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I Need an 8-month visa(or visas)

Postby thailen » Fri, 03 Feb 2017 8:29 pm

My filipina GF has a student visa for her internship at Singapore university and a 5-star hotel from August,2017-March,2018. I want to spend those 8 months in Singapore, but recognize it may be difficult, if not impossible to get a visa for the entire 8 months. I need advice.
I'm a retired American, living in Thailand with a non-immigrant, retirement visa(since 2008).

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Re: I Need an 8-month visa(or visas)

Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 03 Feb 2017 9:16 pm

thailen wrote:My filipina GF has a student visa for her internship at Singapore university and a 5-star hotel from August,2017-March,2018. I want to spend those 8 months in Singapore, but recognize it may be difficult, if not impossible to get a visa for the entire 8 months. I need advice.
I'm a retired American, living in Thailand with a non-immigrant, retirement visa(since 2008).


I'm afraid that's likely not going to happen. This especially considering you are NOT married. She cannot sponsor you for a LTVP (long term visit pass). You can get a 90 SVP because you are an American but unless you leave for a couple of weeks, ICA will question what is so interesting and to see for you to need a 2nd 90 day visa. You could probably get a 2 or 4 week extension on your first visit but then it's doubtful whether they would allow you to return before 6 months has elapsed. This isn't the 1980s & 90s when Singapore was rife with offshore oil personnel working even time or 2 & 1 rotations (like I did). Back then it was normal to do visa runs to M'sia or BKK or JKT for a weekend. Today, doesn't happen as they are pretty clued in.

You can try, but remember to have a Plan B as personally, I think you are going to need it. I'm also a Yank with 35 years in Asia and past retirement age as well (although still working - I'm also a PR).

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Re: RE: I Need an 8-month visa(or visas)

Postby ecureilx » Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:49 am

thailen wrote:My filipina GF has a student visa for her internship at Singapore university and a 5-star hotel from August,2017-March,2018. I want to spend those 8 months in Singapore, but recognize it may be difficult, if not impossible to get a visa for the entire 8 months. I need advice.
I'm a retired American, living in Thailand with a non-immigrant, retirement visa(since 2008).


you do know such Internship don't come with fancy accommodation right ?

Mostly such Internship come with low pay and cramped accommodation included ..

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Postby PNGMK » Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:08 pm

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thailen wrote:My filipina GF has a student visa for her internship at Singapore university and a 5-star hotel from August,2017-March,2018. I want to spend those 8 months in Singapore, but recognize it may be difficult, if not impossible to get a visa for the entire 8 months. I need advice.
I'm a retired American, living in Thailand with a non-immigrant, retirement visa(since 2008).


you do know such Internship don't come with fancy accommodation right ?

Mostly such Internship come with low pay and cramped accommodation included ..


HE means an internship at uni AND THEN an internship at 5 star hotel.

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Re: I Need an 8-month visa(or visas)

Postby thailen » Tue, 07 Feb 2017 1:48 pm

That's correct: 2 months at the university-assigned accommodations and 6 months at a 5-star hotel.

I need to find a sponsor and I'm working on it, to get at least a 30-day extension and preferably a 90 day one. I have plenty of money in my Thai/U.S. bank accounts, etc.

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Postby ecureilx » Wed, 08 Feb 2017 9:38 am

thailen wrote:That's correct: 2 months at the university-assigned accommodations and 6 months at a 5-star hotel.

I need to find a sponsor and I'm working on it, to get at least a 30-day extension and preferably a 90 day one. I have plenty of money in my Thai/U.S. bank accounts, etc.


Such internships come with sponsors, arranged by the training institution. Wonder why you are looking for a sponsor. That's the norm for student / trainee programs.

Or Did you mean a sponsor for you ? Singapore doesn't have sponsor program for total strangers, if it's for you, though some agents will claim otherwise to take your money. If such exists, I am not aware of it.

PS, you mean she's gonna stay in the 5 star hotel during the internship ? Not winding you up but that's a new one for me !!

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Re: I Need an 8-month visa(or visas)

Postby PNGMK » Wed, 08 Feb 2017 10:09 am

Just fly down twice. You're in CM; it's not a fortune. Come down for the first stay; stay for your visit limit (90 days hopefully). Go back for the week or so and come back again. The expenses of staying here for such a long period are quite substantial BTW.
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Re: I Need an 8-month visa(or visas)

Postby thailen » Wed, 08 Feb 2017 1:38 pm

I don't live in CM; I live in Pattaya. I'm prepared to leave Singapore after 90 days for Kuala Lamphur?Penang an then return for an extended stay(which I hopefully would have found a sponsor for before leaving the country). Getting an apartment, after some cursory research, for a reasonable sum, doesn't appear insurmountable. I'll know more in a week or so. At any rate, it's 5 months in the future...I'm concentrating on finding a sponsor and if I do't find one before August, I'll try to find one during the 90 days...

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Re: I Need an 8-month visa(or visas)

Postby okonu » Thu, 09 Feb 2017 9:33 am

I think you will find you need an IC number to rent an apartment, unless it is a Serviced Apartment.

Why not just fly here for the weekends? Low cost airlines mean it is pretty cheap.

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Re: I Need an 8-month visa(or visas)

Postby thailen » Thu, 09 Feb 2017 9:51 am

What's an IC number and how do I get it?

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Postby PNGMK » Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:20 am

thailen wrote:I don't live in CM; I live in Pattaya. I'm prepared to leave Singapore after 90 days for Kuala Lamphur?Penang an then return for an extended stay(which I hopefully would have found a sponsor for before leaving the country). Getting an apartment, after some cursory research, for a reasonable sum, doesn't appear insurmountable. I'll know more in a week or so. At any rate, it's 5 months in the future...I'm concentrating on finding a sponsor and if I do't find one before August, I'll try to find one during the 90 days...


For a visa run I would recommend further afield than KL or Penang (and longer than a weekend).

Sponsors are harder to come by. I don't do it anymore after having the ICA threaten to impound my car when I was helping a friend run his mother over to JB and back.


An IC is a identity card - you can't get one unless you're a PR or have job.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 09 Feb 2017 10:22 am

thailen wrote:What's an IC number and how do I get it?


IC is short for NRIC (National Registration Identity Card). Only Permanent residents and Citizens are issued NRICs. All other residency visas are issued with FIN numbers. So if an IC/NRIC is required it means you have to be either a PR or a Citizen.

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Postby okonu » Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:04 am

Yep - though I was using IC to mean identity card, whether PR/ citizen or employment visa of various types.

To Thailen - you don't get an identity card unless you apply for a job here. Will probably be easier just to commute (i.e. she flies up to Thailand some weekends, you fly down here some weekends/ weeks) Or doesn't she trust you living alone in Pattaya? :)

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Re: I Need an 8-month visa(or visas)

Postby thailen » Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:05 pm

Please clarify. If I don't need a visa to enter Singapore(American) why do I need a residency visa? Is that what they automatically give me when I enter?

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Re: I Need an 8-month visa(or visas)

Postby PNGMK » Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:53 pm

thailen wrote:Please clarify. If I don't need a visa to enter Singapore(American) why do I need a residency visa? Is that what they automatically give me when I enter?

You get a short term visit pass for a limited duration when you enter; not permanent residency.
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