Interested in movingSingapore? Here's what you need to know:
Singapore: Fast Facts
- Singapore is a sovereign city-state and has a population of approximately6 millionand an average life expectancy of 82 years.
- has most of the worldOpen Business, with a GDP of $318.9 billion.
- It has a mixed ethnicity and a very diverse population, 42% of which are foreigners.
- Singapore is aTrade and investment centerin Asia, where many of the continent's elite keep their money. It has supported a thriving financial sector, although it has also criticized Singapore's government for protecting wealth from dictatorships.
- Singapore is acity-state, in a small archipelago. Most of the city is on Pulau Ujong and is connected to Malaysia and other islands by roads.
- To share:Singapore Dollar(US DOLLAR).
- Spoken Languages: Almost everyone speaksEnglish, and is the main language of work and trade. Chinese is becoming increasingly important as Singapore directs more investment to the region. Many Singaporeans also speak Malay and Tamil. Singaporeans also speak a local dialect of English (called "Singlish").
- Major Religions: Buddhist (33%), Christian (18%), Hindu (5%), Muslim (15%), Taoist (11%). 17% other (or unaffiliated).
- Major races: 74% Chinese, 13% Malay, 9% Indian, 10% other.
Why move to Singapore
- Ethnic diversityis one of Singapore's best assets: It's a multicultural environment where you can experience elements of every Asian culture as well as many Western cultures. Whether you want a touch of home or a little something different, you're sure to find it.
- a wealthy oneEssen cultural: From budget-friendly hawker malls to fine-dining restaurants, Singapore has something for every budget.
- GreatShopping: This is where Asia's elite shop for clothes and electronics. Like groceries, shopping caters to a wide range of consumers, offering both high-quality and inexpensive options.
- Greatinvestment Climate: If you are looking to start a startup in Asia, Singapore has the fastest growing startup ecosystem, partly due to increased government interest in the startup sector. Investors and incubators are also well networked in other countries in the region. In Asia, connections are vital.
- Economically transparency: Singapore is the fifth least corrupt country despite being in a region where corruption is the norm. Low corruption is part of a strategy to attract investment and encourage foreigners to start businesses. Corporate governance and taxation are very clear and straightforward, making Singapore one of the best places to start a business in Asia.
- Health and security: Singapore is extremely safe, with low crime rates and quality healthcare at a great price.
- Great Location: Singapore is located in the center of Southeast Asia - you can easily reach other countries by bus or plane.
Reasons not to move to Singapore
Please note: these are common expat complaints and may not apply to you.
- Lack of interracial mixing.: Despite their diversity, Singaporeans from different ethnic groups tend to have limited interactions, with one in two Singaporeans reporting that they do not have a friend of a different race.
- Breeds discrimination: Singaporeans of Chinese descent typically enjoy preferential treatment over their Malay and Indian counterparts. Examples of blatant discrimination include job advertisements that state that someone must be of Chinese origin to apply.
- restricted freedom of expression: The Singapore government censors sexually, politically, religiously and racially sensitive material. Law enforcement is often used to silence dissent. Journalists often censor themselves to limit their legal liability. It also restricts the development and distribution of non-commercial art,
- Limited outdoor activities: After all, it is a small city-state. Beaches are crowded and natural space is limited.
- Caro Accommodation– A small landmass with a dense population, house prices in Singapore are on par with Hong Kong or New York City. If you're on a budget, maybe share a room.
- Lack of outdoor activities.: As a city-state, Singapore is predominantly urban.
- Limited rights for the LGBT population: Members of the LGBT community face discrimination in Singapore. Male sex with a man is illegal. Finding housing is difficult for members of the LGBT community (landlord discrimination).
- Severe penalties for breaking the law: Punishment usually includes flogging and lengthy prison terms.
- Possession, use, manufacture, import, export or trafficking of most common drugs is illegal, and exceeding the maximum limits (e.g. more than 15 grams of cannabis, 3 grams of cocaine, 100 grams of opium) carries the death penalty.
Get a visa and find a job
Access to an employment pass depends on the skills and educational level of the worker.
For "highly qualified" (P and Q permits):
- work pass: intended for foreign professionals; You must be earning at least SGD 3,000/month to qualify for an employment pass. However, most people who apply for a work pass do so on a salary of $4,000 or more; Due to other employment restrictions abroad, low salary applications may not be accepted. Employers apply for the work pass for their employees.
- Custom order signature(PEP): granted to specially qualified foreign workers. They are awarded on the basis of the foreign worker's merit and continue to exist even if the worker decides to leave their employer (in contrast, workers who have a regular "employment pass" must reapply for the pass if they leave the employer change employer).
- mezzanine: For foreign entrepreneurs who want to set up a business in Singapore.
- Eligibility certificate for the employment pass: was discontinued in 2011.
- subscription training employment: for foreigners in special training programs for managerial or specialist positions.
For “medium-skilled” workers:
- Pase S– Available to mid-skilled workers earning a minimum salary of SGD$2,200/month. Candidates are evaluated based on a variety of criteria, including salary, skills, job requirements, work experience, and education.
For the low-skilled:
- work permit: granted to low-skilled workers for a period of up to two years. Holders of this permit may only work for their employer in a specific position. These passes usually go to nannies, housekeepers and artists.
- various work permits: for certain short-term jobs.
- Work permit for artists: for artists performing at public shows, bars, clubs etc. sorry. Valid for up to six months.
- Working holiday program: Allows recent graduates to live and work in Singapore for up to six months.
- work permit training: Allow unskilled or semi-skilled workers to complete training in Singapore for six months.
The more qualified or educated you are, the easier it is to get a Singapore Employment Pass. The family members of persons with a work permit can submit another visa application separately.
Permanent Residence and Citizenship
- permanent residence: Permanent residency applications are made through the Immigration Authority and Control Points (ICA). To apply, you must fall into one of four broad categories:
- Spouse or stepchild of Singaporean Citizen (SC) or Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR)
- Work Permit Holders: Only P, Q, or S passports are eligible
- SC elderly parents
- citizenship: Singaporean PRs who have lived in the country for at least two years can apply for citizenship online through the ICA. Spouses of Singaporeans can also apply for citizenship (after being a PR for two years or if the application has been processed two years after the marriage date). Children of foreign-born Singaporeans can apply for citizenship.
Set up a company in Singapore
Foreigners can easily do business in Singapore. However, you must have employment documents to work as a paid employee in your company; Otherwise, they can sign documents proving they are volunteers. Some ways to incorporate a company in Singapore:
- Start or co-found your own business: Foreigners can set up their own business in Singapore but must have at least one Singaporean on the board. A professional company must also incorporate a company in its name.
- Register a branch or representative office for a foreign company: A professional company must register in your name. Your company must also be registered with the Corporate and Accounting Regulatory Authority before you can conduct business. If your company is a bank or insurance company, you must also register with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Survey companies may also need to register with International Enterprise Singapore.
- IsGlobal Investor Program: Singapore simplifies visa applications and investment matching for investors. Eligibility for these services is dependent on the qualification of an independent fund.
Links and Resources
- Ministry of Human Resources of Singapore– Information on work cards and visas
- Singapore Immigration Service and Checkpoints– Information on visas and application for permanent residence
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