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Visa turnaround

Postby Shagwah » Sun, 20 May 2012 8:05 am

Our visa is only going in this week and we are moving in 3 week. Is this enough time for a EP to be granted. It is for a CEO role of a fund administrator. The reason for the delay we had problems with sourcing degree scrolls as they were lost during a recent renovation. We are worried about getting mobile phones, bank accounts and home cable connections. We have signed a lease in the company name but on reviewing tenancy agreement it says we cant occupy without eligible EP. What are our chances?

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Postby Mi Amigo » Sun, 20 May 2012 12:25 pm

There's a reasonable chance that the employer will hear of the EP application outcome within three weeks, but it could take longer. If you do a search on this site (see above and to the right of this post for the search button, underneath 'Profile'), you'll see that the processing time can vary quite a lot, depending on what/where checks are needed and how long they take, etc.

As you'll also read on this forum, you should keep in mind that qualifying (for a potential employer) to apply for an EP does not imply any entitlement or guarantee that it will be approved. Every application is assessed on its own merits and in accordance with the MOM's internal procedures and criteria (which are deliberately kept at arm's length from the public). In theory, an EP application for a CEO position would stand a higher chance of success than average, but in recent months we have been hearing about lots of rejections at all levels (even from applicants who have been here many years). I'm not trying to scare you here, just wanted to make sure you are fully aware of the situation.
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