The Straits Times
Published on Feb 12, 2013

Dilemma of a foreign bride with no long-term pass


I AM a 31-year-old Vietnamese national in Singapore on a six-month visit pass since giving birth here.

My husband, son and aged mother-in-law are all born-and-bred Singaporeans.

I am a university graduate and was a teacher in Ho Chi Minh City before getting married here in September 2010.

My application for a Long-Term Visit Pass-Plus was rejected.

Instead, I was issued another six-month visit pass that, according to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority, is not renewable.

While I may not be currently contributing economically, I do so socially by raising my Singaporean son and looking after my widowed 80-year-old mother-in-law.

My son will one day serve national service.

My husband also served national service and has finished his stint as an operationally ready national serviceman. He is currently employed as a full-time tutor with the Chinese Development Assistance Council, helping children from low-income families who would otherwise not have access to tuition.

This sense of uncertainty has put our plans to have a second child on hold.

My husband paid almost $20,000 for the delivery charges of our son at KK Women's and Children's Hospital.

I am not even applying to be a permanent resident, let alone a citizen. All I am seeking is a Long-Term Visit Pass-Plus, which would entitle me to some subsidy from the hospital.

What I find staggering is the number of foreigners living in our condominium, who are permitted to bring in their spouse, children, parents and even parents-in-law, while I am not not allowed to stay in Singapore despite my entire family being Singaporeans.

Pham Thi Ngoc Anh (Madam)