I am a newbie in this forum and I would like to share my situation with everyone and hope some people could give me some advice on what I can do.
I am male,31 years of age this year, born and bred in Singapore (Citizen, served NS), and My girlfriend, 23 is from China. I have been together with her for 3 years now. She studied in Singapore for 3 years in a local school, Nanyang academy of fine arts, with a tuition grant from the ministry of education, so after graduation (diploma) she is supposed to work here for minimum 3 years.
After graduation, her student pass was cancelled and she was granted a svp to look for a job, and she found a job soon after. Now, this was were the complications started. After a few interviews at different companies, there was a job offer from one of them and she accepted the job and they applied an S Pass for her which was approved. What happened later was that we found out that the company name on her S Pass was not the same as the place where she worked at, and worse, the boss made her withdraw $500 every month to return to him (personally in cash) therefore making her pay less than the $1800 minimum for S Pass holders at that time. (this was late last year). There was also no contract, agreement, or any letter of appointment whatsoever.
She was afraid at first and was afraid to lose her pass, but we finally made a report (as I kept insisting it was wrong) to Ministry of Manpower 2 months later. After a few months of investigation her S Pass was cancelled (and the employer subsequently fined) and she went back to China for a break for a month. I then applied for SVP for her which got approved for 60 days. She then tried to look for a job but her application for S Pass got rejected. During this stressful period of time, we forgot to go to ICA to "chop" her passport, as China passport is only valid for visit for 30 days at a time, even though her visa was valid for 60 days. We then had to write a explanation for the overstay and a small penalty of $100. The ICA officer also told us that there would not be any records on her.
After that they gave her a chop on her passport for her to stay till the end of the max 60 days after which she had to leave Singapore and reapply for SVP (to look for employment). Meanwhile, another prospective employer applied EP/S-Pass for her which got rejected and the employer then filed an appeal. She then left Singapore on the 12 of July (SVP expire 15 July). I tried to apply for an SVP for her on the 20th of July which got rejected, and meanwhile her appeal for her pass also got rejected on the 29th July. So now she is stuck as she is supposed to be working here for 3 years after graduation and yet her pass can't be approved.
Since we have been together for a while, we have also been contemplating marriage, and now this has happened, I was wondering if she could still work in Singapore if I married her and applied a relevant pass (not sure its ltsvp / dp???) and at least she has more time to look for employment here. In our long term plans she wants to apply for PR here as well and does not want to go back any more. (her parents are divorced and I am almost like her only family now.)
I'm thinking of what options do we have now, to get married, or to wait for a month or so before applying SVP for her again - as her prospective employer wants to appeal her rejected pass again (good news as it seems like they really want to hire her). I've been reading around the forums and there was some mention of income for applying ltvp for spouse. Not sure if it would be any help but my gross income monthly is $3500-3800 average. (basic more than $2500). However, I am only with this company for about 10 months and have not been paying tax last year when I was unemployed. Not sure if my CPF balance would affect anything as well.
Thank you for reading my long post and I hope anyone out there can give me some good advice....I just want her to come back soon so she can get a job successfully and stay here, as she does not have a place to go in China as well (just bunking in various friend's places until she can come back)