I'm curious to hear general thoughts on the effects of the new measures (circa 03 April 2020) on student pass processing time and/or approvals. I'm sure this applies to anyone who is currently awaiting approval from either ICA or MOM.
I am between an Employment Pass and a Student Pass. I gave my resignation two weeks ago. My Student Pass application was also submitted around this time by the Private Educational Institution at which I am to pursue a 12-mo Advanced Diploma. My notice period ends in two weeks. Study begins shortly after.
I have a Bachelors and a Masters in the industry under which I am "employed." The Advanced Diploma is a scope of specialization further into the same industry.
All is well with my soon-to-be ex-employer. Nothing sinister there. EP cancellation is all in schedule.
To be blunt and succinct, my concerns are:
- My application is still "Receiving Attention"; the school dated the Commencement of study for mid April. Though, classes don't begin til mid May -- I'm told by the college that it is standard to add a few weeks on the application to have overlap with moves/transfers/travel etc (in my case, overlap with EP/LTVP). I have not been too worried on the seemingly static 2-week-long "Receiving Attention" status but wondering if I should be..?
- What might work against Student Applications now in light of the new state of affairs, and the new normal we've all had to adopt? This might seem like an aimless question but for example, (and selfishly, I admit): Would there be a larger incentive for and added value to student enrollment (and its Pass requirements) given the grim nature of the foreseeable job climate?
- My next move was to wait for the appointment for interview at ICA for this Student Pass. I imagine this arrangement will change in light of the shutdowns announced today. Again, I'm sure this will affect everyone; I hate to make it about me again but, please bear with me: How will this affect me?