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Postby Henrik A » Sun, 09 May 2010 6:15 pm

Hi, I am Danish guy currently on a social visit pass in Singapore since February 26.
I came to Singapore for a PhD at NUS, which unfortunately didn't work out. However I have been approved for a position as research assistant, and am now awaiting the paperwork to go through at the university, where after I will get my work permit. This could take 1-2 months, and by then my visa will run out. (I can stay till May 27).
Can I extend my social visit pass further than the 90 days I have already been awarded? Or should I apply for work permit? (My job is not officially granted yet.)

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 09 May 2010 6:44 pm

You can try to apply for an extension and the may give you up to an additional 90 days provided you haven't had any extensions yet. If that fails, you might have to do a visa run to Malaysia. This might be gotten away with once or twice but eventually, you will end up with 3 days to collect your stuff so it's better to try getting the extension first.

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Postby singaporeflyer » Sun, 09 May 2010 9:38 pm

Hi SMS,
Just want to know that 90 days extension they give it to all first time extensions? or they do give only 30 days extension.

thanks

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 09 May 2010 10:20 pm

Thirty days pretty standard, but they can give up to 90. If you are from a country that qualifies for 90 SVP without advance visa (which I believe you are) then on the application you need to request 90 days. Shouldn't be too much of a problem, but even if they don't, you would probably get the 30 days extension and then if you needed to make a single visa run to Malaysia or somewhere else in the vicinity, make it a 5 days vacation and then come in again (do it by air not ground) and request a 90 days visa. Should get you at least a 30 day one and who knows.......

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Postby Henrik A » Mon, 10 May 2010 12:34 pm

Thank you for the information. Which extension should I apply for? Social visit pass extension?

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Postby Henrik A » Fri, 28 May 2010 9:35 pm

Hi and thank you for all your replies. I ended by taking the trip to JB since I wanted to see the place anyways... What a dump hole, but okay they had nice seafood ;)

When I came back to Singapore I got a new set of 90 days social visit pass. I ask myself the question of why I even have to leave the country and not just get an infinity pass, since it is that easy to get a new? But I guess there is and endless stream of questions you could ask about the Singaporean bureaucracy.

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Postby durain » Fri, 28 May 2010 10:14 pm

if singapore were to issue infinity pass to any tom, dick and harry, the island would just sink!

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Postby hanfen_8586 » Sat, 05 Jun 2010 11:58 am

Hi SMS, i really happy there is a people like you help us about singapore....

I'm newbie from Indonesia...

I've E-Xtend for 1 month, and it's already finished on 3 Jun 2010..
I leave Singapore that day also...

Please kindly advise about how can i go back to Singapore again?
Is it alright after 5 days i go Singapore?because i've read another forum told that it's better more than 5 days i should go there again...

Is it okay if i use the same address in D/E card when i go to migration at airport?and what should i write on how many days living in Singapore?

Thanks, for your helpful advise...

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 05 Jun 2010 12:58 pm

You should leave Singapore for a minimum of 5 days. Obviously more days is better though. Address on D/E card is immaterial.

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Postby hanfen_8586 » Sat, 05 Jun 2010 1:36 pm

thank you SMS...

Do Immigration officers not care about where we are living in Singapore?

How many days i should write down in D/E card?
is it okay if i write 90 days?or maybe it's better 30 days?

please your advise...thanks.. :)

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 05 Jun 2010 2:50 pm

They wont give you 90 days on a social visit pass unless you are from a select number of countries like Aust, UK or US. So it's best to put 30 days down rather than have them raise eyebrows.

Lots of businessmen who come to Singapore regularly, or for the matter Oil Field workers (I was one of them for around 12 years here) have a normal place that they stay, it might be a low cost hotel, friend, or relative. They use the same place each time. What does raise eyebrows is doing constant VISA runs instead of being here on a residency pass of some sort.

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Postby hanfen_8586 » Sat, 05 Jun 2010 7:08 pm

ok..thanks very much...SMS... =)

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Postby carlsum1986 » Wed, 09 Jun 2010 4:46 pm

how many days does an indonesian passport holder get/entitled on the short term visa?Cause I only know malaysian get 60 days. Is there a site I can refer to which has all these information?

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Postby Saint » Wed, 09 Jun 2010 4:52 pm

carlsum1986 wrote:how many days does an indonesian passport holder get/entitled on the short term visa?Cause I only know malaysian get 60 days. Is there a site I can refer to which has all these information?


30 days only


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