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Advice on a Visas for Unmarried Spouses

Postby jonathanfisher1 » Tue, 25 Jun 2013 4:44 am

Hey everyone.

I am hoping that someone can help us out here.

I am moving to Singapore from the UK to work as a teacher in 2 months and I will be on an EP visa. My partner (who is Australian and awesome) is coming out also and we are hoping that she can get a visa to work.

She does not have a job yet and is hoping to find one there.

What are our options with regard to getting a spousal visa so that she can live and work here? What do we need to get here in the UK that will help us with that process? What are the time frames on this?

Can anyone who has been in this situation help us out please? Or give us some place that we can start?

Thanks so much -


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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 25 Jun 2013 6:55 am

Do a search here on 'common law' or 'de facto' spouses. Been discussed numerous times. Use the search engine above in the links under the Singapore Expats Forum banner.

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Re: Advice on a Visas for Unmarried Spouses

Postby JR8 » Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:35 am

jonathanfisher1 wrote:What do we need to get here in the UK that will help us with that process?

What SMS says
re the above question:

Bring what ever you can that would persuade a sceptic that your relationship is a de facto or Common Law marriage.

That includes bank statements, utility bills, rental tenancies - that are in joint names, and so on. Photos of you hanging out with her family, and vice versa, you arguably cannot provide too much of this kind of evidence.

But as SMS says dig around and find previous discussions on it. I just hope the above briefest of outlines helps focus you on the kind of hurdle you need to try and cross.

Good luck, and revert with any follow-ons.

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Postby uscate » Wed, 26 Jun 2013 1:58 pm

If you're not going to get married before you leave home you may want to talk with your embassy about the LTVP and how to qualify. And be sure your sig other brings copies of her degrees (undergraduate and graduate). I needed to present these for my LTVP.

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