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Residing in a new country like Singapore would require you to know a lot of 'what to dos' and 'how to dos'. Our handy guide for expats includes information a new expatriate, would-be expat or even local Singaporean might need to know.

We cover information about relocation, home care, moving, procedures for both rental and purchase, living, staying and working in Singapore, useful information for healthcare and international schools. Do take a look at our travel and transportation guide, tips on finding a house in Singapore. There is even a FAQ section for quick tips.


Career, Jobs, Employment

Career, Jobs, EmploymentInformation of career, job, employment opportunities, working in Singapore. Including some links to job portals and career related site.

Expatriates FAQ

Expatriates FAQFrequently asked questions, including banking, employment pass, housing, immigration, schools, transport and living in Singapore.

Healthcare in Singapore

Healthcare in SingaporeInformation on healthcare, medical services and hospitals in Singapore.

House Hunt Guide

House Hunt GuideAccommodation and house hunting guide focusing on price, location and expatriate housing choice like an apartment or house.

Insurance

InsuranceExpat Insurance is a leading provider of insurance for expatriates and business in Singapore.

International Schools, Education

Listings of international schools in Singapore, education system in Singapore and procedure to admit into a local school.

Medical & Health Directory

Medical & Health DirectoryMedical Services, Aesthetic Services, Dentistry, Specialist, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wellness.

Preschools

Preschools Singapore Expats comprehensive list of schools from preschools to playgroups.

Procedure for Purchase

Procedure for PurchaseBrief information on the procedures to buy or purchase property in Singapore. Like apartment, house or other private properties.

Procedure for Rental

Procedure for RentalStep by step guide and information on the procedures to rent or lease apartment or house in Singapore.

Relocation to Singapore

Relocation to SingaporeGuides on relocation, staying and living in Singapore, information and tips when relocating to Singapore.

Singapore Immigration

Singapore ImmigrationInformation on immigration matters, Social Visit Pass, Student Pass, Visa, Permanent Residence Application, National Service.

Singapore Travel Guide

Singapore Travel GuideTips and guides on Singapore travel and motoring, includes MRT, bus and taxi. We also includes a MRT route map and detailed information of having a car in Singapore.

Universities

Singapore Expats provides a comprehensive listing of Universities in Singapore and abroad.

Useful Numbers & Services

List of useful contact numbers or links for all the essential services in Singapore.


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Re: RE: Re: renewal of re-entry permit -- Retrenched during renewal.

lifeisephemeral:

It doesn't mean it's bad.

It means somebody's going to eye ball the renewal, vs automated approved within few minutes.

Just login to iEnquire @ ICA and check in two days or so.

Thank you for the reassurance :kiss:. I'll update after the outcome (steeling myself for whatever they say) 8-[ .

Re: 28F Japanese,looking for new friends in Singapore

firbregas:
Hi there. Im a local 23/M. Do you have whatsapp? If not, you could send me an email at firdaus_jaguar@hotmail.com

Re: Salary Details Publicised

x9200:
It will of course depend on the specific case but generally anti-competitive clauses can not be very restrictive. If they are, the collateral damage (for example to the other companies) exceeds benefits of the company demanding the restrictions - in other words, it is not desirable for the industry/society.

Re: RE: Advice Needed: NS liability for new PR

ecureilx:
My wife and I recently had our PR application approved (in principle). My wife is the main applicant and upon reading the approval letter I realised only the main applicant is exempt from NS and I may be liable for full time national service. I had assumed first generation PR's didn't need to serve NS. Obviously feeling rather foolish at overlooking such a thing now.

I am almost 32 and I'm currently on an EP and working here in Singapore. I'm completely stressed about the fact that I may be liable for full time service. Full time NS at this point in my life would obviously be a rather major disruption personally and professionally. Wondering if anyone has gone through this process and how it turned out? Or if anyone has any idea what criteria is applied to determine if I would need to serve full time NS?

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

You can give up your PR since you are feeling foolish and stressed. And give the slot to somebody else dying to be a PR here

Or read up on past posts here and know that as 1sr generation adult PR you don't get called, unless you were born in Singapore and left long long ago.

Children of 1st Generation PR do get called for NS.

Seriously, are you so stressed ? Hmmmm. Take a tramadol and see how it goes. :)

Re: RE: Re: renewal of re-entry permit -- Retrenched during renewal.

ecureilx:
Hi Sam,

Wanted to ask if you went ahead and renewed the REP without being currently employed and if the REP was approved.

I'm in a similar situation to you in that I have been a PR for 15 years, left my last job and am currently looking for a new job. Do you suggest renewing the REP without being employed or waiting until employed and then renewing the REP?

PDT

Same issue. Couldn't extend my contract job in December and I tried to renew my Re-entry Permit via e-REP renewal yesterday. It says

"Please note that you will be notified of the application outcome via email as per email address provided in the contact details. You may use the 'Check Application Status' facility to determine the status of your application in from Submission Date."

Is that bad :(?
It doesn't mean it's bad.

It means somebody's going to eye ball the renewal, vs automated approved within few minutes.

Just login to iEnquire @ ICA and check in two days or so.

Re: RE: Re: Salary Details Publicised

ecureilx:

Getting back to my wife, ask me when we have opportunity to talk over some beer. I will tell you the story. Pretty funny. The company actually lost few thousand dollars just to avoid terminating her early and later she also didn't adhere to some of the post-contract restrictions, all for good.

I am not being pessimistic here but probably the contract saved your day. Didn't work in most cases I saw and experienced.

Let's hear your experience at the next beer O Clock.

My estimate says, specific to anti competitive clauses, 9 out of 10 cases were won by employees, but pretty soon the guys become unemployable as nobody wanted to bear the guys. And few of the guys I know who won cases, are till date insurance or property agents.

Maybe because most of my conflicts experiences has been pretty much in SME sector, my words may sound pessimistic

Re: RE: Re: Salary Details Publicised

ecureilx:

Getting back to my wife, ask me when we have opportunity to talk over some beer. I will tell you the story. Pretty funny. The company actually lost few thousand dollars just to avoid terminating her early and later she also didn't adhere to some of the post-contract restrictions, all for good.

I am not being pessimistic here but probably the contract saved your day. Didn't work in most cases I saw and experienced.

Let's hear your experience at the next beer O Clock.

My estimate says, specific to anti competitive clauses, 9 out of 10 cases were won by employees, but pretty soon the guys become unemployable as nobody wanted to bear the guys. And few of the guys I know who won cases, are till date insurance or property agents.

Maybe because most of my conflicts experiences has been pretty much in SME sector, my words may sound pessimistic

Re: Salary Details Publicised

x9200:
Ecu, I had some opportunity to discuss different employment related legal issues with some established lawyers (does LeeandLee tell you something?) at the time my wife had some problems with her employer. And you know what? You would be very surprised. I was actually too. What I am typically writing on this forum for any legal issue discussed is much restrictive to what is the reality. You are uber uber restrictive in your opinions and I think this is your problem and the problem of your environment - you just don't believe you can do something because somebody who you knew or heard about, was equally disbelieving and failed.
As you know I am around for some years already and every time I had to resort to do something over a legal line it is always my way despite all the pessimistic opinions I typically read from you and some other people on this forum. Maybe I am lucky, but I had it my way also in some conflict situations where the counterpart was actually a local lawyer.

Getting back to my wife, ask me when we have opportunity to talk over some beer. I will tell you the story. Pretty funny. The company actually lost few thousand dollars just to avoid terminating her early and later she also didn't adhere to some of the post-contract restrictions, all for good.

PS. See what SMS wrote? There is even a special procedure to help to mediate in such cases. If this is so hopeless why MoM would be bothered?

Re: renewal of re-entry permit -- Retrenched during renewal.

lifeisephemeral:
Hi Sam,

Wanted to ask if you went ahead and renewed the REP without being currently employed and if the REP was approved.

I'm in a similar situation to you in that I have been a PR for 15 years, left my last job and am currently looking for a new job. Do you suggest renewing the REP without being employed or waiting until employed and then renewing the REP?

PDT

Same issue. Couldn't extend my contract job in December and I tried to renew my Re-entry Permit via e-REP renewal yesterday. It says

"Please note that you will be notified of the application outcome via email as per email address provided in the contact details. You may use the 'Check Application Status' facility to determine the status of your application in from Submission Date."

Is that bad :(?

Advice Needed: NS liability for new PR

Lukus95:
My wife and I recently had our PR application approved (in principle). My wife is the main applicant and upon reading the approval letter I realised only the main applicant is exempt from NS and I may be liable for full time national service. I had assumed first generation PR's didn't need to serve NS. Obviously feeling rather foolish at overlooking such a thing now.

I am almost 32 and I'm currently on an EP and working here in Singapore. Full time NS at this point in my life would obviously be a rather major disruption personally and professionally. Wondering if anyone has gone through this process and how it turned out? Or if anyone has any idea what criteria is applied to determine if I would need to serve full time NS?

Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Re: Salary Details Publicised

sundaymorningstaple:
Most employee-employer cases are now heard before a judge at the MOM court. 3rd floor is full of court rooms. If it cannot be settled there, only then is it advised to go before a civil court.

Re: RE: Re: Salary Details Publicised

ecureilx:

And they humbly accepted the faith? How the company could have proven which of the two had breached the agreement?
(nice one Ecu)

And you can do what ? Sue to be re employed ? That job won't last long if the company has very good HR folks.

Compensation? Are you kidding? You may win a month or 2 worth compensation if you win the case.

And courts here don't like to see silly cases. Unlike in the west.

The fastest case I witnessed was for a defamation case, the complainant went in fully prepared with his top $ lawyer. Judge spent 15 minutes reading the case and didn't give any chance for the two lawyers to speak.

The order was "defendant pay the complainant 3k, case dismissed."

The complainant's lawyer asked for legal costs from defendant and the judge went like "take it off the 3k, and don't waste our time".

Case won and the winner paid the lawyer 12k, of, minus 3k, so 9k spent to show he won+bragging rights.

PNGMK can affirm how efficiently cases get thrown out in Singapore.

And unlike in other countries, few cases drag on, and fewer cases get stuck in legal queue.



Probably SMS can advise what's chance of employees winning against employers, in Singapore's context. :) and for such breach of confidentiality cases.

Do Employee-enployer disputes ending up in court happen on a Regular basis ? Not so in Singapore. And When it happens it is normally in the news.

Re: Everyone I know is leaving or already left

BBCWatcher:
On a global basis the 2008+ Financial Crisis is still in motion. In that respect at least it's similar to what happened in 1929+. During the Great Depression there were substatial national differences, ups and downs, and rolling economic crises.

Re: Everyone I know is leaving or already left

earthfriendly:
Quoting Vivian Balakrishnan FB as he was visiting Silicon Valley companies with LHL. Do you think these companies had to resort to "sexiness" or "coolness" to encourage people to join the trade? Gimmicky and dumbing down once again. They just don't understand how it works, do they? Lost leaders leading a lost nation.



" Favorite quote from Singaporean Googlers - "We are all engineers - and Google truly values engineers". We have to make engineering sexy again - to persuade many more young people to build the future. "

Re: Everyone I know is leaving or already left

Wd40:
The key thing is watch the stock markets carefully. It looks very similar to 2008 all over again. There can be massive job losses in Singapore if China does a hard landing, so be prepared and dont over leverage.