Next time this year, I will pack my bags and leave for good, good riddence to an old fool who only knows how to kid himself.
– Contributed by Oogle.
I refer to the reply in Parliament about long-term visit passes (LTVPs).
About 9,400 foreign spouses of Singaporeans were on these passes each year between 2008 and 2010.
A reply to a similar question in Parliament on May 18 last year revealed that the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority processed an average of 15,400 LTVPs from foreign spouses of Singaporeans per year from 2005 to 2009.
Of these, about 2,200 applications were unsuccessful.
Between 2008 and 2010, how many LTVP applications were rejected?
Singaporeans may face emotional and financial stress when their foreign spouses, and possibly children, are denied the right to live here.
Since the requirements for granting foreign spouses’ LTVP seem unclear, on what basis should a Singaporean decide whether or not to marry a foreigner?
Could the authorities shed light on both questions?
Leong Sze Hian
Leong Sze Hian is the Past President of the Society of Financial Service Professionals, an alumnus of Harvard University, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow and an author of 4 books. He is frequently quoted in the media. He has also been invited to speak more than 100 times in 25 countries on 5 continents. He has served as Honorary Consul of Jamaica, Chairman of the Institute of Administrative Management, and founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of Brunei and Indonesia. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional qualifications. He blogs at http://www.leongszehian.com.