tanmayb wrote:Thanks everyone. I'll try the usual sole proprietorship route without the veneering with the hopes that MOM will play along.
So if I were to 'veneer', I would find a Singaporean employer to get me a LOC and then leave it to work independently?
BBCWatcher made his comment under the assumption that when you get a LOC you are working for someone else, ie, not an independent freelancer.
However, quite a few people on DP have formed a SP, then applied for their own LOC via the SP. I must admit that it seems rather circular to me... how can you work for the SP and apply for a LOC when you have no work permit or LOC to work for the SP in the first place. However, quite a few have done exactly that.
You may also be able to form a Pte Ltd and apply for an employment pass. This is kicking your game up to another level. EP's have to earn a minimum wage in order to qualify and more than a few people in the aforementioned career threads have failed to show how they will be able to pay themselves, ie, they get a rejection letter stating that "revenues do not seem sufficient to cover EP salaries".
However, if you have consulting contracts, a good business plan, and good pro forma financials, your chances are greatly improved. You're not one of the thousands of unwashed minions who think forming a business is just the ticket to get into Singapore. It's really about your ability to convince MoM of your "gravitas" and ability to run a realistic business.
When the Entrepass requirements became so onerous that it became essentially impossible for any self employed professional to start a company in Singapore, I wrote MoM about the situation of creating a Pte Ltd, then applying for an EP. They responded that they review each on a case by case basis, so that's another route to take.