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I'm waiting for my TEP approval set by the HR online on 11th May. It's the 24th and I still have not received it. My classmate with the same credentials got hers in 20 days last year for the same programme at the same institution. I was wondering whether I can go to Singapore on a Social Visit Pass and wait for the approval, rather than wait for the In- principle Approval letter, and then depart. I may save a couple of days if my approval comes only just in time for my internship. I can get my Social Visit Pass for a month, but then will there be a conflict if my TEP gets granted? Do I necessarily HAVE to enter the country under the IPA Single ENtry Visa alone or can I be present o a Social Visit Pass and then collect the TEP on approval?
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Not a good idea. Don't spend any money until you know it's approved. Just because you meet the criteria doesn't mean automatic approval. While it's likely to be approved, there is always a chance, for whatever reason, that it won't be. So, unless you have deep pockets and just want to have a holiday, I'd wait.
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