OP, I am on a LTVP and the above post rings 100% true for me. Everything in your original post is going to be much harder going than you seem to think. Citizenship for your GF is going to take years and years and may not happen at all. You will not be able to just bum around on the couch while making visa runs for long. And even if you married in one of your own countries prior to arriving, you likely won't get LTVP+ for at least 3 years or until you have a (preferably male) child. The rules for LTVP+ (the one that confers right to work) are not published as AngMog pointed out, but that is prevailing wisdom and what an ICA officer unofficially told my spouse when asked. well, the ICA officer didn't say "preferably male", but "usually 3 years" or child, yes.AngMoG wrote:Just to chime in on some of the issues raised here:
- Your gf can apply for citizenship after having been PR for a while. She could get PR after a few years (min. 3 normally), and then after her first renewal or so (another 5 years down the road) apply for citizenship. So you are looking at a time frame of about 8 years, maybe a bit less.
- Whether your gf is PR or citizen, you marrying her gives you the right to stay, but not necessarily to work. Spouses of citizens can be granted LTVP+ according to certain fuzzy criteria (see ICA website), which confers the right to work. But that's at the discretion of ICA.
- Unmarried, you will be able to stay here as a tourist while looking for work. You cannot do that for very long - you can legally extend your tourist visa, and leave the country for a few days to come back, but either can only be done a few times before ICA will stop you. How long is anyone's guess, as there are no hard criteria.
- You do not have to stay in a hotel, you can stay with your gf while you are here (if her landlord allows this - depends on what she is renting).
- English is an official language here in Singapore, so your competition is going to be tough, though there are also enough foreigners taking lessons.. At the very least, you should have TEFL or some comparable qualification I think.
- Software testing is a job with low skill requirements. This may make it a bit difficult to secure a work visa, as the MoM may consider that these jobs can be done by locals. I would think many testers would have at least a BSc, putting you a bit at a disadvantage.
Don't rush the marriage. As JR8 pointed out, this move will put some stress on your relationship to begin with. My advice is, don't get married just because of the visa. That being said, getting married in Singapore is very easy and hassle-free.
Well isn't this quite the assumption. For your information, the pollution is terrible and it was causing me serious health problems. My gf even agreed that I should just return to the US to gain my health back. So it wasn't like I left her behind. Have you even been to Beijing before? It is ridiculous.BoroBoy wrote:You need to just do some reading by yourself before putting your hopes in random assumptions. I'd say your hopes were slim to none. Do you like her that much? Probably not if you can leave her in the pollution that you think is too disgusting for you to breath..
r.e. autism: there is very good care in Singapore, but its very expensive, dont expect much for less than $70 an hour.
Well I know that Singapore is mostly Chinese, but Singapore is a first world country unlike China. I thought this would mean better treatment. I also know that Europe or the US would provide way better care for an autistic child than anywhere in Asia. The issue is that my gf wants to live somewhere in Asia, so that visiting her family once a year is much cheaper and easier to do. I could always try to talk her into transferring somewhere in Europe, because I would rather be there. Thankfully, her company has a lot of international branches, so there are other options.AngMoG wrote:whiteboy,
you need to get that "married to a citizen" out of your head, for now. That is up to 8 years away, or even longer. It is certainly nothing you can rely on for now. Even her getting PR is a couple of years away. Having a male child and being Chinese helps, I think. That may shave a few (!) years off.
As long as you are married and your (then) wife earns at least $4000 on EP (current numbers), you can stay here on LTVP or DP (google it). But, if you are not married, it can get tricky, though from what I have heard recently you may want to try getting the assistance of the US embassy in Singapore on this.
Singapore is mainly Chinese, so I am not sure why you would expect that autistic children are treated much better. If you want that, frankly, you have to move to Europe or US/Canada/Australia.
Take the TEFL course and most importantly the exam. It does not matter where, just that you have it. Remember, you are competing with a lot of locals who can do the job just as easily. And you need some kind of qualification to show to MoM.
Getting married or not, being on LTVP vs tourist will not make any difference in your job hunt, as you would still need the same visa to work, that the company may or may not be able to obtain for you. (You need to be in SG though and have a local address and phone number.) The only (slight) difference is if you manage to be on DP, as then you could work on LOC basis (check MoM website for details). But even that is not guaranteed, and you would need to explain the LOC thing to many potential employers.
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