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Relocation advice needed

Post by ilovemexmany » Sat, 28 Nov 2009 5:08 pm

Hi - I am moving to SG on Dec 8 for a new position effective Dec 14. And I have a lot of questions that my employer does not seem to be provided an accurate answer.

1. Based on my discussions with my employer, I will need to obtain a medical exam before I can obtain my EP work pass. I have also heard that not much can be done without the work pass, like opening a bank account, getting a cellphone and renting apartments. Is this true?

2. In addition, does anyone know have any recommendations for reasonable temporary accomodation? Currently, I looking at both hotels and Serviced Apartments, but neither seem to be able to fit my relatively tight budget.

3. Also, I have been informed by my employer that my EP has been approved. Does my employer need to provide me with something regarding the EP approval from the MOM so I can freely exit my country and travel from SG (in lieu of a work visa stamp on my passport)? My issue is that Cathay Pacific will not issue a one-way ticket to SG if I cannot show proof of stay in SG. Please advise.

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Re: Relocation advice needed

Post by durain » Sun, 29 Nov 2009 9:14 am

ilovemexmany wrote:Hi - I am moving to SG on Dec 8 for a new position effective Dec 14. And I have a lot of questions that my employer does not seem to be provided an accurate answer.

1. Based on my discussions with my employer, I will need to obtain a medical exam before I can obtain my EP work pass.
yes, you will need a medical exam.

I have also heard that not much can be done without the work pass, like opening a bank account, getting a cellphone and renting apartments. Is this true?
not true.

2. In addition, does anyone know have any recommendations for reasonable temporary accomodation? Currently, I looking at both hotels and Serviced Apartments, but neither seem to be able to fit my relatively tight budget.
cheapo hotels probably your best bet.

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Re: Relocation advice needed

Post by Strong Eagle » Tue, 01 Dec 2009 10:21 am

ilovemexmany wrote:Hi - I am moving to SG on Dec 8 for a new position effective Dec 14. And I have a lot of questions that my employer does not seem to be provided an accurate answer.

1. Based on my discussions with my employer, I will need to obtain a medical exam before I can obtain my EP work pass.
It will depend where you are from. The approval in principle letter (which your employer should send you a copy, either by email or regular mail) will tell you if you need a medical exam or just need to fill out a form.
I have also heard that not much can be done without the work pass, like opening a bank account, getting a cellphone and renting apartments. Is this true?
Generally true, although with an AIP and a passport you can probably open a bank account. Most landlords want to see the EP. However, it only takes a few days to get the EP.

2. In addition, does anyone know have any recommendations for reasonable temporary accomodation? Currently, I looking at both hotels and Serviced Apartments, but neither seem to be able to fit my relatively tight budget.
You could look at a back packer hotel for relatively cheap.
3. Also, I have been informed by my employer that my EP has been approved. Does my employer need to provide me with something regarding the EP approval from the MOM so I can freely exit my country and travel from SG (in lieu of a work visa stamp on my passport)? My issue is that Cathay Pacific will not issue a one-way ticket to SG if I cannot show proof of stay in SG. Please advise.
See above - you should get a copy of the approval in principle letter.

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