JESSIE: I want to highlight to you this 4th September 2015 forum post on Singapore Expats.
A supposed middle-aged British lady says her Permanent Residency status was granted after writing in to Ang Mo Kio GRC MP Lee Hsien Loong. She says that she married a Singaporean man and settled down, only to be terminated when she went on maternity leave. Desperate for a job, she wanted to become a PR and sought the help of her MP in “pushing along the PR”.
Firstly, I’m uncomfortable with the idea of a foreigner seeking PR status only because she can’t find a job here. Secondly, from what I know the British Home Office has strict requirements on foreigners marrying and settling down in the UK, so I’m quite shocked that the situation is different when it comes to Singapore.
I showed this to my husband and he was hopping mad. Is this fair to locals?
Ed’s Note: This is the forum post in full:
I have been reading this forum on and off since I arrived in Singapore 3 years ago and thought I would share my experience in case it helps anyone.
My situation when I applied in April 2014:
Ba hons graduated 2002
EP working as a Managing Director earning $12k per month since Oct 2012
At that point I had 12 yrs working experience
That was not enough for my PR to be issued it seems.
I was lucky enough to meet the man for me here, and we got married in Jan 2015. He is Singaporean. Shortly after we had our baby girl who is also Singaporean. Yes, I realise how shady that looks but it really was love not about a visa!! Haha.
I kept updating the ICA, providing certs etc by email, still “pending”.
The day I was due back from maternity leave I discovered my long term employers were letting me go, apparently deciding they could get along without me and my expensive salary. Angry? Yes, but i understand from a business perspective.
Anyway, we worked out my 3 months notice and my EP was cancelled this week with an automatic 30 day stvp issued. That is a horrible situation as you can imagine, looking for work without PR here is a nightmare at present…
I went looking for my local MP’s email and as I live in amk it turns out to be Mr Lee. So despite the elections I thought wth, nothing to lose right? So i emailed my situation and asked for their help in pushing along the pr or even ltvp which i applied for in july as a last resort (also pending).
Well today, ienquiry says my PR is approved. Huge relief, just waiting for the letter/next steps now.
Happy to answer any questions”
Thank you Jess for this letter.
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