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S Pass holder - about to apply for EP, what are my chances?

Postby Goldy740 » Wed, 06 Feb 2013 1:57 pm

I moved from the Uk to singapore last year and managed to secure a job with a financial services company in December. Currently i am on an S pass but they would like to make me a permanent member this month so will be applying for an EP in the next few weeks. Some singaporeans in my office have been very pessimistic about my chances which is disconcerting as it would be a disaster if i couldn't stay here so i am interested to hear what you think?

I am 33 yrs old (british) with 11yrs work experience
Single
Earn +$11,000 per month
I am managerial level
Company is a $4bn US MNC
I have a BA (hons) degree

Not sure if there is anything else that is relevent?

Many thanks

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Re: S Pass holder - about to apply for EP, what are my chanc

Postby Mi Amigo » Wed, 06 Feb 2013 2:19 pm

Goldy740 wrote:I moved from the Uk to singapore last year and managed to secure a job with a financial services company in December. Currently i am on an S pass but they would like to make me a permanent member this month so will be applying for an EP in the next few weeks. Some singaporeans in my office have been very pessimistic about my chances which is disconcerting as it would be a disaster if i couldn't stay here so i am interested to hear what you think?

I am 33 yrs old (british) with 11yrs work experience
Single
Earn +$11,000 per month
I am managerial level
Company is a $4bn US MNC
I have a BA (hons) degree

Not sure if there is anything else that is relevent?

Many thanks

Some might say that your race (as opposed to nationality) is also important; in theory less so for an EP application (than, say, for PR), but these days - who knows?

I would have thought you'd have a reasonable chance for an EP, provided that the company can make a convincing case that you bring something to the table that a Singaporean cannot. Do you think there are some unique points they can highlight? Given the fact that they bothered to bring you here from the UK, presumably there are some, right?

When does your S-pass expire?
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Postby Goldy740 » Wed, 06 Feb 2013 2:43 pm

My S pass expires in may.

I work in recruitment which isn't going to do me any favours. But at least I work at a very senior level which does differentiate me from the majority. My company hired me because of my experience doing headhunting in Europe where the quality and rigour is much higher than in asia. they did interview some local candidates (through a local agency) but they were more transactional in their approach so they offered me the job.

my girlfriend is supposed to be joining me in march and she has no academic qualifications and works in HR so i think she's going to find it very difficult, maybe she can just get an S pass if i do get an EP...

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Wed, 06 Feb 2013 3:08 pm

I am surprised by your income level and only receiving an S pass. I would have though a P21 would have been more logical. Strange things are going on.

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Postby Goldy740 » Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:16 pm

so i actually have an EP but for 6 months. it got processed and accepted in 24 hrs - not sure how much to read into that.

i will have to get extended for 2yrs in the next few months - fingers crossed there won't be any problems

the next hurdle will be my gf who is coming over from aus in march and won't have a job and doesn't have a degree. she'll be looking at a similar salary to me, she has 13 yrs experience and all for large Multi-nationals so hopefully that counts for something.

just bad timing unfortunately...


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