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What are my chances of getting an EP?

Postby shaziakj » Sun, 05 Jul 2009 10:10 am

Hi,

I applied for my EP on Tueday (June 30) and have not heard back from MOM as yet so am getting a bit worried. Does it ususally take this long? Just to give you background, I am have a B.A. from the USA, a total of 8 yrs of work experience (5 relevant to the job). 4 yrs of experience was in USA and the rest in Pakistan. I have been offered the position of e Business Manager at 3.5K. What are my chances?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 05 Jul 2009 11:30 am

aiyoh, give it a chance lah! Applied june 30th? Today is the 5th? 5 days of which one was a friday (forgeddit) 2 days are weekend. What did the HR tell you? Did you ask? Read today's Daily Birdcage Liner about tightening up of Work Visas. Did your HR remember to tick the box saying whether or not you will accept an S pass if they can't/won't issue a EP? If not. It might take a couple of days longer. Sometimes it can take a couple of weeks while they check out your credentials to ensure you haven't submitted forged certificates. (I lost two employees early this year because of forged university certificates).

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Postby shaziakj » Sun, 05 Jul 2009 1:10 pm

Thanks for the info. I do realize I am being paranoid. I did not check the S pass option as I think that does not allow for a dependant pass. I guess I need to be patient. Thanks again.

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Postby xtasy010 » Mon, 06 Jul 2009 1:50 pm

If you are on a dependent pass you don't even need an EP to work, a Letter of Consent (LOC) will do which is processed much faster. May be your employer can apply for an LOC first and once you start work apply for EP unless he is in no hurry in which case you can just wait.

By the way with 8 years of experience you should be worth more than 3.5K
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 06 Jul 2009 1:55 pm

shaziakj wrote:Thanks for the info. I do realize I am being paranoid. I did not check the S pass option as I think that does not allow for a dependant pass. I guess I need to be patient. Thanks again.


Actually, As long as the "S" Pass salary was over $2,500 you could apply for an S pass. But you are still better off with the EP.

xtasy010, I believe you read shaziaki's post incorrectly. He needs a pass that will allow him to obtain a Dependent's Pass for family members.

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Postby xtasy010 » Mon, 06 Jul 2009 1:59 pm

Oops, sorry about that, ignore my comment.

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Postby shaziakj » Mon, 06 Jul 2009 2:28 pm

thanks for all the replies....btw I'm a 'she'....also 8 yrs of experience includes 3 yrs of corporate and 5 yrs of teaching/admin work...the company thats hired me is an institute for kids with special needs.

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Postby shaziakj » Tue, 07 Jul 2009 12:16 pm

now my EP status says "pending input from vetting agencies". My job is of a Business Manager and does not fall under the category of occupations that require vetting etc. then why? secondly, what are these vetting agencies?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 07 Jul 2009 12:58 pm

How do you know what the MOM considers needing vetting? They may well be vetting you and not your occupation. They may well be checking to ensure that your "Certificates" are legal and not forgeries. They may be checking your claimed 'experience'. Could be any number of reasons. Oh, vetting agencies may be those outfits that have been hired to check out claims in the countries outside of Singapore (they have teams of their own personnel in some countries as well doing the checking). It would appear then, that what I mentioned in a earlier post may well be the cause of any delays. Just hang tight - unless something is remiss with your paperwork/claims.

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Postby shaziakj » Tue, 07 Jul 2009 1:59 pm

You're right, I don't know....I'm just freaking out....I have applied for a dependant pass for my husband along with the EP so they may very well be checking both of us out...the only worry is that I was going to take course in Singapore starting July 29th and now I may not be able to make it there on time...which sucks....thanks for your response..this forum is great...really helps....

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Postby shaziakj » Tue, 07 Jul 2009 8:48 pm

ok so now my employer has written to MOM requesting them to expedite the vetting process if possible as she needs me to be in Singapore by the end of July. Do you think that will make a difference?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 07 Jul 2009 10:31 pm

Doubtful. MOM will get it done when they get it done. It's unfortunate but government bureaucracies are the same in all countries. This one however, is pretty efficient and normally, will not take all that long. Normally it will take from one to three weeks to know the outcome. Longer if submission if from an employment agency or during a peak period or they find something that doesn't quite add up as I've noted earlier.

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Postby shaziakj » Tue, 07 Jul 2009 10:44 pm

one more question, i read somewhere in this forum that FIN no. is assigned to approved applications only. Is that true?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 07 Jul 2009 11:25 pm

Semi-true. :roll:

Simple question. Did your employer, when they checked for approval online, tell you it was approved? Or did they tell you MOM was waiting for further vetting? If they didn't say it was approved and you have a FIN number, then I guess that answers your question already doesn't it. ](*,)

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Postby shaziakj » Wed, 08 Jul 2009 12:06 am

:) yeah now i feel dumb for asking the question...the status says waiting for input frm vetting agencies but i have a FIN no. as well.....so i guess having a FIN does not imply anything


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