Monday, May 17, 2010

Invitation Letter for Singapore vacation December 8, 2009

One of my friends posted something in Facebook about his friend having been denied to go to Singapore in DMIA, Clark when he failed to produce an Invitation Letter with Seal from Philippine Embassy in Singapore in a closed envelope. Some commented that there's such a thing. Here's what i did to get one:

Philippine Embassy
Office Hours: SUN - THU 9am-12pm and 1:30pm-5pm

Bring
- IC or EPASS or SPASS
- Your Passport
- Pen
- Photocopy of Passport (the page with ID)
- Copy of Passport of visitor
- Age (this would be in handy in filling-up the form)

I went on Sunday around 1:30PM and there were a lot of people outside. They were controlling the people coming in already since it's jammed packed inside. Just inform the guard that your purpose is for notarization only. They only control the Passport application and renewals.

There's a guard house to the right where everyone needs to register however when i told them that i just came to get a notarized invitation letter he just pointed me towards Window 5 so if you want once you're in just go directly to Window 5.

They're just 5 of us in the line at first. When it's my turn i told the officer i want to get the notarized application form. He asked me for whom and i said for my Wife's cousin whose visiting. I guess they just want to make sure that it's really for vacation purposes.

He gave me an Affidavit form and pointed me to the long table at the back. There are sample forms posted in the table (For invitation letter, for affidavit of loss, etc.)

Once I'm done i went to Window 5 again. He checked then told me to go to Window 9 for payment. The amount is S$42.50. I brought the form with attached receipt back to Window 5 and waited for my name to be called. That's it. Just make sure the form has a red seal and it's really yours.

UPDATE 30Dec2011: A comment from jcam
jel,,
hello! jcam here... just want to inform everyone na di pinapayagan kumuha ng AIL kung para sa kaibigan o para sa bf/gf dapat relatives mo na.. so ang ginawa ng iba nilagay "FIANCE" pero dpende kung papayagan parin sa Embassy.. ang iba nakiusap nalang pero may mga pumayag naman na officer ng Embassy ang ginawa di na fill-up yung part na kung sino yung iimbitahin ang ginawa ng iba sila na ang nagsulat.. Ang best advice bayaran nyo muna para ala ng magagawa yung officer.. karamihan ganun ang ginawa.. sana makatulong po ito.. Pagpunta ko dito nahold din ako pero naging smooth naman ang lahat..

Jel,,salamat sa mga infos.. merry xmas and happy new year to everyone..

Disclaimer: This is my own personal experience only. Do check the embassy for latest procedures.

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Anonymous said...

hi did u send the original to the Philippines or just a scanned copy?

Jel said...

I'm not sure about that. What i did was i brought the invitation letter when i went back to PH then my Guest and I went back to SG at the same time. I just found out that you only need the invitation letter if the one your inviting is going to SG alone. However a lot of my recent friends didn't require this kind of invitation when they went through NAIA so in that case simple letter with your signature detailing the duration of stay, your address, etc will suffice. You can just email the scanned copy to your guest. Most of the stories i heard is that they encountered this problem in Clark DMIA.

Anonymous said...

hey jel..
im a singaporean.. am i eligible to apply for my filipino gf invitation for her to come to singapore at the philippines embassy...

Anonymous said...

hey jel..
im a singaporean.. will i be able to get the invitation letter for my filipino gf.. she will be coming singapore n i heard she need to have one...

Jel said...

Sorry for the late reply,i just called embassy and they said you can go there sunday to monday from 9:30am-12:30pm and 1:30pm to 5pm @ 20 nassim rd. Bring photocopy of your ic and employment letter dated at least a week before you go to embassy. You will need to pay 42.50sgd. For more info you can call their customer officer @ 67373977

Anonymous said...

For Singaporean inviting a Filipino friend, is the employment letter compulsory?

snookie51 said...

For a Singaporean inviting his filipino girl friend, is the employment letter compulsory?

Jel said...

I believe so. You can confirm with them as well. See previous post.

Anonymous said...

An invitation letter is normally required by the country one is visiting. I don't understand why the Philippines Bureau of Immigration imposes such a rule. It only makes life more difficult for the filipinos. I cannot see in what way this can benefit them. I really feel sad for the filipinos.

Jel said...

Reply from the Vice Consul in Singapore Philippine Embassy:

"Please be informed that the Affidavit of Invitation, or the invitation letter, may be required by the Immigration officer at the airport in the Philippines to verify the traveler's status as a bonafide tourist. This requirement was reinstituted as a preventive measure against illegal recruitment and human trafficking, which has recently risen in incidence.
The sponsor or host in Singapore will need to execute the Affidavit of Invitation at the Embassy for the person in the Philippines being invited. This Affidavit, in the original, may be requested by the Philippine Bureau of Immigration upon the departure of the invitee from the Philippines.
This Affidavit of Invitation is not a guarantee that the invitee will be allowed to travel and enter Singapore."

Anonymous said...

hi,

im going to singapore this month for just a vacation for a week and as far as my frend in singapore just bring my company Id, return ticket, passport. you think i can pass in the both immigration PHIL & SG?

Jel said...

I think you won't have any problem as long as you tell the immigration officer that you'll be staying for just 1 week and your return ticket proves that. However, unless you're staying in a hotel' ask your friend to send you an email of a scanned letter of invitation stating your friends address, FIN or IC and signature. This can be as simple as word doc. Just in case the officer requested an invitation letter.

Anonymous said...

Hi my name is Jane, I just want to share my BAD story. i'been in singapore last month for a week vacation.. but i have a very bad experience in our immigration.. when i present my passport and my ticket to the IO (immigration officer) at the window at terminal III. he asked me if i am working in singapore. i said no i'm not, i am a tourist. he then answered "tourist ka? bakit wala ka ticket pabalik? Then i told him " excuse me it's a two-way ticket! Then he replied "ah basta pumasok ka dun sa opisina mgpaalam ka kung papayagan ka." (I was surprised because he's been working as an IO for a long time i think because he is an old man maybe 50-60 of age, but then he dont know what is a two-way ticket).It's ok, so I go inside the office and the assigned officer (Lets call him Mr.T) give me a form to fill-up and the other 2 ladies who also travelling alone (i am not pretty and no offend, the two other girls are not pretty also, i just noticed and i don't know if it make sense) i fill-up the form, some of the questions i remember it the form are... what is your purpose of visit to singapore, when is your departure manila-singapore and singapore-manila, my address in singapore, who invited me, who buy my ticket, how much is my ticket, how much is my pocket money, do i have a visa/master card, etc.... and then upon completing the application form Mr.T asked me if i have an invitation letter, so i gave him an invitation from my friend, attached in there is my friend's NRIC ID and passport copy. He asked me for my company ID so i show him my ID, He asked me where is my leave form, i show him my leave form... haayyysss... and after that i was still denied... i already think that this might happen to me because i have a friend working in the immigration told me to bring all those requirements because those are the possible requirements the IO may ask from me.. if i cannot present any of them i might be denied.. and they are doing this for a "LAGAY" and that is P1500.. this is the dirty business in the immigration...
As much as possible i don't want to asked help to my friend inside the immigration AGAIN because last june 2010 when my cousin was to have a vacation in singapore she was also hold in the immigration at terminal II. she also bring the same requirements i have except for the passport copy of her friend who invited her, the IO officer told her to call her friend in singapore and fax a copy of her passport within 30 minutes.. so i called my friend who is working the immigration for a help, so she helped my cousin..
This time... my turn... i call my friend again for a help, but before i did that i first asked Mr.T like this... "what about P1500, can u help me?" he answered "Tignan natin kung magagawan natin ng paraan." but ofcourse i did not pay him P1500, instead i call my friend working in the immigration and whose Mother is also an IO and holding a higher position than Mr.T. Her mother just phone called one of the IO in terminal III, and then Mr.T go inside the room bringing all my requirements and then when He came back He just smiled at me and said.. "1 week lang po kayo dun ha.. Balik po kayo dun sa window, patatakan nyo na.." that was the first time i saw Him smiling and treat me nice because he is so BASTOS.... And so much for that, I had my 1 week vacation, leaving a very bad experience in the immigration.. i dont know what happend in the other two ladies.. i just said to my self "kawawa nmn sila kung wala sila kakilala sa loob.." So this is my story! a very bad unforgetable experience with IO...

Anonymous said...

[1 OF 2]
Hi my name is Jane, I just want to share my BAD story. i'been in singapore last month for a week vacation.. but i have a very bad experience in our immigration.. when i present my passport and my ticket to the IO (immigration officer) at the window at terminal III. he asked me if i am working in singapore. i said no i'm not, i am a tourist. he then answered "tourist ka? bakit wala ka ticket pabalik? Then i told him " excuse me it's a two-way ticket! Then he replied "ah basta pumasok ka dun sa opisina mgpaalam ka kung papayagan ka." (I was surprised because he's been working as an IO for a long time i think because he is an old man maybe 50-60 of age, but then he dont know what is a two-way ticket).It's ok, so I go inside the office and the assigned officer (Lets call him Mr.T) give me a form to fill-up and the other 2 ladies who also travelling alone (i am not pretty and no offend, the two other girls are not pretty also, i just noticed and i don't know if it make sense) i fill-up the form, some of the questions i remember it the form are... what is your purpose of visit to singapore, when is your departure manila-singapore and singapore-manila, my address in singapore, who invited me, who buy my ticket, how much is my ticket, how much is my pocket money, do i have a visa/master card, etc.... and then upon completing the application form Mr.T asked me if i have an invitation letter, so i gave him an invitation from my friend, attached in there is my friend's NRIC ID and passport copy. He asked me for my company ID so i show him my ID, He asked me where is my leave form, i show him my leave form... haayyysss... and after that i was still denied... i already think that this might happen to me because i have a friend working in the immigration told me to bring all those requirements because those are the possible requirements the IO may ask from me.. if i cannot present any of them i might be denied.. and they are doing this for a "LAGAY" and that is P1500.. this is the dirty business in the immigration...

Anonymous said...

As much as possible i don't want to asked help to my friend inside the immigration AGAIN because last june 2010 when my cousin was to have a vacation in singapore she was also hold in the immigration at terminal II. she also bring the same requirements i have except for the passport copy of her friend who invited her, the IO officer told her to call her friend in singapore and fax a copy of her passport within 30 minutes.. so i called my friend who is working the immigration for a help, so she helped my cousin..
This time... my turn... i call my friend again for a help, but before i did that i first asked Mr.T like this... "what about P1500, can u help me?" he answered "Tignan natin kung magagawan natin ng paraan." but ofcourse i did not pay him P1500, instead i call my friend working in the immigration and whose Mother is also an IO and holding a higher position than Mr.T. Her mother just phone called one of the IO in terminal III, and then Mr.T go inside the room bringing all my requirements and then when He came back He just smiled at me and said.. "1 week lang po kayo dun ha.. Balik po kayo dun sa window, patatakan nyo na.." that was the first time i saw Him smiling and treat me nice because he is so BASTOS.... And so much for that, I had my 1 week vacation, leaving a very bad experience in the immigration.. i dont know what happend in the other two ladies.. i just said to my self "kawawa nmn sila kung wala sila kakilala sa loob.." So this is my story! a very bad unforgetable experience with IO...

Anonymous said...

Hi Jel, this is very useful. I'd like to thank you for the tips/reminders and process for obtaining an invitation letter. I'm certain that you are helping a lot of people who'd need guidance in this area.

Jel said...

Your most welcome. Do share this blog with your friends and let me know if it needs updating.

michele said...

jel,
i am a filipina, i am going to go to singapore with my boyfriend this october 15 for 10 days......do we need to have an anvitation letter since we dont have frinds from singapore.

Anonymous said...

Hello Jel,

Im planning to go to Singapore on November, I will go there alone as a tourist for a week visit, I have no friends there, and I will just stay in a 2-star hotel only (much cheaper).

Will I encounter any problems on the immigration here in the Phils and in SG, since I have no invitation letter?

Thanks,
James

Jel said...

Hi James,

As you said you're only staying for 1 week so your return ticket will reflect that. Bring also a printed copy of your online booking or reservation of the 2 star hotel you're staying.

Just in case bring some documents that proves that you're still currently employed in the Philippines.

If by any chance you encounter some problems just state the facts. Invitation Letter is for those tourist who has a friend here in Singapore that you can crash to.

Anonymous said...

hi! i think this policy is quite stupid... is there a law stating that a citizen of a Philippines cannot go out of the Philippines without any invitation letter. maybe yes, if u have any criminal record, or there's a lawsuit and prohibits you from exiting the country. but besides that, i cannot find any reason of Filipinos living the country either they just want to spend their holiday or to find job.
Its just...a single stamp for almost $50? thats crazy. i bought my ticket for around S$250 and then i have to pay another S$50 for the invitation? I think the immigration officers in the Philippines cant hold u back unless there's a legal issue, but its up to the Singaporean immigration officer if they will allow u to enter their country or not...

Anonymous said...

Hello Jel,

Can I ask something re: applying for jobs in Singapore?

What is GCE N, GCE O Level - (What is their equivalent here in the Philippines). Is it HighSchool, right?

also,

I am only an undergraduate (1 year college), but still, I want to try my luck in Singapore. I have 8 years of working experience in different companies, mostly encoding jobs.

Are there still chances for me?
Even in Fastfoods or Retail Stores, Malls, Bars, Restaurant, or whatever (except construction jobs coz Im unfit for that)?

At tsaka po, kapag po ba sa ganun maliliit lang na establishments, like mga retail stores, or small restaurants and bars, sila rin po ba ang nag-aayos ng work permits katulad nun mga big companies na sila ang nag-aayos ng papers?

Maraming Salamat sa'yo Jel,



God bless...
Edwin

Jel said...

Hi Edwin,

I'll try my best to answer.

For GCE here's a link:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080103174229AAfFYFI

Unfortunately wala akong first hand experience regarding sa paghahanap sa Food and Beverage Industry. Puro kuwento lang mga naririnig ko. Yun lang ung mga maishashare ko.

First is yung experience mo sa encoding e mismatch sa plano mong applyan d2. Kahit matangap ka e bka mareject ka sa Ministry of Manpower kasi strict sila sa ganun. Dapat ung job na inaaplyan mo is tugma sa experience mo before lalo na since foreigner ka.

2nd usually pag F&B, sa employment agency dumadaan. Lalo na ngyon priority ng Singapore Govt. ang mga citizens nila kaya ung mga ganung job sa knila binibigay. Ang problem lang sa agency is malaki placement fee. Download mo ung list ng accredited agencies d2 sa singapore from www.philippine-embassy.org.sg/ then i-email mo isa isa para macheck mo kung mahahanapan ka d2. Agencies ung nagaayos ng Work Permits.

Before ka pumunta d2, my advice is make sure na at least may work na nagaantay syo. Kung makikipagsapalaran ka man kelngan mong icompute ang expenses mo para at least ndi maubos savings mo.

Lastly, mas ok kung may kakilala ka d2 na nasa F&B na pdeng mapagtanungan.

Sana kahit papaano nakatulong ako.

Anonymous said...

Pleasant day Jel,

I have some inquiries regarding going there to SG.

I plan to go there alone in mid-December, as a tourist then want to try to find a job.
This is my first time to go outside Philippines.
But, aside from reading some articles online, I have also heard that an Invitation Letter is a must nowadays.

I have no way of having an Invitation Letter, coz I got no relatives and even friends in SG, what do you think I should do?

And if ever theres an alternative way I could do to pass through PH and SG immigration, how much money should I need for a 1-month stay, including job hunting?


Mabuhay ka Jel, salamat,
Milano

Anonymous said...

Jel,

what are the usual questions immigration people ask, here in Phils and in S'pore?

i will leave only as a tourist, (but my purpose is to find a job there) I have no Invitation Letter, but I can show them a large amount as a show-money, do u think they will allow me?

Tnx tnx,
Carmen Solig

Anonymous said...

HI JEL,

IM HERE IN SINAPAPORE AND MY BOYFRIEND IS GOING TO VISIT ME FOR JUST TWO WEEKS, OR LESS THAN TWO WEEKS, HE BOOK A TICKET FROM 16-29, DO I NEED TO GIVE HIM AN INVITATION LETTER WHICH WITH A STAMP FROM PHILIPPINE EMBASSY?
OR A SIMPLE INVITATION FROM ME IS OK? THANKS

Anonymous said...

HI JEL,

IM HERE IN SINAPAPORE AND MY BOYFRIEND IS GOING TO VISIT ME FOR JUST TWO WEEKS, OR LESS THAN TWO WEEKS, HE BOOK A TICKET FROM 16-29, DO I NEED TO GIVE HIM AN INVITATION LETTER WHICH WITH A STAMP FROM PHILIPPINE EMBASSY?
OR A SIMPLE INVITATION FROM ME IS OK? THANKS

Jel said...

A simple invitation would suffice. Include your complete address, duration of visit, purpose of visit and your signature then email to him the scanned copy.

As long as he has a retun ticket matching the duration of visit then it should be ok.

He can also bring some supporting documents that proves he's still employed in Philippines.

It would also help if he previously went out of country before which will reflect in his passport. Ask him to bring a backpack as a handcarry which will make him seem like a backpacker tourist.

However i must warn you that this is not foolproof. If you saw previous comments the immigration officer can ask for any documents. Just tell your bf not to be intimidated and just state the facts.

So please don't blame me if he encounters any problem ;)

Jel said...

I'm currently making a facebook page. This will serve as an extension of this blog site. I think it would be easier to conduct discussions and ask questions from there. I will be able to reply asap as well :) as soon as i can get 25 friends as a fan of my page then i can set the url to be easily accessed and remembered. The name is Pinoy Singapore Life.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jel,

First po, gaano po ka-aga pwedeng pumunta sa airport at immigration dito sa naia manila before flight, para po in-case na maraming tanungin un immigration, hindi ako maiiwanan ng airplane kung maaga ako magpapa-clearance sa immigration.

And regarding po dun sa unang nagtanong, si James (Sept 26, 2010), kapag po ba nag-book sa Airline ng ticket at nagpa-reserve ng room sa mumurahing hotel lang, if ever po na hindi ako maka-lampas sa immigration, meaning, kapag po hindi ako pinayagan makapunta ng Singapore, pano na po yon kung naka-skedule na yun flight ko? Edi masasayang po ang nagastos ko kasi bayad na yon, diba po?

Pwde pa rin po ba ipa-rebook ung ticket sa Airline kahit un mismong araw na un lang sila ii-inform na hindi ako matutuloy?
E pano na po ung room reservation sa Hotel, pwede rin ba ipa-rebook un hotel reservation sa Singapore, kahit biglaan ang pag-advised ko sa kanila?

Sorry sa mga tanong ha, first time eh.

Tenks po
Dorris

Anonymous said...

Jel,

What some Low Level positions are in demand in SG, that an Undergraduate Filipino could apply to?


Thanx,
Junior

Jel said...

Hi Dorris,

We always arrive in the airport 2 hours before the flight. This should be sufficient enough. Check-in ka lang agad.

If i remember correctly, may types of Airline tickets. Pag sale tickets usually they're not flexible. Yung medyo mahal na tickets ay flexible meaning you can change booking dates without charge. For example sa Jetstar they have JetSaver and JetFlex (Anyone can correct me on this if i'm wrong).

Regarding hotels, i've never tried booking an hotel before here in Singapore pero assuming na pareho lang sila ng procedures ng hotels sa Manila i believe they have certain policies as to how many days you should give them notice that you'd like to change your booking date. Contact them via email or phone. Responsive naman ang mga hotels. During reservation you do not pay upfront but they will require you to give your credit card no. This will serve as a guarantee just in case you do not make good on your reservation. They will charge you with a fee if you don't show up. If you encounter problems just contact them.

Prepare your itinerary like what tourist spots you're planning to go. At least when they ask you this you have a ready answer. Kasi kung tourist ka tlga you should have an idea kung san mo gustong pumunta.

By the way I think the maximum cash in pesos you can bring outside the country is 10k. So bring your credit card just in case. It's good to travel light and keep your valuables and travel docs safe.

I think immigration really just wants to prevent human trafficking but of course there are really bad apples. Another tip is observe the crowd na nakapila sa immigration. Kung yung ibang pila e mukhang ndi naman natatagalan sa pagtanong e dun ka na. Just to increase your chances.

Other than that enjoy and have a safe trip :)

Please go to Pinoy Singapore Life facebook page. You can see it on the right of this site. Just "Like" it. Thanks.

Jel said...

Hi Junior,

Unfortunately i'm not familiar with those kind of things. What i can tell you is this:

- Look for accredited agency list in www.philippine-embassy.org.sg/
- Go to Jobsites like Monster, Jobsdb, Jobstreet or do a search in google of the job you're planning to apply then Singapore e.g. Waiter+Singapore

Good luck :)

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Anonymous said...

Jel,

what are the usual questions immigration people ask, here in Phils and in S'pore?

i will leave alone only as a tourist, (but my purpose is to find a job there). I have no Invitation Letter, but I can show them a large amount as a "Show-Money", do u think they will allow me?

Tnx tnx,
Carmen Solig

Anonymous said...

Hello Jel,

I have some inquiries regarding going there to SG.

I plan to go there alone in mid-December, as a tourist then want to try to find a job.
This is my first time to go outside Philippines.
But, aside from reading some articles online, I have also heard that an Invitation Letter is a must nowadays.

I have no way of having an Invitation Letter, coz I got no relatives and even friends there in SG, what do you think I should do?

And if ever theres an alternative way I could do to pass through PH and SG immigration, how much money should I need for a 1-month stay, including job hunting?


Mabuhay ka Jel, salamat,
Milano

Jel said...

Hi Carmen and Milano,

For my reply please go to www.facebook.com/pinoysingaporelife and go to Discussions tab.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jel,

I have known that there are some problems in Philippine immigration down here in the Philippines Because I have friends that who wants to go to Singapore to visit some of their relatives but they was denied in the immigrations because they cannot produce the authenticated invitation letter form Philippine embassy in singapore. What can you say about this? What if you want to go anywhere around the world you need the authenticated invitation letter from the embassy of all the country that you are going to visit. That is stupidity right? I hope that the person who implement this will realize what they are doing.

Jel said...

I totally agree. If they're going to implement something like this they should announce it on Embassies, news, prints, internet and any other media of communication.
There should also be clear guidelines that we can follow so that we're not shooting in the dark. I understand that they're trying to prevent illegal recruitment but the way they discriminate is just preposterous.

Anonymous said...

I think the policy was implemeted for the government agency to have additional income. That's it. They are encapable of annoucing their new policy in a way that every Filipino can easily get notified. With this very poor implementation, the time and money are wasted. I just had a friend who got denied today at Clark DMIA.

Anonymous said...

hi! i have that bad experience too.dapat po flight ko na kanina but unfortunately nadenied ako kc i dont have any idea namn na kelangan pla ng invitation letter and tourist ako punta ng sg, they asked me also kung employed ako d2 sa phils and wala papo ako mapakita id sa kanila.actually po may job interview po kc ko sa sg kya ako punta and madami naman po ako fren n relatives but hnd ko lam na they need invitation letter. my question po is possible pa po kya ako mgtravel sg kung nadenied na ko and meron cla pina filup and ngcopy cla ng pasport ko? wala po kya maging problem sa sunod ko travel?

Jel said...

To Anonymous,

You can still travel to SG again but do learn from your experience in Immigration. Back read on some of my comments in this post for more information. Thanks and Good Luck.

Anonymous said...

hi Jel..

i just read your very much wide info regarding visiting SG..can you do me a favor?i'm planning to go in SG nxt year and i'l be staying at my friend's place. Can you furnish me a copy of the said Invitation Letter?

thank you in advance..

Jel said...

Hi,

Unfortunately i can't. You have to ask your friend to go to Philippine Embassy to get you one. They would need to sign and pay the fee. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Hi im jc hiw many days is the processing of this letter thank you and if i have one for my girlfriend who would be with me for a month of stay to celebrate her bday is it sure that we cant experience problem thank you

Jel said...

Hi JC,

You can get the invitation letter at that same day.

1 month would be hard to pass as a vacation. IO might ask evidence that your gf is currently employed in PH.

Anonymous said...

hi!good day!i planned to go SG this coming January 2011. I have a RT of 2 weeks and will depart from DMIA Clark. Do I need an invitation letter for my 2 weeks stay there coming from my cousin?What are other documents should I provide?Its my first time to travel out of country.Thanks in advance!

Jel said...

Hi,

Kung gusto mong makacgurado pakuha ka sa cousin mo ng IL sa embassy d2 sa Singapore tpos pa courier nya syo or ipadala nya sa friend na uuwi ng pinas.

For the rest of the docs i suggest you bring the following:
- Employee ID
- Last Payslip
- Show money (not more than 10k PHP in cash)
- IL

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Anonymous said...

How about a simple letter coming from him not from the phil. embassy?does it work or need tlga ung authenticated?will the show money be in peso or SG$?

Anonymous said...

How about a simple letter coming from him not from the phil. embassy?does it work or need tlga ung authenticated?will the show money be in peso or SG$?

Jel said...

Depende e. May ibang nakakalusot at may ibang ndi. Nasa sa iyo na lang kung anong desisyon mo.

Kahit anong currency pde basta not more than 10k php in cash.

Anonymous said...

what is leave document that I read above? Also if my friend is unemployed and cant show any company Id, etc. only have invitation letter, some money and passport still valid for this month as expiring in jun 2011.

is there anyway to avoid being stopped and being denied?

Is the other airport other than Clark will not have this problem?

Anonymous said...

Hi Jel,
I am very thankful that you really a great help for us to be more informed regarding the to/fro to SG. I would like to ask you, if my sister will be going here in SG, do she really need an invitation letter from PH embassy or just a letter of invitation coming from me? Hope you will answer me soon. Have a nice day!

Jel said...

Thanks, i'm glad i can help.

Regarding your question, it all boils down to minimizing the "chance" of having problems in immigration. If your accompanying her from Phil to SG then most likely she will go through without hitch and would no longer require any invitation letter (readers...do correct me if i'm wrong here). So only you can decide. Sorry if i don't have a definite answer but that's the reality of it. Do share your experience whatever you decide.

John Papers said...

This is amazing list like the previous one..
Thank you for sharing this information..
John..

Anonymous said...

hi po, ung friend ko na hold po sa mgration now lng kc hinanapan ng authenticated tlaga na letter..bukas punta ako ng phil emgration para kumuha..ask ko lng po pwede ko lng po ba e fax sa kanya ung authenticated na letter ko for her once mkuha ko na sa embassy agad or need tlaga na mailed letter? pls advice wawa kc friend ko walang matirahan sa manila..meron na siyang copy ng passport and ic ko dito sa singapore kaso ung invitation letter ko maild na letter.ayaw ng mga taga emgration dapat daw authenticated na letter from here..pls advice..salamat po

Jel said...

I'm really not sure kung pwede ang FAX. Kasi yung sa amin pinaFedex ko. Sana naitanong nya sa Immigration yun or maybe you can try and ask the embassy. Pkiupdate kami sa mangyayari ha.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jel, really useful information.. But just recently, my gf from the Phillippines got rejected to taking her flight because there was cancelation's on the Invitation letter to correct some spelling errors i made.. But another thing is, when i was about to write the letter, they alrdy did some cancellation at the top, since the top by right, is suppose to be filled up by a Filipino.. Im Singaporean by the way..

Anonymous said...

Hi jel! Just want to ask lang, my 2 cousins along with their BF will be having a vacation here in SG and they will be staying here in our place for 4 days only. Do I still need to provide an authenticated invitation letter eh less than a week Lang ang stay nila? & 2 of them ay my work nman sa Pinas, ung 1 American citizen naman (BF ng cousin ko).. OR I can just make a personal invitation letter attached with a copy of my pass & passport tutal 4 days Lang cla d2 and meron na din clang ticket for Universal Studios..? Thanks... :))

Jel said...

Hi, unfortunately i really can't give you a direct answer to that. As you've already read, wala talagang assurance. If you really can't give your cousins the authenticated IL just tell them to bring all the docs na magpapatunay na may steady jobs or business sila back home. Just do a back read of the comments in this post and you'll find a lot of tips. Please share their experience afterwards. The more information we can get the better.

Anonymous said...

This is weird. My husband and I went to Singapore last December 2010 for 4 days. We even stayed at a friend's house not at a hotel. I did not recall any instance from the Immigration at PAL Terminal II for an invitation letter or even any required documents of such. It is only now when I'm planning to go back have I got these notions.

Jel said...

It might be because you only stayed for 4 days and fly via PAL which is not part of the budget terminal but I'm just speculating here.

Anonymous said...

My friend invited me to Singapore to apply in the company she is working in. I was given a hard time by the Philippine Immigration in Manila.

I told them that I will be visiting as a tourist for three weeks. But they asked for an invitation letter.

I was asked to go to the Immigration Supervisor and was told to fill out a form. They asked for my company ID which I didn't have anymore because I returned it to my company. I had to lie that I left it and that I was on leave. They had told me that my company should fax a certificate of employment to them. I called my former employer, who was very supportive. He right away faxed them the COE and voila! I am currently working in Singapore...
The Singapore Immigration Officers are very respectful and polite. I feel very sorry for us as Filipinos. We have a very rich country but the people who serve us are so dirty and corrupt, even those in the low positions are like that.
My boyfriend is coming here next month. His ticket says he will be back in the Philippines after eight days but he is hoping to find a job here in the field of Architecture. I will be preparing the invitation letter and will be mailing it to him. I am praying that he will stay here for good.
Grabeh nakakahiya ang mga taga Immigration sa Philippines! That's why our country is not improving.

Jel said...

Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm sure someone out there will find it useful. Do share your BF's experience as well.

Anonymous said...

hi jel,

I just want to ask how long is the validity of the authenticated invitation letter? i had one dated january 23 , 2011. I am not sure if it is still acceptable.

ginamit ko kasi yun last january 28 kaso na-offload ako for the reason na hindi raw kaya ng uncle ko na gastusan ako sa singapore dahil uncle ko ang nag-invite sa akon.

so i want to try again this but not sure if my invitation letter is still valid.

thank you,

Anonymous said...

hi!

thank you for your blogsite. i finally found someone whom i can ask.

i already have a authenticated invitation letter as a tourist to singapore from my uncle dated january 23 , 2011 . I just want to know if valid pa yun if ngayon pa lang ako magtravel ulit

na-offload kasi last jan 28. dapat nakaalis na ako kaso di ako lumampas sa immigration sa clark-dmia.. please answer really need to know if i need to get a new invitation letter from embassy.

thanks a lot.

Jel said...

according to ph embassy here in sg its valid for 1 year but one time use only. Meaning kung natatakan na ng immigration sa ph e ndi n valid.

Anonymous said...

hi ask ko lang po if how much money needed.kasi ung cozin ko sabay kaming punta ng sg bali dun siya ngwowork isasabay lang niya ako then 2weeks ung stay ko sa kanya..do u thin jel mahohold kaya ako?or hindi?...
thanks

Anonymous said...

i,

We stay in Singapore monthly as my Boyfriend works in here.Im gonna invite my sister on first week of March for holidays.Pwede ba kong mag pa authenticate ng invitation letter for my sister sa Philippine Embassy kahit tourist lang din ako sa Singapore?

thanks,
Nhel

Jel said...

Money for what? Kung kasabay mo ung friend mong nagwowork dito papuntang SG e ndi mo na kelngan ng IL kasi kasama mo na yung nagiinvite syo. Yun lang naman pinakapurpose ng Invitation Letter.

For Nhel, YUng boyfriend mo lang ang pwedeng kumuha ng IL for both of you since sya yung may valid work pass dito sa SIngapore.

Anonymous said...

nakakainis talaga ang philippine immigration. I had a 2 way ticket yesterday , it was my flight to singapore . I have aunthenticated invitation letter from my uncle and a 60,000 php in cash which i just borrowed from a friend and i've state that i will be staying in sg for 3 days but still they did not allow me,, they told me that what they need is a bank certificate and what i showed them is not enough.
well i wasn't really a tourist i have a job waiting for me there. It was my first time to travel. I cannot blame my employer for not helping me to get a poea knowing what kind of mentality the government is. my employer said that they were ask for too much money, so i have no choice but get out of the country as a tourist. nakakahiya man sabihin pero lantaran ang corruption talaga. i don't know if they are just really doing there job.

Anonymous said...

hi jel, tanung ko lang kung ano b ung sinasabi ng immigration here that i need the authenticated letter come from immigration. and then panu po makakuha nun..badtrip po talaga ako kc kanina dapat ung flight ko and then na denied po ako kc im lack of supporting documents..i have and invitation letter but then kulang parin daw un..kainis talaga sayang lang tuloy ung ticket ko..some comments and advice nmn po..thanks in advance..

Anonymous said...

hello..i have my schedule going to singapore nextweek.. my intention is to study islam and it is sincere from my heart.. jel do u think immigration still ask me alot of questions? pls reply me before nxtweek. thank u..

Anonymous said...

hi jel knina flight ko sa jetstar terminal 1 . i have an invitation but not authenticate . also have the photo copy of my fiance who bought my tiket. its a 2 way tiket just for 3 days. also have the 15 k poket money. but still im denied. they said i need to authenticated my invitation letter to the phil embassy.then so many documents asked for me like company id . i dont have company id because i already resigning. my question is if im authenticated my invitation and brings all the document like scanned copy and passport of my boyfriend in singapore , do u think i can enter singapore without any problem ? even i dnt have company id bcoz im not employed now .pls help to answer this question . he planning to book a tiket again for me. ITS A WAISTING MONEY AND TIME IF I DENIED AGAIN AT THE IMMIGRATION. SO MANY CORRUPT IN PHIL IMMIGRATION.

Jel said...

fyi, I'm not connected to any government agencies. I can only share what I have personally experienced. For those asking about what and how to get an invitation letter please read original post. For tips please read through the comments as youre questions might already been asked.

For anonymous whose planning to study islam, you do realize that you can also do that in the philippines. The immigration officer might raise this question to you.

To everyone, the only person you need to convince is the immigration officer. if you encounter discriminating or abusive IO please take their names or look at their id tags and report them. what the other person did was to queue to a different line when he encountered an IO asking for bribe.

i sincerely wish all of you good luck.

Anonymous said...

jel gud pm ,, san ba talga mangagaling yun invitation letter sa singapore phil embassy or dito sa pilipinas ? kc meron na po ako invitation pero hindi authenticated . paauthenticated ko sana sa philippines embassy dito . pwede po ba yun ? tas meron nmn ako supporting documents na magpapatunay na invite nya talga ako.

Jel said...

Mangagaling yun sa Singapore Philippine Embassy. Ang dapat kumuha nun yung nagiinvite sayo d2 sa Singapore. He/She must have a valid work pass or PR or Citizen in Singapore.

Anonymous said...

hello jel pwede po b kahit yong frend ko don hindi pr nag wowrk lng sya.or pwede kahit wala ng invitation letter kc tatlo naman kami brother ko at sister ko .

Jel said...

Kahit ngwowork lang sya pwede. Wala pa naman akong naririnig na group na nadeny ng IO.

Anonymous said...

hello jel,

I'm working here in SG at gusto ko sanang papuntahin dito asawa ko, gusto ko sana cyang padalan ng invitation letter,invitation letter b is sure na to grant you entry d2 sa Singapore at para makalusot ka sa immigration sa Pilipinas? anu b ang inilalagay sa invitation letter? Kapag b nakapasok kn d2 sa Singapore ok lng b n mg-extend cya at maghanap ng trabaho d2..d nmn b bawal..kasi pagkakaalam ko nakalagay sa invitation letter is as tourist lang or something like that...thanks in advance..hope to here your reply soon..

Jel said...

Hindi assurance ang may authenticated IL. Nasa IO pa rin yung decision. Frustrating dba.

Yung nilalagay sa IL yung basic lang like your name, purpose of invitation, your address, etc. May template ka namang susundan. Fifillup-an mo na lang.

Kahit ilang beses kang magextend. Ang lagay e kung maaaprove lagi. Hindi illegal ang maghanap ng work ang tourist. Walang pakialam ang Singapore dun.

Anonymous said...

hi jel kailngan ba na may dala na invitation letter bago pumunta ng phil embassy ? or sila na po nagprovide nun invitation letter.at bibigay na lng sa kukuha. thanks.

Anonymous said...

hi po..D2 po ako sa Dubai nagwowork. Gusto po ng bf ko na dun ako magbakasyon this coming July? Kailangan ko rin po ba ng invitation letter galing sa kanya?

Jel said...

May IL form na dun sa Embassy. You just need to fill it up. See my original post.

Jel said...

I think you need IL specially if you're going to Dubai.

Anonymous said...

hello jel gud am keylangan p b tlga ng invitation letter kahit tatlo kami family ko ? Or hindi n kc gusto kong makasiguro ayaw kong masayang yong ticket .

Anonymous said...

hello jel gud am keylangan p b tlga ng invitation letter kahit tatlo kami family ko ? Or hindi n kc gusto kong makasiguro ayaw kong masayang yong ticket .

Jel said...

Kung tourist kayong lahat at kung talagang gusto mong makasigurado then the answer is clear :)

Unless you have hotel booking that you can show to the IO?

Anonymous said...

eh kung mag rerent lng kami n boarding house hindi hotel pwede rin b yon ? thanks jel

Anonymous said...

eh kung mag rerent lng kami n boarding house hindi hotel pwede rin b yon ? thanks jel

Jel said...

I honestly don't know. Pag hotel booking kasi at least may maipapakita ka sa IO na Internet booking acknowledgement or reservation. So you have to ask yourself that question.

Anonymous said...

Hi!

My brother is an E-pass holder in Singapore. My parents who are 67 and 65 years old, are going to visit him there for 10 days. They will be staying with him but they will also have pocket money and credit card of their own. Do they still need to provide a Philippine Embassy authenticated invitation from my brother considering their age? (Hindi naman na siguro sila pagdududahan that they will try to find a job there?) Or a simple invitation from my brother together with a copy of his E-pass would suffice? Thank you in advance for your reply.

Jasmin

Jel said...

Hi Jasmin,

I really can't say since i'm not sure kung gaano kasukdulan ang corruption ng ibang IO. Does anyone here have a similar experience like Jasmin?

Anonymous said...

Hi Jel,
I am currently working as EPass holder dito sa SG. I will be going home to Phils soon and coming back to SG after a week. Sa pagbabalik ko dito SG ay makakasama ko isang friend ko. Sa pagbabalik ko ba dito, nirerequire pa ba ng IO sa atin ang IL lalo kung Authenticated samantalang magkakasabay naman kaming papunta dito sa SG?

Jel said...

Kung sabay kyo wag ka nang kumuha ng IL. Actually this thurs. kasabay ng Misis ko (PR) yung sister nya papuntang Singapore. Hindi na kami kumuha ng IL. I will keep you guys posted kung anong mangyayari.

Enrico said...

Hi Jel!
Plan ko bumalik ng SG next week. Ang doubt ko lang baka ma-deny ako sa immigration dahil kagagaling ko lang dun 2 weeks ago. sabi ng kaibigan ko na nasa SG papadalhan daw nya ako ng authenticated invitation letter. Sapat na kaya yun pra makalagpas ako sa IO?
I'm thankful nakita ko ang post mo.
Binasa ko lahat ng comments!

Jel said...

Enrico,

I guess you need to have a very good reason para bumalik sa SG after 2 weeks. You don't have any options but to convince the IO. Mukha namang wala ng atrasan yan e. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

hi jel i'll be in singapore for 7 days only but im planning to extend there para hanap ng work..Ask sana ako na ok lang ba talaga walang IL kasi sabay naman kami ng friend ko papunta don?problema ko lang kasi mayfriend din sya na sasabay tpos 4 days lang ang ticket...another question is ano ba magandang reason since yung husband ko is working sa korea ngayon?

Jel said...

You can extend whenever you want but there's no assurance na maaapprove. Yes, to my knowledge, basta kasabay mo yung naginvite ok lang walang IL. It defeats the purpose kasi.
Walang kaso kung yung isang friend nya e 4 days lang. Kahit magkaiba kyo ng days ayos lang kasi ndi naman kyo related.

Anonymous said...

hi jel. thanks for providing such a forum for us wanting to visist SG. me and my cousin are booked to a flight to SG for 1 month. purpose is to visist our cousin and my sister there. pero 4 months pa lang sila dun. they are not residents yet. what preparation do we need? are they allowed if ever to give us IL?

thanks for responding. :)
-- jean q.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jel...My sister is flying to Singapore on Tuesday night again. She has been denied once at DMIA last week, immigration officers told her she dont hav the capability to be a tourist as she don't have work in the Philippines..I just dont understand why this is happening, she has all the necessary documents, invitation letter and show money still they didn't approved it...what we did was im going to send someone to go to the Philippines to scort her in coming to Singapore...do you think she won't encounter another problem at the immigration the fact that she has someone from Singapore with her?

Anonymous said...

yes, Clark DMIA is notoriuos when it comes to this Invitation letter. They will deny you just for this reason...
Hangang mapilitan kang maglagay kung may pagkakataon?

Jel said...

It's better na may kasabay nga syang Work pass holder pag punta sa Singapore. That way no need to bring IL.

Anonymous said...

hello jel, thanks for the informative blog you made. I have round trip ticket already to sg for 21 days. do i need visa? and I'll be staying at my uncle's house while trying to find job and vacation as well, does the IL authenticated would be enough to pass the immigration here. I have my stable job here in RP and i can show them my company Vacation leave form and my ID as well. what do you think would be my problem on our immigration? and can you give us tips for first time traveler outside country. thanks and looking forward to your reply! Godbless

Anonymous said...

hi jel,

First of all a pleasant day to you. im MAC filipino citizen currently working here in Kuwait. my girlfriend is also a filipina working in singapore. this month of april is my vacation and on april 6 to april 19 2011. ill be there in singapore for holiday purposes and im planning to apply a job over there. In my plane ticket it is indicate (kuwait-singapore-manila). i have some questions to you. 1. do i need invitation letter from girlfriend? 2. do you think IO they will allow me to stay just for 2 weeks in SG?and lastly. 3. Can i extend for another 1 week to stay in SG after april 19? if you don't mine can you pls email me. mc07mc@yahoo.com tnx jel hope you respond immediately.

Jel said...

1. do i need invitation letter from girlfriend? Since you're coming from kuwait i don't know if they require IL in Kuwait. When you're in Singapore they seldom ask IL. A simple IL will do in Singapore IO.
2. do you think IO they will allow me to stay just for 2 weeks in SG? Singapore IO usually gives 30 days.
3. Can i extend for another 1 week to stay in SG after april 19? You can always extend however there's no assurance that it will be approved.

Andrew said...

Hi Jel,

First of all, nagpapasalamat ako sa'yo kasi very useful 'tong blogsite mo, lalo na sa mga katulad kong naghahanap ng work dyan sa SG.

Here is my case:

Pupunta po ko dyan sa SG this saturday April 9. I-aapply po ko ng SG friend ko ng Authenticated IL bukas wednesday. May IPA Letter na po ko. Gusto ko sanang i-consult sa inyo itong back-up plan ko just in case hindi succesful ung Authenticated IL:

Preparation for PHL Immigration:
- Return ticket 2 weeks (April 23 return ko, reason ko is 'Vacation on lenten season', 21 and 22 kasi holiday sa pinas)
- Company ID (evidence ko na may work pa ko dito sa Pinas)
- IL from my SG friend, signed (not authenticated)
- Passport copy at EPass copy ng SG friend ko
- Show money (2k plus)
- Trip Itinerary and SG Tourist Spot brochures (pang-front ko lang para magmukhang tourist talaga)
- Passport ko

Sa SG Immigration, balak ko ipakita ung IPA Letter ko, to show them na may job offer na ko sa SG.

Jel, Do u think na OK tong preparation ko? Sa tingin mo, gaano kalaki ung chance na makalusot me both PH and SG immigration?

Jel said...

Hi Andrew,

May job offer ka na pla e, sana ginawa mong 3 or at most 5 days yung duration kung talagang vacation ka lang. Also ok lang na ipakita mo sa SG immigration yung In-Principle Agreement pero WAG NA WAG mong ipakikita sa PH IO yan since tourist ka lang. Pinakabutas lang na nakikita ko is yung invitation letter na ndi authenticated but other than that wala naman based dun sa posts ng iba. Wag ka na lang paintimidate and ibigay mo lang yung docs na hinihingi at wag mong ipakita lahat ng docs mo hanggat ndi hinihingi.

Andrew said...

Ok po noted.

Jel, PAL po ung kinuha kong flight. Ayon kasi sa mga nababasa ko, mhigpit daw sa budget kaya PAL ang kinuha ko kahit napakamahal. Sa tingin mo ba ok ung ganung logic?

Jel said...

Yup, yun yung sabi nung iba. Although ok din Jetstar.

Anonymous said...

hello, i think my situation is the same as this except the fact that i will be going to hk.
just yesterday, i was booked for a flight to hk from dmia, clark..but i got offload because i dont have any invitation letter and supported documents for a week stay at hk with my friends(they were already in hk now with the host, and they flew from the naia). is it okay for me to book a flight to hk for tomorrow april 7?
i mean, hindi ba nila matrace or something na na offload ako sa dmia?
by email e send na nung host namin ung invitation letter plus his edentification.

Jel said...

i don't think so since wala namang PC ang mga PH IO unlike SG IO's na may PC bawat isa. Goodluck.

Anonymous said...

thank you po...e co confirm ko pa ung flight ko via internet..which is much better? cebu pac or pal? i mean in terms of immigration interview?

sana makalusot ako kahit IL lng (not authenticated) at residency ng host ang maipakita ko. do u think enough na un?ano pa ba kelangan? kasi po minadali ito...tsaka sayang din ung return flight ko which is on april 12.

Anonymous said...

@jel., how long does it take for fedex to send a letter of invitation from singapore to the philippines? thanks

Jel said...

The fastest is next day delivery.

Anonymous said...

tanong lang po.. nagttrabaho po ako sa Singapore ngayon magbakasyon ako pinas tapos gusto ko isama GF ko pabalik singapore para mamasyal kelangan ko pa po kaya sya gawan authenticated na invitation letter? salamat...

Jel said...

Based on our experience ndi na kailangan. Just bring some old photos of you and your gf in a digital camera or phone just in case humingi ng proof n gf mo sya.

aldo said...

hi jel ...if for singaporeans want to invite ther filipina friends to come to singapore ...would they need an affidavit with red seal or just a normal invitation letter will do ?

Jel said...

Hi Aldo,
Yes, they will need the one with the seal which is the authenticated one.

Anonymous said...

hi jel!may plan po kami ng niece ko to have a vacation for 4 days in SG.wala po kaming relatives doon.so di kami ma kakakuha ng invitation letter from SG.mas oki po bah na yong kunin namin na ticket may kasamang package for hotel accomodation.ano pa po ba kailangan dalhin namin na papers para di kami ma deny.tnx

Jel said...

How old is your nice? Pag bata kasi they require a DSWD certificate or something. This prevents child trafficking kung hindi parents yung kasama ng bata. I'm not sure kung required pa kung niece mo naman.

Yes it's better to have a hotel accommodation either along with the ticket or thru online hotel booking.

For documents just bring your employee id, documents to show your relation with your niece. Do a backread of comments and you'll find a lot more info.

Anonymous said...

hello jel

am jakki, we scheduled to go in singapore on June13-18, kaso we dont have any friends or relatives living there, 3 kmi puro girls for tourist, how and where can we ask for invitation letter?

Jel said...

Jakki,

Where are you going to stay then? It's easier for you to book a hotel online then bring the hotel booking with you.

Anonymous said...

jel, maybe for those bigtime hotels can issue IL, but we are planning to rent good for backpackers =( and i asked 1 earlier that they won't issue IL for us.... what will i do now? thanks

Jel said...

Just let the IO know that you booked a backpacker hotel and show your booking slip. Hindi naman bawal magtipid e. Just bring your employee id's and contracts to show your currently employed in Philippines.

Anonymous said...

hi jel,

I worked in Sg for almost 4 years, now I am planning to go back as tourist, I have a pending re-appeal sa MOM tapos sabi ng employer ko I have to wait for 6 months kasi yung information they sent did not match from the previous application. I just want to go for a vacation and visit my friends, I am planning na magbook ng sq or pal kasi nga medyo troublesome daw pagbudget, I have show maney and credit cards. Pero I am planning na wag na humingi ng IL. do you think magkaproblema ko sa Immigration since i am not currently employed? pero nakapagtour na ko sa sg for 2x before pa ko ngwork.

Hope you can help me answer some of my inquires. thanks you..

Jel said...

Well it's up to you kung sasabihin mong ndi ka employed. You've covered the rest naman. Nasa sa iyo naman kung magpapaintimidate ka. Kung nakatatak pa sa passport mo yung last na 2 vacations mo sa SG then i guess you can use that kung bigyan ka ng problema.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jel, thanks for the very helpful blog... may work na ko here in SG and nkaalis ako sa Philippines kasi may kasama akong Epass holder. my concern is during the interview in PH IO, nagduda pa din sila kasi 1month ang 2way ticket ko, sinabihan ako na ibanned daw nila ako if hindi ako bumalik ng 1 month. Is it possible? or masyado lang ako nagworry too much sa panakot nila... no signed documents happen or indication sa passport ko about banned, verbal lng naman un.
Thanks...
-john

Jel said...

Hi John,

That's what i called intimidation. As long as nakakuha ka n ng work pass dito they can't prevent you to go back in forth in PH unless you're in a terrorist or No Fly list. However don't take my word on that, better consult a friend lawyer or something.

Anonymous said...

Its stupid, its a waste of time and if they thingking of human smuggling not this way. 1st thing you get the invitation letter but then you will pay and 2nd is there a lack of advertisements or information that you need to provide authenticated invitation letter.

plus this immigration officer what's there thinking Filipinos cannot afford to for vacation abroad. I hope Philippine Government will take action on this.

They will hold you, not let you in but then they will not refund or rebook your ticket. I'm so pissed off to this IO!!!!

Anonymous said...

hi jel,

jakki here again..bout my previous concerns, we do have already a 2way ticket for tour there in SG, and upon conversation from my friend's friend who is working there, e binigyan nya kami ng IL and she indicated her address too, a back to back copy of her company id and she stated too what kind of pass holder she has...
that time, we dont have yet the reservation for transient kasi naghahanap kmi ng malapit sa central, so she have to put her address, and stated that we (3 of us) will stay with her in and have a tour with her.. but my question is, the scanned IL was just sent to email, and we will bring a printed copy ofcourse to present and show if the IO will ask for it, but then, it was an prdinary printed paper, is it questionable? na hindi ito authenticated? at kailangan pa ba itong iauthenticate?kasi sa nagyon, nkapgpareserve na kmi ng transient room kaso hindi nga raw sila nagbbgay ng IL and besides ung reservation confirmation na pinadala nya thru email, e very informal, stated that she got the reservation fee and the balance would be given upon our arrival in SG.. in that case naiintindihan nmin sya... do u think it would bring us big problem?

Anonymous said...

(jakki) again..meron pa pala ako concern, kasi ung 2 kasama ko e working here in the phils, but me, not working in company at all since 2009...what i just have now iss..business. sarisari store lang, panu un, magiging prob ba ulit un?

Jel said...

Jakki,

To my knowledge yung IL na dpat binigay syo is authenticated sa phil embassy in sg then sent the orig to you via courier.

So from what I understood instead of booking an hotel e ngtransient kyo. E no choice yun n lng sabihin nyo. Mas mura kmo e.

Just bring your business permit.

marnie said...

hi there,

me and my daugther wer planning to visit my hubby in sg this coming july.Do we still nid an invitation letter coming from phil.Embassy?or a simple invitation letter wil do?.

Jel said...

Hi Marnie,

Yes you still need the former.

Anonymous said...

hi marni,

no need to get from Phil Embassy. a simple invitation letter sent through the company email will suffice together with the NRIC of your hubby.

Jel said...

Hi Kevin,

Pag pinakita mo yung email or sinabi mong may interview ka e for sure mgkk problem ka. Other than that i think you'll be safe. Based on your story mukhang ndi k nman kahinahinala.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jel,

Thanks very helpful ng blog mo. yup di naman ako questioned before. worry ko lang baka makita nila na nagstay ako ng 2 months sa SG. sana wala ako problem tomorrow.

Thanks Jel,

Jel said...

Your welcome

ael said...

hi Jel!

i had my OJT at SG before and was asked by my previous employer to go back to SG. Approved na work permit ko and hr advised me to have medical (which is done already) and ask someone preferably a relative who is in SG to make me an invitation letter as the immigration in Philippine airports are very strict nowadays. (i believe because of the election) I have asked my cousin (we're not close even she's my 1st cousin) to make me one but never got any reply from her. i have friends working at SG who are willing to get me an AIL. should i just ask a friend to secure me an AIL or pursue with my cousin!

THANKS!
you're really a great help!

Jel said...

Just ask your friends instead. There's no issue. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Hi there jel...

I have singaporean bf whose been jailed before wayback 2000.,and now he turn to a new leave and got work which is very low salary only.do u think his country will release him IL for me? pls i need your advice...thanks.,,

Jel said...

I don't think our embassy is doing background checks on every person that requests for IL.

Anonymous said...

Hi jel...good morning!

My friend is singaporean citizen but sad to say his salary is only little i mean he belong to lower skilled worker.can he produce to send me IL despite of his income??? i need your piece of advice pls..thanks!!!

Jel said...

I don't think PH Embassy gives out IL based on Salary. As long as the requirements are complete then one can get IL.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jel

I am going to SG next weekend as a tourist, I have complete docs (invi letter. passport, showmoney, etc). Right now my work is online (work at home) so I do not have an ID, but my employer from the UK, sent me an original copy of certificate of employment, would that be enough to show to the Immigration? Will they really require an employment ID?

thanks, waiting for your reply.

Jel said...

I guess you have no choice but to bring the Cert of Employment. If you don't have an ID then just explain to the IO if they asked. If not don't bring it up or don't even show any docs unless requested.

Anonymous said...

Jel,
I have a cousin who have worked in Singapore for several years. He invited me to visit him in Singapore but he asked me to search and learn how it's done. Now, my older brother has visited Singapore last year with an invitation letter from his friend, but he told me that Singapore has a new process of sending/making invitions. For this, I really need your wise advice or suggestion. My 1st degree cousin is earning quite well in Singapore and is willing to spend everything for me like food, accomodation, and other expenses. Do I still have to bring "show money" with me? How much should I prepare? I really hope to hear from you. Your blog is really a big help.
More power to you..

Jel said...

To be honest i've never experienced bringing show money. I also do not understand the logic of the show money if one is invited to have a vacation in Singapore since we do not apply visa for ASEAN member countries.
Also if your Cousin will bear some of the costs then the only money you need is for Souvenirs and minor expenses outside. If you have a credit card then mot of the purchases can be done using that.
Also there's a maximum amount of cash you can only bring outside of the country. If i remember correctly it was 10k pesos. Unless you put your cash in Check-in which is dangerous.

Anonymous said...

Jel,

What are the requirements for individuals who desire to visit Singapore?

Bazty said...

hey jel. hope you will reply me. I have no company ID. Im unemployed but i have IL not authenticated, 2 way ticket (airphil), passport and a show money. Because we have family business owned by my parents and im practicing to manage it here in the philippines. my mom bought me a ticket for vacation there in singapore, and im staying there on my cousin's home and she was a PR holder. I have a Copy of her PR ID and IL. Its enough docs just to visit SG?

Jel said...

Well you can ask your Cousin to get you an authenticated IL in PH Embassy in Singapore. Like you said yours is not authenticated. Just don't get intimidated with the IO's.

Jel said...

For the requirements please like my FB page in http://www.facebook.com/pinoysingaporelife and go to Discussions tab or post a message on the wall so others can reply.

Anonymous said...

HI jel

Its really nice for me to found your blog i read all comment on it..i just want to ask also about visiting at singapore..My plan aq magtour sa singapore on my own,,i just want to unwind i got so
depresed breaking up with my bf.. naka booked na aq at my tiket na,,pero hindi aq nag booked ng hotel wla din aq invitaion letter dahil wla naman tlga aq fren dun sa singapore pero 3 days lng aq dun kc my maliit din naman aq business na dapat asikasuhin d2 sa pinas gusto q lng tlga ma relaks khit 3 days lng..hindi kaya aq ma hold kahit wla aq invitation letter...wla naman aq plan maghanap ng work dun kc nag work abroad na din before sa taiwan at iba pa din ang buhay sa pinas kahit pa sabihin mo mahirap kitain ang pera..nad also bday trip q na din for myself dati q pa plan mag trip sa singapore naririnig q kc sa mga fren q sulit daw mag tour dun..sa tingin nyo ba makalamapas aq immigration?? kahit wla aq IL???salamat in advance antayin q ang sagot nyo..GOD bless!!!iyay from pampangga...

Jel said...

Hi Iyay,

If you've got no friends or relatives in SG then what you can do? Just tell the IO that you're going for pleasure. For your accommodation just tell them that based on your research and experience in Taiwan it's not very hard to find a Hotel. You can just ask the cab to bring you to the nearest one and your off.
Just in case bring your business permit back in PH. Of course IO will ask where do you get your income to afford a vacation in SG so a proof of your business registered under your name can help.
Remember not to be intimidated and just tell the IO whatever you told me. Good luck and have a safe trip.

Anonymous said...

Hi jel..
thanks for your response its a big help for me..i hope i can have a safe trip to SG.thanks so much..

meriluzfacundo said...

hi jel
gud day..hope ypu can help and advice mi with this.. my friend is a nurse and currently employed at SGH.. he told me that he can help me to be as a walk in applicant at SGH..and he will be coming home for vacation on august her in manila.. my plan is i want to come with him na upon returning..and im willing to cover up all my expenses while im staying untill sure na matanggap ako..do i need an invitation letter? a show money? or visa?.. please advice,, thank you..

Jel said...

Kung ksabay mo sya sa flight to singapore then you dont need an IL. About the show money I'm not sure. Going to singapore or any ASEAN membet country does not require visa.

meriluzfacundo said...

hi jel
thank you sa reply... ibig sabihin worry free na ba ako? wala na e question sakin yng IO? lusot na kaagad basta kasama ko yng friend ko? sensya na excited lng po.=)

Jel said...

Sorry but I can't assure you that :) it really depends on the IO

Anonymous said...

HI JEL. UPON PURCHASING OF 2-WAY TICKETS TO SINGAPORE, THE TICKETING OFFICE DOESN'T ASK OR REQUIRE SOMETHING EXCEPT FOR PASSPORT, OF COURSE? ABOUT THE INTERVIEW IN THE IMMIGRATION OFFICER, WILL IT BE ON THE SAME DAY AS YOUR FLIGHT SCHEDULE? AND AS FAR AS I CONCERNED, WHY IT DOES NOT ALLOW TO BRING MORE THAN 10K PESOS WHERE WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BRING SUFFICIENT CASH AS WE ARE GOING AS A TOURIST? WHAT LOGIC IS THIS? OR I CAN BRING CASH MORE THAN 10K PESOS BUT ONLY THE 10K PESOS WILL BE SHOWN, THE REST WILL BE KEPT? OR I WILL MAKE 10K PESOS THEN THE REST WILL BE CONVERTED TO SINGAPOREAN DOLLAR WHILE STILL IN THE PHILIPPINES. BUT I HAVE TO SHOW THEM ONLY THE 10K PESOS. PLEASE GIVE ME ADVICE FOR THIS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MORE POWER ON YOUR BLOG.

Jel said...

Yes only the passport is required.

Interview of IO is after you Check-in to your flight.

Yes, sounds stupid right? You can bring more than 10k pesos by converting some of it into foreign currencies and there's also a limit to that. I think this is to prevent money laundering but your guess is as good as mine. Anyways its dangerous to bring loads of cash even if you checked-in it. Better bring a CreditCard.

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mayleen said...

hi jel,
i've heard very strict na mga IO naten d2.. im just worried kung mkakalusot kmi ng friend ko na guy... palalabasin kse namen na mag bf/gf kmi mas may chance ba pag ganun cnabi namen?... purpose talaga namen is to work dun.. my cousin ako na andun, pde kaya 2 kmi nakalagay sa invitation letter? thanks...

Jel said...

Hi Mayleen,

Well sometimes IO asks for proof na talagang may relationship kyo like photos from your handphones, questions about your history together, etc. At least that's what i've heard. Yes both of you can be included in one IL.

meriluzfacundo said...

hi jel
i just came last week at naia terminal 3 to fetch the yaya of my son.. and i asked about the information going to singapore.. they ask me what airlines sa i told them its cebu pacific..they said if your friend is a PR then theres no promblem to get through.. but if your friend is only s-pass.. then you should bring a two way ticket. a show money worth 20 thousand in peso bill.and any business permit..just to justify..

Anonymous said...

jel,, may ticket nako this july 01, 2011,, tpos kumuha bf ko ng IL sa phil. embassy, kso tinanong xa kung san nyako namit... sb nya business partner nya tatay ko. ngyon,, humihgi ng letter head sa company.. na sasabihin dw ng tatay ko,, na pinapayagan akong mag tourist... at kung kilala nya dw tlaga ung bf kong singaporian...ang prob. ko ngayon,, kailangan pa naming magpadla ng letter sa phil.embasy diba? u think papayagan na makakuha ang bf ko ng IL sa phil. embassy?

Jel said...

Besides the letterhead of your father's company also bring some proof of your relationship like a photo with a timestamp. I think they're particularly strict since your BF is a Foreigner and they're watching out for human traffickers.

Anonymous said...

HI JEL. THIS IS JUNIOR OF CEBU.

I'M GOING TO PURCHASE A 2-WAY TICKET FOR SINGAPORE WITH AN INTERVAL ONLY OF 5 DAYS (BACK AND FORTH)SINCE I WILL BE GOING AS A TOURIST. THIS IS TO LESSEN SEVERAL QUESTIONS IN THE IO.
BUT SUPPOSED TO BE, I HAVE TO STAY FOR 30 DAYS IN SINGAPORE TO SEEK FOR A JOB. WHICH 5 DAYS VALIDITY OF MY 2-WAY TICKET IS NOT ENOUGH,RIGHT?
UPON ARRIVAL IN SINGAPORE, WHO WILL GIVE ME A 30 DAYS VISIT PASS WHERE MY TICKET IS ONLY VALID WITHIN 5 DAYS?
IN THIS CASE, THE RETURN TICKET IS PART OF MY INVESTMENT IN SEEKING FOR A JOB IN SINGAPORE BECAUSE I WON'T HAVE TO USE IT.
WILL THEY OFFER ME 30 DAYS VISIT PASS? AND AT THE SAME TIME, DO I HAVE TO DO REBOOKING OF MY RETURN TICKET? OR NEVER I MENTION AT THAT TIME YET BECAUSE I AM ENTERING AS A TOURIST.
THANKS FOR YOUR REPLY.

Jel said...

Even if SG IO also gave you 5 days only since your ticket duration is 5 days, you can always extend it in MOM for 30 days. Then you can just rebook your return ticket.

Anonymous said...

hi,

i have a trip this coming friday to singapore, and was a bit nervous if id be able to surpass our philippine immigration since they have been very strict with regard to someone who's flying alone and without work.

i just ended a contract with my previous work and i will be flying alone. i have my ticket with me with a returning date as well. i will stay there for 6 days.

what will i do?

i have an invitation letter already from my cousin but is not authenticated attached as well is her IC ID.

this is my 2nd time to go to SG. my first stay in there took me 29 days, i got worried they might thought that i'll do that again. which actually not.

im really just nevrous because i'll be flying alone, and just ended a contract. they might thought i'd go there to look for a job.

PS. i didnt resigned, i ended a contract. do i still need to bring my contract as supporting papers?

though i still have my COMPANY ID WITH ME AND MY LEAVE LETTER FROM MY MANAGER. do you think would it be better if i lie? even though my contract just ended? im afraid they'd call our office and someone from the office would tell i just ended my contract.

but that's the least option, as uch as possible i would want them to know that i dont have a work anymore.

please help me on what to do and what to say.

thanks,
gwen

thanks!
gwen

Jel said...

Hi Gwen,

You didn't just asked me if you need to lie or not, right? Haha.

Let me put it this way, do you think the IO will go to the trouble of calling your company to check?

gracy said...

Hi,
Me and my friend booked a two wAy ticket for sg, we'll be staying there for 5 days.. Her uncle will be sending an invitation letter for the two us, my main concern is, ok lang ba na nakisama lang aku sa invitation ng friend ko? They're related kasi at aku hindi, baka makalusot sya at aku hindi.. How do i explain that sa IO?? I do have a company ID but small private company sya owned by my father's cousin.. Dun aku nag work.. Please help..

Thanks
Gracy

Jel said...

This is not an issue. As long as your name is indicated in the IL. Looks like you've done your homework. Just enjoy your stay here.

gracy said...

Thanks for the reply... I got another prob, i just found out while ago that my name was not included in the invitation letter sa friend ko galing uncle nya.. And so now, im worried that i might be denied pero we'll still flyin together (me and my friend) an we'll be staying at sa house ng uncle nya.. What am i gonna supposed to say sa IO durimg interview?? Eh sya lang ung may invitation.. :( i am really worried..

Jel said...

Ask your friend not to show her IL unless she's asked to. Patay malisya ka na lang kung mapansing wala yung name mo dun. Insist na kasama ka dapat dun. maybe her Uncle just forgot you which is very possible.

gracy said...

Thanks again for the reply, yeah his uncle forgot to include me, ask ko lang are we gonna ( me and my friend) go together during the interview?? Sa itinerary kasi nandun ung dalawang names namin..or isa isa kami haharap sa IO.. And if one by one kami haharap sa IO am i gonna let her go first o aku? She's the only one got the invitation eh..

Jel said...

Hi Gracy,

Sabay na kayong humarap sa IO. Ska lang kyo maghiwalay kung sinabihan ka ng IO na maghiwalay. Pero as much as possible sabay kyo. Ikaw na humawak ng IL at passport ng friend mo para ikaw magbigay sa IO. Ur welcome, by the way please support my blog by clicking some of the ads, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

few questions lang :)

i have travelled US already ang has my US visa, been to SG last year and will be coming back this coming friday and will stay for 6 days only. i didnt have my invitation letter authenticated and i just ended a contract with my work last june 20th.

im planning to take my masters this coming september and i have my admission slip that i am scheduled for an entrance exam this coming july 14. can i show that as one of my supporting documents aside from my invitation letter that wasnt authenticated from my cousin?

would there be a possibility that i will be denied in our philippine immigration?

what's the best thing to do?

thanks,
anne

janzky said...

hi jel! i have some question regarding of my uncle tht living in phil,going to SG this coming friday.he dont have any suporting letters or an invitation letters from me.all he have is just a round trip ticket.is it posible tht he can come over w/out that letter? thats all for now,thank u and good day!!!!

Jel said...

Ideally there should be an authenticated IL but i wouldn't be able to answer you since i don't know what is your Uncle's age, source of income, those sort of things. Most of the time i think IO judges based on perception. If they perceived that the only purpose is vacation then i think they would let it go. From that you can assess his chances.

Jel said...

Hi Anne,

You can definitely use those as proof. However if they still deny you then i think they might be looking for another "proof" if you know what i mean. Anyways all the best.

Anonymous said...

good day!!!
me and my cousin are planning to visit our uncle and his wife (an indonesian) in singapore next week.mu auntie just gave birth and they want us to visit them..we have the authenticated invitation letter from them (original) and few cash in our pocket..however both of us doesn't have work here since we are both undergraduate. is this a big deal? what are we going to say when we are asked about this? thanks in advance. =)

Jel said...

Just tell them the truth which is your both undergraduates. Bring some documentations.

Anonymous said...

hi jell..
this coming september 5 me and my wife will be going to singapore for a vacation, we already have our tickets for 4 days..is do we have to have any supporting papers like invitation that we dont have any friends or relative living there, is do we need any of that?? and can you help us by telling some best places where is cheap and staying there for 4 days that not in the hotel but you can say it is nice place to stay(to have sleep)...tnx for your time~!~

Anonymous said...

hi jell. me and my wife are going to singapore this september for 4 days, we already have our plane ticket with us, its just im thingking if the immigration will ask us about the invitation letter or smething like supporting papers cause we will only take visit singapore for a vacation..?? and can you name us a better place for accommodation but in a cheaper price...tnx for your time bro.>!!

Jel said...

Well if you don't have any relatives then what can you do? I think the IO won't give you a hard time on this since you're a couple having a 4 days vacation only. Just bring your company id's as a proof that you're currently employed.
I would still suggest you stay in a hotel for convenience, privacy and security and it would be like your honeymoon. There are hotels that charges S$60 - S$150 per night. If you're on a tight budget you can do a search in google this search query temporary+daily+charge+singapore+bed
Some charges between S$10 to S$30 per day but of course you won't have privacy.

Anonymous said...

There is no such rule regarding the invitation letter.

Here are the requirements for a Filipino tourist to travel out of the philippines:

http://immigration.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=239&Itemid=80

Even the consul in SG did not specifically say that it will be required. He said it "may" be required (Such as during special cases when your destination is a country currently at war or civil unrest, where there is no real reason why you would want to be a tourist there. SG does not fall in that category). But then again, even if you have it, the consul said that it is not a guarantee.

There is no such rule nor law, or official memo. It is a double-standard baseles rule that IOs are implementing on random female filipino first-time tourists. Gigipitin ka nila hanggang maglagay ka.

We just had a visitor, first time filipina traveller last month. Wala sya invitation. Hindi sya pinayagan. Nanindigan sya. Finally, pinayagan sya.

It's good to have an invitation letter if you can get it. But there is no immigration law that says it is required.

Jel said...

Which is why I've been saying numerous times that they shouldn't get intimidated.

Anonymous said...

hi jel,
Good day! I have read all the comments here, i hope that it will help me to solve my problem. I was uploaded twice in the immigration, because of some reasons. What will i do to go there para hindi nako ma upload next time. i will just arrive there in sg airport, but after that i will transit directly to batam Indonesia. Does it possible for me to go there even my passport noted O for offloaded at the back? Pls help me what will i do.. Thanks and God bless!

Anonymous said...

Hi Jel,

I was the one who had OJT in Singapore. I already got an invitation letter from my filipino colleague nung nag-OJT ako dun. pero papalabasin kong family friend namin sya.. I'll be travelling alone this coming Sunday. 2-way ticket Philippine Airlines. Saturday ang arrival sa Pinas. (which i'm not going to use since may nkaabang na work sa akin dyan sa SG) I'll tell the IO officer na mamasyal lng ako. I already resigned with my company but didn't surrender my company id since i will need to present it sa immigration.

will my story suffice? do you think i can surpass the immigration with those documents and reasons?

Thanks!!!

Jel said...

It depends sa duration ng return ticket mo. Kung mga 1 week lang i think there's no issue.

Jel said...

Since you read through the comments then i guess you'll have an idea of why you're being offloaded. So you're the only one who can prevent being offloaded next time. You must have a ready answer when IO asks you about that.

Hazelle Joyce Coloso said...

Hi jel!

i've seen all the conversations here and it gave me a lot of ideas but scared me at the same time. i don't know how you're going to assess my situation but pls help me.

I'm booked for Singapore this aug5-12 (return date) via cebupac and will only be traveling alone. my friend, who is a guy and has his job there, will pretend to be my boyfriend and will have his birthday on the same day of aug 5. he'll be sending me an original copy of invitation letter consularized by phil. embassy stating we are boyfriends and will celebrate his birthday there.

on the date of departure, i will be bringing the round-trip e-ticket (for them to see my return booking), consularized invitation letter with attached passport of my friend. what else do you think are the things that i'll be needing to be confident on making this happen? thanks! hope you respond asap because it makes me go crazy. thanks so much! :)

Jel said...

I totally understand. It seems that you've covered your bases so you can start relaxing now.Just bring your company id or some sort of proof that you're currently employed in PH. Good luck!

Hazelle Joyce Coloso said...

actually i resigned in my company. good thing hr head is my friend so i can seek for his help in terms of a formal leave certificate signed by him and with all his contact details in a letterhead. it will state that out of my personal request for support document, they are sending their certification that i'm still currently employed in the company and will only take vacation leave for singapore.

do you think that this is a good idea or will only look defensive? btw, company id is not a prob with me. thanks jel for reminding me :)

also, my friend is not really my bf. we really don't have pic together because it was 2008 since we last saw each other. will that be a prob? or can i reason out that we know each other ever since but the relationship only began recently so pictures will only be taken when i go to sg (hahaha sounds funny!) i honestly don't know what to show up if ever they'll ask me for that. thank you again!

Jel said...

Hi Hazelle,

Don't show any docs to IO if they didn't ask for it.

Regards to being "in a relationship" sometimes trying too hard is the problem. Simple gestures like holding hands or your BF carrying your Bag is sufficient enough. If he's a friend then there should be no problem.

Goodluck!

shemazul said...

hi jel, is it ok to re use the invitation letter? if in case you want to revisit within the year?

thank you

Jel said...

I don't see anything wrong with it unless the IL is marked or dated. However I'm not aware of expiration for IL.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Jel. I am scheduled to travel to Sg next month. My cousin in Sg is willing to send me an invitation letter. A friend of mine wants to go with me and asked me if she can be included in the invitation letter. Is it possible for us to be invited in one letter even if she's not a relative? Would this causes me or both of us to be refused? Kindly, tell me the probability.
Thanks a lot and more power to you.

Jel said...

No, it's totally fine. There's no issue.

Anonymous said...

Hi Jel,

Would like to inquire if you know of any Immigration lawyer/organizations that can help Filipinos who are having immigration troubles in Singapore? It doesn't have to be free, but I'm hoping their service fee would be reasonable. My sister is working as a maid there but the agency that was supposed to be paying her taxes and insurance ran away with her and 2 other maids' money, never to be seen again. Now they found out their taxes weren't paid for a few months and that their working permits are expired.

I am willing to help her pay for a lawyer who can help her straighten things out but like I said I hope it is going to be reasonable. Is it true that she could face jail time? She is very scared and I am too far away, here in Canada actually, to help her. Please let me know if you can recommend any.

Thanks a lot,
Jasmin

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