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Post by andy_cannon » Thu, 13 Mar 2008 10:35 am

Hello,

I am in the process of getting my work pass for Singapore. My partner (finacee) is coming too. She is Japanese and wishes to find out what hours/salary she needs to earn in order to remain in Singapore too and get a work permit for herself (she is a Japanese language teacher)... also, when we are married, will this change things at all in terms of her visa status ?

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Post by Jeppo » Thu, 13 Mar 2008 11:04 am

Yes. Oh you want more?

Okay, start here http://www.mom.gov.sg/publish/momportal ... _pass.html to learn about the different passes. If she qualifies as a defacto wife (have you lived together for a significant period of time?) you can get her a dependant's pass and she won't have to work at all.

After you get married the pass won't change, unless she doesn't have one yet, in which case you can get her a dependant's pass.

Do a search of the forums, these questions have been asked many times and there are plenty of answers from others here.

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Post by andy_cannon » Thu, 13 Mar 2008 11:06 am

hey cool thank you.. in regards to longtivity.. we have been living together for over 3 years

thanks again

Andy

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Post by Jeppo » Thu, 13 Mar 2008 11:11 am

3 years should be long enough to get a dependeant's pass. read the info about it on that website I gave you, and as I said before there are other posts from people in similar situations as you who have asked and gotten answers on this forum before so read through them and go from there :)

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Post by skye » Fri, 14 Mar 2008 7:45 pm

I'm not sure Jeppo has got that right. As far as I know, and the information on that link says so too, unmarried partners whom you have lived with for a while, ie called de facto or common law spouses in some countries, cannot get a dependent's pass. What she can get is a Long Term Social Visit Pass if you can show you have been in a long term relationship. This allows her to stay here but not to work. Once she's here though, she can look for a job then apply for an Employment Pass on her own merits. With her Japanese language and teaching skills, I wouldn't think that would be a problem. Once you are legally married, she can get a dependent's pass and then she only need a "Letter of Consent" to work once she finds a job instead of an EP which requires a lot more paperwork. LOC procedure is much easier and nearly always granted. In the meantime, check out Jeppo's link for different types of EP available. MOM decides which type you/she will be granted. Sometimes the line between P1, P2, Q1 seems a bit arbitrary.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 14 Mar 2008 8:27 pm

Spot on skye.
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Hi Andy

Post by joswwl » Fri, 30 May 2008 11:51 am

hi andy pls contact me at [email protected]

i have a few questions to ask you

:)

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Post by taxico » Fri, 30 May 2008 1:40 pm

in singapore, i believe the "common law wife" label only applies if there're kids involved.

could be wrong! but me no legal eagle, senor. (as usual, nothing to do with replying the original post)

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