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Lochsong
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Confused a bit!

Post by Lochsong » Fri, 07 Aug 2009 11:43 pm

I have posted a couple of times on a few places on the forum and you guys have been most helpful. :D

I am trying hard to read all the various stickies but I am still just getting confused with so much information to take on board.

Basically my husband will be working in Batam from Mon-Fri, and me and our 2 young kids will be in Singapore and he will join us on weekends.

What sort of pass will I be on then?? Will I have to leave every 90 days and to get passports stamped?? Does that mean I cannot get/or do certain things in Singapore.

My husband is not too worried as he says they relocate loads of people out here and the company take care of everything, like rental, doctors and whatever but I am a born worrier.

Is it an issue I should be worried about? Or should I just chill out and get the passport stamped every 90days after a visit to Malaysia.
:???:

Thanks in advance.

Lx

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Post by littlegreenman » Sat, 08 Aug 2009 12:16 am

Hi there,

I guess in this case it depends on what status your husband would have in Singapore. From what you wrote I think he would have a Indonesian Visa (at least multi entry as instead of a chop the stick a whole page thingy in your passport). If he is officially employed in Singapore then you will get a Dependent Pass on the back of his employment pass which is straight forward. If he is not officially employed in Singapore that means he will not have resident status and neither will you or your children. These means it will be rather difficult for you to open a bank account, you are not allowed to rent/buy a property and applying for phone lines, cable tv etc. is very difficult, if not impossible. Also something you should consider is that immigration has become less tolerant and you are not guaranteed to get 90 days after a visa run to Malaysia. It might work once but it might happen to you that the immigration office only gives you three days or a single day to go back to Singapore to collect your stuff and leave or they might refuse entry altogether. Times have changed. Schooling might be an issue as well.

At this stage I recommend you find out from your husband/his employer whether they are going to employ him in Singapore on an Employment Pass or what else there are planning to do. You might be able to get a long term social visit pass but the odds are probably not that high.

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Post by durain » Sat, 08 Aug 2009 12:22 am

if your kids are studying in singapore, they will need student visa, and based on that, you can get a long term visa too. http://www.ica.gov.sg/page.aspx?pageid=174&secid=171

you cant keep going to JB and renew your visa every 90 days. immigration will catch up with you and one day will stop you from entering singapore!

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Post by Lochsong » Sat, 08 Aug 2009 5:21 am

Thanks for your replies!

I know a few people in the same company work in Indonesia and their wives and kids are based in Singapore. Will try and get in touch with them to find out what's happening.

Lx

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