16 Sep '11, 12pm

Why are immigration rules family-unfriendly, asks our reader.

I AM Singaporean while my wife is a permanent resident. Our two children are citizens and because we both work, we sought to have my mother-in-law live with us on a long-term visit pass to care for them. However, the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority rejected our application for such a pass, despite the support of our MP, Brigadier-General (NS) Tan Chuan-Jin. We are at our wits' end as my wife will have to quit her job. But my income alone is not sufficient to sustain the family. Already our combined monthly income, even after including income from renting out a room in our flat, is at the median level of Singaporean families based on 2010 statistics. The alternative is to hire a maid if my wife chooses to work, but we are concerned about the social and economic costs of hiring a maid. A better pro-family policy is to facilitate young Singaporean families in tapping ex...

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