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Relocation Budget: How Much Does It Cost to Move to Singapore?


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Written by: Rita Magallona

Are you looking to relocate to Singapore for professional reasons? Fortunately, the garden city has a strict but pretty straightforward immigration process for foreign talents.

You are most likely applying for one of several work passes or visas issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), which would allow you to stay for at least six months. Check which type of applicant are you and see which type of pass you should be applying for.

Administrative Fees for Work/Employment Passes

Here, we’ve listed how much the application would cost you. Unless otherwise stated, $ refers to Singapore dollars.


Type of PassApplicantApplication FeeIssuance/Renewal Fee
Employment PassForeign professionals, managers, executives$105$225
EntrePassForeign entrepreneurs who want to start a business in Singapore$105$225
Personalised Employment PassHigh-earning Employment Pass holders or overseas foreign professionals$35$35

Skilled or Semi-Skilled Workers

Type of PassApplicantApplication FeeIssuance/Renewal Fee
S PassMid-level skilled staff earning $2,400 or more$75$100
Work PermitForeign worker, foreign domestic worker, confinement nanny (Malaysian)/td>$35$35
Work Permit for Performing ArtisteForeign performer in a bar, hotel, or nightclub$75$100

Trainees and Students

Type of PassApplicantApplication FeeIssuance/Renewal Fee
Training Employment PassForeign professionals undergoing practical training and earning at least $3,000 a month$105$225
Work Holiday PassStudents and graduates aged 18 to 25 who want to work and holiday in Singapore (up to one year for Australians)NA$175
Training Work PermitSemi-skilled foreign trainees or students undergoing practical training in Singapore for up to 6 months$35$35

Family Members

Type of PassApplicantApplication FeeIssuance/Renewal Fee
Dependant’s PassSpouses and children of eligible Employment Pass or S Pass holders$105$225
Long-Term Visit PassParents, common-law spouses, step-children, or handicapped children of eligible Employment Pass or S Pass holders$105$225

Shipping Your Possessions

Planning on bringing your furniture and appliances with you? Depending on where you are coming from, you can search on rough estimates of how much it would cost for you to have your appliances and furniture shipped via container van. Do note that Singapore might have different voltages for electric appliances than your home country.

This is by no means a comprehensive list. Check with your HR and representative in Singapore (if any) to learn of the actual up-to-date requirements and costs of moving to Singapore. We also compiled a breakdown of living expenses in Singapore for you, including rental housing.

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