Worst case scenario - No EP

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Worst case scenario - No EP

Post by johnleung23 » Thu, 31 Jul 2008 10:00 am


I have a list of backup plans in order to get myself an EP for a new company in Singapore. However, I want to know what I can do in the worst case that I don't secure an EP.

I understand that I can still do business in Singapore but that it's just a pain. Suppose I am opening a retail outlet with employees, can I actively manage the store and make visa runs? Are these just social visit visas or business visas?

I wan't able to find a thread on this so if anyone can point me in the right direction it would be much appreciated.


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Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 31 Jul 2008 1:07 pm

Basically, without an EP of some sort you are up the creek. You cannot rent a place to stay (except a Serviced Apartment) without the legal right to be here. I am pretty sure you could not rent retail space without the legal right to be here.

You could open a personal bank account at some banks with only a passport and a letter of recommendation but you could not open a business account to deposit checks and pay expenses without having a registered company or business at ACRA (and all forms of companies have a requirement of at least an employment pass).

You cannot work on a social visit pass which is what you get when you come in. You cannot earn income in Singapore if you are on a business visa. Visa runs will work for a while but you may eventually may be denied re-entry if the immigration officer decides you are scamming the system.

So, you need the EP of some flavor. Me? I'd go the Entrepass route


but also see this thread.



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Post by Winxkid » Sat, 13 Sep 2008 3:50 am

Register Your company as LLP

Only 1 local Manager required.

Simple, and economical. With limited liability.

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