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Immigration in Singapore

Immigration in Singapore

Updated on Thursday 17th September 2020

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Immigration-in-Singapore.jpgWhether you have obtained a job opportunity in Singapore, or want to invest here on a long-term basis, or want to relocate here for the purpose or reuniting with family members or for any other reasons, you will need to verify the legislation on immigration in Singapore.  
The procedure for immigration in Singapore will be done based on the category of foreigner you represent. A foreigner living in this country is also entitled to obtain the permanent residency and there are several categories of foreigners who can become permanent residents of the country, which provides a set of attractive benefits, especially when we consider that Singapore is one of the most developed economies of the world, having one of the highest standards of living. If you need counselling when relocating here, our team of lawyers in Singapore can help you.  

How can one receive the permanent residence in Singapore? 

The advantage of having permanent residency as a foreigner in Singapore provides numerous benefits, one of them being that the foreigners will be able to work and live here following the same procedures available for local citizens. More importantly, the rules for immigration in Singapore stipulate that a permanent resident will be able to travel without applying for specific types of visas. Some of the basic legal pathways for obtaining the permanent residence are the following: 
  • a foreign applicant can apply for himself/herself, but also for his or her family members, including for children with an age below 21 years old;
  • the legislation on immigration in Singapore allows investors to obtain the permanent residency under the Investor Scheme (formally known as the Global Investor Program);
  • persons who will arrive in Singapore for the purpose of working here are also entitled to the permanent residency if they have an Employment Pass or an Entrepreneur Pass;
  • most of the permanent residency requests done by foreign employees are completed through the Professionals/Technical Personnel and Skilled Worker Scheme;
  • those applying for permanent residency must prepare a set of documents, including some from their Singaporean employer and such papers must be submitted to the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore

Can foreigners become citizens of Singapore? 

As it is the case of other jurisdictions, Singapore grants the right to citizenship to foreigners. However, persons interested in becoming local citizens must be aware that the legislation on immigration in Singapore stipulates that once a foreigner becomes a Singaporean citizen, then he or she has to renounce his basic citizenship, as the national law does not allow dual citizenship. 

How can our lawyers help you when moving in Singapore? 

Our team of lawyers in Singapore can present the steps that are to be followed when applying for permanent residency and for becoming a citizen, but, prior to entering these processes, numerous steps must be concluded, such as: gathering the required paperwork, submitting it to the local immigration authorities, waiting for a decision and others. 
Given that the legislation on immigration in Singapore is comprised of several categories, our lawyers can provide in-depth information on what type of legal pathway is best suited for you when moving here, based on your personal situation. Our law firm in Singapore can help businessmen in applying for a suitable investment scheme and we can also present the types of visas, some of them being the following: the Employment Pass Scheme, Entrepreneur Pass (EntrePass) Scheme, Personalised Employment Pass Scheme, S Pass Scheme or the Dependent Pass Scheme.

Highlights on immigration in Singapore 

Singapore is a country with a small population (of 6,209,660 persons in July 2020), being comprised mostly of Chinese, Malay and Indian ethnic groups. The immigrant population accounts for a significant part of the overall population of the country, following the more relaxed immigration regulations that were taken under the applicable law, and some the highlights of the country’s demographics are presented below:
  • in the 2000 census, it was revealed that the non-resident population accounted for 18,8% of the total population;
  • between 1990 and 2000, the permanent residents population increased at a very fast pace (of 10%) compared to the Singaporean population (when we refer to Singaporean citizens), which increased only at a rate of 1,3% per year;
  • the largest share of foreign permanent residents in 2000 was comprised of Chinese citizens (accounting for 220,762 person from a total permanent resident population of 290,118);
  • the current net migration rate of the country (measured in 2020), is of 11,8 migrants pers 1,000 inhabitants;
  • in 2019, there were 2,16 million immigrants living in Singapore
If you need more details on the legislation for immigration in Singapore, please address to our law firm. Our team of lawyers in Singapore will gladly provide you with the necessary answers you need and can also represent you in the process of relocating to this country, by applying for a suitable visa scheme.