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Singapore

If your company is sending employees to Singapore — Fragomen is here to help. Working closely with our Local Advisors in Singapore, we provide the immigration strategies and support you need to get your employees on the ground as quickly as possible.  If you have any questions, please click here to contact us.

The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority grants a Visit Pass to foreign nationals upon their arrival in Singapore, for both tourist and business purposes. However, business visitors from visa-required countries still require an entry visa from a Singaporean consular post prior to travel.

Singapore only permits very limited business activities for visitors. Business visitors on a Visit Pass should limit their activities to attending business meetings and discussions.

Even for short-term visits, foreign nationals should secure a work pass before starting work.  Work pass categories include the Employment Pass for highly-skilled professionals, S Pass for mid-level skilled workers, and Work Permits for semi-skilled and unskilled workers.

The Employment Pass process is subject to labor market testing, including advertising requirements and priority consideration of suitable Singaporean applicants prior to the selection of a foreign national for a role or assignment, with some exceptions.

Note that the grant of an Employment Pass and S Pass is purely discretionary. Qualifications and qualifying salaries have been tightened in recent years and the Ministry of Manpower retains the right to consider applicants on a case-by-case basis. Also, renewal applications must be filed before the existing pass expires or it will not be considered a renewal.

Dependents of Employment Pass and S Pass holders are not authorized to work as result of their dependent status; they must be sponsored by a Singaporean employer to be able to work. Same-sex partners do not qualify for dependent status.

Detailed Immigration Snapshots, Document Lists and Process Guides are available to clients on request.

Fragomen in Singapore is Fragomen Singapore Pte. Ltd., an immigration consultancy. 
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