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Leaving Singapore, need some advices

Postby jarsofclay » Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:54 am

Stayed and worked here for a copule years, now moving back, want to understand what do I need to present on immigration to leave Singapore. My taxes are paid, my EP should be cancelled next week on Friday (my last day with the company officially on Saturday (but we don't work on Saturdays), but I need to fly from Singapore on Saturday, so m I correctly understand that to exist Singapore I need to present copy of EP cancellation letter and Social Visit Pass which which be issued after EP cancellation? How long does it take to issue socal viist pass after EP cancellation? if my last working day on saturday officially, will my company be able to cancel EP on Friday? What esle do I need to provide to immigrationt to leave Singapore? Do I need to present tax clearance to immigration?

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Postby Wd40 » Sat, 18 Oct 2014 10:58 am

If you are leaving Singapore on Saturday and you are still on the payroll that means your EP will be valid when you leave. So you should use your EP while exiting Singapore, as if you are going on vacation.

Your EP gets cancelled only on Monday, after that theoretically you are supposed to return your EP card to MoM, you can do that by just posting it.

I think this is the most hassle free plan. I would rather exit with my EP valid instead of, on an SVP, unless you want to claim some GST refunds that tourists are eligible for or people who are permanently leaving SG.

Just make sure you clarify from your company, when exactly they are cancelling your EP. Also don't throw any spanner in the works. Let them cancel whenever they want and you act accordingly.

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Postby jarsofclay » Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:39 am

Wd40 wrote:If you are leaving Singapore on Saturday and you are still on the payroll that means your EP will be valid when you leave. So you should use your EP while exiting Singapore, as if you are going on vacation.

Your EP gets cancelled only on Monday, after that theoretically you are supposed to return your EP card to MoM, you can do that by just posting it.



thanks, just slightly worry to make everything smooth. will check about payroll, but it looks like I'm not on payroll already, I'm serving a notice and company paid my recent salary by cheque, they also said on the last day they will give me a cheque.

also a question, helth insurance provider should transfer money to me after I leave, how I may get them if without EP I'm not allowed to keep accounts in Singapore. just not to close bank accounts? what if they discover and close account themselves? what if I will have money on my account?

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Postby Wd40 » Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:51 am

You mentioned:

(my last day with the company officially on Saturday (but we don't work on Saturdays)


That means you are on their payrolls until Saturday. Payrolls just means you are still employed with them.


You can maintain accounts here as a foreigner. No problem. To be on the safe side, update your address with your bank, to some friend's address or ask your bank if you are allowed to update your home country address as your communication address.

I had this problem when I changed my house and didn't update my address with my bank and after a return mail, they disabled some options from my internet banking, like money transfer. I then had to give them my new address to enable it.

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Postby zzm9980 » Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:41 pm

Wd40 wrote:You mentioned:

(my last day with the company officially on Saturday (but we don't work on Saturdays)


That means you are on their payrolls until Saturday. Payrolls just means you are still employed with them.


You can maintain accounts here as a foreigner. No problem. To be on the safe side, update your address with your bank, to some friend's address or ask your bank if you are allowed to update your home country address as your communication address.

I had this problem when I changed my house and didn't update my address with my bank and after a return mail, they disabled some options from my internet banking, like money transfer. I then had to give them my new address to enable it.


To add to this, the only restriction I had put on my with a foreign address was that Citibank wanted Giro for my credit card to ensure it was paid in full every month. Of course if you don't have the money in the bank account, that doesn't work so well for them. Not sure they thought that far through :p All of my paperstatements keep showing up at my US address, and I get SMSes on my US mobile number.

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Postby JR8 » Sat, 18 Oct 2014 2:31 pm

Wd40 wrote: Your EP gets cancelled only on Monday, after that theoretically you are supposed to return your EP card to MoM, you can do that by just posting it


...which you can do from the airport, in a stamped/addressed envelope you have pre-prepared.


But double check re: your specific terminal, to confirm the location of air-side postal facilities.
http://www.changiairport.com/at-changi/ ... unications

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Postby jarsofclay » Sun, 19 Oct 2014 8:41 pm

thanks to everyone. what about taxes: should i present a proof on immigration that they are paid?

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Postby JR8 » Sun, 19 Oct 2014 8:44 pm

jarsofclay wrote:thanks to everyone. what about taxes: should i present a proof on immigration that they are paid?



.... and when you go on holiday, do you each time provide proof your taxes are up to date?

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Postby zzm9980 » Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:32 pm

jarsofclay wrote:thanks to everyone. what about taxes: should i present a proof on immigration that they are paid?


No it is not needed. If your taxes are paid (no outstanding balance after 10 days, see my previous post) you will clear right through. If you do have that outstanding balance for more than 10 days you won't be allowed out. You'll have to settle that with IRAS, ICA won't care what you bring with you.


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