Guide to relocating my company

Difference between processing times for foreign company setting up in Singapore


  • Re-domicile in Singapore

    "It may take up to 2 months from the date of submission of all required documentation, to process the transfer of registration application. This includes the time required for referral to another government agency for approval or review. For example, if the intention of the company is to carry out activities involving the setting up of a private school, the application will be referred to the Ministry of Education.  Please click here for more information on Referral Authorities."

    Source: ACRA (How-to Guides – Application for Transfer of Registration)

    Setting up a Representative Office (RO)

    "A3.5 Processing will commence only upon the submission of a completed form, and supplemented with any additionally requested supporting documents and information. Our typical processing time is about five (5) working days."

    Source: Enterprise Singapore (FAQs)

    To set up a branch office, and also to incorporate a local subsidiary

    "The application is usually processed within 15 minutes after the name application fee is paid. 

    It may take between 14 days to 2 months if the application needs to be referred to another agency for approval or review. For example, if the intention of the branch of a foreign company is to carry out activities involving the setting up of a private school, the application will be referred to the Ministry of Education. Please refer to Referral Authorities for more information.

    You may commence business once the entity is registered with ACRA. However, depending on the business activity, you may need to apply for licence or approval from other government agencies. Visit the GoBusiness Licensing website for more information."

    Source: ACRA (How-to Guides – Registering a Foreign Company)