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Visa helps abused foreign brides

Long-term pass has proved to be an unexpected lifeline over past 2 years

Published on Mar 3, 2014 8:52 AM

A visa introduced two years ago to allow foreign spouses to stay longer and even work here has quietly become a lifeline for foreign brides abused by their husbands.

The Straits Times has learnt of at least five abused wives who have the visa, which enables such women to gain financial independence and escape their husbands' control, said social workers.

Called the Long-Term Visit Pass-Plus (LTVP+), the visa was introduced two years ago to allow foreign spouses longer stays here of three to five years.

Some 7,500 foreign spouses have since gone under it, said Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean in Parliament last month.

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