You may apply for an EntrePass if you are ready to start and operate a new business in Singapore. All applicants must fulfil these requirements:
- Must be a Private Limited Company registered with Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority.
Applicants need not register the company first. If registered, it must not be more than six months from date of application.
- Company must have at least $50,000 paid-up-capital.
A bank statement, from the Singapore-based company bank account, of at least $50,000 is required for verification.
- The business must not be illegal.
- Applicants must hold at least 30% of shares in the company.
In addition to the above criteria, applicants will have to show evidence that their businesses meet at least one of these requirements:
|1.||Receives funding or investment from a recognised third-party Venture Capitalist (VC) or business angel who is accredited by a Singapore Government agency||
Examples: Funds approved under:
1. Contact Singapore – Global Investor Programme
2. Economic Development Board Investments
3. Infocomm Investment Pte Ltd
4. National Research Foundation – Early Stage Venture Funding
5. SPRING Singapore – SPRING SEEDS, Business Angel Scheme
|2.||Holds an Intellectual Property (IP) that is registered with an approved national IP institution||
Example: Refer to the list of National Intellectual Property Offices.
|3.||Has ongoing research collaboration with a research institution recognised by Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) or Institutes of Higher Learning in Singapore||
1. National Research Foundation –
2. National University of Singapore
3. Nanyang Technological University
4. A*STAR Research Institutes
|4.||Is an incubatee at a Singapore Government supported incubator||
1. National Research Foundation –
2. Media Development Authority – iJam
3. SPRING Singapore – Incubator Development Programme
Examples of businesses that will not be considered for the EntrePass include:
- Coffee shops, hawker centres, food courts
- Bars, night clubs, karaoke lounges
- Foot reflexology, massage parlours
- Acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, herbal dispensing
- Employment agencies, geomancy
No stipulated minimum salary.
Up to one year.
You can start applying to renew when you receive the renewal form, about 3 months before the pass expires.
You need to mail the completed application to Ministry of Manpower (MOM) at least 2 months before the pass expires. The duration of the renewed pass is one year.
|No. of Year You’ve Held an EntrePass||No. of local jobs you need to create||Minimum total business spending|
|5 or more||10||S$400,000|
- You need to inform MOM if you deviate from your business plan.
- If you applied for the EntrePass before 28 September 2009, you need to meet the first year requirement to renew your pass.
- Local jobs refer to full-time employees who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents. They need to have worked for at least 3 months, earn at least $1,000 and receive CPF contributions.
- Total Business Spending (TBS) = [Total Operating Expenses – (Royalties/Franchise Fees/Know How Fees to Overseas Companies + Work Subcontracted to Overseas Companies + Remuneration to Applicant)].
Important things you need to take note
Successful applicants will be required to submit the following documents within the first six months of receiving the EntrePass to demonstrate proof of their business operations according to the business plans submitted:
- Latest ACRA business profile; and
- Tenancy contract/proof of operating address or employees’ CPF statement/documentary proof to show effort to employ locals.
Failure to provide the documents to prove ongoing business operations by the end of the sixth month will result in revocation of the EntrePass.
Successful applicants are only entitled to dependant privileges after
- You have renewed your pass (you cannot bring in dependant on your first application).
- You have met the minimum amount of total business spending.
- You have created the minimum number of local jobs.
The requirements for total business spending and local jobs created are:
|To bring in||Minimum total business spending||No. of local jobs created|
|Spouse or children||$150,000||4 or more|
|Parents||$300,000||8 or more|
The pass types for different family members are as follows:
|Family member||Pass Type|
|· Spouse (legally married)· Unmarried children under 21 years of age, including those legally adoped||Dependant’s Pass|
|· Common-law Spouse· Unmarried handicapped children above 21 years old
· Unmarried step-children under 21 years old
|Long Term Visit Pass|
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