Virginia, US

Singapore

Whether your company is sending employees to Singapore or expanding outside of Singapore to destinations around the world—Fragomen is here to help. Our experienced immigration professionals partner with you to develop immigration strategies that help you meet inbound immigration needs and manage your regional or global immigration program.

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

A Visit Pass is typically granted by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority to foreigners upon arrival, for both social and business purposes. However, business visitors from visa-required countries still need to obtain an entry visa from a Singapore consular post prior to travel.

It may be necessary to obtain an appropriate work pass before starting work even on a short-term basis. 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.

With the introduction of the Fair Consideration Framework, the Employment Pass process has become complicated and is now subject to labor market testing, including advertising requirements and priority consideration of suitable Singaporean applicants prior to the selection of a foreigner for a role or assignment, apart from certain 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 its flexibility to consider applicants on a case-by-case basis. Also, note that 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 granted derivative work status and 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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