Moving to Singapore: immigration information
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It’s a lot simpler to move to Singapore than some places. This is a country of law and order. There are rules and processes. You just need to know what they are.
Singapore is a melting pot of nationalities. It’s an economic hub. It’s a travel hub. And there are different rules whether you are Singaporean or an expat. For each type of immigrant there is a different pass, giving you rights to live in Singapore.
Employment pass: essential if you wish to work in Singapore. The application process will usually be through your employer. There are several types:
· P1 pass: for professional, executive or managerial jobs, with a basic monthly salary of more than S$8,000,
· P2 pass: for professional, executive or managerial jobs, with a basic monthly salary of more than S$4,500,
· Q1 Pass: for foreigners with degrees and professional qualifications, with a basic monthly salary of more than S$3,000,
· S Pass: For foreigners with a minimum income of S$2,000.
Dependent’s pass: If you’ve moved to Singapore with your spouse, and he/she is on an Employment Pass, you and unmarried children under the age of 21, will need a Dependent’s Pass the live here.
Working spouses: If you moved to Singapore with your spouse and you wish to work you will need a work permit. The type of work permit will depend upon the type of work you do or business you run. For example, if you are a consultant, and work on your own, you may be eligible to apply for sole proprietorship and keep your Dependent’s Pass. If you need to set up a fully structured business you may need to apply for an EntrePass.
EntrePass: This is an entrepreneurial employment pass for people wishing to start a business in Singapore.
Student’s Pass: For students wishing to study in Singapore, who are not covered by a Dependent’s Pass
· Social Visit Pass: This is for foreigners who wish to stay in Singapore for an extended period.
· Single Entry and Multiple Entry Visas: A Single Entry Visa is valid for up to three months, and a Multiple Entry Visa is valid for up to a year.
Application process: Application for Employment Passes can be done online or in person to the Ministry of Manpower.
Employment Passes/ S passes must be cancelled within seven days of the termination of employment.
Permanent Resident: Foreigners can become permanent residents in Singapore by applying for an Entry Permit. This is open to Employment Pass holders.
Citizenship: A Singapore Permanent Resident can apply to become a Singapore Citizen after two years.
For more information visit the Ministry of Manpower website.
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