Relocating to Singapore. How to immigrate to Singapore
Things to know when moving to Singapore
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Immigrate to Singapore. Visa regulations
Passport holders of the EU countries, the USA, the UK and some other nations do not need a visa when moving to Singapore to stay there for up to 90 days.
If you plan to immigrate to Singapore for an employment reason, you need to obtain a work permit:
- Foreigners coming as highly skilled professionals or those who plan to work on managerial positions in Singapore, need to get an employment pass (EP): P1 is for expats with a fixed monthly salary of S$8,000 (€4,920) or P2 for expats with a fixed monthly salary of S$ 4,500 (€2,700).
- Entrepreneur Pass is granted for a 1-year period to those who plan to start a business.
- S Pass is given to expats with technical skills and a fixed monthly salary of at least S$ 2,200 (€1,355).
- A Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) has a range of advantages because it does not impose any limits in terms of the sphere or industry of work. Even when one changes a company, it will not be necessary to apply for work and residence permit one more time if one has that PEP pass.
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Property and long-term rentals in Singapore
Many people are immigrating to Singapore from the US, Canada and other countries, so the cost to rent or buy an apartment is relatively high.
Expats moving to Singapore for work prefer long-term rentals instead of buying a property. The average renting prices for a one-bedroom apartment in Singapore is around €1200-1800 per month. If you are moving to Singapore with your family, be ready to pay about €3000 per month for a three-bedroom apartment in the city centre. The same apartment in the suburbs will cost you around €2000 per month.
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LIVING IN SINGAPORE
The cost of living in Singapore
As Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world, the cost of living there is relatively high. The lion’s share of your salary would be spent on the apartment rent (at least €1200 per month), utility bills (about €130 per month), transportation, food, and child education. The average price of a meal for two in a restaurant would be about €43, while a cup of cappuccino could cost €3-4.
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The job market in Singapore: the average salary and job opportunities
There are many different job opportunities for expats in Singapore. If you are looking for a new job in Singapore, it’s a good idea to turn to industries such as tourism, medicine, IT, banking and finance.
With millions of visitors each year, tourism is a major industry in Singapore. There are even different types of tourism developing, such as medical tourism or business tourism. IT sector is growing actively, and Singapore’s government supports the industry. So, if you are a skilled IT engineer looking for a job in Singapore, you can easily find a vacancy there.
The average monthly salary in Singapore is €5,500.
School and education in Singapore
The education system in Singapore includes both private and public educational institutions. While Singapore’s private institutions are rather expensive, public schools are much more affordable. However, most public schools are oversubscribed, so you need to take care of your children’s education in advance.
Some expats living in Singapore choose to enrol their children to international schools simply because it means that the school holidays align with their home-country holidays. The majority of international schools in Singapore follow the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, while others offer the curriculum of their country of origin.
Healthcare in Singapore: should I get private insurance?
Healthcare in Singapore consists mostly of government-run healthcare institutions. Considering that only expats who are permanent residents and citizens have access to public healthcare care, other foreigners living in Singapore have to obtain private insurance. Expats moving to Singapore can get health insurance either through their employers or purchase it on their own. Medium-sized and large international companies usually provide healthcare insurance for their workers and all their family members. Even if you do not have insurance coverage in Singapore, you can visit a doctor on a daily basis, but you will have to pay a certain amount of money for that.
Driving in Singapore. Should I get a Singapore driving licence?
Tourists or temporary visitors in Singapore can drive using a valid foreign licence and an International Driving Permit (IDP), for a period of not more than 12 months. A Singapore driving licence is required after this period.
There are several important rules you need to comprehend and stick to when you are driving in Singapore:
- You have to be at least 18 years old to drive a vehicle.
- It is necessary to take a valid driver’s licence, international driving permit, car insurance and registration documents.
- A driver and passengers need to wear seatbelts.
- Vehicles drive on the left side of the road.
Overall, Singapore authorities encourage its residents and citizens to use public transport instead of cars. The government has even implemented high taxes on imported cars and increased charges for car parking. Moreover, a Certificate of Entitlement (that is valid for a 10-year period only) which costs about $80,000 is now required to drive a vehicle in Singapore. All those measures are taken to reduce pollution and carbon dioxide emission levels in Singapore.
Advantages and disadvantages of living in Singapore
Expats and immigrants who relocated to Singapore allocate the following aspects of living there:
- There are many expats living in Singapore, so that even school children have a lesson where they learn to interplay with people of different ethnic and racial backgrounds.
- Before immigrating to Singapore, make sure you checked all of the restrictions. Otherwise, you can get a steep fine for violating those rules. For instance, it is not allowed to throw rubbish on the ground, smoke in public places, and even feed animals in the streets.
- Singapore laws and a comprehensive video surveillance system throughout the country ensure high safety levels.
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