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Residency Guide to Singapore

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Establishing residency in Singapore can be challenging. Here are some helpful tips for expats, retirees, and nomads.

Obtaining a residency visa in Singapore is not always easy, but our Guide to Residency in Singapore gives newcomers an overview of the steps involved and advice from others who have already navigated the process.

  • Gather the necessary documents for residency status in Singapore. This includes a valid passport, a valid visa, proof of employment, proof of address, and any other documents required by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.
  • Submit the documents to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. This can be done in person or online.
  • Wait for the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority to process the application. This can take up to two weeks.
  • Once the application is approved, the applicant will receive a letter of approval from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.
  • Apply for a Tax Number.
    • Visit the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore website and fill out the application form.
    • Submit the application form along with the required documents to the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.
    • Wait for the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore to process the application. This can take up to two weeks.
    • Once the application is approved, the applicant will receive a letter of approval from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore.
  • Apply for a Social Security Number.
    • Visit the Ministry of Manpower website and fill out the application form.
    • Submit the application form along with the required documents to the Ministry of Manpower.
    • Wait for the Ministry of Manpower to process the application. This can take up to two weeks.
    • Once the application is approved, the applicant will receive a letter of approval from the Ministry of Manpower.
  • Apply for a work permit.
    • Visit the Ministry of Manpower website and fill out the application form.
    • Submit the application form along with the required documents to the Ministry of Manpower.
    • Wait for the Ministry of Manpower to process the application. This can take up to two weeks.
    • Once the application is approved, the applicant will receive a letter of approval from the Ministry of Manpower.
  • Apply for a long-term visit pass.
    • Visit the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority website and fill out the application form.
    • Submit the application form along with the required documents to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.
    • Wait for the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority to process the application. This can take up to two weeks.
    • Once the application is approved, the applicant will receive a letter of approval from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority.

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What tips do expats have about residency and visas in Singapore?

"If you plan to stay in Singapore for a while, you will need to apply for a Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP). This document is issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and allows you to stay in Singapore for a period of up to one year. You will need to provide supporting documents such as your passport, proof of employment, and proof of financial means to support yourself during your stay. Depending on your nationality, you may also need to apply for a visa before entering Singapore," said one expat living in Singapore.

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"To apply for a visa to Singapore, applicants must submit a completed visa application form, a valid passport, a passport-sized photograph, and any other documents required by the Singapore Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. Depending on the type of visa, applicants may also need to provide proof of financial resources, a medical report, and a police clearance certificate. To apply for residency in Singapore, applicants must first obtain an Employment Pass, Personalised Employment Pass, EntrePass, or Dependent Pass. These passes are issued by the Ministry of Manpower and require applicants to submit a completed application form, a valid passport, a passport-sized photograph, and other documents such as proof of qualifications, proof of financial resources, and a medical report. Once the pass is approved, applicants can then apply for a Long Term Visit Pass or a Permanent Residence. The application process for these passes requires applicants to submit a completed application form, a valid passport, a passport-sized photograph, and other documents such as proof of qualifications, proof of financial resources, and a medical report," commented one member living in Singapore.

About the Author

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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