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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 27 Aug 2009 11:11 am

So it would appear that the US Embassy is faster on updates than Singapore is with their own. So much for Singapore's IT prowess!

Good Show!

That ought to be a load off of Heidi's mind now. But barring that late entry, our advice was correct based on the information from Singapore's sites so I don't feel too bad. Glad you subscribed! :wink:
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Post by mommyto3kiddos » Sat, 29 Aug 2009 7:39 pm

So, does that mean that none of the paperwork needed to officially enter as a person "seeking permission to give birth in Singapore" is needed anymore? I live several hours away from an American Embassy and am planning a trip there this coming Tuesday. From the sounds of it I no longer need to go there. Is that correct?

I have emailed ICA and the Singapore Embassy here in Cambodia for clarification but have not yet received responses from them. I am in the process of filling out all of the forms and accumulating all the extra required papers--marriage license, letter from doctor, etc. Just wondering if I really need to do all of this now.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 29 Aug 2009 9:40 pm

Well, you know what they say, tis better to have it and not need it rather than need it and not have it. Especially considering the import of what you are doing......

I think what you are doing is about all you can do at the moment. Keep preparing as the Singapore Embassy in Washington DC nor New York have anything on them to support it, neither does the local two sites I referred earlier. Until I heard something from Singapore I think I'd keep preparing for what we do know.
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Post by cbavasi » Thu, 03 Sep 2009 1:05 pm

I called the ICA b/c there is no updated info on their site and they said you still need to apply for the visa to deliver the baby in Singapore as a US citizen. They had no idea what I was talking about when I said I'd received that email from the US government.

Try this number during working hours and you'll get an ICA service manager directly - 1800 298 8985. Hopefully they can answer your questions more specifically.

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Post by ceej1979 » Thu, 03 Sep 2009 10:10 pm

Singapore rules are a lot stricter than countries in the area, in regards to travelling and immigration.

They view themselves as more “western”

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Post by littlegreenman » Fri, 04 Sep 2009 2:25 am

[quote="ceej1979"]Singapore rules are a lot stricter than countries in the area, in regards to travelling and immigration.

They view themselves as more “western”

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Post by mommyto3kiddos » Fri, 04 Sep 2009 7:52 am

I have been in contact with our Singapore Embassy here in Cambodia. In the last few days they have contacted the ICA in Singapore and have confirmed that the statement about no longer needing all of the paperwork, etc. is TRUE. They have advised me, based on their discussion with the ICA, to NOT proceed any further with the former requirements. They said this applies only to US citizens, so maybe that is part of the confusion? ICA told them that I will need to come into the country as a tourist, get my 30 visa and have it extended at their office as needed.

Heidi

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