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Is freelance considered working on a social visit?

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Postby Mad Scientist » Fri, 10 Sep 2010 12:13 pm

For heaven sake, have you not read my post thoroughly ????. If you still unsure call IRA they will sort it. yes without an EP you cannot work but that is MOM this is IRA you are talking about. Two different agencies. :o :shock:
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 10 Sep 2010 12:22 pm

MS, it would appear people here cannot read the nuances between the lines. They are answering their own questions but are trying to get us to say something that we cannot say. IRAS has already stated that that is between the taxpayer and MOM. If they bothered to notice, IRAS does not give recommendations either so, like us, refer to the issuing agency, in this case ACRA & MOM.

Common sense tells them the answer but they are looking for someone here to say it's okay to go and subvert the rules. :-|

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Re: Is freelance considered working on a social visit?

Postby pauline2509 » Wed, 27 Mar 2013 8:40 pm

grivoise wrote:Hi all, I'm a local whose husband is Italian. We have tried to get a 1 year visit pass for him but no such luck, as applications are on a "case by case" basis as they do not trust women to be able to act as sponsors for their husbands, despite the fact that all the documents they ask for are the same as they would of a man sponsoring his wife - income statements, etc. But that's just a little background story.

Now, my husband is a freelance translator, and his work comes from various companies located in different parts of the world. This might be a tad silly here, but being on a holiday visa here, he is not allowed to work so is it technically "illegal" for him to be freelancing here? So far, he has not taken up any projects from local or locally-based companies.

The other thing is, according to IRAS, a foreigner is considered a resident taxpayer and is required to pay taxes if he/she is in Singapore for 183 days in a calendar year. My husband gets 90 days each time he enters Singapore so I'm pretty sure he's hitting that 183-day quota. But doesn't that mean he would've have to get a work visa first before working and then paying taxes?

We are looking to get a flat together, as well as try to sort out the long-term visa thing, and I think proof of income would be good in backing up the applications (or probably be required). Calling IRAS hasn't done me any good - they just transfer me around or each tell me a different step. :(

So I'm counting on any similar experiences you guys might have had!

Hello, do you have any update on your situation. Did you managed to get a WP for your husband so he can work as a freelance translator in Singapore.

I'm in a similar situation. I'm Singaporean married to my Swiss husband for 7 years. Currently we are living in Switzerland.We want to move back to Singapore and reside there in July and my husband wants to continue working as a freelance translator. His clients are all Swiss companies based in Switzerland. He don't mind paying taxes in Singapore.


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Postby taxico » Wed, 27 Mar 2013 9:46 pm

i think if you can get an LTVP for him, he'd be able to make some progress.

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Postby Ancaro » Mon, 14 Oct 2013 8:26 pm

Hi! if you want your family to live in Singapore but you work for somebody who has no office there, it would be a good idea to make your own company based in Singapore, to be self employed... or what any other idea, to obtain the permit for renting, for utilities contracts, to pay the kindergarten, etc

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