Move to Singapore from India - Legal Advice for Indian Citizens
Move to Singapore from IndiaUpdated on Thursday 31st March 2022
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Persons who want to move to Singapore from India will need to take the necessary steps in order to obtain a visa that is suitable for their purpose of stay.
Foreigners can arrive here for various reasons – visiting the country, studying, working or reuniting with family, to name a few. There is also the possibility to arrive here for business or investment purposes.
Regardless of the purpose of arrival, the Indian citizen is required to apply for a visa and submit documents that present the purpose of stay in this country.
Our team of lawyers in Singapore can help you relocate in this country, if you plan to stay here for a longer period of time. You can also rely on our team if you want to sign a rental contract in Singapore.
Do Indians need a visa for visiting Singapore?
Yes, India is on the list of countries that require the nationals of that countries to obtain a visa for Singapore regardless of the purpose of arrival or the duration of the stay.
Thus, one does not need to move to Singapore from India on a permanent or long-term basis in order to be required to start these immigration procedures. Instead, they apply in all situations.
The immigration procedure for the issuance of the tourist visa has to be started with the embassy or consular mission representing Singapore in India. For Indians, the law does not prescribe the possibility of obtaining a visa on arrival.
This is why it is necessary to complete all the steps and make sure that you have obtained the visa before the arrival in Singapore.
Below, persons interested to move to Singapore from India for a limited period of time, as it can be the case for travelling purposes, can find few highlights of the tourist visa:
- the tourist visa grants the right to immigrate to Singapore for a period of 30 days;
- since the issuance of the document, one must know that the visa will have a validity of 2 years, so the person can choose to travel in the respective period of time and not necessarily immediately after the issuance;
- the visa is available only for the holders of Indian passports, which are valid for minimum 6 months since the date of arrival in Singapore;
- the visa applicant must submit 2 recent photos with a size of 35 mm x 45 mm;
- the photos must be taken on a white background and 80% of the surface must contain the person’s face.
It is mandatory for the applicant to submit documents showing the date of arrival and the date of departure from Singapore (for this purpose, the air tickets can be used).
Since the person will not carry any work activity here (for this, different visas must be obtained), it is compulsory to add to the file bank statements showing the last 3 months of income, in order to immigrate to Singapore.
This is required so that the local authorities can be sure that the applicant has sufficient funds to enjoy the travel in Singapore; you can request more details on the requirements for this visa from our lawyers in Singapore.
How can one move to Singapore from India for work purposes?
Indians who want to relocate to Singapore for the purpose of developing a work activity must obtain a visa for employment. The visa has to reflect their level of expertise.
A general visa for employment is the Employment Pass, a document that grants the right to move to Singapore from India for a period of 2 years, as long as the employment contract is maintained with the same employer.
Another employment option is through the Entre Pass, where the applicant must have an age of at least 21 years old in order to be able to qualify.
Foreigners also have the option to apply for the Personalized Employment Pass, which grants the right to move to Singapore from India for a period of 3 years and to change employers.
For further advice and assistance on immigration procedures, please contact our law firm in Singapore, where you can receive the necessary information suitable for your case.