Moving to Singapore – Immigration and Visa Tips

 In Relocation Tips, Visas

Singapore ranks highly in terms of standard of living. It is no surprise that the sunny island is a popular destination for expats. However, the immigration and visa process to the country is complex, and involves several steps.

Are you relocating to Singapore post-Covid-19? Wondering about immigration and visa matters? Fret not! In this article, we provide some tips.

Visa Types

To legally immigrate to Singapore, you must have a valid work visa. In summary, your visa options depend on your profile and experience. Here are the different visa types available.

Who is it For?
Visa Types
Minimum Monthly Salary (MMS)
Validity Term
Renewable?
Can Bring Family?Family Pass Type
(Dependant's Pass)

Family Pass Type
(Long Term Visit Pass)
Professionals
Managerial personnel
Executives
Specialists
Employment Pass (EP)> $4,500
or > $5,000 in the financial sector
2 years
Yes
Earn a fixed monthly salary of at least S$6,000
Legally married spouse

Unmarried children under 21, including those legally adopted
Common-law spouse

Unmarried handicapped children above 21

Unmarried step-children under 21

Parents
(Only for EP holders earning at least $12,000)
For mid-level skilled staffS Pass> $2,500
2 years
Yes
Earn a fixed monthly salary of at least S$6,000
Legally married spouse

Unmarried children under 21, including those legally adopted
Common-law spouse

Unmarried handicapped children above 21

Unmarried step-children under 21

Parents
(Only for those earning at least $12,000)
Foreign entrepreneurs who want to start and operate a new business in Singapore
EntrePass
No stipulated minimum salary
1 year
Yes
Total Annual Business Spending: >100,000 SGD
Employ: 3 FTEs or 1 PME

If bringing parents, Total Annual Business Spending > 200,000 SGD
Employ: 6 FTEs or
2 local PMEs


Spouse (legally married)

Unmarried children under 21 years of age, including those legally adopted
Common-law spouse

Unmarried handicapped children above 21 years old

Unmarried step-children under 21 years old

Parents
High-earning overseas foreign professionals
Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)Current EP holders > $12,000

Overseas foreign professionals > $18,000
3 years
No Yes
Spouse (legally married)

Children under 21 years of age
Common-law spouse

Unmarried handicapped children above 21 years old

Unmarried stepchildren under 21 years old

Parents
Foreign performers working in public entertainment outlets such as bars, hotels and nightclubs
Work Permit for performing artisteNo stipulated minimum salary
6 months
No
No--
Foreign workers from approved source countries working in the construction, manufacturing, marine shipyard, process or services sectorWork Permit for foreign workerNo minimum required2 yearsYesNo--
Foreigners employed as domestic helpers in SingaporeWork Permit for FDWNo minimum required2 yearsYesNo--
Malaysians employed as confinement nannies in SingaporeWork Permit for confinement nannyNo minimum required16 weeksNoNo--

Immigration and Visa Consultants

While immigration and visa matters may be complex, Singapore has several consultants you can rely on for help. We’ve gathered a list of immigration specialists for you.

OCSC Global Pte Ltd

OCSC, having operated for the last 29 years, is Singapore’s first migration agency. The company specialises in immigration and visa matters for Singapore, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, US and UK. 

OCSC provides personal and customised services for every customer it serves. You can be rest assured that your immigration journey to Singapore will be smooth and hassle-free. 

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Transform Borders

Transform Borders is a boutique agency in Singapore. The company prides itself on its strict adherence to compliance standards. This hiccups to the visa process, which is the starting point of your move.

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The Immigration People (TIP)

TIP is renowned for assisting foreigners in moving to Singapore. The company was started by like-minded professionals who are fervent supporters of immigration matters in the country. Also, the team behind TIP has had more than 15 years of experience in Singapore immigration matters.

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One Visa

One Visa specialises in moving and relocating entrepreneurs, professionals and companies to Singapore. The company has been around for nearly 10 years. It has helped over 10,000 investors, business owners and corporate executives settle in the country.

One Visa offers end-to-end support, from initial assessments to a successful move. Moreover, its services extend beyond just Singapore to other countries.

Rikvin

Rikvin’s immigration and visa services range from work permit application for domestic workers, to Employment Passes for experienced professionals. Its services include reviewing one’s candidacy and acting as a liaison with the Ministry of Manpower. It also helps one apply for work passes, process renewals and appeals, and track visa applications.

Interested to find out more about Singapore? Check out our specially curated local moving guide!

Also, are you planning on relocating to Singapore post Covid-19? Get an estimate for your move in advance!

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