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2020-07-03T17:44:53+08:00December 16th, 2014|69 Comments

Foreigners interested in company incorporation in Singapore through the use of the work visa known as the Employment Pass (EP) must have a minimum monthly salary of S$3,900, adequate educational qualifications, and sufficient work experience.

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Singapore Company Incorporation with EP

The Employment Pass (EP) is one of the work visas which can be used by foreigners in Singapore. It is intended for foreigners who have the requisite qualifications and adequate skill level. It is the most commonly-issued work visa in Singapore. Owning an Employment Pass can make it much easier for a foreigner to incorporate a company in the country.

Every foreigner who is interested in incorporating a Singapore company must apply for an Employment Pass. If the foreigner’s application is approved by the relevant authorities, the foreigner may register a business and commence business activities in Singapore. This business may be a sole proprietorship, private limited company, partnership, or any other business entity. There are many advantages of owning an Employment Pass. One of the most notable is the fact that it grants its holder the ability to apply for visas for family members. These visas include the Dependent’s Pass and Long Term Visit Pass. They allow the Employment Pass holder to bring other family members with them to Singapore.

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Requirements of Incorporating a Singaporean Company

1) Directors

A minimum of one local resident director is mandatory. A resident director is defined as a person who is a Singaporean citizen, a Singaporean permanent resident, or a person who has been issued an EntrePass, Employment Pass, or Dependent’s Pass. This rule applies to all business entities in Singapore.

 

2) Shareholders

Shareholders can either be individuals or corporate entities. The shareholding of a company can be fully local or fully foreign. Any other combination is also permissible. A director is also allowed to be among the company’s shareholders.

 

3) Paid-up Capital

The minimum amount of paid-up capital for the registration of a Singapore company is S$1. This is also true of cases in which the company is a subsidiary company or a foreign company with a branch in Singapore.

 

4) Registered Address

The address must be a physical local address. A PO Box may not be used.

 

5) Company Secretary

The Companies Act requires one company secretary to be appointed. The company secretary has to be a natural person as well as an ordinary resident of Singapore.

 

6) Audit Requirements

Unless exempted from audit requirements under the Companies Act, every company must appoint an auditor within three months of its incorporation in Singapore. Only small private companies and dormant companies are exempt from audit requirements. A small exempt private company is one that meets the following conditions:

–  The turnover for the financial year is less than S$5 million

– The company does not have more than 20 shareholders

– The company does not have, directly or indirectly, a corporation as a beneficial shareholder

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How to Apply for an Employment Pass

Before anyone may apply for an Employment Pass, the first step to be taken is to fill out the online incorporation form and prepare the necessary documents.

Each Singapore resident individual shareholder and director must provide a copy of a Singapore IC or passport if the individual is not a citizen of Singapore. Each shareholder and director must also supply proof of residential address, such as a recent utility bill, residential phone bill, tax bill, or cable TV bill. Each corporate shareholder, meanwhile, must supply a Foreign Corporate Company Certificate and a Special Director Resolution.

All documents must be in English or officially translated in English. All copies of documents must either be certified true copies by a notary public or original copies.

Receiving an Employment Pass is not always easy. Even slight errors may bring about the rejection of an Employment Pass application. This is where we at Paul Hype Page & Co can be of assistance. Our team members will use their expertise and knowledge to ensure that you will receive your Employment Pass so that you can proceed with the next steps of Singapore company registration as soon as possible.

 

Not everyone who applies for an Employment Pass will have their application accepted. Those who do not satisfy certain criteria will almost certainly have theirs rejected. On the other hand, those who do will put themselves in a position to have a successful Employment Pass application.

The first Employment Pass assessment criterion is that of current citizenship. Foreigners who are not willing to consider becoming a Singaporean citizen in the future by surrendering their current citizenship may find it more difficult to receive an Employment Pass. Those who have certain specialist skills will also be likely to receive an Employment Pass. This is because they will be more able to contribute to the success of Singapore economy. The applicant’s age is also taken into consideration because the younger the applicant, the more the applicant would be able to contribute over time. Applicants who have any work experience relevant to the Employment Pass application will also be in good stead, as will those with educational qualifications considered to be suitable. Finally, for those who are already business owners at the time of application, their respective company’s paid-up capital, background, and reputation within the industry will be taken into account.

Incorporation with Employment Pass

Self-Assessment Tool for Employment Pass Application

Those who are applying for an Employment Pass may use the Self Assessment Tool (SAT) provided by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on its website. It may be used to check eligibility for an Employment Pass application. According to the information provided by MOM on its website, this tool is used to determine if the applicant is eligible for either an Employment Pass or S Pass. It uses information such as educational qualifications, work experience, and salary to reach a conclusion. However, the result determined by the SAT will not necessarily be the same as the applicant’s actual result.

Those who use the SAT may preview and check their personal details before using it. If necessary, they may also edit any details which are incorrect or have not been duly updated. After the SAT is completed, applicants may print their results as well.

 

Approval and Collection of Employment Pass

The duration for approval of an Employment Pass applications depends on the method used to apply. Those who applied online will usually receive MOM’s decision within three weeks of the application. Those who applied in person will usually receive it within eight weeks. At any time after submission of the application, the applicant may view the current status of the application online.

If you need to contact anyone at MOM for reasons related to your Employment Pass application, we at Paul Hype Page & Co will do our part to ensure that your interactions with the relevant authorities will proceed smoothly. In certain cases, we will even speak to people at MOM for you if there are matters to which you are unable to attend.

Should an Employment Pass application receive approval, the applicant will receive a notification stating that the application has indeed been approved. After obtaining an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter, which will serve as an entry document to Singapore, the applicant must then meet with an authorized overseer for the signing of the IPA. One day after that, the applicant must then meet with the authorities at MOM for finger printing.

There are also certain documents required of those who are to receive an Employment Pass. They are as follows:

  • Applicant’s passport or travel document (original)
  • Passport-sized photo (taken within last three months) – those who do not have one can take it at the MOM service center
  • Details of applicant’s Short Term Visit Pass / immigration pass that the applicant is currently holding to remain in Singapore
  • Applicant’s residential address in Singapore (if any)
  • Contact details of an authorized contact person for the purposes of sending a text-message or email alert, as well as a delivery address, for the purpose of card delivery
  • Clear, scanned copies of the following documents in PDF format:
  • – Disembarkation / embarkation card (immigration white card)
  • – Completed declaration form attached with the applicant’s In-Principle Approval letter

 

Starting a Business in Singapore

Before starting business operations, there are several further matters which must be addressed.

After receiving the Employment Pass from MOM and signing any necessary company resolutions, the new Employment Pass recipient can officially become a director and shareholder of the company.

Some other things which will be helpful in starting a Singapore business include up-to-date accounting software, a fully-serviced office, an employment contract template, a financial planning and budgeting template, and a sample of the company’s business plan. Someone in the company who is authorized to do so must also open a corporate bank account. Corporate bank accounts are required of every company in Singapore.

 

There are required procedures to be followed when filing an annual return with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), as well as when filing tax returns with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS). Failure to follow these procedures is a legal violation and will be suitably punished.

Once a year, all companies in Singapore are to file an annual return with ACRA. An annual return is a document which contains the most important information about a company. This information includes the company’s principal activities, shareholders’ details, name, registered office address, officers’ details, registration number, share capital, and principal business activities. An annual return is to either be signed by a company director or company secretary. When the annual return is submitted, all of the company’s audited financial statements must be attached to the submission unless ACRA considers the company to be a small private company. ACRA defines a small private company as one which earned less than S$10 million in total revenue during the preceding fiscal year, one which accumulated less than S$10 million in total assets during the preceding fiscal year, and one with fewer than 50 employees. All three of these criteria must be fulfilled for a company to qualify as a small private company. A company’s annual return is to be submitted within 30 days of its annual general meeting.

All Singapore companies are also to file tax returns with IRAS once every year. The first step to be completed in the filing of tax returns is the reporting of Estimated Chargeable Income (ECI). A company must report its ECI within three months of the end of the financial year. The ECI Form must be used when doing so. The only companies which do not have to report their ECI are those without any ECI and have an annual revenue that does not exceed S$1 million. Once ECI has been reported, the company is to file its income tax return. The deadline for this filing is either November 30 (for those using paper filing) or December 15 (for those using e-filing). All tax returns are to be filed based on the company’s profits during the preceding year. Dormant, non-operational companies without any income during the financial year may apply to IRAS for the possibility of a waiver of the filing of income tax. Should the waiver be granted, the company then becomes exempt from reporting ECI and filing income tax.

It is incumbent upon the company secretary to ensure that these requirements are fulfilled. The company’s directors, meanwhile, are to oversee the company’s financial statements and verify their accuracy and compliance with existing accounting standards.

Singapore Employment Pass (Package)

 

 

Fees for Incorporation with Employment Pass (Package)

Package for Foreign Entrepreneurs Relocating to Singapore
Company Incorporation with Employment Pass
Company RegistrationS$800
Acra Registration FeeS$315
Appointment of Company Secretary (for 1 year)S$600
Application for Employment Pass (EP)S$800
Nominee Director (for 2 months)$400
Registered Office Address (for 1 year)S$240
TotalS$3,155
Additional Services (Optional)
Dependent Pass for spouse of child under 18 year (each)S$500
Tax Services and Form C submission (for 1 year)S$600
Accounting Services and Financial Statement Preparation (for 1 year)S$600

 

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Singapore Company Incorporation with Employment Pass FAQs

Do all foreign entrepreneurs have to relocate to Singapore?2020-06-22T11:55:22+08:00

It is not necessarily for foreigners who own a Singapore company to relocate there. The company can be run by other people who live there. However, the foreign entrepreneur must be in Singapore when the company’s bank account is to be opened.

Why did the Ministry of Manpower create the Self-Assessment Tool?2020-06-22T11:55:04+08:00

The Self-Assessment Tool is to be used by those who would like to know more about their chances of having their EP application approved. Those who are unsure about their status can use this tool. Those who find that they are likely to be rejected can then make the necessary adjustments so that their application will be approved.

Why must ACRA specify requirements that define a Small Private Company?2020-06-22T11:54:46+08:00

ACRA must do so because there are certain benefits only available to small private companies. The requirements specified prevent ineligible companies from benefiting from these advantages. 

69 Comments

  1. chris Ng February 17, 2020 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Hi ,
    I am a singaporean holder planning to set up a local photography company with my foreigner holder (malaysian) . Can you guide me further with the procedures and details on how to go further about it. After researching, can i check if a upfront paid up capital of $50,000 is neccessary for applying an employment pass or base on case to case basis?

    Thank you.

    • Kumaran Tiwiyah March 5, 2020 at 10:10 am

      Hello Chris,

      Since you and a foreigner plan to set up a company in Singapore together, you must first fulfill all of the relevant requirements. Your company must have at least one local director and company secretary, a number of shareholders between one and 50, a registered address located in Singapore, paid up capital is minimum S$1,000 and an approved company name.
      There is no need for you to pay such a large amount of money to apply for an Employment Pass because we provide Employment Pass application services. Our fee is S$800. Please contact us for further information.

      Thank you for your questions.
      Paul

  2. Nigel December 22, 2019 at 10:19 am - Reply

    My wife is in a DP, we are looking at her setting up a small company in Singapore which she can change her DP into and independent EP (we do not want to have a LOC for the DP), is this somthing you could assist with and be possible?

    • Kumaran Tiwiyah December 23, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      Hello Nigel,

      Any Dependent Pass holder who intends to set up a company in Singapore must first apply for and receive an Employment Pass before doing so.

      We provide services related to Employment Pass applications as well as others related to company incorporation in Singapore. Please contact us if you would like to know more.

      Thank you for your question.
      Paul

  3. Nilesh pandya June 8, 2019 at 1:57 am - Reply

    Hi
    I want to open company and get e pass and dependent pass.
    How is it possible please guide me on this.

    • Kumaran Tiwiyah July 17, 2019 at 8:14 am

      Hello Nilesh,

      If you would like to open a company in Singapore as a foreigner, you will require the services of a professional firm to do so because foreigners may not incorporate a company on their own. You will also need documents which state details about shareholders, directors, the company secretary, the company name, business activities, the company’s constitution, and a non-PO Box registered address in Singapore.

      To apply for Dependent’s Pass, you will need to hold either an Employment Pass or S Pass, earn at least S$6,000 in fixed monthly salary, and be sponsored by a Singapore company.

      We will be of service to you regarding the opening of your company and application of work passes. Just contact us to find out more.

      Thank you.
      Paul

  4. Sam June 7, 2019 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Hi there,
    I am Malaysia and has been living and working in Australia for the last 13 years. My husband (Australian) has been issued with an EP and his company is in the process of applying a dependant pass on my behalf. I intend to set up a company of my own to run a consulting business, would I be eligible being a dependant pass holder?
    Thank you.
    Sam

    • Kumaran Tiwiyah July 17, 2019 at 8:14 am

      Hello Sam,

      As a Dependant’s Pass holder, you could own a company in Singapore. However, to work in the company, you will need to apply for EP after the company is setup.

      Our specialists can help you with both setting up a Singapore private limited company and allowing you to receive an Employment Pass. You may reach us via email or telephone for further information.

      Paul

  5. Mandy December 5, 2018 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    Hello,
    I am an Australian citizen and my partner is Saudi Arabian citizen.
    We operate an online business and are looking to see if it’s possible to open a company in Singapore and would this allow us to operate our online business in Singapore and to live there too?
    Thank you
    Mandy

    • angela ng December 7, 2018 at 8:29 am

      Dear Mandy,
      Yes it is possible to start your company in Singapore with an employment pass and operate as a online business. Good reason to support why you need to be in Singapore for your business will be an added advantage to help support your work pass application.
      Do make an appointment to talk to our corporate specialist for more information to achieve a smooth incorporation with EP work pass.
      Best Regards
      Paul

  6. nishika October 1, 2017 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    I want visa for Singapore on employment pass

    • Paul Hype Page October 3, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Hi Nishika,

      EP’s in Singapore are acquired either through your employer or through company incorporation. Should you wish to set up your own company in Singapore, please do not hesitate to inquire about our all-in-one Incorporation with Employment Pass package.

      Best Regards,
      Paul

  7. Korban August 31, 2017 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Hi, I am thinking to set up business consulting company in Singapore.
    I am working in Dubai for last 5 years for business consulting and thinking to set up business management company in Singapore and get residency visa for my and family.

    I am holding Bachelor degree of economy and Chinese nationality, currently working in Dubai.

    • Paul Hype Page September 6, 2017 at 7:25 am

      Dear Korban,

      We’d recommend our all-in-one Incorporation with Employment Pass package for you, the fastest and most efficient way to set up a business in Singapore with everything you need. Do drop us an email at paulhypepage@php-cpa.com.sg and let’s talk more, we look forward to hearing from you.

      Cheers,
      Paul

  8. Pipat June 20, 2017 at 12:00 am - Reply

    Hi there,

    I’m interested in ur Singapore corporation with a EP pass ( the package).Can you kindly sent me more info regarding the package.

    I do not need a physical office in Singapore, do i have to rent a virtual office instead and for how much it will cost me

    Hope to hear from you real soon, Thank you

    • Paul Hype Page June 20, 2017 at 10:08 am

      Dear Pipat,

      Great to hear from you! We will be glad to assist with your company incorporation and setup. We also provide registered office or serviced office facilities for your consideration.

      We will email you soon about information on how to get started soon.

      Best Regards,
      Paul

  9. Kathy May 18, 2017 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Hi there,

    I’m interested in ur Singapore corporation with a EP pass ( the package).Can you kindly sent me more info regarding the package.
    Thanking you in advance

    • Paul Hype Page May 24, 2017 at 1:51 am

      Hi Kathy,

      Thank you for your interest. Paul Hype Page & Co will be more than happy to assist you to setup your company and applying your Employment Pass to work in Singapore. My colleague will drop you an email shortly with more information.

  10. Reddy April 1, 2017 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    I am to start digital marketing company in Singapore,I am from India,if I incorporate company in Singapore,how is to apply for employmentpss,what was the capital need to get EP approved,is there any chances to reject my vosa

    • Paul Hype Page April 7, 2017 at 5:24 am

      Dear Reddy,

      Our corporate specialist will be able to assist you from incorporation to employment pass as well as all corporate compliance required for your business in Singapore. We will drop you an email with more details shortly
      Paul

  11. Daisy December 7, 2016 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Hi I’d like to enquire about the paid up capital when incorporating a company in SG. I understand that all it takes is $1. However if I am a foreigner interested in incorporating in SG and applying for an employment pass for myself what would a realistic paid up capital amount be in order to qualify for an employment pass? I was previously employed in Singapore on E-Pass for 3 years (2013- 2016). I am in the service industry (therapy services) and will be doing home visits. Would a paid up capital of say $5k in the company’s corporate account suffice?

    • Paul Hype Page December 12, 2016 at 4:23 am

      Dear Daisy,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      As you already know, there is no minimum for paid up capital when setting up a company. Based on our experience and knowledge, a paid up capital of $5k will be sufficient to apply for EP and set up a corporate account.

      We will send you some more information on incorporation and employment pass. Hope it can answer your questions.

      Thank you,
      Paul

  12. Abdul November 28, 2016 at 8:02 am - Reply

    I incorporated a company in Singapore in 2012 with a Nominee shareholder. I live in India. I now intend to migrate to Singapore and take over the shares from the nominee shareholder except for 30% for local shareholder advantage.

    The company has 5 employees- 2 EP and 3 local employees.

    May I know the procedure to do the same? Should I apply for Entre Pass or Employment Pass?

    • Paul Hype Page December 2, 2016 at 3:09 am

      Dear Abdul,

      Thank you for contacting Paul Hype Page.

      We advise you to apply for employment pass under the company that you have incorporated in 2012. We will send you more information regarding employment pass in a separate email so that you will have a better idea before you proceed any further.

      Thank you,
      Paul

  13. sathyam November 12, 2016 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Sir/madam,
    1. I already work 3 years as a restaurant manager in Brunei Darussalam.
    2. I wish to buy a running restaurant in singapore my investment is around 60000 $ my age is 49 can i get the e pass for me and my family.
    3. My son wish to study in singapore I want to know the fees structure for my son (singaporean fees or Foreign students Fees)
    4. How many years take time to Migrate from E pass to PR

    • Paul Hype Page November 18, 2016 at 4:15 am

      Hi Sathyam,

      Thanks for your interest.

      1. I already work 3 years as a restaurant manager in Brunei Darussalam.

      2. I wish to buy a running restaurant in singapore my investment is around 60000 $ my age is 49 can i get the e pass for me and my family.
      – Once you have your business running in Singapore, you can apply for your employment pass and dependent pass for your family.

      3. My son wish to study in singapore I want to know the fees structure for my son (singaporean fees or Foreign students Fees)
      – Depending on which school you apply for and your son’s age, estimated tuition fees for international primary school are from SGD$1,000 to SGD$2,500 per month.

      4. How many years take time to Migrate from E pass to PR
      – There is no fixed time frame for the migration as it depends on many factors that ICA will look into, including your contribution to Singapore during your time as an EP holder, tax payable and more. Some cases take 3 months while there are other cases that can take up to 2 years for result.

      Should you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

      Cheers,
      Paul

  14. aryan October 21, 2016 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    i am having EP with a company where i am director too in singapore but due to financial problem its difficult to run the company at the movement so with this EP can i work for other company?

    • Paul Hype Page November 7, 2016 at 3:27 am

      Hi Aryan,

      Please be aware that your EP is strictly tied to one particular company only, so you will need to apply for a new EP if you want to work for a different company.

      Thank you,
      Paul

  15. Randy Lee September 1, 2016 at 6:49 am - Reply

    Hi,

    I have just incorporated a new company and wanted to hire a staff who is currently an EP holder working for another company but in different industry.
    Is it possible for my newly incorporated company to apply the EP for this person who is interested in working for my company.
    With different industry, will the EP application be more difficult.

    Thank you
    Regards
    Randy

    • Paul Hype Page September 6, 2016 at 3:22 am

      Dear Randy,

      It is absolutely possible to apply for an EP. As you probably know, the MOM and government is getting more strict regarding accepting foreigners, especially for the newly incorporated company, therefore it is crucial to choose the right partner who will assist you from A to Z with proficiency.

      Please let our corporate representative get in touch with you regarding this EP.

      Paul

  16. SUNNY August 27, 2016 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    DEAR SIR I am presently working in singapore holding EP i recently incorporated single director company (may 16) is it possible to transfer EP in my new company i am working here is sg for last 8 years.
    thanx

    • Paul Hype Page August 29, 2016 at 2:43 am

      Dear Sunny,

      You will need to apply for a new EP application to do so.

      As we are specialized in working visa, we will be happy to assist you on this. Please allow our team to liaise with you about this.

      Thank you,
      Justin

  17. Mohammed Riaz August 7, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Hi, I have a company in Singapore since Oct’2014 with SGD $250K paid up capital and have a bank account in Singapore with a deposit of above SGD 400K, I have applied for EP through an agent and it was refused. Later – one of friends applied for my EP through his company in SG and MOM reject again. My friend’s company in SG are very well established and have regular construction business with a sound regular transaction for five years. MOM mentioned my salary shown high, as it was only SGD 5000/-. I need to stay in Singapore as I need to recover my money (USD 3.38 million) that I transferred through my Dubai company to a Singapore company in October 2014. Now even I am not getting Social pass to initiate legal action against that company. Can you help me to recover my money ??

    • Paul Hype Page August 11, 2016 at 4:28 am

      Dear Mohammed

      We need to understand more about your working experience and education background to be able to advise you more and your chances in applying an employment pass. My colleague will be emailing you with more details.

      Paul

  18. Srinivas Yasoda August 4, 2016 at 6:45 am - Reply

    Hi,

    I am an Entrepreneur since past 9 years in India and would like to relocate to Singapore as an Entrepreneur along with the family. I want to comprehend all the niceties akin to the Minimum Investment required to set up a business in Singapore like (EB5 in USA), how many dependents can budge along with me and what work are they authorized to do etc.,

    I would be also interested to identify with whether Paul Hype also deals with buying and selling of running businesses? If so, I will be even interested to pursue buying an existing business.

    It would be great if we can have a call or email discussion (whichever the way)

    Regards,
    Srinivas Yasoda

    • Paul Hype Page August 11, 2016 at 4:38 am

      Dear Srinivas,

      In order to run a business in Singapore, you will need to apply for Employment Pass (EP) through MOM (Ministry of Manpower).

      We can assist you from incorporation of a company to applying your work pass. You will need a minimum of S$5000 salary a month to be eligible to apply DP for your family. My colleague will be in touch with you shortly with more details.

      Paul

  19. Nasir Uddin June 13, 2016 at 2:34 am - Reply

    Dear Sir/Madam

    I am a Bangladeshi National Currently living in UK, I am running my own Travel Agency in UK and I have branch in Bangladesh, Soon I will go back Bangladesh and from there I want to explore my business to Singapore, So I want to get EP and my wife also will go with me.
    Moreover, I am graduated from UK, I have several work experiences and also I am running online clothing shop in UK and bangladesh, and I have web design company as well.
    so, please advice me relevant procedures and expenses in order to go Singapore, Thanks
    Regards
    Nasir Uddin

    • Paul Hype Page June 21, 2016 at 5:27 am

      Dear Nasir,
      Welcome to Singapore, you have make an excellent choice. At Paul Hype Page, we will be able to provide a one stop solution for you and assist you in Singapore Company Incorporation, Accounting, Auditing, Taxation, employment pass and dependent pass for your family as well as handling all related compliance services for your business.
      We will drop you an email to understand more about your business structure so to provide you a more suitable setup plan.
      Paul

  20. John June 8, 2016 at 8:35 pm - Reply

    Hello
    I am actually an EP holder for a company. I have created a sole proprietor company actually dormant but want to move it to a Private Limited company. Could I register it with my current EP or will I need to apply to a new EP if I am operating it as director?
    Thanks

    • Paul Hype Page June 21, 2016 at 5:32 am

      Dear John,

      You may be a director of another company with your current EP pass but you are only allow to working in the company tats apply the EP card for you.
      You may also consider setting up your company with a nominee director until you are ready to change employer. Do drop us an email to fill out more.
      Paul

  21. saur June 8, 2016 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    I am working in Singapore on EP and my wife is on DP. I want to start a company in SG under my wife’s name as I am not allowed by my employer to work anywhere else.Can I do that and what are the requirement for the same.

    Thanks,
    SAUR

    • Paul Hype Page June 21, 2016 at 5:34 am

      Dear Saur,

      Your wife will need to apply for a LOC (Letter of Consent) in order for her to work in Singapore. Do contact our corporate specialist for more information for the different incorporation setup we can assist you in the plan.

      Paul

  22. Nilar June 3, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

    Hi,
    I am Nilar ..I am Ep holder and will expire on next month .In between ,I would like to apply Ep under my company as Director . Kind;y guide me what to do and what are the require documents from my side and company side .

    Thanks

    • Paul Hype Page June 8, 2016 at 4:35 am

      Dear Nilar,

      You can engage to our Incorporation with Employment pass package. This will allow you to setup your company and apply for a employment pass (Work pass) to start your business in Singapore. We will email you with more details.
      Paul

  23. Clarence May 17, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Dear sir,

    I own a design consultancy firm in China and would like to set up a branch with a local Singaporean partner.

    I understand that I need employment pass in order to stay in Singapore and run my business. I also would like to have my wife here with me, that means I will need to apply dependent pass for her and my salary has to be more than 5000 SGD.

    My question are
    1. Since I am the shareholder of the company, I can give myself any salary. How does the MOM enforce I am really receive 5000SGD from the company?
    2. Since it only takes 1SGD to incorporate, it does not make sense if the shareholder’s salary is 5000SGD but there is only 1SGD in the corporate account.

    Please advise.

    Regards,
    Clarence

    • Paul Hype Page May 23, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Dear Clarence,

      It is necessary to pay your self the salary that you will declare for Employment Pass and it will reflect in your payslip as well as income tax to Singapore.

      Although Singapore allows one to incorporate a private limited company with just $1 as start up capital, we usually advise our client to make it realistic as what you have mention. MOM may also request to see your company corporate bank account to ensure that the company is sincere in operating the business in Singapore and will have sufficient fund to pay the staff before they approve the EP.

      To find ou in more details, pls do make an appoint with our consultant, we can assist you to ensure proper setup of your company as well as a smooth work visa application.

      Best Regards
      Paul

  24. SNV May 13, 2016 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Dear Sir,
    I registered my company in 2007 and started doing business for 3years and due to inevitable circumstances couldn’t continue business from 2010 to 2013. Again from 2013 December started doing business and also applied for EP several times but got rejected. Know to continue my business I need to be here and also have plans of relocate to singapore with my family. So could you kindly assist how to move further.

    Regards
    SNV

    • Paul Hype Page May 17, 2016 at 5:31 am

      Dear SNV
      With a good business report to show MOM how variable is your business and intention of employing local Singaporean staff should be able to enhance your chances for EP pass.
      Do make an appointment with our corporate specialist for a detail consultation in roder for us to apply the right formula to your business.
      Cheers
      Paul

  25. Dr Ayesha Ali February 9, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    I am a doctor from uk working in singapore. I want to ask some advise in starting a company in uk as a co founder and bringing the production to singapore. Can you help

    • Paul Hype Page February 25, 2016 at 3:55 am

      Dear Dr Ali,

      Sure, our Incorporation Specialist will be in touch with you soon.

      Paul

  26. Aarush January 19, 2016 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Hello,

    I have a 7yrs old Transcription Company in India and it is Private Ltd. I have a registered office in Singapore as well for 1 1/2 yrs as PTE Ltd . But there no productivity right now . Now I have a client who is ready to give me work from Singapore . Can i apply EP and start my productive business at Singapore ?

    Can I bring my dependents as well if so ?

    Thanks,
    Aarush

    • Paul Hype Page January 25, 2016 at 8:45 am

      Dear Aarush,

      Employment Pass Criteria include a minimum salary of $3,300 and acceptable qualifications with past working experience. And From 1 September 2015, work pass holders will also need to meet a minimum salary criteria of $5,000 to enjoy dependant privileges.

      Don’t forget to check to ensure that your Singapore company is still registered as you need to renew every year.

      We are able to assist you with all corporate compliance and work pass application.

      Do contact us!

      Best Regards
      Paul

  27. MUHAMMAD SHAHID January 17, 2016 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Dear sir,
    I am from Pakistan i wish to start a retail (convenience store) business in singapore. Please let me know the pedure for the same like :

    1) What kind of visa should be obtained and visa charges ?

    2) Should the company be registered in the name if a Singapore or PR?

    3) What would be registration if I am interested in taking over an existing retail (convenience store ) business setup there ?

    Please advise ,
    Thanks &regards !
    MUHAMMAD SHAHID

    • Paul Hype Page February 25, 2016 at 4:15 am

      Dear Shahid,

      Paul and Hype Page Co. could be your next one-stop solution provider for incorporating as well as operating your business in Singapore, just as it was for several hundred SMEs such as Exempt Private Limited Companies or Private Limited Companies (Pte Ltd) in the past.

      We provide your business an expert team of professionals such as tax consultants, lawyers, accountants, company secretaries, and immigration experts who are deeply familiar with Singapore’s legal entities and regulatory framework too.

      My consultant will be in touch with you soon.

      Paul

  28. Lorena Macasaquit December 4, 2015 at 11:02 am - Reply

    Hi
    I’m Lorena from United Kingdom
    Nurse from the Philippines. Works here in London as a private health care assistant.
    I’m really interested to know how can I acquired an Employment Pass to Singapore. Please need assistance.
    Thanks and kind regards

    • Paul Hype Page December 11, 2015 at 2:18 am

      Dear Lorena,

      You can either setup a company and apply for EP or find a job confirmation to have your new employer apply the work pass for you.

      Paul

  29. Peduyyar November 26, 2015 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Hi,

    I am working in Singapore on Employment pass of one company as employee. I hold a company in Chennai with partner as a director which is private ltd in India.

    Can i register a company here with being part of other company on their EP pass? Or do i need to leave job and then only i can register a company?

    Regards,
    Peduyyar

    • Paul Hype Page December 11, 2015 at 3:46 am

      Dear Peduyyar,
      Under the EP rules, you can only work with the employing company. However you may apply as shareholder for the other company as long as you don’t work there.
      Paul

  30. Vishal September 10, 2015 at 5:05 am - Reply

    Hi

    I run a couple of internet based businesses, it’s a one man company and I’ve been thinking of moving to Singapore mainly for the quality of life, I’d like to keep my business the way it is, so I would not be recruiting anyone nor would I have an office.

    Do let me know if this option would work well for me.

    Regards

    • Paul Hype Page September 21, 2015 at 9:20 am

      Dear Vishal,

      Yes, you will be able to incorporate a company in Singapore with just employee (yourself), however in order to apply for a work pass so that you can stay and work in Singapore, it will be good if you can show why you need to run the internet business in Singapore as it is possible to do it anywhere else. Do make an appointment with our EP specialist so we can go thru in details with you.
      Cheers
      Paul

  31. Raajesh Shrinivas August 28, 2015 at 10:00 am - Reply

    we are a newly setup tech startup company in Singapore. I am a Singaporean while my partner is a foreigner who is also the director and shareholder of the company. I am now looking to apply an EP or entrepreneurship pass for the foreign director. So i would like speak with some one who can help us.

    Raajesh
    Co-founder Piing

  32. Mohankumar May 28, 2015 at 2:34 am - Reply

    Dear Sir / Madam,
    I am holding S-pass for last 3 years. I has BBA, 3 Diploma and LCCI level 2 cerfiticate. Now I want to apply E-pass in the company which was incorporated in 03.05.15 that there is no business activity started and paid up capital is $2 (one local director and one foreign director). Is this company eligible to apply E-pass. Please advise me to contact you regarding his concern.
    Thanks

    • Paul Hype Page June 9, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Dear Mohankumar,

      There are a few eligibility criteria to applying the employment pass. Do book an appointment with us so we can assist you on the best route to Employment pass application.

      Best Regards
      Paul

  33. M Harikishan April 8, 2015 at 7:40 am - Reply

    I need an Employment Pass. Will you please do everything including getting an employer, job offer letters and other documents etc., required to get EP. If so, what will be your service charges.

    • Paul Hype Page April 9, 2015 at 2:10 am

      Dear Harikishan

      https://www.paulhypepage.com/singapore-visa/employment-pass/

      The Employment Pass in Singapore version for Foreign Entrepreneurs Relocating to Singapore, who would like to start businesses and stay in Singapore. Designed to facilitate the entry and stay of entrepreneurs who are ready to start a new business, the Employment, with an initial validity period of up to two years.

      From your description, I can see that you suit into one of our package solution –
      Singapore Company Incorporation with Employment Pass

      Let have a phone call appointment, you can book me via link :
      http://www.paulhypepagemanagementservicespteltd.gettimely.com/
      To take advantage of the immediate benefits of a Singaporean company, I suggest using our Local Resident Director and Registered address services where you can incorporate your business in 3 days.
      Please call office at +65 62214711 or +65 84848816 (Mobile) for discussion
      Looking forward to hear from you.
      Yours
      Eric

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  35. Alexander Johanberg March 13, 2015 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    My name is Alexander Johanberg, a 27 year old Swedish native. For the past 7 years, I’ve been living in the U.S. where I studied for my bachelors and MBA. Upon graduation I founded my company, the core business is business consulting, but the plan is to leave the main entity as a holding, this to broaden out my ventures and investments.

    Have a great connection in Singapore, and have been thinking for some time to incorporate my holding entity there. Would love some help and support in how I could do this in the best possible way.

    Best regards,

    Alexander

    • Paul Hype Page March 17, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Hi Alexnder,

      It is great to hear from you. Paul Hype Page and Co will be able to assist your company incorporation and setup. We will email you some information about forming a company in Singapore. Do contact us soon for your setup.

      Looking forward to meet you.

      Cheers
      Eric

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