Relocating from sydney

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Relocating from sydney

Post by Anu38 » Mon, 02 May 2022 10:54 am

Hi everyone,
We are a family of 3, residing in sydney for a while and plan to relocate to Singapore later this year. I wanted your advice on the following items:
My son is in year 6 in a sydney school and will move to year 7 in the next year. I see there are lots of international and local schools in Singapore. I also see Australian International School. But I am not clear on how to go about shortlisting schools for my son? Could you pls share your experiences and thoughts on the schools?
Secondly, my husband will move on a dependent visa.So will he be able to work on that visa?
Also any other thoughts on suburbs to look for housing would be appreciated.
Warm Regards
Anu

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Re: Relocating from sydney

Post by smoulder » Mon, 02 May 2022 2:44 pm

I'm guessing that you are coming here on an employment pass. Your husband will have to find a job in a company that is willing to have him on his own employment pass. He will not be able to work on a dependent pass.

Housing - what's your budget? Where is your office going to be?

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Re: Relocating from sydney

Post by Anu38 » Mon, 02 May 2022 6:05 pm

Thanks . My husband has over 20 years of IT experience and is currently working with a bank in Sydney since last 7 years . Will it be easy for him to find a job or a company who can process his EP ? while he is being based in Singapore and can attend interviews face to face .

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Re: Relocating from sydney

Post by smoulder » Tue, 03 May 2022 12:32 pm

Not going to be easy for sure but I believe given the talent shortage and the demand for skilled IT workers in the banking industry, he will probably be able to land a job eventually. Sooner than later if luck is on his side. The main concern is that EP approvals are in short supply.

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Re: Relocating from sydney

Post by Anu38 » Tue, 03 May 2022 7:56 pm

Thanks , I assume for an organisation it should be relatively easy transfer from dependent EP to EP in comparison to apply for fresh EP for a candidate

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Re: Relocating from sydney

Post by smoulder » Tue, 03 May 2022 9:03 pm

I don't think so. It's as difficult as it is for a fresh EP.

Also, there's no such thing as a dependent EP. It's a dependent pass - read through the forums a bit. Nowadays there's not much brownie points in being on an EP if that's what you are alluding to. I know of people who's EPs were only renewed for 1 year at a time (it could be up to 3 years). This was back in 2017 and from what I gather, things have tightened up further.

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