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Short term social visit?

Post by dolby » Tue, 12 Apr 2005 6:45 pm

I've been reading the Singapore immigration and visa site, and still am not sure what the situation is regarding the following:

I'm out in Singapore from the UK on an EP for 3 months. My wife will come out to visit for about 30 days, give or take a few days. I believe that this would be ok, as she'll be on the social visit form that you fill out on the plane, that lasts for 30 days.

However, we're planning to take a week's holiday whilst she's here, probably up to Malaysia or Thailand. When we return back in over land she'll be given a 14 day visa I believe?

So my questions:
1 Is it easy to get that 14 days extended?
2 What sort of information would we have to present to get it extended?
3 What's the maximum time she could stay?

Thanks to anyone being able to make head or tail of the info that is on the Singapore websites with reference to my situation, or any other guidance.

Cheers...Dan:-)

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Post by Strong Eagle » Wed, 13 Apr 2005 11:20 am

It is my understanding (and I may not be correct) that you get stamped for another thirty days.

Before I got my Entrepass, I was on a social visit pass, and as an American, I got 90 days. Each time I went to play golf in Indonesia (for the day), my passport was stamped for an additional 90 days.

Someone had mentioned the 14 day extension to me but it turned out not to be the case for an American passport anyway.

My guess is you would be in pretty good shape to apply for a LTSVP for your wife.

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Post by dolby » Wed, 13 Apr 2005 4:24 pm

Thanks for that Strong Eagle - much appreciated :-)

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Short visit pass

Post by Vanyh » Sat, 16 Apr 2005 12:06 pm

I'm a European like you, so the way it worked for me is that the short pass (given at the airport) is valid 30 days. Every time you travel (by plane) out of Singapore and come back, you get a new short visit pass valid 30 days. So basically travelling in and out of Singapore extend each time your pass! If your wife doesn't plan to stay longer than a few months, this system is fine.
Even if you don't plan to travel outside of Singapore, just take a bus to nearby Malaysia (around 30 mn away Johor Barhu for ex. - good shopping there!) and come back, and your pass is renewed (only 2 weeks in that case). I don't think there are any limit on how many times you can do this system. As to the papers to present, only your passport is needed + filling the form. (Note: if you go to Indonesia, your passport should be at least 6 months valid).
An other option if your wife plans to stay longer than a few months is to apply for a Long Term Social Visit Pass.

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Post by dolby » Mon, 18 Apr 2005 4:47 pm

Thanks Vanyh - it's good to hear from someone how it works in practice. Much appreciated :-)
~Dan

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Post by PeterSG » Mon, 18 Apr 2005 5:09 pm

Dolby. I can confirm that the JB trip will only give your wife a 14 days visa. However, as her original visa will have been for 30 days (at the airport) you can ask Immigration to honour that visa on her return from JB. Sometimes they are willing, sometimes not.

If you have a problem, it is best to take an additional trip to JB for shopping. As it will only happen a maximum of two times during her trip, it will not be a problem.

Remember that if she goes to Indonesia (Batam or Bintan for example) there is a "visa on arrival" fee in Indonesia of US$10 for a weekend visit.

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Long Term Social Visit Pass

Post by PeterSG » Mon, 18 Apr 2005 5:12 pm

...by the way, as your EP is for only 3 months, you wife won't get a LTSV Pass

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