Singapore’s Global Investor Programme: Attaining Permanent Residency Through Investments

9 Mar 2021


What is it?

  • The Global Investor Programme (GIP) is for accomplished global investors interested in acquiring Singapore Permanent Resident status (PR) 
  • Allowing eligible global investors to drive their businesses and investment growth from Singapore 
  • The scheme is administered by EDB Contact Singapore, a division of the Economic Development Board (EDB)

What are the benefits?

  • Family members (spouse and children under the age of 21) can also acquire PR status.
  • Eligible to apply for citizenship after holding PR status for ≥ 2 years.

Qualifying Criteria

    1. Established Business Owners

      • ≥ 3 years of entrepreneurial and business track record
      • Currently operating a company with S$200mil revenue per year
      • Own ≥ 30% shares in the company (if company is privately held)
      • Investment option(s): A / B / C
    2. Next Generation Business Owners

      • Immediate family should have ≥ 30% shareholding or be the largest shareholder in the company
      • Operating company must have ≥ S$500mil revenue per year
      • Be in the management team of the companY
      • Investment option(s): A / B / C
    3. Founders of Fast-Growth Companies

      • Be the founder and one of the largest individual shareholders of the company with a valuation of S$500mil
      • Company must have been invested into by a reputable Venture Capital or Private Equity firm
      • Investment option(s): A / B / C
    4. Family Offices

      • ≥ 5 years of entrepreneurial, investment or management track record
      • Must have net investable assets of ≥ S$200mil
      • Investment option(s): C

*Companies must be engaged in one or more of the industries specified by the scheme.

Investment Options

  • Option A

    • Invest ≥ S$2.5mil in a new business entity or in the expansion of an existing business in an approved business sector
  • Option B

    • Invest ≥ S$2.5mil in an approved fund that invests in Singapore-based companies
  • Option C

    • Invest ≥ S$2.5mil in a Singapore-based Single Family Office having AUM of S$200mil