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Application for PR

Post by julia » Mon, 20 Sep 2004 5:56 pm


My bf, a msian, is holding a work permit ("WP") and has been working in SG for 3yrs. He just had his WP renewed for another 2 yrs.
His highest qualification is NITEC. He has been living in SG for more than 10yrs now. He has also obtained a PSLE and 'O' lvl cert.
I'm a Singapore citizen. I am fully aware of the requirements for the application of PR. However, it seems like it is not possible to apply for PR with a WP. His current salary does not allow him to apply for an "EP" or a "S" pass. We plan to register our marriage in SG but that does not imply that he will get his PR. :cry:
Has anyone tried to appeal to apply for PR under such situation? Can someone kindly advise on what and how should we/he do to apply for PR??? Will writing in to our MP help?

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Post by zizo » Tue, 05 Apr 2005 11:34 am


I have the same problem too. just that my bf's indian and he only has nitec. i am also confused as to what to do. have you got any tips yet?


Post by Sotong » Thu, 07 Apr 2005 6:34 am

Hi Julia/Zizo,
You can get all the information in
But I think your boyfriend has to get something like approval letter from his employer. Coz if I'm not wrong some WP holder cannot get marriage with singaporean or SPR.


Post by Guest » Thu, 07 Apr 2005 10:06 am

Correction, the consent should be sought from the Manpower Ministry.
Sotong wrote:Hi Julia/Zizo,
You can get all the information in
But I think your boyfriend has to get something like approval letter from his employer. Coz if I'm not wrong some WP holder cannot get marriage with singaporean or SPR.

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Post by cuteguysg1 » Tue, 19 Apr 2005 4:34 pm

Hey all,

I am also PR in sg....

Its very difficult for a WP holder to get PR here, and get married with singaporian, i read in newspaper last two years ago strait times, one singaporean chinese man got married with a malasian girl, she was before working in sg on WP, This man argued with govt too...but he was unsuccessfull....still his wife is on WP...

Wish you all best luck....


Work permit holder

Post by jojo » Fri, 22 Jul 2005 10:00 pm

Hi everyone. i am a s'porean too. My husband is a m'sian, he used to work in Singapore with wrk permit pass. When we are planning to marry, he have to seek consent fr MOM, after MOM approve, we regrister our marriage. U may go to MOM website to seek consent straight away, need not go down, that is very easy. Now i am trying to get him PR too, but duno which direction to go. Hope my information helps.

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Post by Ahmed_europe » Sun, 24 Jul 2005 3:32 am

Can someone explain to me what is:


Is it possible to marry a Singaporean citizen if you have Working Pass? What is the conditin that Non-Singaporean can marry Singaporean? What does the marriage change for the status of Non-Singaporean?
I need help to settle down in Singapore

no future you can see

Post by no future you can see » Mon, 01 Aug 2005 11:33 pm

For those who are already in oversea and live comfortably. There is no reason for you to come back to Malaysia. Life in Malaysia is getting tougher each day.

Frankly, as a Chinese, I don't see there is any future for our next generation.

Another dangerous mentor that people always use is JFK "Don't ask what the country can do for you, ask what you can do for the country".

Is sound nice, but isn't how German Nazi and Japan militarism start the world war using the same mentor? Under the great "ask what you can do for the country".

Patriotism? Yes, I understand how you feel. Your love for the country was spoilt by the political party. Since non-malays will always be a second-class citizen, so you are probably the same in any other countries, if not better.

You get cannibalised by your own countrymen, intellectually and professionally.

As someone else advised, be a Global citizen.

Patriotism does not need you to be in Malaysia to work your due. Let no one pointed at you and say you are a traitor if your true intention is to generate good deeds for Malaysia wherever you are.

Save your time about coming back to Malaysia. Nothing will change in Malaysia. At least not even in this lifetime. Racism will still be here to stay, and also everything else.

I think there is such an entrenched discrimination against the Chinese and Indians in Malaysia, that it will take probably a whole generation to undo the damaged.

This is happening in whole spectrum of the Malaysian government, civil service, state governments and universities. Just look at percentage of malays in all these government bodies - 98%……….

A whole generation of malays has been brought up to think that it's their inherited right to own Malaysia. The other races are damned.

I think the malays especially those in power, are scared right now that if they will to compete openly with other races, they will surely be the loser. You will see very strong resistance to hire other races even the most qualified.

The malays are never brought up to compete on even ground. This is fault of previous PM and now the present PM has to tread a balance ground to ensure the malays are not cast away as well as to make Malaysia competitive worldwide.

In US I never met a malay immigrant, although there are thousands of Malaysian Chinese and Indian immigrants. Why? Malays in Malaysia have an easier life where they are literately prince of the land.

We have infrastructure good enough to be considered first world or better. Look at the Cyberjaya, Petronas Twin Towers, Putrajaya?

Gleaming high-rise buildings but also in every city, dirty toilets abound, litter clogging up the drains, public telephones damaged, plus unreliable rubbish collection and disposal. We just treat public facilities badly, not caring about others.

Being an urban dweller myself, I am constantly disheartened by the poor public infrastructure and upkeep in our capital city.

Faulty pedestrian traffic signals, illogical positioning of bus stops, poor public cleanliness, poor quality sidewalks (which are paved using slippery tiles), un-integrated and poorly managed public transportation system, the list goes on.

Your children can't even walk safely along the Kuala Lumpur streets, as they might be bags snatched, kidnapped, murdered, raped, or robbed, as they do not know the jungle laws of Malaysia. The police won't help much as they now have a big pile of corruption cases running after them.

You owe nothing to Malaysia, you pay your due, so live on.

So, my last advice. Don't come back unless you are really suffering in oversea.

I'm sorry this sounds very racist but I think we have to be honest in discussion.

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