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I need some info about company incorporation & EP

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I have a question please help me.

I wanna know how much the minimum paid up capital of a company should be for apply EP for foreigner in Singapore.
In Malaysia, minimum paid up capital for a company must be RM 500k when a foreigner wanna apply work permit visa.
Is there any particular and similar rules in singapore?

Your cooperation highly appreciated.
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Singapore doesn't have a fixed value, else people will abuse the system to get EP and more ..

Best is to look for corporate secretarial companies, who can advice you and help incorporate as well as advice on the minimum for qualifying for EP, based on their past experiences.

They don't come cheap though.

are you in Singapore ?

And out of curiosity, why Singapore ?
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kourosh: I am not sure if you want me to answer, but here I goes anyway

The passes are based on your fixed salary + your qualification.

You can't choose, for example, if you are a diploma holder and insist on P1

P1 has higher perk, and P2 lesser, and Q1 even lesser

Employment Pass - Before you apply - Ministry of Manpower

Company secretaries asking for me - it is common, as they assume if you put up more paid up capital, you have deeper pockets.

In any case, MOM is very careful with 'visa of convenience', so, if you put up a 2 $ company and then hope for a EP, you are in for a long wait.

On the other hand, a ball park figure is about 50,000 or more paid up.

Again, those are not cast in stone, so, MOM has every reason to speed up your EP or slow it down.

One option would be to work with EDB or look up at Contact Singapore - Launch a bright future in Singapore!
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Im not living in Singapore, Im in KL now. I would like to come to Singapore cause I guess it quite similar with Malaysia.
What is the PR benefits for foreigners?
What conditions are there for conversion PR to Singapore Passport?
For PR, not the terms are stricter:

3 years in EP before being eligible for PR.

Then atleast 2 years on PR being being eligible for Citizenship

Unlike other countries, you don't 'convert' your passport here ..
Singapore don't allow dual citizenship .. :) :) Case close ..

About the pay, well, majority of the foreigners earn below 8K, and you can join the queue

Or place higher, and pay tax, and maybe overtake the lot ...

Paid up capital / pay has not much relevance to EP processing time.

If MOM doubts your credentials, they can sit on it for months while their detectives verify the information. .
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I don't believe that the amount of paid-up capital makes any difference to the charges. The Company Secretary has a legal role to play in the administration side of the company, which has nothing to do with the amount of capital, revenue, profitability etc.
Well, this being Singapore, all want a 'sliding scale' of charges ;)

The higher the paid up, the higher or slightly higher will the agency ask, as fees .. seen it .. but you can always negotiate ..

Oh, it is better to put maximum at the incorporation than wait it out and then put in, as there is some delay between the initial vs the amount to reflected in ROCS

Adding to what Ecurelix said about the types of pass available to you, as well as being determined by your qualifications, it is also dependant on the salary you will pay yourself and also your age. I think the figures have been recently updated and I don't have them to hand, but I think a P1 required a $7500 monthly salary a couple of years ago while a Q1 was around $3k for younger applicants, more for older ones.
New salary scales, as per the MOM link I posted..

P1 Employment Pass

Fixed monthly salary ≥ $8,000
Possesses acceptable qualifications

P2 Employment Pass

Fixed monthly salary ≥ $4,500
Possesses acceptable qualifications

Q1 Employment Pass

Young graduates from good institutions could qualify if they earn at least $3,000
Older applicants would have to command higher salaries to qualify, commensurate with the work experience and quality they are expected to bring

Note the words: Possesses acceptable qualifications

hence the disclaimer that declaring and paying yourself a higher pay doesn't guarantee an EP.

The only exception is if you incorporate a company, with atleast 6 Zeros ..in paid up capital ..
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If you are applying for an EntrePass in Singapore then your proposed business needs to meet some specific criteria. According to MOM funding from an accredited source, intellectual property, research collaboration or being an incubatee are few of these criteria. You become liable for an EntrePass if
You already have or intend to Start a private limited company in Singapore registered with ACRA

If your business is already registered then it needs to be more than six months old

If your business is not registered then you will have to wait for the outcome of your application before registering the business

Your proposed business, or already registered business must possess more than $50,000 in paid-up capital stacked in a Singaporean bank account. In order to get your EntrePass approved, you will have to submit a bank statement of Singapore based bank reflecting said amount.

If you have registered business with ACRA, the it is necessary that you hold at least 30% shares of the company.

Apart from that, the chances of getting your EntrePass increase if your business fulfills any one of the below mentioned merit

Your incorporated business receives funding from government accredited VC or business angel.

Your company possesses any kind of intellectual property rights

Your company has a research collaboration with A*Star or a university.

Your business is an incubatee at a government supported incubator.
unless you are trying to promote your business. . I am sure in the past 3 years the OP has resolved their questions !
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