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Help and Advice please!!

Post by ross_pirie » Thu, 08 Sep 2011 12:46 am

Hi everyone!

I was wondering if you would be so kind to give me and my fiance some help??...

I am currently procuring a Work Holiday Pass which will allow me to work in Singapore for 6months. I have secured a intern job with an architects office for the 6 months so things seem to be going fine with that!

However I really want my fiance to come with me (I'd be lost without her :p). She is not bothered if she has a working visa or a social pass as long as she can be with me for the 6 months. I have been in contact with MOM and ICA however i keep getting generic replies!

So... is there a way so having a social pass for 6months?

And on another note, how is the cost of living in Singapore? I am getting S$1000 a month salary, will this stretch far enough?

Thanks ever so much

Ross

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Post by JR8 » Thu, 08 Sep 2011 1:02 am

Your girlfriend will not get a long term visa (on the basis of being an intern's girlfriend)

You don't say what nationality you are. If you travel a lot, weekends or weeks away each month, she might last the duration.

$1000 a month. Is that the whole deal? I used to do more than that on beer alone. Don't get me wrong, there is always a way!

Describe your situation more precisely and you'll get better feedback.

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Post by x9200 » Thu, 08 Sep 2011 8:26 am

If you are not provided with accommodation with $1k it is hardly doable for a single person. Foreigner construction workers doing basic unskilled jobs that no one want to do are paid here only slightly below that amount and they are accommodated in a cargo containers-like dormitories. If you are not a wind up, do yourself a favor and do some search before accepting this offer.

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Post by ross_pirie » Mon, 12 Sep 2011 5:51 am

ok thanks guys!

I am British, and yes this is the real deal. The practice is a small one and this is as much as they can offer. I do have money to support myself from savings etc and i am getting an upfront payment of $1000. I know that this does not sound alot of money, but being an experienced student i know how to live on the breadline. Therefore money will not be an issue and im sure the experience will more than make up for it!! And like i said its only for 6 months!

the problem i have is finding a suitable pass for my fiance, she is a restaurant manager in the UK and is about to study accounts through the Open University.

any suggestions or any more information that may help?

cheers

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Post by JR8 » Mon, 12 Sep 2011 7:35 am

Out of interest is it commonly accepted these days that to intern somewhere decent you have to be willing to pay to do so? You'll be lucky to find a place to live for your gross salary never mind live at all.

What visa are you going in on? My remarks stand re: your fiancees mode of entry.

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Post by x9200 » Mon, 12 Sep 2011 8:32 am

@ross_pirie, your reasoning is fine and actually this would be also fine to work for free in a very reputable place. If this is the case then probably you will get what you are hoping for, but if this is just a more-less anonymous company you know hardly anything about then better be careful. Besides, a majority of reputable employers pay fairly for the job done, student, regular employer, doesn't matter.
With your GF she can try to do what you did (to find an internship) or do the visa run. If very lucky she may be fine with just two runs but I would not count on this too much. If unlucky she may need to do it 4-6 times and be refused entry after the 2nd run.

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Post by fxman » Mon, 03 Oct 2011 1:14 pm

To be honest 1000 a month is too low, unless your girl is also working here. If not 1000 to support the both of you is too low.

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