Singapore may not receive as much attention as a tourist site compared to its neighbors, but it is a vibrant, lively place with an interesting history, culture, and people.
If you’re thinking of moving to Singapore, keep in mind the tips we have prepared for you below.
1. Get Paperwork in Order
As with moving to any new country, you’ll need to submit the proper paperwork. You need to have a photocopy of all the applicable Singapore citizenship application documents required for immigration, as well as the originals, in a safe place. Any family members moving with you will also need these documents, though children typically need fewer than adults.
Proof of property and employment in Singapore and any financial assets you have will speed up this process.
Your application approval is highly dependent on how much money you expect to be making. So, you should have a job lined up before you move.
Immigrants will need an Employment Pass to work in Singapore, which is easier to apply for if you already have a job lined up.
Today it’s easier than ever to find jobs online, even in a foreign country. You can read about local businesses wherever you want to live, apply on specialized websites and forums, and interview potential employers remotely.
Singapore isexpensive to live in, so you’ll need to get your budget in order ahead of time. You’ll need to get a bank account, a debit card, and exchange your savings for the local currency. We also recommend applying for a credit card.
After you start your job, check your tax bracket on the IRAS website to see how much and when to file.
Not everything is legal to import into Singapore. Check the local and general laws on what you can bring with you, especially food, weapons, and medication.
Arrange to ship larger items like furniture and vehicles that you can’t carry with you. If that’s too expensive, you also have the option of selling what you have before you leave, then buying what you need when you arrive.
Be absolutely sure that your application has been approved and you have everything lined up before disposing of any furniture.
Pets will require special regulations, usually involving licenses, permits, quarantine, and other requirements depending on the animal.
Utilities like the Internet, phone, water, and electricity should be set up before you arrive, assuming you already know where you’re going to live. Call local providers to find options and pricing, so you don’t have to worry about getting it set up the day you move.
Then, the last step is moving into your new home. The immigration process and traveling are difficult and taxing, so to save yourself some work, you can hire a handyman or a house cleaner to get everything set up for you. Some moving companies may even help you unpack so that you have more time to relax and settle in.
Changing your citizenship status and moving to a new country is not an easy task, but it will all be worth it once you get settled into your new home in Singapore.
Remember that you’re not the first person to go through this process, and there are tools and people who can help you through it. Don’t be afraid to reach out to other ex-pats and bloggers who have traveled this path already – they might have other useful tips that will make your move to Singapore so much easier!