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Immigration support for hiring foreign staff in Singapore via PEO

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, as well as dealing with payroll, taxes, work permits and visas so that expatriates are able to 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 located mile away. Things can get even more complicated if ex-pats are 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 ex-pats 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.

Comprehensive Immigration Solution by PEO in Singapore

Our solution is a one-stop shop service for the official employment of ex-pats in Singapore after they have received a work permit or a visa. Our Global PEO (Professionla Employment Organization) for hiring ex-pats is intended for employer companies that aim to transfer their 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 ex-pat, minimizes risks of visa rejection and takes the hassle associated with immigration procedures 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 ex-pats with full legal compliance
  2. As an interim solution, before incorporating in the country.

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Hiring and Payrolling Foreign Staff in Singapore

If you’re looking for help with global mobility and employment for ex-pats in Singapore, Acumen is the perfect partner. Our years of experience and expertise in the field mean that we know exactly how to guide companies through the complicated immigration, onboarding, and offboarding processes. No matter the size or sector of your business, our team can provide the support you need to make sure everything goes smoothly.

We help companies with their employee onboarding, payroll, and withdrawal needs. We are quick and efficient, and we tailor our services to each company’s specific needs.

Looking to quickly and easily obtain a work permit for your upcoming expatriate candidate in Singapore? Acumen International can help make the process of obtaining a work permit for your candidate painless, risk-free, and straightforward. We will provide guidance throughout every step of the application process and ensure that you have all the necessary documents. Let us help you make your transition as smooth as possible.

Note: We cannot control the length or outcome of the immigration process, but we can take all the necessary steps to get your new employee onboard as soon as their work permit or business visa is approved.

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.

Processing Time for Work Permit Issuance in Singapore

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

How To Get 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 6 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 highest educational certificate. One clear copy
Passport valid for six months minimum With at least 2 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 go through the hassle of setting up your own legal entity in Singapore? Look no further! Acumen International 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 having to worry about setting up your legal entity, while ensuring 100% compliance with labor 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 you’re not happy with your current employment service service provider. 
  2. You’ve decided to hire an independent contractor instead of a full-time employee, but you’re not sure if you’re complying 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 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 are looking to expand your business, you will need a mix of both 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 give you the ability to tap into a wealth of knowledge and experience that can help you grow your business.

Immigration Serviced for Employers in Singapore

At Acumen International, we understand that a hiring foreign workforce 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 will be able to transition smoothly into their new roles. With our experience and in-country expertise, we will make sure that the entire process is as stress-free as possible for you and your employees, acting as an extension of your HR in-house team. 

If you need to have your expat personnel legally work for you in Singapore without 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.

8 Global PEO Solution Benefits that Will Delight Expats in Singapore

Acumen International stands out among other global professional employer organizations by providing additional benefits to expatriates beyond work permits and employment. These employee benefits may take the form of mandatory allowances, based on local labor laws in some countries, or as part of a voluntary compensation package designed to retain top professionals.

  1. Medical insurance
  2. Dental treatment
  3. Housing
  4. Office rent
  5. Mobile phone , laptop and car provision
  6. Meet-and-greet
  7. Business expenses processing
  8. Administartion of business trips.

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