Singapore Immigration Schemes


This section provides comprehensive information about Singapore’s immigration policies and other topics of interest to a visitor or recent immigrant. The information is presented in the form of short articles and organised in categories below.

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Get To Know Singapore

If this is your first time working in Singapore, it may be useful for you to know more about the work culture here to help you adjust to it.

Singapore, with its reputation as one of the world’s easiest places to do business, has attracted many professionals from all over the world to move here and establish or advance their careers. To cater to the educational needs of these professionals’ children, many international schools have been set up in Singapore.

When faced with a new school system, it is important to make comparisons across several key criteria. Singapore is very fortunate to be home to a wide choice of world class international schools.

If you’re looking for an international school in Singapore for your children, here’s our comprehensive listing of international school fees in Singapore.

Singapore may be the smallest country in Southeast Asia but it has emerged as one of the best places to live in Asia with a very high quality of life measurement.

Our online guide provides you with guidance on the cost of living in Singapore from Clothing, Food & Transport to Education & Utilities, Find out more here.

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Singapore Visa Schemes

It is important to know the types of work visa available to you if you are planning on moving to Singapore for work or to start a business. Find out more about work visas in Singapore and the ones that you qualify for.

If you have been deployed by your company to Singapore for work, there are be a number of work passes that you may qualify for, among which, is the Singapore Employment Pass (EP). Here’s all you need to know about qualifying and applying for the EP.

Are you an entrepreneur seeking to start a business in Singapore? You can apply for an Entrepreneur Pass (EntrePass). Here’s how.

Foreign business professionals and entrepreneurs who plan to relocate to Singapore are often not clear whether they should apply for an Employment Pass or Entrepreneur Pass (EntrePass). The purpose of this guide is to provide a general guidance on the difference between the two relocation schemes.

Seeking work in Singapore that is not tied to one employer? Apply for the Singapore Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) today. Here’s how. 

Moving to Singapore with a family member that works there? You’ll need a Dependant’s Pass (DP). Here’s how you can apply for one.

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Singapore Permanent Residence

Thousands of people become Singapore permanent residents every year, but not all go through the same application process. Permanent Residence (PR) application can be applied for by the whole family, i.e. the applicant himself plus the spouse and unmarried children under 21. The lure of gaining Singapore permanent residence through a variety of schemes has convinced thousands of foreigners of diverse backgrounds to set up home in the island-state, one of Asia’s most stable and developed countries and a key financial hub.

This is Part I of the step-by-step guide for Singapore Permanent Residence application filing for individuals holding an Employment Pass or Entrepreneur Pass in Singapore. Specifically, the scheme is known as Professionals/Technical Personnel & Skilled Worker Scheme (or simply “PTS scheme”) and is the most commonly used amongst the available PR schemes.

This is Part II of the step-by-step guide of applying for Singapore permanent residence under the PTS Scheme.

Singapore permanent residence can be easily attained if you are willing to invest a small fortune in the country, and support your funds with proven entrepreneurial skills. This particular scheme, officially known as Global Investor Programme (GIP Scheme), is often referred to as the Investor Scheme and requires you to invest at least 2.5 million Singapore dollars.

You can cancel your Singapore permanent residence (PR) if your re-entry permit is still valid and you have decided to renounce your PR status for whatever reason. The following documents will be required:

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Singapore Citizenship

Applying for Singapore citizenship is an important decision and it’s necessary that you first consider its benefits and drawbacks. For example, Singapore at present does not allow dual-citizenship which means you will have to renounce your present citizenship once your Singapore citizenship application is approved. For a detailed discussion on pros and cons of Singapore citizenship, refer to the guide Singapore Citizenship Benefits and Drawbacks. Some of the key benefits enjoyed by Singapore citizens include:

There are several factors to be kept in mind regarding the renunciation of your Singapore citizenship. This move can have far-reaching implications and the decision must be made after careful thought and scrutiny. Once the decision to renounce Singapore citizenship is made, there are documents to be submitted and procedural guidelines to be followed. Detailed below is all that you would need to know about renouncing your Singapore citizenship.

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Singapore Entrepreneurship

The Entrepreneur Pass (EntrePass) scheme is designed for foreign entrepreneurs who wish to start a business and relocate to Singapore. The scheme is part of Singapore’s plan to attract talent to the country and to become a regional business hub.

The Entrepreneur Pass (EntrePass) scheme is designed for foreign entrepreneurs who wish to start a business and relocate to Singapore. The scheme is part of Singapore’s plan to attract talent to the country and to become a regional business hub. 

Foreign business professionals and entrepreneurs who plan to relocate to Singapore are often not clear whether they should apply for an Employment Pass or Entrepreneur Pass (EntrePass). The purpose of this guide is to provide a general guidance on the difference between the two relocation schemes.

If you’re considering moving to and working in Singapore, you are bound to have questions. At Hawksford we’ll give you the answers and support your business growth.

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