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Ireland to Singapore - 2year+ Stay - Partner Visa Advice

Postby kortizol » Fri, 25 Aug 2017 4:51 pm

Hi All,

So we've made the decision, discussed with work - and it looks like we're moving to Singapore next February for at least 2 years (we will see what happens).

My employer has offices there in the Bukit Merah area and they will organise my work visa etc.

We're not looking at "where to I live" just yet, and will get to that eventually, though it seems we might be better off renting something for perhaps 3-4 weeks to enable us to find a condo once we are there. I digress.

We are not married, and do not have a recognised common law marraige. My partner likely won't have employment secured before we go over but I'm earning a reasonable salary ( as hopefully will she be once she get's working).

Are we likely to have issues with her getting visa access on my work visa without being married - even for X Days that could enable her to find employment?

If we really have to marraige may be how we solve that, though obviously not the preferred reason to get married.

Realy excited now - we've been talking about this since our recon mission to Singapore 12 months ago, and now it is actually happening !

Thanks

K.

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Re: Ireland to Singapore - 2year+ Stay - Partner Visa Advice

Postby Strong Eagle » Fri, 25 Aug 2017 9:19 pm

If you don't get married, common law or otherwise (and common law is only recognized if it is recognized in Ireland and the Irish high commission issues a letter to that effect), then short term visit passes are the best you can hope for, with the caveat that it seems that the gahmen has become stringent about preventing short term pass abuse.

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Postby kortizol » Sun, 27 Aug 2017 4:35 am

OK - thanks.
And what's the "gahmen" you refer to ?

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Postby Strong Eagle » Sun, 27 Aug 2017 6:59 am

kortizol wrote:OK - thanks.
And what's the "gahmen" you refer to ?


"Gahmen" equals Singlish for "government".

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Re: Ireland to Singapore - 2year+ Stay - Partner Visa Advice

Postby x9200 » Sun, 27 Aug 2017 8:20 am

kortizol wrote:Are we likely to have issues with her getting visa access on my work visa without being married - even for X Days that could enable her to find employment?

Also (adding to the earlier poster), consider her education/background, experience etc. This may not be that easy to get a job, and more importantly a work pass approval unless she is well educated with a number of years working in the area Singapore has some manpower deficits.

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Re: Ireland to Singapore - 2year+ Stay - Partner Visa Advice

Postby PNGMK » Sun, 27 Aug 2017 9:27 am

Do you really need to bring her? Unless she has an actual profession she won't find a job (seriously - she will NOT find a job if it competes at all with local service type jobs, if she's an engineer or teacher or similar then she may find one). If she has a job in Ireland she's giving that up as well.
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Re: Ireland to Singapore - 2year+ Stay - Partner Visa Advice

Postby kortizol » Mon, 28 Aug 2017 4:27 pm

LOL - No - I'll just leave her !

She's an IT professional working in Financial Project & Program Management and currently earns 6 figures SGD.

My salary can also cover us in a condo and have a nice life for a few months, but obviously the preference is that she will be able to work. Ideally she will find some contracts before we leave, but the likelihood is she won't get something until we are there.

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Postby kortizol » Mon, 28 Aug 2017 4:32 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:
kortizol wrote:OK - thanks.
And what's the "gahmen" you refer to ?


"Gahmen" equals Singlish for "government".


Cool - thanks. I'll need to brush up my Singlish for sure !

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Postby bgd » Mon, 28 Aug 2017 7:11 pm

kortizol wrote:
She's an IT professional working in Financial Project & Program Management and currently earns 6 figures SGD.



IT is a tough market to break into unless she has some niche in demand skills. Most financial institutions have been downsizing here for years.

Contracts may be her best bet but search these forums to see the difficulties others have had, especially with agents.

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Postby kortizol » Mon, 28 Aug 2017 8:18 pm

Thanks for the insight.

Our Singapore plan is based on both of us working for the majority of our time in Singapore (75%+) even if it takes her 3-6 months to find something initially which we can financially cover fairly comfortably.

Assuming that we can resolve the "getting us both securely into the country" challenge, perhaps we will face further significant challenges with her job search once we're there which would make the whole experience quite tiresome and troublesome for the remainder of our time there which is not exactly what we're after with this experience - getting too old for that.

The other location options potentially on the table for us in Asia right now are Manila and KL, but Singapore seemed the best choice of the 3 for standard of living, opportunities, earnings potential, tax, and as a base hub to travel in South East Asia while we're there for the few years.

Maybe we need to reconsider if Singapore makes sense which is dissappointing as we've just kicked the wheels into motion on this officially.

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Re: Ireland to Singapore - 2year+ Stay - Partner Visa Advice

Postby PNGMK » Mon, 28 Aug 2017 9:09 pm

Can she work remotely for her current employer?
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Re: Ireland to Singapore - 2year+ Stay - Partner Visa Advice

Postby kortizol » Tue, 29 Aug 2017 12:47 am

Nope - they're not international and dont support remote work unfortunately.

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Postby PNGMK » Tue, 29 Aug 2017 8:16 am

She might want to begin searching now where you are for a remote (from Singapore) position in other companies.
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Re: Ireland to Singapore - 2year+ Stay - Partner Visa Advice

Postby bgd » Tue, 29 Aug 2017 10:25 am

Personally I like KL, but only visited, never worked. A few years back I knew of some big IT projects that moved from Sg to KL due to the uncertainty around manpower levels at the time. Typically these sorts of things never come back. I think it was Citi so that could be worth a punt.

Manila would be baptism by fire if you haven't lived in Asia, but a lot of institutions have outsourced there so likely some openings, at the lower end of her salary expectations.

Standard Chartered (in Sg) always seem to be hiring, high staff turnover though. I know people on both the business and IT sides and none are happy. But that's not limited to just StandChart.

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Re: Ireland to Singapore - 2year+ Stay - Partner Visa Advice

Postby ecureilx » Tue, 29 Aug 2017 2:04 pm

kortizol wrote:The other location options potentially on the table for us in Asia right now are Manila and KL, but Singapore seemed the best choice of the 3 for standard of living, opportunities, earnings potential, tax, and as a base hub to travel in South East Asia while we're there for the few years.


Manila you say ?

There's a vibrant expat community in Manila, living the Expat life.

Not so much, if you wanna go native.

Things are changing, but not yet, not so soon.

Plus I didn't see taxation as that attractive in PH ..


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