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Re: EP Cancelled how to extend visit pass

Post by sg_jo » Wed, 06 May 2020 3:32 pm

@sg_xpt did you hear back from MOM yet? I believe you can apply for the extension 7 business before the visa expires. My STVP expires on the 9th of May as well, HR applied for the extension on Tuesday last week. Still haven' heard back though, today is the 5th business day and it should take 3-5 days. So stressful...

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Re: EP Cancelled how to extend visit pass

Post by sg_jo » Wed, 06 May 2020 3:34 pm

sg_xpt wrote:
Sat, 02 May 2020 2:38 pm
siopau wrote:
Thu, 30 Apr 2020 6:52 pm
sg_xpt wrote:
Thu, 30 Apr 2020 3:31 pm


Hi, may I know how long did it take for MOM to approve your request?

My pass is expiring on 9 May, so my HR can only apply on 2 May. I am worried as there is a public holiday next week which might affect the approval time.

Thanks in advance!
Hi!

The first time my HR applied last month took quite long like 5-6days but this time around it only took 4 working days. I think shouldn’t be an issue ‘cause they are the ones who said to apply 7 days before the STVP expires. Good luck!
I see. Thanks for the information!

My HR has just submitted the application today. Hopefully it is approved soon as it will be difficult to get plane tickets nearer to the deadline.
did you hear back from MOM yet? I believe you can apply for the extension 7 business before the visa expires. My STVP expires on the 9th of May as well, HR applied for the extension on Tuesday last week. Still haven' heard back though, today is the 5th business day and it should take 3-5 days. So stressful...

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Re: EP Cancelled how to extend visit pass

Post by sg_xpt » Thu, 07 May 2020 4:07 pm

sg_jo wrote:
Wed, 06 May 2020 3:34 pm
sg_xpt wrote:
Sat, 02 May 2020 2:38 pm
siopau wrote:
Thu, 30 Apr 2020 6:52 pm


Hi!

The first time my HR applied last month took quite long like 5-6days but this time around it only took 4 working days. I think shouldn’t be an issue ‘cause they are the ones who said to apply 7 days before the STVP expires. Good luck!
I see. Thanks for the information!

My HR has just submitted the application today. Hopefully it is approved soon as it will be difficult to get plane tickets nearer to the deadline.
did you hear back from MOM yet? I believe you can apply for the extension 7 business before the visa expires. My STVP expires on the 9th of May as well, HR applied for the extension on Tuesday last week. Still haven' heard back though, today is the 5th business day and it should take 3-5 days. So stressful...

No, I haven't heard back from them yet.

Hopefully it is resolved tomorrow. If not, I am planning to call MOM tomorrow. Other than that, I have no idea what I am going to do.

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Re: EP Cancelled how to extend visit pass

Post by sg_xpt » Thu, 07 May 2020 5:49 pm

siopau wrote:
Thu, 30 Apr 2020 6:52 pm
sg_xpt wrote:
Thu, 30 Apr 2020 3:31 pm
siopau wrote:
Thu, 30 Apr 2020 9:10 am
Hi! Just want to share that my STVP got approved. I thought they won't as the Covid cases has been continuously increasing. Stay safe everyone!
Hi, may I know how long did it take for MOM to approve your request?

My pass is expiring on 9 May, so my HR can only apply on 2 May. I am worried as there is a public holiday next week which might affect the approval time.

Thanks in advance!
Hi!

The first time my HR applied last month took quite long like 5-6days but this time around it only took 4 working days. I think shouldn’t be an issue ‘cause they are the ones who said to apply 7 days before the STVP expires. Good luck!
I think I notice a pattern here.

Looks like @siopau's pass got approved on the last business day prior to the expiry.

You mentioned the first time took 5-6 days and the second one took 4 days, and the last business day before 4 May was 30 April, the same day you posted the approval message. I cannot confirm this, but it seems that it might be true. Perhaps @siopau can confirm that both of the request got approved on the last business day before the expiry?

If this is correct, @sg_jo and my extension request should be approved (or denied) tomorrow (8 May), the last business day before 9 May.

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Re: EP Cancelled how to extend visit pass

Post by singaporeflyer » Thu, 07 May 2020 6:01 pm

sg_xpt wrote:
Thu, 07 May 2020 5:49 pm
siopau wrote:
Thu, 30 Apr 2020 6:52 pm
sg_xpt wrote:
Thu, 30 Apr 2020 3:31 pm


Hi, may I know how long did it take for MOM to approve your request?

My pass is expiring on 9 May, so my HR can only apply on 2 May. I am worried as there is a public holiday next week which might affect the approval time.

Thanks in advance!
Hi!

The first time my HR applied last month took quite long like 5-6days but this time around it only took 4 working days. I think shouldn’t be an issue ‘cause they are the ones who said to apply 7 days before the STVP expires. Good luck!
I think I notice a pattern here.

Looks like @siopau's pass got approved on the last business day prior to the expiry.

You mentioned the first time took 5-6 days and the second one took 4 days, and the last business day before 4 May was 30 April, the same day you posted the approval message. I cannot confirm this, but it seems that it might be true. Perhaps @siopau can confirm that both of the request got approved on the last business day before the expiry?

If this is correct, @sg_jo and my extension request should be approved (or denied) tomorrow (8 May), the last business day before 9 May.
Better not to analyse and interpret them as patterns.

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Re: EP Cancelled how to extend visit pass

Post by sg_xpt » Thu, 07 May 2020 6:19 pm

singaporeflyer wrote:
Thu, 07 May 2020 6:01 pm
sg_xpt wrote:
Thu, 07 May 2020 5:49 pm
siopau wrote:
Thu, 30 Apr 2020 6:52 pm


Hi!

The first time my HR applied last month took quite long like 5-6days but this time around it only took 4 working days. I think shouldn’t be an issue ‘cause they are the ones who said to apply 7 days before the STVP expires. Good luck!
I think I notice a pattern here.

Looks like @siopau's pass got approved on the last business day prior to the expiry.

You mentioned the first time took 5-6 days and the second one took 4 days, and the last business day before 4 May was 30 April, the same day you posted the approval message. I cannot confirm this, but it seems that it might be true. Perhaps @siopau can confirm that both of the request got approved on the last business day before the expiry?

If this is correct, @sg_jo and my extension request should be approved (or denied) tomorrow (8 May), the last business day before 9 May.
Better not to analyse and interpret them as patterns.
Do you have any advise on what to do if MOM do not reply before the expiry of the pass? There seems to be nothing else that can be done.

Some people with ICA-issued social visit pass got extensions from ICA for 30 days, and some of them are able to get it extended twice without local sponsors. It seems ICA was very responsive regarding this. And this is for visitors from countries that still have direct flights to/from Singapore.

However, it seems ICA does not handle these STVPs issued after EP cancellation, so seeking help from ICA might be futile. I do not know whether this can be appealed to ICA officers at the airport, though.

Furthermore, we genuinely cannot return to our home. Particularly, in my case, even though there are flights to my home country, it is impossible to travel home as there are domestic travel restrictions.

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Re: EP Cancelled how to extend visit pass

Post by sg_xpt » Fri, 08 May 2020 10:13 am

Hi, I just want to give a quick update.

I have yet to hear anything from my HR nor MOM directly, but I did ask ICA for assistance.

I received a reply from ICA that my pass has been extended for 30 days by MOM via email.

I still need to confirm this with my HR, but I hope this information helps.

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Re: EP Cancelled how to extend visit pass

Post by siopau » Sun, 10 May 2020 2:52 pm

Hi! Yeah I kinda noticed that the first time around, it took them longer time to approve and I had to call MOM because I was sick worried of overstaying. Then the 2nd time it was smooth.

I understand that feeling because there’s no flights and that’s what I told them the first time and my wife told me just keep all the call or any email records to MOM as it can be a proof that we did try our best to contact them and we didn’t overstay intentionally.

Hopefully they’ll expedite it.

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Re: EP Cancelled how to extend visit pass

Post by martincymru » Mon, 11 May 2020 10:19 am

slightly off topic.
Today, 11 May.
Would ICA extend, 20 days, if you live ("home") in Chennai but only flight "home" is now to Delhi? (Airline have re-scheduled you to a later date (31 May) to Chennai).

Or would ICA "force" you to take the Delhi flight?

note: assume there are domestic flights available in India.

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Re: EP Cancelled how to extend visit pass

Post by singaporeflyer » Mon, 11 May 2020 10:25 am

martincymru wrote:
Mon, 11 May 2020 10:19 am
slightly off topic.
Today, 11 May.
Would ICA extend, 20 days, if you live ("home") in Chennai but only flight "home" is now to Delhi? (Airline have re-scheduled you to a later date (31 May) to Chennai).

Or would ICA "force" you to take the Delhi flight?

note: assume there are domestic flights available in India.
Mostly, they wont force you. They are pretty reasonable and considerate with the current situation.

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Re: EP Cancelled how to extend visit pass

Post by tigerlilysg » Tue, 19 May 2020 10:34 am

@sg_jo, is it possible to update the outcomes of your STVP extension? I am in the same position, with my STVP expiring 20 May. HR has applied for the extension on 10 May, but still no outcome as of yet. I tried calling ICA too like @sg_xpt did, but they are telling me to wait for MOM's approval.

I'll update too once I get a response (hopefully approved). I know so many in the same position and I guess it might help someone out there.

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Re: EP Cancelled how to extend visit pass

Post by sg_xpt » Wed, 20 May 2020 12:40 am

tigerlilysg wrote:
Tue, 19 May 2020 10:34 am
@sg_jo, is it possible to update the outcomes of your STVP extension? I am in the same position, with my STVP expiring 20 May. HR has applied for the extension on 10 May, but still no outcome as of yet. I tried calling ICA too like @sg_xpt did, but they are telling me to wait for MOM's approval.

I'll update too once I get a response (hopefully approved). I know so many in the same position and I guess it might help someone out there.
Just an update on my situation.

Since I asked ICA through their form (the one to request a visit to ICA's building) prior to the Vesak public holiday, I had the privilege of knowing the outcome of the extension request early from ICA's reply on Friday morning. They basically informed me that my extension request had been approved by MOM.

My HR only received the outcome email from MOM on Friday, 8 May, 11 PM (my pass was due to expire on 9 May). It was a very late notification indeed.

I do believe they are very considerate and understanding of the current situation, so do not worry too much.

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Re: EP Cancelled how to extend visit pass

Post by tigerlilysg » Wed, 20 May 2020 4:24 pm

Thanks for the update @sg_xpt! Unfortunately, my application for extension still does not have any confirmation, and my ex-company has somehow managed to book a flight out- I have no idea when I'll get home considering I have about 3 transits through Europe. Just wanted to put it here for any others in the same situation!

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Re: EP Cancelled how to extend visit pass

Post by MYinSG » Wed, 24 Jun 2020 9:37 am

Hey guys.. am on the same situation now. STVP expires on 3rd July. Ex company has tried extending it on last Monday and Tuesday, but theres a notification pop up mentioning Extension is not allowed. Unsure if its because its not 7 days before expiry or what. Has anyone experienced the same?
I have also been offered a job, and really need to put myself here in Singapore to not complicate the EP process.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks!

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Re: EP Cancelled how to extend visit pass

Post by singaporeflyer » Wed, 24 Jun 2020 10:22 am

MYinSG wrote:
Wed, 24 Jun 2020 9:37 am
Hey guys.. am on the same situation now. STVP expires on 3rd July. Ex company has tried extending it on last Monday and Tuesday, but theres a notification pop up mentioning Extension is not allowed. Unsure if its because its not 7 days before expiry or what. Has anyone experienced the same?
I have also been offered a job, and really need to put myself here in Singapore to not complicate the EP process.

Any advice appreciated. Thanks!
Why not your EX company call MOM and ask?

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