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Questions for future Singapore student

Postby moose1111 » Sat, 05 Aug 2006 1:14 pm


I am coming to Singapore in January 2007 for 6 months to attend the INSEAD MBA program, to which I have been accepted. My girlfriend will be joining me for the whole 6 months. We are both Canadian, and speak fluent French and English, but don't speak mandarin.

So, I was wondering about the following:
1. Is she allowed to join me? If yes, what is the best way to do so (we are not common law partners in Canada)?
2. Would she be able to find a job (she has 5 years of experience managing a very large interior design / furniture store)? She does not mind doing anything whether working in tourism industry, retail stores (salesperson or higher), call centers, hotels, restaurants, etc.
3. What is the best way for her to find the job (in advance, on location, etc)?
4. What type of job permit does she need?
5. We have a small chihuahua that we'd like to bring with us (he is vaccinated and has all standard Canadian checks). Is that possible? What do we have to do?

Thank you in advance for your help.. and sorry if this is a repeat of some previous questions.. I checked through the history and could not find answers to my questions.


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Postby hei guess what » Mon, 07 Aug 2006 11:06 am

About importing pets ... ites.shtml

As for a job, it’s better to apply for jobs in advance so that the potential employer could apply for her employment pass beforehand. Don’t expect too much since it’s only for 6 months.

It’s quite unlikely she’ll find anything in interior design / furniture. The pay is very low for sales and retail stores.

There are several options which could be explored such as:

Teaching French at the Alliance Francaise

or at one of the International Schools ... chools.htm

Google and apply for jobs directly to potential employers.
• Hotel/Hospitality
• Conference or Event Management

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Just write to as many organizations as you can think of and see what turns up. Good luck.

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