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Small nail art business in landed house

Post by Appleooi » Sat, 11 Jul 2015 1:12 pm

Hi All,

I'm looking for information on starting small home based business in Singapore landed property for my own interesting.I do not have PR status, but going to marry to Singaporean.I plan to use a room from home as nail art salon to do medicure, pedicure and nail art by appointment basis.

I would like to know :
1) is this allowed under Singapore act?
2)If this is allowed, can I register under my husband name?

Thanks in advanced for help and replied.


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Re: Small nail art business in landed house

Post by Strong Eagle » Sat, 11 Jul 2015 9:42 pm

You may have issues on several fronts. First, you don't even know if you will be granted the right to marry and obtain a long term visit pass (LTVP) to even stay in Singapore. See this ICA page:

Second, in order to be able to work, you would need not a LTVP but a LTVP+. It used to be that you had to be married at least a couple of years before the LTVP+ would be granted, although the ICA website is silent on this matter now. See You will need to verify with ICA.

Third, most residential leases prohibit commercial activity. It is one thing to be working inside your home with a computer or some other activity which does not generate foot traffic, and quite another to have people coming to your house all day long. I would be pissed if someone were running that kind of business out of their house in my neighborhood.

And finally, in order to work, you would need to form a business or a company then apply for a Letter of Consent (LOC) to work. See the threads in the Careers section for more information on forming a business and the LOC. Your problem, though, is that the business you propose is one that is/was not permitted for foreigners to start. Before they tightened up Entrepass rules, and just about anyone could start any kind of business, nail and hair salons were specifically excluded from the list of acceptable businesses, as well as massage, karaoke, and other similar. Thus, I believe you will have a very tough time getting LOC approval for your type of business, especially as you intend to do it from your house.

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