Consulting on Dependent Pass ?

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Consulting on Dependent Pass ?

Post by annapoll » Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:49 am

Hello

I have browsed various threads on working on DP for a foreign entity and would like to know your personal experience. I am on DP and have an opportunity to consult for a US-based company. While people here have advised that SP is not an option, the ACRA website https://www.acra.gov.sg/how-to-guides/s ... -singapore says that 'Foreigners who are currently residing in Singapore must seek approval from the Ministry of Manpower before registering a sole proprietorship or a partnership.' Has anyone here done this? Also, if I have to open a private limited company, can my spouse (EP holder) be the local director of the plc. Does anyone know how long it takes to open a plc.

Thanks in advance :)

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Re: Consulting on Dependent Pass ?

Post by Myasis Dragon » Thu, 13 Aug 2020 12:09 pm

annapoll wrote:
Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:49 am
Hello

I have browsed various threads on working on DP for a foreign entity and would like to know your personal experience. I am on DP and have an opportunity to consult for a US-based company. While people here have advised that SP is not an option, the ACRA website https://www.acra.gov.sg/how-to-guides/s ... -singapore says that 'Foreigners who are currently residing in Singapore must seek approval from the Ministry of Manpower before registering a sole proprietorship or a partnership.' Has anyone here done this? Also, if I have to open a private limited company, can my spouse (EP holder) be the local director of the plc. Does anyone know how long it takes to open a plc.

Thanks in advance :)
If your US based company has no legal or physical presence in Singapore and/or the US based company does not provide any goods or services in Singapore, then you can work for this company remotely without requiring any kind of a work permit. If all of the above is not true, then you must have a work permit from the local entity.

You must file taxes on the income you earn. As a private consultant, you will be paid in your name only. Therefore you will file your taxes as an unregistered sole proprietorship. From the ACRA website:
Exemptions from registration

Your business is exempted from registration if:

You choose to conduct business using your full name as reflected in your NRIC.
The rule about requiring MoM approval is to stop DP's and others from forming a business that operates in Singapore.

Your husband, as an EP, can in no way be a director of any company except the one that issued his EP. Period. End. You could be the director, though, and get your own EP. However, forming a company in Singapore so that you can work for it, so that you can work remotely, is not necessary.

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Re: Consulting on Dependent Pass ?

Post by yiweiwang » Wed, 27 Jan 2021 2:23 pm

HI Myasis, what is your background? Do you do tax law? I would like to continue working remotely for my US company for a few months after moving to Singapore on DP, but I am unable to get clarity on whether that is possible. Thanks.

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Re: Consulting on Dependent Pass ?

Post by SingaporeEP » Wed, 27 Jan 2021 5:28 pm

Same situation for my wife, works for a global pharmas research division, will like to continue working for same company remotely while she finds a new job in SG.

Can she work on DP remotely, or will this require an EP/LOC? her company has a local office that sells their products in SG, but she's working on research software so it's not related except for being in same global umbrella!

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Re: Consulting on Dependent Pass ?

Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 28 Jan 2021 4:19 am

SingaporeEP wrote:
Wed, 27 Jan 2021 5:28 pm
Same situation for my wife, works for a global pharmas research division, will like to continue working for same company remotely while she finds a new job in SG.

Can she work on DP remotely, or will this require an EP/LOC? her company has a local office that sells their products in SG, but she's working on research software so it's not related except for being in same global umbrella!
I have gotten my ass jumped on for previously stating that you cannot work remotely for a company that also has a local presence. This is what was communicated to me in an email from MoM sometime back.

The ass jumping poster has stated that MoM told him that it didn't matter. You could work remotely for Dell Round Rock, without need for a work permit, even though Dell also has a wholly owned subsidiary in Singapore.

Thus, I would highly recommend that you write MoM and find out.

https://service2.mom.gov.sg/efeedback/F ... dback.aspx

I reckon that if you supply a company name, you'll get a relatively quick response, and the only one that matters.

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Re: Consulting on Dependent Pass ?

Post by SingaporeEP » Thu, 28 Jan 2021 4:36 am

Thanks a ton StrongEagle, I think it seems difficult given the local presence and I believe you are right, but just for one last shot I will write to MoM once. Thanks for input :-)

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