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  3. Global PEO and payroll
  4. Work permit for hiring expats via PEO
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Immigration support for hiring expats in Singapore via PEO

Among many other issues companies face when expanding globally is global HR. This includes hiring local citizens and expats, and payrolling them, paying taxes and getting work permits and visas so that expatriates were eligible to work in a foreign country.

If you are a company that is already hiring or planning to hire international workforce for your international projects, you must be aware of how hard it may get to onboard the person if they are miles away. Things can get even more complicated if expats are to be onboarded in a foreign country.

Whether it is to serve your company’s clients in Singapore or to tap into a new market, Acumen’s ‘work permit and hiring expats through a Global PEO’ is here for you.

Attention: we are not an immigration service! We do not provide a work permit and immigration support as a standalone solution to individuals willing to work overseas.

Our solution is a one-stop shop service for the official employment of expats in Singapore after they have received a work permit or a visa. Our Global PEO for hiring expats is aimed at employer companies that want to transfer selected candidates or individuals whose employers are ready to finance their immigration and foreign employment.

Note: having one provider that sponsors a work permit or visa on your behalf and then employs the expat, minimizes risks of visa rejection and takes the hassle associated with immigration procedure off your head.

Unlike other global Professional Employer Organizations, we can provide a bunch of extra benefits in addition to immigration support and onboarding in full compliance with local labor legislation. This includes housing, office, mobile phone and car provision to meet-and-greet, dependents relocation, and others.

Focus on your primary business goals. And let us take care of the work permit and immigration procedures for you. Use our all-in-one solution:

  1. For long-term assignments in Singapore, allowing to payroll expats with full legal compliance
  2. As an interim solution before incorporating in the country

Hiring and payrolling expats in Singapore

Acumen’s approach to global mobility and expats employment in Singapore is backed with years of field expertise. Our team of seasoned professionals has managed to guide the whole bunch of companies of different sizes and sectors through the challenging immigration and onboarding and offboarding procedure.

We have helped companies to easily onboard, payroll and withdraw employees at the end of the employment agreement when it was needed based on their needs.

If you want to quickly and without risk get a work permit for your expatriate candidate, Acumen International can be your dedicated partner. We will guide you through all steps and advise on the documents required.

Note: we cannot shorten or affect the immigration procedure. However, we can make all necessary preparations so that you can onboard the employee immediately the permit or visa have been received.

We will ensure 100% compliance with the in-country labor legislation during the expats’ employment with Acumen International. Contact us for details on visa processing timelines and documents required to get a work permit in Singapore.

Estimated time for work permit issuance

Typically, the procedure of work permit issuance in Singapore takes 2 month until entry to Singapore, and a further 1 week to 1 month before the whole process is completed.

Major steps to get a work permit in Singapore

  1. Application for Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)
  2. Entry to Singapore
  3. Biometric Registration
  4. Temporary Residence Registration
  5. Work Permit Application
  6. Work-Type Residence Permit Application

Documents for work permit in Singapore, main applicant

Copy of passport valid for 6 months minimumCopy of biodata and signature pages only.One clear copy
PEP Application FormCompleted and signed for manual submission.One original
Employment contractFor non existing Employment Pass holders. Contract of new and/or previous employment (if any).One clear copy
Employment HistoryFor non existing Employment Pass holders.One clear copy
Latest three months’ salary slips and bank account statementsFor non existing Employment Pass holders.One clear copy
Latest Tax StatementFor non existing Employment Pass holders.One clear copy
PEP Application FeeAn administrative fee of SGD$70 will be charged for every Personalised Employment Pass application submitted. Payment can be made by cash / NETS / Cashcard.One original
Copy of Educational CertificateClear copy of highest educational certificate.One clear copy
Passport valid for six months minimumWith at least 2 blank, adjoining visa pagesOne original
PEP Issuance FeeCurrently S$150 + S$30 for multiple journey visa (if applicable)One original
IPA Letter Declaration Page (Applicant Signature)Scanned Copy of the duly signed In-Principle Approval (IPA) Letter Declaration Page signed by the Principal / Dependant(s) if applicableOne clear copy
Immigration White CardScanned Copy of the Immigration White Card – Disembarkation / Embarkation Card (front and back).One clear copy
Medical examination report (if requested)If the applicant was asked to provide a medical examination report at the time of issuance of the In-Principle Approval letter, then it must be submitted to the MOM at this time.One clear copy

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Singaporewithout having to set up your own business entity for that, trust us to assist you with work permit and immigration support, and then employ your expats locally on your behalf.

Contact our team to let us take up your foreign employees’ immigration matters and relieve you of the responsibility of getting work permit by working with our local partners to organize and obtain all the necessary permits, as well as provide you with a detailed update on the progress of the process.

Call us for more information about how you can get a work permit for your expatriate staff and employ them through Acumen International in Singapore.

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