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Post by Similan » Mon, 07 Dec 2009 1:39 pm

Helo, I've been living and working in Singapore for over 2 years and would like to bring my wife and step-sons to live here as well.

For my wife, no problem, I can apply for a dependants pass.

What can I do for her 2 sons, aged 11 & 14?

Also, their English language skills are very poor. Are there schools in Singapore that would accept them, or alternative school which would concentrate on increasing their English skills enough so that they could enter into mainstream schooling? Or will they need to improve their English to a higher standard before we can contemplate moving them to Singapore?

Any other problems or issues that I haven't even thought of?

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Post by taxico » Mon, 07 Dec 2009 2:27 pm

english language may not be as big a barrier for kids as most of em little buggers pick up a new language fast with regular use, but will they be resistant to using english regularly?

there would be public schools that will take them but would they be able to take the pressure of having to go back (perhaps more than) a coupla grades?

pre-teens are the new teen, so i've been told. phew!
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Post by ksl » Wed, 09 Dec 2009 1:14 pm

Extra tuition for the kids, should do the trick, they pick it up very fast! But they need a set plan to get it right, if they are to catch up with their peers!

My own girl is speaking 3 languages fluently, Singaporean being one of them! I also know 3 girls 9, 14 and 15 from Taiwan, they couldn't speak English but are doing fine here without their parents, quite amazing how quickly they grow up and are very self disciplined.

In fact it's quite a well paid and responsible job to be a surrogate parent. Though I couldn't send my own child off to study alone.

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Post by Similan » Wed, 09 Dec 2009 6:53 pm

Thank you for the advice.

How about visa, which visa will I need to get for them seeing as they aren't legally my children, only my DP holder wife? Can I still get them a DP or I need to take another route?

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Post by ksl » Wed, 09 Dec 2009 10:44 pm

Similan wrote:Thank you for the advice.

How about visa, which visa will I need to get for them seeing as they aren't legally my children, only my DP holder wife? Can I still get them a DP or I need to take another route?
I would give ICA a call just to check! They are very helpful! or send them an email www.ica.gov.sg
I'm pretty sure it will be dependant pass

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Post by Similan » Thu, 10 Dec 2009 1:16 pm

Excellant. Thank you once again.

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Post by teck21 » Thu, 10 Dec 2009 3:38 pm

Similan wrote:Excellant. Thank you once again.
I am just wondering whether you know what your username sounds like and means in Hokkien, the Chinese dialect of choice in Singapore. :lol:

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Post by skye » Sat, 12 Dec 2009 5:18 am

Unlikely you can get them DPs as they are not your children, unless you have adopted them and are legally responsible for them. No worries though - if you enrol them in a local or foreign system school approved by the MOE, you can apply for Student Passes for them from ICA. The school will help you with the process.

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Post by Similan » Sat, 12 Dec 2009 5:04 pm

teck21 wrote:I am just wondering whether you know what your username sounds like and means in Hokkien, the Chinese dialect of choice in Singapore. :lol:
Similan is a Yawi or Malay word, which means nine.

The Similan Islands (Thai: เกาะสิมิลัน) is a group of nine islands in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Phang Nga Province, southern Thailand.

What does it sound like and mean in Hokkien?

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