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Can all directors be foreigners?

No, every Singapore company will need at least 1 director who is ordinarily resident in Singapore (i.e. Singapore citizen, permanent resident, EP/DP holder).

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We would like to incorporate a company in Singapore but we do not meet the local director requirements

Is it still possible to open a company in Singapore?

There are several options you may consider.

  • If you plan to relocate to Singapore, you can act as the local director subject to approval of your Entrepreneur Pass or Employment Pass.
  • Alternatively, you can use nominee director service from a professional services company in order to satisfy the local director requirement.
  • You may also chose to appoint a local employee or someone you know in Singapore and who is willing to act as the local director.

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Who is not eligible to be a company director?

Undischarged bankrupts, persons convicted of certain offences, persons who are unfit to be directors and those who have been in persistent default with the procedural requirement of the Companies Act.