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Which work visa spouse working remotely in Singapore?

Postby colio » Sun, 18 Nov 2012 8:31 am

So we're moving to SG in February.. my work is sending me here to set up our new Asia HQ in Singapore.

My wife is currently a CEO of a specialist management consulting group around residential aged care in Australia. Her board has just asked her to stay on as CEO until at least June of next year remotely in Singapore! She's the heart & soul of the business.. things already started to unravel when she gave her 3 month notice last week so the board want her to stay on longer to ensure a very smooth transition to the next CEO.

So she will be paid by an Australian company but actually do her work in Singapore, which I understand means she will be taxed by SG govt. But what work visa does she need to apply for?

I'll be getting E-pass.

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Postby colio » Sun, 18 Nov 2012 4:39 pm

It's ok, just found out from a SG friend that in fact my wife won't be taxed by SG but rather by Australia as their company does not have an entity here. Oh well.. but than no job at all when she moves here I guess!

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Postby offshoreoildude » Sun, 18 Nov 2012 7:09 pm

colio wrote:It's ok, just found out from a SG friend that in fact my wife won't be taxed by SG but rather by Australia as their company does not have an entity here. Oh well.. but than no job at all when she moves here I guess!



As a non resident of Australia she should be able to have her salary paid into a Singapore account without Oz income tax deductions (there were some changes in 26AG - you need recent advice). The more probabalistic issue is how is she going to get any sort of work permit in Singapore without a local entity in place.
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Postby colio » Mon, 19 Nov 2012 8:06 am

Thanks offshore.. you are right.. I'm looking at MOM website & cannot find a work visa that is applicable to her situation. But surely it's not a very uncommon situation?

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Postby offshoreoildude » Mon, 19 Nov 2012 9:44 am

I guess, offically, she can come in on a Dependants Pass and apply for an LOC (Letter of Consent to work on DP from MOM). She sort of falls into a gap here as she's working from home, not taking a job from a Singaporean, not deriving income in Singapore.... but there will be questions raised as to how she is earning an income if she pays Singapore taxes. Maybe others who are wiser than me will comment.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:04 am

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Postby colio » Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:12 am

Thanks SMS, very interesting threads.

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Postby carteki » Thu, 29 Nov 2012 3:47 pm

From a friend who is in the same situation years ago they got legal advice and she continued to work from her UK company on a DP.

If you are concerned, pay for legal advice not the random hearsay stories from strangers. That is always the best option.


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