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I've HAD IT with Hong Kong... Advice? Wanna move to Singapore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merchantms:
    I won't address your personal conflicts with other users, but you are wrong here.

    HR departments of any large company like an airline have immigration consulting firms on retainer. The consultant will be able to tell you the immigration laws of Singapore, and HR will be able to tell you A) if they will allow your husband to keep his job if he lives in Sing and B) what if anything they will do to assist your application in fees and services.

    Speaking to HR is absolutely the first thing to do if your plan is to move to Singapore while your husband remains employed by the same company.

    If you were planning simply to move to Sing or look for jobs over there that might sponsor, then you'd be right to start with Sing immigration law.
    Thanks. Like I said I'll look into it. Husband works for a pretty small company with only a handful of planes. They also encourage you to live in base, so I wanted to look outside the company first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HK_Katherine:

    You don't even seem to be acknowledging your poor husband in all this, who by your very words likes it here!
    Sounds like she is the one calling the shots on this, I pity her husband...
    Last edited by Cho-man; 12-02-2015 at 04:06 PM.

  3. #73
    Quote Originally Posted by HK_Katherine:
    You appear to want to move countries without [your husband] changing jobs. Talking to HR is the first step!

    As to finding the laws of immigration to a new country, you find that in the [forums about or official information on] the new country, not a section of a forum meant for exit taxation, closing bank accounts and removal firms.....!

    I'm sorry you are unhappy with your life here. But running away doesn't solve problems. You just get a whole new set to deal with. If you think air pollution is the be-all and the end-all of your life I pity you.

    You don't even seem to be acknowledging your poor husband in all this, who by your very words likes it here!
    Of course my husband is on board! We have been talking about this a lot. One thing we like about SIN is that we could become permanent residents in 2 years and MAYBE ditch US citizenship (for tax purposes). So yeah he's not just a puppy dog that follows me around

    Honestly, like I said in my original post, I still think HK is amazing and one of the most exciting places on earth. If we didn't have children I wouldn't really mind the pollution so much, but I don't want my daughter to grow with it. She has no choice and it is our responsabilty to provide her with a healthy environment to grow in. The pollution really weighs heavily in my heart. I don't want to harm her health in any way and yes, I'm the first one to say it is my fault for not researching the issue better before coming here (which I have already said)...

    So, there you have it. I honestly was looking for someone who went trhough the same, my idea was not to turn this into a "HK vs SIN kinda debate" or "Pollution is bad vs pollution is OK".... I was just curious to see if anyone did what we want to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LaowaiLulu:
    Of course my husband is on board! We have been talking about this a lot. One thing we like about SIN is that we could become permanent residents in 2 years and MAYBE ditch US citizenship (for tax purposes). So yeah he's not just a puppy dog that follows me around
    Ditching US citizenship for tax purposes? Oh boy, you are opening another can of worms there.
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    Lao - have you fully researched giving up US citizenship? You have to continue to file taxes for 5 years after renouncing and you basically be blacklisted from ever returning to live in the US. It really only works for the extremely wealthy.

    Do you really make enough money as a pilot/stay at home mom (just guessing as you said you have been indoors with your kid all week) to justify this? As in significantly more than the $100K that's tax free for overseas residents plus the deductions for housing and living expenses?

    I wouldn't plan where to live based on renunciation alone, if that's the appeal of Singapore. There are other considerations. Your daughter may wish to go work or study in the US one day and giving up your citizenship will make that more challenging. Our real estate agent in HK studied in the US and was not able to get a work visa to stay, she is still upset about it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cho-man:
    Ditching US citizenship for tax purposes? Oh boy, you are opening another can of worms there.
    Record Number Gave Up U.S. Citizenship or Long-Term Residency - WSJ

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    I was just curious to see if anyone did what we want to do.
    Plenty have done so - pollution has been a factor if not the factor for several of my friends and colleagues who have left this cramped and polluted little City.

    My wife & I have also had several discussions on this, and the pollution simply doesn't seem to be getting any better. We're still here for the time being - there is a ridiculous financial imperative to be so - but it is a gamble that the long term financial security of our family will be more important than any health effects from pollution. It is a hard choice to make as we don't know the full effects of young children growing up in such a polluted environment (all my children are under five and born here).

    We're acutely aware of the problem though, and it isn't an easy decision to make. Doubtless we will follow you out of HK at some point, and pollution will be one of the major contributing factors.
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    Some expats taking up PR in Singapore sometimes don't realise that their PR son(s) get a good dose of discipline through the compulsory National Service when they come of age.

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    How many of them became Canadians instead I wonder?

    But on a bit more serious note, I don't think ditching US citizenship is as popular, simple and care-free as that article suggests. There are many factors to consider. And yes, there can also be negative consequences for abandoning US citizenship too...
    Last edited by Cho-man; 12-02-2015 at 04:25 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cho-man:
    P.S-I don't think anyone of us here moved to HK for the hiking, so your point is moot and irrelevant.

    the hiking/trail running was a big part of why i wanted to move here.
    not the top reason, but top 5, for sure.
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