As she was growing up in Kuala Lumpur, Kay Cheong’s family was not very affluent, and she started working at the age of 14.
She travelled the world as part of the Singapore Airlines cabin crew, before settling down in Singapore after having a baby in 2016. She then transitioned into the immigration industry. Meanwhile, Elena grew up in Singapore and witnessed her mother transform from being a Work Pass holder to a Singapore citizen. Witnessing this immigration journey drew her towards the industry. Their shared passion to help others to fulfill their immigration dreams is what drove them to start The Immigration People in 2019.
What else do they have in com-mon? They both love Japanese food.“From the clean tasting sushi to the sinful ramen, I love them all,”enthuses Elena, who says one of her favourite Japanese joints in SG is Aoki, which she likes to visit with her husband on special occasions. Meanwhile, Kay’s top pick is ramen from Kanada-Ya.
Running an immigration business can be stressful, especially against the backdrop of Covid. “We have had PR applicants who have lost jobs while still waiting for their PR application to be processed, causing their applications to be withdrawn,” shares Elena. That’s why they try to maximise their“off” time. “Beauty sleep is very important,” claims Kay, who aims for at least eight hours of sleep each night. Elena, however, likes to spend her after-work hours “read-ing my comics while sipping a nice cup of coffee, listening to some music in the background, with my cats by my side.
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