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Can my girlfriend stay?

Postby LDGantly » Wed, 04 May 2016 3:56 pm

Hello folks,

I would be very grateful if anyone could offer advice on the following situation:

My firm is relocating me from London to Singapore in October for a period of at least two years. I have an Irish passport.

My girlfriend is a teacher and she is currently scrambling to find a job in Singapore to coincide with my move (or to start in August). If she cannot find a job in time, we were wondering what our options would be.

Can she come and live with me in Singapore until such time that she finds a job or will she be required to leave after 30 days (she has an Irish passport too)?

Is there a special visa that she can get?

Any other wisdom anyone can pass on?

Kind regards,

LDG

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Postby ecureilx » Wed, 04 May 2016 4:11 pm

LDGantly wrote:Hello folks,

I would be very grateful if anyone could offer advice on the following situation:

My firm is relocating me from London to Singapore in October for a period of at least two years. I have an Irish passport.

My girlfriend is a teacher and she is currently scrambling to find a job in Singapore to coincide with my move (or to start in August). If she cannot find a job in time, we were wondering what our options would be.

Can she come and live with me in Singapore until such time that she finds a job or will she be required to leave after 30 days (she has an Irish passport too)?

Is there a special visa that she can get?

Any other wisdom anyone can pass on?

Kind regards,

LDG


Answers in a nutshell.

Since she's on an Irish passport, she could get 90 days stay upon arrival.

She could extend by taking a regional travel but that reduces the chances of another 90 day extension.

For longer stay, do search here for past discussions about passes for unmarried couple.

Or hang on for a bit ....

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Re: Can my girlfriend stay?

Postby bgd » Wed, 04 May 2016 5:29 pm

If no luck on the school front, have a look at the tutorial centres, there is some demand for native English speakers. Hours can be unsocial though, nights and weekends.

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Re: Can my girlfriend stay?

Postby nakatago » Wed, 04 May 2016 8:07 pm

There were instances of unmarried couples/de facto couples getting the other on DPs. The key is having your home government(s) recognize that relationship. It's no guarantee though since the last instance I know that happened was many unpublished policy changes ago.

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Postby BBCWatcher » Fri, 06 May 2016 1:44 am

And just to round out the answers, marrying your girlfriend works, assuming you are male. (Singapore does not yet recognize same sex marriages.) She would then become eligible for a DP assuming you have an Employment Pass and meet the income requirement.

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Postby aki01 » Fri, 06 May 2016 10:11 am

I was in a similar situation last year. The advice I got from my companies agency was that it wouldn't be a problem. When I quizzed him on this he said based on my salary he was positive she would get the LTVP. We were about to go down that route but she got a job offer on the last week she was entitled to stay in the country so is now on an EP. Do you know which agency your company will be using to apply for your EP ?

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Postby x9200 » Fri, 06 May 2016 12:08 pm

My impression over the years and seeing some different cases, it's sort of like with the degree and EP - bigger the company and higher the salary, less important the degree is. I am pretty sure the SG gov perfectly realizes the No of couple living in long-term informal relationships is significant. Now ther is a position offered for a directors role in an MNC in SG. Hard to imagine the gov would refuse for the spouse with children (or even without) even if the country doesn't recognize common low marriages formally.

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 06 May 2016 4:12 pm

BBCWatcher wrote: (Singapore does not yet recognize same sex marriages.)


For the record, if anyone later comes along and searches this topic, the above is incorrect.
SG has issued DPs for same-sex partners. I distinctly recall the first time they did so about 5 years ago now.

Example of earlier discussion:
viewtopic.php?t=99082&hilit=Same+sex+marriage+DP+approved
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Postby PNGMK » Fri, 06 May 2016 4:43 pm

JR8 - yes for partners but not because of marriage but because they're partners recognized as such by their home country but not because they're married but because their home country says's they're partners but not married because while they might be married they're recognized as partners which means Singapore can say they're partners and not because they're married but because their home country says they're partners but not because they're married but because their home country say their partner is a dependent partner.
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Postby JR8 » Fri, 06 May 2016 4:51 pm

... and what might the tax implications be for such a couple if they were to relo somewhere like Uruguay? Would you suggest they'd have a better chance of acceptance if they spent a brief 5-10 years in a 3rd country en-route, to help increase their chances?
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 06 May 2016 5:02 pm

PNGMK wrote:JR8 - yes for partners but not because of marriage but because they're partners recognized as such by their home country but not because they're married but because their home country says's they're partners but not married because while they might be married they're recognized as partners which means Singapore can say they're partners and not because they're married but because their home country says they're partners but not because they're married but because their home country say their partner is a dependent partner.


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Postby x9200 » Fri, 06 May 2016 5:32 pm

PNGMK wrote:JR8 - yes for partners but not because of marriage but because they're partners recognized as such by their home country but not because they're married but because their home country says's they're partners but not married because while they might be married they're recognized as partners which means Singapore can say they're partners and not because they're married but because their home country says they're partners but not because they're married but because their home country say their partner is a dependent partner.

So if they were legally married they would not be partners or they would be the partners but they would not get the passes because they were married even if they are partners?

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Re: Can my girlfriend stay?

Postby latex » Mon, 23 Jan 2017 10:47 pm

Hello, did you find a solution for letting your girlfriend stay in Singapore? I would need some advice since I am in the same situation. Thanks

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Postby ecureilx » Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:25 pm

latex wrote:Hello, did you find a solution for letting your girlfriend stay in Singapore? I would need some advice since I am in the same situation. Thanks

Same story ?

From UK ?

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Re: Can my girlfriend stay?

Postby latex » Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:27 pm

same story, but from Italy


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