 5:51 pm

Lostsoul wrote:An update - I applied for both LTVP and SVP extension.
Her SVP was previously valid till 22nd May, ICA just emailed to make payment for extension till 22nd June. LTVP still receiving attention, FIN number now reflected.
Does this make the application slightly more optimistic?


It used to be that when you applied for an LTVP, then ICA automatically granted an SVP extension. The duration of that auto-extension was per what they thought required/appropriate for your application to be considered, you advised of the outcome, and if successful for you to complete formalities ie issuance. You used to only separately have to apply for another additional SVP extension, i.e. beyond ICAs original auto-extension, if you were physically unable to book an appointment for issuance in time. [This happened to me once]. Once the LTVP application was lodged, additional required SVP extensions were granted free by ICA until they'd reached a decision and you could attend to complete formalities.

So it's not clear how you applied for the LTVP, *and* an SVP extension (and paid for it), when the latter used to be both auto-issued and free of charge.

[My experience of this was a few years ago, so it is possible things have changed. Either way it is not clear to me how you seem to running both an SVP and LTVP status almost independent of each other...]

As I recall having a FIN number assigned just means the application is in their system, i.e. the application itself is valid, it doesn't reflect upon the outcome.
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