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socksinthebox
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To marry or not

Postby socksinthebox » Mon, 08 Oct 2018 7:56 pm

Hi, I searched forum for answers, but have not found case like mine in particular, so I apologise in advance if it's repeating, and please to advise me where to look.
This will be long one, so please, bear with me..

My boyfriend is UK citizen, I am Bosnian citizen (and Serbian), and we have a daughter. At the moment we are living in Turkey (not sure if that info is relevant). We are in relationship 6 years, and living on the same address for last 5 years.
He has been offered job in Singapore, for duration of 4-6 months, and accepted, as it was one of our dreams to live in Sg, so obviously when oportunity opened, we grabbed it. There is possibility to extend contract, if he is happy with possition in the company and work condition, and alltogetheter our lifestyle. Up until now, he was working offshore, so 3 months on board, 3 months at home. We never had time to even think about getting married, we just knew that eventually we will do it, by choice, not by neccesity.

BUT, as we are processing with documentation for his EP and our daughters DP, it seems only option for me is LTSVP in duration of 30 or 90 days, most likely 30 as that is what is allowed with my passport. Obviously,we would like to stay together for the duration of his contract.

So my question is, does it makes sense to get married in Singapore, and than try and apply for Dependants pass for me? Would that even be legal?

Thank you :)

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Re: To marry or not

Postby feanor » Mon, 08 Oct 2018 10:57 pm

I don't think it really matters where you marry. And if your boyfriend is eligible to apply a DP for his child, he will be eligible to apply a DP for you once you are legally married.

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Re: To marry or not

Postby socksinthebox » Mon, 08 Oct 2018 11:18 pm

@feanor The problem is, between now and start of his contract, we don't have time to get married anywhere else. That's why I asked about Singapore. Thanks

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Re: To marry or not

Postby MikeJones » Mon, 08 Oct 2018 11:46 pm

Have a look here: https://va.ecitizen.gov.sg/cfp/customerpages/msf/rom/explorefaq.aspx and here https://www.rom.gov.sg/ for details and FAQs on getting married in Singapore. From what I've seen there is no problem with foreigners getting married in Singapore however at least one of you has to have been in Singapore for 15 days prior to getting married in Singapore and you may also need to provide a letter/certificate of no impediment to marry from your home countries/embassies. You can email msf_rom@msf.gov.sg your questions for specific advice on your situation.

Note that once you are married and your partners employer applies for a dependent pass for you, if your visit pass expires before the dependent pass application is processed you will need to leave Singapore and return later. You might be OK with hopping across to Malaysia for a few days.

Hope this helps

Mike

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Re: To marry or not

Postby socksinthebox » Mon, 08 Oct 2018 11:55 pm

MikeJones wrote:Have a look here: https://va.ecitizen.gov.sg/cfp/customerpages/msf/rom/explorefaq.aspx and here https://www.rom.gov.sg/ for details and FAQs on getting married in Singapore. From what I've seen there is no problem with foreigners getting married in Singapore however at least one of you has to have been in Singapore for 15 days prior to getting married in Singapore and you may also need to provide a letter/certificate of no impediment to marry from your home countries/embassies. You can email msf_rom@msf.gov.sg your questions for specific advice on your situation.

Note that once you are married and your partners employer applies for a dependent pass for you, if your visit pass expires before the dependent pass application is processed you will need to leave Singapore and return later. You might be OK with hopping across to Malaysia for a few days.

Hope this helps

Mike


Mike, thank you for taking time to reply. This is very helpful. I've already sent e mail to the ROM, but it's been nearly 4 working days without answer, I might try again.


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