Singapore Work Permits

A Contractor's Guide to Work Permits: 

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for any contractor hoping to start working in Singapore. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Singaporean work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer.

The Singaporean work permit, known more commonly as a Pass, is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Singapore is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue.

How Can Umbrella Companies Help You Get a Work Permit in : 

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Singaporean work permit provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Singapore infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the Singaporean immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Singaporean Embassy directly. 

Through their service you may be able to use a business visa to get started quickly and then transition to a work visa in Singapore. It depends on your specific visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Singapore.


Question and Answers about Work Permits in Singapore

Q: Is it possible for a foreign national to be sponsored on a Work Permit in Singapore?
A: Yes

Q: How long does it take to get a Singapore Work Permit?
A: 4 weeks

Q: What is the visa process?
A: The company sponsoring the work permit (EP) will apply to the Singaporean Immigration Department for the EP and once approved the candidate can enter the country. The process can take place in Singapore without a need for the candidate to leave as long as the candidate has a valid visa. Once the EP is approved the individual may be required to undergo a medical examination, they will also need to have their fingerprints and a photo taken at the Employment Pass Service Centre. The candidate will also need to apply for the SingPass online, it is used to transact between different government online services.

Q: what documentation is required from the candidate?
A: Copy of the candidates personal page of their passport, 2 passport photos, copy of their CV, police report (country dependent), certified copies of the candidates educational qualifications.

Q: how much does it cost?
A: Currently it’s only $250 USD

Q: Can you transfer from a Business Visa to a Work Permit in Singapore
A: Yes you can

Common Questions and Answers about Business Visas in Singapore

Q: Can you organise business visas for Singapore?
A: Yes

Q: How long does it take to process?
A: 1 week

Q: How much does a business visa in Singapore cost?
A: $150 USD

Q: Can nationals of certain countries enter Singapore without a Business Visa? For example on an entry visa or visa waiver?
A: Only the following countries do require a Business visa to enter Singapore;
India, Myanmar, Nigeria, China (PRC), Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen, and holders of Palestinian Authority Passport, Temporary Passport issued by the United Arab Emirates, Refugee Travel Document issued by Middle-East countries, Hong Kong Document of Identity, Macao Special Administrative Region Travel Permit.

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