Some work visa processes do not allow visas for dependents. In general, work visas for short periods, such as SEA and STEP visas do not allow family members to accompany the expat.
Dependents are not issued work permits. Their status "depends" on the work visa applicant. The process for dependents is done after receipt of the work permit, at the same time as applying for the work visa, or later.
Expats under "Foreign Expert" category may bring their same sex partner subject to the discretion of the Ministry of Interior. Evidence of the sincerity of the relationship would have to be presented to the Ministry of Interior. Visa applications of same sex partners are reviewed on a case by case basis. Proof of marriage will serve as a strong proof of the sincerity of the relationship.
The regulations allows visa issuance for immediate family members of the work visa applicant; as such unmarried partners are not granted automatic status. However, expats under "Foreign Expert" category may bring their partner subject to the discretion of the Ministry of Interior. Evidence of the sincerity of the relationship would have to be presented to the Ministry of Interior and applications are reviewed on a case by case basis.
For a non-visa waiver national, there will be a need to apply simultaneously for both the applicant and dependents’ visa. For waiver nationals, the visa application will be submitted upon completion of the main applicants work visa.
For non-visa waiver nationals, there will be a need to go through consular processing. For waiver nationals, there will be no need for consular processing.
This would depend on the specific nature of the case. In general, all applicants should be immediate family members of the applicant, and their relation to the applicant should be proved by supportive documents. In case the dependent children are not the biological children of the work visa applicant, legal guardianship will have to be proven.
Under the regulations, original and verified documents must be submitted, including but not limited to the birth certificate of the beneficiary’s children, and the marriage certificate of the beneficiary, verified by an Apostille stamp.
Most work visa processes do not allow work visas for dependents. A new visa option -available only for Hi-Tech companies - allows an EAS work visa for the spouse of a foreign national.
Normal lead time for non-waiver nationals is 1-2 weeks, unless a security clearance is required (e.g. for Malaysian nationals and other Muslim majority countries). The Consular process is a minimum of 1 work day and can take up to 2 weeks (in India), depending on the Consulate's workload.
The estimated time is 2-4 weeks.
Spouse and Children under the age of 18.
18 years of age.
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