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Postby davidc » Thu, 30 Oct 2008 10:40 pm

Hi all,

I've been reading these forums for months prior to my move to Singapore,
in particular advice from sms. I haven't posted very often as I typically just
use the search function.

I originally planned to enter Singapore on an EPEC pass. However, I secured
employment prior to my move and I now have a P1 Employment Pass. I
plan to apply for PR in 6 months which I believe is the minimum I must wait.
However, I'm also considering PEP given the current economic conditions.

The MOM website currently indicates that P1 holders should receive an
approval in principal for PEP based on the P1. Is this correct? Perhaps the
previous articles I've read, requiring 2 years on a P1 visa are outdated?

So should the fact that I'm currently on a P1 suffice or do I need to start
digging up payslips and requesting letters from previous employers in North
America to be approved for the PEP?



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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 31 Oct 2008 7:10 am


What you have found out is basically correct but as the PEP is only about a year old it is still in it's gestation period. Normally it would be an either/or proposition but as you are here already and have gotten your P1 pass, in theory you qualify by merit of the P1 visa. However, as you have not been here for 6 months, it may well be a good idea to provide the backup from your former position ex-Singapore to show continuity. If for no other reason than to forstall any comebacks requesting additional information which could slow it's issuance down and who knows what can happen in the interim.

Forewarned is forearmed! :wink:

Welcome to Singapore!


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Postby davidc » Fri, 31 Oct 2008 10:37 am

Thanks for the nice welcome and clarification sms.

I didn't realize the PEP was still in it's infancy. I mentioned it
to a handful of people and they hadn't heard of it before. Now
I know why!

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