So you are moving out of Singapore and intend on leaving for good? If so, there will be certain formalities you will need to complete. To aid you in this moving out process, the following are some pointers you may wish to note.
International Movers in Singapore
International moving can be very tedious to co-ordinate. There will be loads of paperwork and you can expect your goods to move through at least a few different hands. Hence, the chances of things going wrong are much higher than if you were to move to a new house within Singapore.
To help facilitate this process, you will need the services of a trusted Singapore based international moving company like Rodex Movers.
CPF Related Matters
If you are leaving Singapore for good and have a CPF account, you will likely want to withdraw your monies there and terminate the account. Keep in mind though that, for Singaporeans, it will mean having to renounce your Singapore citizenship and moving to a country other than West Malaysia permanently, with no intention of returning to either Singapore or West Malaysia. This is because only Malaysian citizens who are Singapore permanent residents are allowed to withdraw their CPF on returning to West Malaysia.
All applications must come with the relevant support documents. For those submitting their application from overseas, do note that all support documents must be certified true copy by either a Notary Public or a staff with from the Singapore High Commission or Embassy in that country accompanied with his official stamp/ seal.
For details on CPF Withdrawal as well as to download the withdrawal form, do check out the CPF website.
Cancellation of Work Pass
Whether you are moving out of Singapore because you have resigned or your employment contract has been terminated, your work pass will need to be cancelled. This will include all other passes (e.g. dependent’s pass, long term visit pass etc.) tied to your work pass.
It is also important to note that once your work pass is terminated, neither you or your dependents should remain in Singapore unless you have been issued with other valid passes.
For more information on cancellation of work pass, do visit the Mom website. While there, simply type in “cancellation of pass” in the search box. The search result will display the cancellation procedure for the various types of work passes.
If you are leaving Singapore for good and have renounced your citizenship or are a foreigner, you are legally obliged to settle your tax liabilities before leaving, or at least your employer will have to ensure that you go through the tax clearance process. Hence expect that your employer will be withholding all income and monies due to you from the day you give your notice. If the amount withheld is not sufficient, you will be liable to make good the difference.
This is important as you will not be permitted to leave the country till your tax dues are settled.
You can find more information on tax clearance from the IRAS website.
Other Things to Settle
Aside from your legal obligations as stated above, you will also want to:
- Close your utility account.
- Inform financial institutions like banks, credit card companies etc that you are leaving Singapore for good.
- Ensure that you have all your important documents with you when you move including your identification papers, travel documents, children’s school records and your updated medical records especially if you are suffering from any medical condition that needs long term follow up treatment
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