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Immigration law in Singapore - an overview

30 December 2016

A business visit is generally a short term trip in order to undertake business related activities for which the Immigration Authorities would not require the individual to have employment or work authorisation.

Whilst the Immigration Authorities do not provide an exhaustive list of permitted activities as a business visitor they do provide a guide and individuals should ensure that they obtain the relevant employment/work permission if they intend to carry out activities that do not fall within the guidelines on permitted activities.

It is important to note that the activities conducted will define the nature of the trip to Singapore and not the length of the trip. For example a very short visit of a few weeks may still require the individual to hold employment/work authorisation because the activities amount to substantive and productive work.

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