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  3. Global PEO and Payroll
  4. Work Permit and Visa for Hiring Expats via PEO
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Immigration support for hiring foreign talent in Singapore via Global Employer of Record

As companies expand globally, they face a number of challenges, one of which is global HR. This can involve hiring local citizens and ex-pats and dealing with payroll, taxes, work permits and visas so that expatriates can work in another country.

When expanding your business operations to include international projects in Singapore, you may need to hire employees from other countries. Onboarding these individuals can be difficult, especially if they are miles away. If ex-pats are onboarded in a foreign country, things can get even more complicated.

Whether to serve your company’s clients in Singapore or tap into a new market, Acumen’s work permit and hiring ex-pats through a Global EOR are here for you.

Seize the Global Stage: Harnessing Singapore’s Business Immigration Potential

In Singapore, several governmental bodies play crucial roles in fostering business immigration and managing related policies and regulations. The key governmental bodies responsible for business immigration in Singapore include:

  1. Ministry of Manpower (MOM): The Ministry of Manpower oversees employment and labour-related matters in Singapore. It manages work permits, employment passes, and other immigration-related issues for foreign workers and expatriates.
  2. Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA): The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority is responsible for managing the entry and exit of individuals into and out of Singapore. They handle the issuance of various types of visas, including social visit passes, work passes, and permanent residency.
  3. Singapore Economic Development Board (SEDB): The Singapore Economic Development Board is responsible for driving economic growth and attracting foreign investments. They collaborate with businesses and investors to create a conducive environment for business expansion, which includes facilitating business immigration and talent acquisition.
  4. Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI): The Ministry of Trade and Industry focuses on policies and strategies related to trade, investment, and economic development. They work closely with other governmental bodies to support business immigration initiatives contributing to Singapore’s economic growth.

These governmental bodies collaborate to create an environment that promotes business immigration, attracts foreign talent, and supports the growth of international businesses in Singapore. They regularly review and update policies to ensure alignment with the evolving needs of businesses and the country’s economic goals.

Global Employment Solutions for Seamless Hiring in Singapore

When navigating the complex world of business immigration in Singapore, Acumen International is your trusted partner. We provide comprehensive global talent solutions that ensure a seamless experience for your international workforce. From smooth onboarding to efficient payroll management, our expertise in global mobility and global employment solutions allows you to confidently staff your international assignments in Singapore while mitigating complexities and financial risks associated with hiring international talent.

Our team of immigration specialists understands the intricacies of ex-pat immigration and employment, enabling us to tailor a solution that streamlines obtaining work permits for your international employees in Singapore. We stay current with the latest timelines and requirements set by the immigration authorities, ensuring timely and efficient processing of work permit applications.

By partnering with Acumen International, you gain access to our extensive knowledge and experience, ensuring compliance with immigration regulations and seamless integration of your international talent into your Singapore operations. We recognize the significance of a smooth immigration process, allowing you to focus on your core business objectives while entrusting us with the complexities of work permits in Singapore.

Comprehensive Immigration Solution in Singapore

Experience a comprehensive, one-stop solution for the official employment of expatriates in Singapore following their work permits or visa securing. Our Global Employment service portfolio is designed for employer companies aiming to transfer selected candidates or individuals whose employers are prepared to finance their immigration and foreign employment.

With our all-inclusive approach, we alleviate the challenges associated with immigration procedures and minimize the risks of visa rejection. As a single provider, we sponsor work permits or visas on your behalf and employ international talent, providing a seamless and hassle-free experience.

Service Description
Immigration Support Expert assistance with immigration processes, visa applications, work permits, and ensuring compliance with immigration regulations in Singapore.
Relocation Assistance End-to-end support for employees relocating to Singapore, including assistance with housing, transportation, and settling-in services to facilitate a smooth transition.
Global Mobility Support Offering guidance and support throughout the entire assignment lifecycle, including assignment planning, cultural training, and ongoing assistance for employees and their families.
Mobility Policy Development Assisting in developing comprehensive mobility policies tailored to Singapore’s unique requirements, including cost-of-living adjustments, allowances, and employee benefits.
Ongoing Support Providing continued support throughout the employee’s assignment, including addressing employee queries, managing work permits and extensions, and facilitating repatriation at the end of the assignment.

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Acumen International: Your Partner for Employer of Record and Expert Immigration Services in Singapore

With Acumen International, you can rely on our affordable and comprehensive immigration solutions designed specifically for international businesses.

Backed by over 20 years of experience in handling international immigration matters, we offer a wide range of services to meet your needs. From immigration support and visa processing to work permit extensions and renewals, our all-in-one global employment solutions cover 190 countries, ensuring fast and efficient service.

As your trusted partner, Acumen International is your go-to resource for securing visas and work permits and managing your international talent’s hiring, payroll, and rewards. We understand the complexities of cross-border employment and provide comprehensive business support through a centralized global hub, eliminating the need to obtain multiple quotes from different providers and overcoming potential language barriers. Our tailored social business immigration packages ensure that your international talent experiences a smooth transition abroad, free from immigration, labour, or tax compliance issues.

By leveraging our Global Employer of Record solution and extensive business immigration support, you can save valuable time and money while remaining fully compliant with all legal requirements. Our clients appreciate the efficiency and ease of managing their international immigration needs through our streamlined services.

Choose Acumen International as your partner for Employer of Record and expert immigration services, and experience the benefits of a trusted and reliable solution tailored to your international business needs.

Estimated Time for Securing a Work Permit in Singapore

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

How 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

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Original Document Checklist for Work Permit in Singapore

Name Notes Copies
Copy of passport valid for six months minimum Copy of biodata and signature pages only. One clear copy
PEP Application Form Completed and signed for manual submission. One original
Employment contract For non-existing Employment Pass holders. Contract of new and/or previous employment (if any). One clear copy
Employment History For non-existing Employment Pass holders. One clear copy
Latest three months’ salary slips and bank account statements For non-existing Employment Pass holders. One clear copy
Latest Tax Statement For non-existing Employment Pass holders. One clear copy
PEP Application Fee An 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 Certificate Clear copy of the highest educational certificate. One clear copy
Passport valid for six months minimum With at least two blank, adjoining visa pages One original
PEP Issuance Fee Currently 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 applicable One clear copy
Immigration White Card Scanned 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

The New Competitive Advantage, a Global Employer of Record, Can Offer

Are you looking for qualified talent in your industry but don’t want to worry about setting up your own legal entity in Singapore? Look no further! Acumen International’s Global Employer of Record (EOR) services can help you do just that by providing faster access to qualified talent in your industry. We can help you get a presence in Singapore quickly and easily, without worrying about setting up your legal entity, while ensuring 100% compliance with labour and tax regulations, so you can focus on running your business.

Are you an employer looking to hire employees in Singapore? If so, you may need to partner with a global Employer of Record (EOR). Here are 8 scenarios when this could be the case.

  1. You have hired an employee but are unhappy with your current employment service provider. 
  2. You’ve decided to hire an independent contractor instead of a full-time employee, but you’re unsure if you comply with local laws and regulations.
  3. You are currently looking to improve the quality of your employment services.
  4. You can no longer afford to maintain a full legal operation via your own entity in the target country.
  5. You have a temporary project or one that doesn’t require you to open a legal entity in the target country.
  6. You need to hire a foreign workforce for your new project.
  7. If you want to expand your business, you will need a mix of local and foreign employees. Those who are familiar with the local market will be able to help reduce the learning curve.
  8. You are looking for a partner that will allow you to expand your business by hiring locally experienced employees. This will allow you to tap into a wealth of knowledge and experience to help you grow your business.

Immigration Services for International Employers in Singapore

At Acumen International, we understand that hiring a foreign workforce and relocating employees can be a stressful and time-consuming process for employers. The current immigration system in Singapore is very complicated, and a global Employer of Record (EOR) can help you navigate it. That’s why we have a dedicated team of professionals who will guide you through every step of the immigration or relocation process, from visa and work permit sponsorship to compliant onboarding of your employees or managing contractors. 

We also offer 100% compliance with all local requirements, so you can rest assured that your employees can transition smoothly into their new roles. Our experience and in-country expertise will ensure that the entire process is as stress-free as possible for you and your employees, acting as an extension of your in-house HR team. 

If you need to have your international talent legally work for you in Singapore without setting up your own business entity, trust us to assist you with work permits 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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Disclaimer: 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.

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