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These sectors, in some form or another, involve infrastructure assets accessible by the public or areas with potential national security concerns. In general, the Singapore government maintains a level of oversight and control over FDI in two ways:
- Legislative restrictions: FDI is restricted in certain sectors such as real estate or media; and
- Licensing regime: the government controls certain sectors through rigorous licensing regimes, applying both qualitative and quantitative criteria depending on the sector involved. A licensing regime is in place for example in the banking and telecommunications sectors, and both foreign and domestic investors are required to seek specific approvals from the respective regulatory bodies.
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Officially, there are no other investment programs in Singapore other than the Global Investor Program. In the past, there was the Financial Investor Scheme, which has been discontinued.
The options for the program are tailored to the applicant’s needs on a case-to-case basis. Most clients opt for the fund investment option or family office function as they do not require a detailed business plan. However, EDB prefers applicants pursuing Option A due to the direct benefit to the Singapore Economy.
This is due to the low barrier of entry in setting up the investment firm. No MAS approval is required if the structure of the PIC is set up correctly. However, there are no special tax exemptions and only the regular tax incentives of a Private Limited Company.
Xignam has a network base of hundreds of SMEs, some of which are our clients. We would be happy to introduce them to you should this be an option you are looking for.
The PVIP Program is a 20-year visa program, while MM2H is only for five years. PVIP also allows individuals to work and operate companies in the country, like Malaysian residents, with no minimum stay requirement for the applicant.