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Masters degree holder, what sort of visa/pass to go for?

Postby unrevealed » Thu, 10 Mar 2011 9:49 pm

Hi everyone, I'm a masters degree holder with > 5 year work experience seeking for a job in Singapore, having found a number of passes/visas, just wondered what kind among those that I'm eligible for. Will I need to find a job with pay of >=2.500 to go for an EP or Ill be okay with smth less then try S Pass? Seems a bit odd but this is for me to sort out reasonable expected salary things.
Any ideas would be appreciated.

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Postby BillyB » Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:15 pm

http://www.mom.gov.sg/foreign-manpower/ ... fault.aspx

Don't over complicate the process. Find a job first and then your employer takes care of the relevant EP / Visa.

Alternatively, if you are eligible for a PEP do it yourself.

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Postby unrevealed » Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:23 pm

Thanks BillyB. But dont get me wrong, as just mentioned, although the prospective employer (If I'm lucky to find one) will take care of this stuff, I still need to refer to specific pass so as to know what to be looking for accordingly. Say if they don't accept applications from a masters degree holder for a S Pass but require you to apply for an EP (the info I found randomly online the other day, still confusing), there is no point to try jobs less than <2.55 then fail.

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Postby unrevealed » Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:28 pm

sorry, <2.500, typo error

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Postby BillyB » Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:32 pm

unrevealed wrote:Thanks BillyB. But dont get me wrong, as just mentioned, although the prospective employer (If I'm lucky to find one) will take care of this stuff, I still need to refer to specific pass so as to know what to be looking for accordingly. Say if they don't accept applications from a masters degree holder for a S Pass but require you to apply for an EP (the info I found randomly online the other day, still confusing), there is no point to try jobs less than <2.55 then fail.

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I don't know your specific situation or industry but, with a masters degree and 5 years of exp, I would have thought you would be looking at jobs paying more than 2.5k? If not, then why not an S-Pass?

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Postby unrevealed » Thu, 10 Mar 2011 11:04 pm

I see your point..uhm mine is a long story but I would simply say Singapore is my cup of tea and a job that makes working a pleasure will do for me, salary and all that are definitely important but not enough though. Sure I would prefer well paid jobs but will consider others...anw, its extremely competitive out there whilst I'm a foreigner, not even a mandarin speaker so what to say??!!! Get well prepared and fight for one!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 11 Mar 2011 12:11 am

Online or distance learning PhD maybe.........

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Postby unrevealed » Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:47 pm

lol thanks for your suggestion SMS but what a shame I'm not that academic, at least for the time being! After a few days having wandered around, a thought of learning Mandarin came to mind but to be perfectly honest, won't never give it a go...Reckon I'll be okay as long as I understand the language they speak here, sort of challenging at the very first moment but not as frustrating as some might point out : )

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 12 Mar 2011 12:01 am

Good luck to you Unrevealed, I for one like your sense of humour!

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Postby unrevealed » Sat, 12 Mar 2011 12:25 am

JR8, wish if you could have said this good luck thing to me sooner. Just failed a test today placing successful one into a bank’s customer service position (surprisingly the test was basic and simple, I was probably too stupid to get myself through). OMG the first call ever!!! But just been here for 6 days or so, hopefully other doors will open [very soon].
Thank you JR8, your wish acknowledged and appreciated : )

Very best wishes too x

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Postby mambo5five » Tue, 22 Mar 2011 2:45 pm

unrevealed,

are you eligible for a PEP (or any visa that allow you to work in Singapore) that you can do it yourself?

My situation is more or less the same as yours, I'm a masters degree holder with > 5 year work experience seeking for a PART-TIME job in Singapore, properly about 3 months.

Please can you update your status.... many thanks.

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Postby unrevealed » Tue, 22 Mar 2011 10:58 pm

Hi there Mambo,
Lovely to finally see someone on the same boat as me. Thing is I am looking for a full time job so I am not sure what sort of visas/passes suits your case but I reckon you are probably eligible for this 1 year social pass http://www.ica.gov.sg/page.aspx?pageid=172&secid=171 . If you fall into this category, remember to apply for EPEC first http://www.mom.gov.sg/foreign-manpower/ ... ligibility. Make sure to look around this forum, you will find quite a few helpful related topics.
Also pls bear in mind that the MOM officers are somehow unprofessional, don’t expect them to follow a process through without nagging! Myself been waiting for ages, still not come through yet.

Hope this helps.

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Postby mambo5five » Wed, 23 Mar 2011 2:48 pm

Hi unrevealed,

thank you so much for the information. Yes, it's look like I am eligible for the 1 year social pass, but it's still need a sponsorship in order allow me to work in Singapore...

Do you have any idea where can I get the information about 'skilled migrant visas'? I am just wondering what qualifications they need...

are you also trying on the EPEC?

many thanks.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 23 Mar 2011 5:30 pm

unrevealed, you've got it bass ackwards. You have to get the EPEC first. Then you apply for the LTVP. But it's not guaranteed that you will get 12 months. In fact you might get only 3/6 months or you might not be given one at all even though you have the EPEC.

As as far as MOM officers being unprofessional, they are one hell of a lot more efficient than any I've seen anywhere else in the world and without any graft to boot. Nagging will, however, get you noticed. Albeit, not favourably. In fact, it could be detrimental if you start nagging before the range of expected accomplishment dates has been breached.

Singapore does not have a skilled migrants visa per se. The closest thing they have is the Landed Permanent Resident Scheme which is administered bye SMC consultants.

http://www.ica.gov.sg/page.aspx?pageid=151&secid=150

The waiting time currently is around 14 months from date of application from what anecdotal evidence we've gotten here over the past 12 months.

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Postby unrevealed » Wed, 23 Mar 2011 8:41 pm

Hi Mambo, yep just done with EPEC. Have you tried other related posts yet? Note SMS's words then. Best of luck.
@SMS, can't agree more, kindly note that I was uncertain, that's why I asked mambo to look up thoroughly the forum.
Re the nagging and all that, not to worry, I started doing that (gently and courteously!) after 4 week-maximum-delivery-policy that MOM commits by showing up at their premises and got answered pls come back and EMAIL us about your problem, did as requested still no response! Fortunately, the final solution to pop in their quality service page and left a comment has nicely worked. Well, now I'm cool n ready to move onto next step. Hope you don't mind if I trouble you sometimes with my questions. Thanks.


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