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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sat, 28 Aug 2010 5:18 pm

If you have the certification of co-habitation and are on a P2 Pass with an income in excess of $3500/mo basic salary, then you should be good to go. Provided which you employer is willing to sponsor your mate (the sponsor must be the same as the sponsor for the EP holder. For the most part it should be a done thing.

It used to be an iffy kind of thing, but in recent years, while Singapore still is rather conservative with regards to unmarried couples living together, they are pragmatic enough to realize that to create havoc for the local company who may really need the foreign talent, it would be unfair to not allow the partner to come as well and therefore either cause the employment to not come to fruition or to have a disgruntled employee who will not be able to gie 100%. Therefore, they will NOT make it a legal relationship in Singapore by giving a Dependent's Pass, but they will allow the "partner" to stay on a long term visit pass as long as there is a valid sponsor.

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Postby Mulherengo » Sun, 29 Aug 2010 11:57 pm

Thanks a lot.

I understand the logic. But any idea what my HR was talking abt in terms of certain countries then?

Assuming then that we will get the LTVP, is it correct that this can then be transferred into either one of the applicable work passes or a student visa, upon finding a job or a study afterwards?

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 30 Aug 2010 1:09 am

If the girl is from another Asian country, then there might be a problem as was noted in a much earlier post by Strong Eagle I think. Otherwise, your HR person might just be a typical local HR (most have their head up a dark channel where the sun never shines! :-|

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Postby Mulherengo » Tue, 31 Aug 2010 4:56 pm

No, she is not from an Asian country.

Thanks for the help guys, will let you know when the results are in!

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Postby Mulherengo » Sun, 03 Oct 2010 11:44 pm

Hi Guys,

Dependant's pass worked out afterall. Absolutely no problem! the company applied, and a week later the pass was issued.

So, good luck to others in the same situation - definitely possible!

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Postby markiom » Wed, 24 Nov 2010 5:53 am

Dependant's pass worked out afterall. Absolutely no problem! the company applied, and a week later the pass was issued.

So, good luck to others in the same situation - definitely possible!


Hi Mulherengo

Great news that you got the Dependant's pass, I've just been reading the whole thread.

I'm about to move to Singapore in Jan 2011 and may have to go through the exact same process with my girlfriend. My company is highly likely to sponsor her for the pass if required and get HR to help.

Can you confirm exact what you had to provide to the MOM?

Thanks, Mark

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Postby FaeLLe » Thu, 25 Nov 2010 11:14 pm

Just thought I would fill you guys in.

My wife and mE were married just two months when we applied for a DP.
Was approved in just 24 hrs without even a blink with just scanned copies of documents.

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Postby Mulherengo » Fri, 10 Dec 2010 2:22 pm

Hi Mark,

Basically it was so simple.

All we needed was:
1) My EP
2) Document from the Embassy recognizing our relationship. Something along the lines of " confirm relationship...in Country x living together is very common and... in some instances gives similar rights as married..."
3) School documents, passports etc etc.

Then It was simply a question of asking the HR Department to fill out the form online - remember to state "married" since that is basically what the document from the embassy is there to recognize.

Very simple.

Also, if your GF eventually requires a job, just apply for a letter of consent - this also worked out very smoothly.

Good luck!

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Postby mickey4finger » Wed, 20 Jul 2011 5:47 pm

Mulherengo wrote:Hi Mark,

Basically it was so simple.

All we needed was:
1) My EP
2) Document from the Embassy recognizing our relationship. Something along the lines of " confirm relationship...in Country x living together is very common and... in some instances gives similar rights as married..."
3) School documents, passports etc etc.

Then It was simply a question of asking the HR Department to fill out the form online - remember to state "married" since that is basically what the document from the embassy is there to recognize.

Very simple.

Also, if your GF eventually requires a job, just apply for a letter of consent - this also worked out very smoothly.

Good luck!


Thanks for all the information, only thing that's not clear for me is that the Embassy Document, did you get it from your own embassy in Singapore or from the Singapore Embassy in your home country?

thanks
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 20 Jul 2011 6:47 pm

It has to come from you own embassy.

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Postby cjcorney » Fri, 05 Aug 2011 1:43 am

Great info guys, I am in the exact same position now and will hopefully be moving out to Singapore in the next two months, been reading through many of the forum topics and just wanted to ask how I can expect to live (with girlfriend, non-working for now) on around SGD $6500 - 7000/month?

I'm coming from London so am used to high prices and higher tax etc, just wanted to ask how much we should budget for rent from my salary and will the remainder be enough to live on? We will probably be looking at an apartment / condo with mrt access to my new office by the harbour front.

Any help or examples of current living costs is greatly appreciated! Seen a lot of stuff from between 2008-2010 so any current info would be great!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 05 Aug 2011 6:54 am

The info you see from 2008-2010 is much the same. The fluctions are usually by quarter and haven't changed too much with the exception of a maybe 5-7% increase of expenses (excluding rental which have come down slightly since 2010). Using those figures for budgeting will hold you in good stead.

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Postby JR8 » Fri, 05 Aug 2011 4:28 pm

Another major question is what visa your GF intends to get.

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Postby cjcorney » Fri, 05 Aug 2011 4:31 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:The info you see from 2008-2010 is much the same. The fluctions are usually by quarter and haven't changed too much with the exception of a maybe 5-7% increase of expenses (excluding rental which have come down slightly since 2010). Using those figures for budgeting will hold you in good stead.


Thanks, I'm guessing I will need between 3000-3500 for a condo going by what Ive seen on the property websites so far which leaves 3500 or so for expenses, would that be enough for a couple (one working) to live on in SG?

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Postby cjcorney » Fri, 05 Aug 2011 4:32 pm

JR8 wrote:Another major question is what visa your GF intends to get.


Guessing the LTVP will be the best one to try for initially until she can find some work?


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