Virginia, US


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's immigration system provides for both nonimmigrant and immigrant entry. Mechanisms for nonimmigrant stays fall into three general categories: visit passes, student passes and work passes.

Visa waiver nationals can obtain Visit Passes upon arrival for business and social visits up to 90 days. Visa nationals are also required to apply for and obtain an Entry Visa from a Singapore consular post prior to travel.

Work permit types (called Work Passes) include Employment Passes for professionals, “S” Passes for mid-level skilled workers, and Work Permits for skilled and unskilled workers. Work passes are required for foreign nationals who will engage in employment, certain entrepreneurial activities, and some types of training in Singapore. Employment Pass holders' dependents can apply for work authorization, which must also be sponsored by the Singaporean employer.

Note that the grant of an Employment 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.

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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