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Can a post-doc with spouse and baby make do without DP?

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Can a post-doc with spouse and baby make do without DP?

Post by 100tacos » Fri, 30 Nov 2018 5:17 am

I am an American who has been offered a 2-year post-doc at NUS, but the salary is only $5,500 - meaning I am not eligible for a dependant pass for my spouse and family. I would be moving to Singapore with my American wife and a newborn baby. The chance of my wife securing a job that would give a DP is of course unpredictable. Therefore, assuming she is unable to find work, what other options are available to us? Is it possible to live on a tourist visa in Singapore and make visa runs to Malaysia? Or does Singaporean/Malaysian Immigration crack down on this?

Any advice is appreciated.

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Re: Can a post-doc with spouse and baby make do without DP?

Post by BBCDoc » Fri, 30 Nov 2018 8:21 am

Not likely possible to live by on visa runs.

You know, when I was at Johns Hopkins, they did the same to postdocs. No family visa support until publication.

Of course, this policy was dictated by PI rather than institution. But now you know how the other shoe fits.

Best negotiate for a big salary increase and DP support tied to meeting a performance goal, if you are serious about coming here.

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