Many people who have migrated to Singapore have come from China to do so. The information contained in this article will provide much important information on why any citizen of China who may have plans to emigrate should seriously consider moving to Singapore to live and work.

Migration to SIngapore


Singapore is a country to which many people have migrated, and these many immigrants have helped build the country’s economic strength. The number of people who have migrated to Singapore has been increasing. Some have predicted that by the time Singapore’s population increases to seven million, immigrants will comprise almost half of that figure.

In recent times, workers of all sorts have chosen to migrate to Singapore. These include workers who are less skilled and more skilled alike. The last decade has seen more people than ever before migrate to Singapore – a welcome development because Singapore’s population is rapidly aging while its fertility rate continues to slip, as it has been for over three decades.

Among Singapore’s population today, approximately two million are not citizens of Singapore. Around 500,000 people living in Singapore today are permanent residents (PRs). PRs are usually skilled foreigners who have decided to make their home in Singapore. Many, but not all, PRs of Singapore intend to someday become citizens of the country. Other non-citizens account for the remaining 1.5 million non-citizens. Approximately one million of these people are low-skilled or unskilled workers who work in sectors such as services, construction, domestic labor, services, marine activities, and manufacturing These migrants are disallowed from bringing their families with them when they enter Singapore. They come in under contracts which limit the maximum duration of their time in Singapore. They are unlikely to ever become citizens. A further 100,000 are international students who are primarily from China, India, and other Southeast Asian countries. The remaining non-citizens are skilled workers who are mostly from Malaysia, China, India, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Japan, and South Korea.


Why Citizens of China Should Consider Migrating to Singapore

Singapore remains one of the nations to which people from all over the world, including China, choose to migrate. While foreign immigration is no longer at the level at which it was 10 years ago, favorable conditions and government encouragement have allowed the figure to remain high. Since 2012, migration to Singapore from China has again been increasing. There are several reasons why a citizen of China might consider migrating to Singapore.


Career Opportunities

Throughout the history of Singapore, its need and willingness to hire skilled foreigners has attracted a great many people who are interested in moving there. The nation’s vibrant and thriving economy has provided many foreigners, including those from China, with opportunities for career advancement. There are also some foreigners working in Singapore who move there at the request of their company which might be planning to expand business operations in the Asia-Pacific region.


Standard of Living

For many a citizen of China or any other country planning on relocating to Singapore, the country’s high quality of life is an important factor which drives them to relocate there. The Human Development Index (HDI), which ranks global standards of living, ranks Singapore ninth but China 86th; therefore, for most, a move to Singapore would represent a significant lifestyle upgrade.



Foreigners who have children or who have come to Singapore to seek tertiary education themselves will experience many benefits. The education system in the country is highly competitive and one of the best in the world. Furthermore, students from China will not feel isolated in Singapore because a large number of international students who are studying in Singapore today are from China.


Location and Connectivity

The geographical location of Singapore and the various advantages that it gains from this location have drawn many foreigners to the country. One of the key advantages is its connectivity; travel to and from other countries is affordable and safe.


Expatriate Culture

Singapore is internationally renowned as a diverse and cosmopolitan nation. All foreigners who move to Singapore contribute to the development of the country’s impressive cultural mosaic. Furthermore, all foreigners who move to Singapore will know that many people have made that same move before. The large expatriate community in Singapore will serve as a buffer from the culture shock for those moving to Singapore for the first time.


Process of Migration to Singapore

There are several reasons why and methods by which a foreigner could migrate to Singapore.


Migrating for Work

Professionals may choose to use any one of four different types of work visas to migrate to Singapore.


Employment Pass (EP)

Professionals who are eligible may apply for an Employment Pass (EP) to migrate to Singapore. The company seeking to employ the individual must apply for the individual’s EP. It is valid for up to two years assuming that the individual remains at the same company. If the individual changes jobs, the individual’s new company will have to reapply for another EP. Each EP renewal extends its validity by three years.

No levies or quotas apply to EPs. Those who earn more than S$4,000 per month may bring their spouse and dependent children to Singapore, while those who earn more than S$12,000 per month may also bring their parents to Singapore.

To be eligible for an EP, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • Must be paid at least S$4,500 per month
  • Salary is to be commensurate with the applicant’s experience

Must have the educational qualifications and relevant experience necessary for the position to be taken

You might be interested in obtaining an EP of your own so that you can migrate to and work in Singapore. If such is true, we at Paul Hype Page & Co will be able to assist you. We will work with you throughout all the necessary steps of EP application. We will also see to it that you will have the highest possible chance of receiving an EP as soon as possible.

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Entrepreneur Pass (EntrePass)

The EntrePass is intended for foreign entrepreneurs who plan to migrate to Singapore and own and operate a new business there. It is valid for one year and may be renewed further.

Dependants of the EntrePass holder can be brought to Singapore only after the pass has been renewed once. Therefore, they may not be brought to Singapore during the first year. No levies or quotas are related to the EntrePass.

To be eligible for an EntrePass, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • At least 21 years old
  • Has the relevant education and experience for the position to be taken
  • Owns at least 30% of a new venture that provides employment for locals and has been or is to be registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA)
  • Owns a business which has been funded by a venture capitalist, has worked with a research institution or government-affiliated incubator, or has proprietary intellectual property


Personalized Employment Pass (PEP)

The PEP is reserved for high-earning professionals who intend to migrate to Singapore as well as existing Employment Pass (EP) holders. The PEP gives its owner flexibility in employment because it is not associated with any one particular employer. The PEP is typically valid for three years, but it may not be renewed. It also allows its holder to stay in Singapore for up to six months without a job. There are no levies or quotas which apply to the PEP. A person who holds a PEP may bring the spouse, children, and parents to Singapore as dependents.

To be eligible for a PEP, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • Must earn a salary of at least S$18,000 per month (if not an existing EP holder)
  • Must earn a salary of at least S$12,000 per month (if an existing EP holder)


S Pass

This visa is intended to be used by workers who are less qualified but intend to migrate to Singapore. The company which is to employ the individual must apply for this visa. A quota imposed by the government limits the number of S Pass holders working in any company. According to this quota, S Pass holders cannot account for more than 20% of a company’s total workforce; this quota is 15% for companies in the services sector.

The S Pass is valid for two years. Renewals extend its validity by three years assuming that its holder is still employed by the same company. If the S Pass holder earns more than S$4,000 per month, the holder’s spouse and children may also be brought to Singapore.

To be eligible for an S Pass, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • Must earn at least S$2,300 per month
  • Has health insurance provided by the company which is sponsoring the future S Pass holder


Moving for Family Purposes

Those who have an EP, PEP, or S Pass may bring their legal spouse and dependent children to Singapore through the use of a Dependant’s Pass. Stepchildren, common-law spouses, and disabled children of over 21 years old may migrate to Singapore by using a Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP).


Dependant’s Pass

The company that sponsored the EP, PEP, or S Pass visa of the person who is bringing dependants to Singapore must apply for this visa. It is valid for up to two years, may be renewed, has no associated levies or quotas, and is tied to the validity of the associated EP, PEP, or S Pass.

To be eligible for a Dependant’s Pass, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • Earns a minimum of S$6,000 per month
  • Be legally married, have at least one child of 21 years old or younger, or both


Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP)

The LTVP is designed for individuals who intend to allow any common-law spouse, stepchildren, and parents to migrate to Singapore. The company which sponsored the EP, PEP, or S Pass visa for the individual who will be bringing dependents to Singapore must apply for this visa. It is valid for the same duration as its associated EP, PEP, or S Pass.

To be eligible for a Long Term Visit Pass, the following criteria must be fulfilled:

  • Earn a minimum of S$6,000 per month to bring spouse or children to Singapore
  • Earn a minimum of S$12,000 per month to bring parents to Singapore

How a Citizen of China Can Migrate to Singapore FAQs

Do many people born in China live in Singapore?2020-07-03T12:07:57+08:00

There is a reasonably large community of Chinese immigrants in Singapore today. Chinese immigrants living and working in Singapore today occupy all strata of Singaporean society. They include students, skilled workers, unskilled workers, professionals, and entrepreneurs. Although most Singaporean citizens are of Chinese descent, relatively few of them were born in China.

What is the status of diplomatic ties between Singapore and China?2020-07-03T12:07:33+08:00

Singapore and China have maintained a close relationship. Due to China’s influence and impact in the Asia-Pacific region, Singapore has had to do its best to find common ground with China. Singapore has also been supportive of China’s engagement and development across the Asia-Pacific region.

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