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Fees for assistance with PEP application?

Postby fieldhead » Sun, 19 Aug 2012 1:52 am

Hello,

I'm planning on applying for a PEP from overseas. I meet the criteria outlined on the MOM website and the online tool says that I am a good candidate.

The PEP application requires an address in Singapore, and unfortunately I don't have one. I've been quoted a fee of over S$1000 for a consultant to assist me with the application, using their address in the process.

Is this a typical fee? Does anyone know of a company that can do a good job for less?

I've read the application and it looks quite simple. Is there a difference between a "high quality" consultant, a "low quality" consultant and an individual led application?

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Postby zzm9980 » Sun, 19 Aug 2012 10:11 am

Your fee quoted sounds below average.

There is no difference at all, since these guys are pretty much just printing your forms and mailing them.

There are two reasons for this fee:
1) The agent could potentially have their reputation tarnished with MOM by you if you were to do something wrong. Not likely, but it is a distinct possibility.
2) They can get away with charging it.

Some members on this forum used to perform this service for free, but most stopped due to unreasonable demands by the person they were assisting. If you're qualified to receive a PEP from outside Singapore (previous salary >$8k SGD/month) then the fee isn't that bad. Just pay it.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Sun, 19 Aug 2012 10:44 am

Yep, Job seekers with entitlement complexes will stop anybody from doing favours eventually.

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Postby nutnut » Sun, 19 Aug 2012 4:29 pm

You could do it the old fashioned way, find a job, get an EP, then apply for PEP. That way you get to keep it for 5 years (as long as you keep a job) if you get a PEP and get no work in the first 6 months, it's gone - forever!
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Postby Strong Eagle » Sun, 19 Aug 2012 7:17 pm

I'll be your Singapore address for S$200. This includes filing your PEP application at a Singpost (S$20), scanning and emailing any documents that may come to my address related to your PEP, and if successful, meeting you with original documents where you will buy me a beer. You fill out your own docs and FedEx them to me... then again... if you can't do that, you probably don't have what it takes for a PEP anyway.

Email me if interested.

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Postby beppi » Mon, 20 Aug 2012 5:27 am

SE: Are you desperate for money, or for a beer?!?

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Postby Strong Eagle » Tue, 21 Aug 2012 12:08 pm

beppi wrote:SE: Are you desperate for money, or for a beer?!?


Both! It does take time and money to go to Singpost and file, then additional time to scan and send.

It used to be that the PEP application had a section where the local addressee had to act as guarantor (like on a regular EP), a situation that made no sense at all. That requirement is now removed, and it makes no sense to charge $1000 or more when there is no liability in providing the local address any more.

$200 brings a decent hourly rate.

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Postby London2sing » Fri, 07 Sep 2012 8:05 am

Lol, sound like a deal. I am in where do I sign up
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Postby SunshineSheens » Fri, 28 Sep 2012 4:15 am

nutnut wrote:You could do it the old fashioned way, find a job, get an EP, then apply for PEP. That way you get to keep it for 5 years (as long as you keep a job) if you get a PEP and get no work in the first 6 months, it's gone - forever!

But in order for you to apply for PEP, you need to be an EP holder for atleast 2 years AFAIK :)

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 28 Sep 2012 6:54 am

That is incorrect. A P1 does not need to wait at all. In fact, they can apply from overseas and get one issued without ever having been in Singapore at all, provided their previous income is at least the equivalent of 8K/ sgd/mo

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Postby nakatago » Fri, 28 Sep 2012 9:13 am

SunshineSheens wrote:
nutnut wrote:You could do it the old fashioned way, find a job, get an EP, then apply for PEP. That way you get to keep it for 5 years (as long as you keep a job) if you get a PEP and get no work in the first 6 months, it's gone - forever!

But in order for you to apply for PEP, you need to be an EP holder for atleast 2 years AFAIK :)


That's for upgrading from a P2/Q to PEP.

At least time I checked. God knows what new conditions they put in now to drive away foreigners.

/exasperation

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Postby SunshineSheens » Fri, 28 Sep 2012 3:32 pm

^so you mean you can apply for PEP directly instead of the company applying for your P2? Hubby just applied for PEP and we're still waiting for the results. It's been 2 weeks already

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Postby JayCee » Fri, 28 Sep 2012 4:32 pm

SunshineSheens wrote:^so you mean you can apply for PEP directly instead of the company applying for your P2? Hubby just applied for PEP and we're still waiting for the results. It's been 2 weeks already


If you only qualify for a P2 then there's no point applying for a PEP (unless you have the requisite number of years working on a P2 already as explained by others above) as you won't meet the criteria, masters or not
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