Singapore Representative Office Registration FAQs

A Representative Office is a temporary facility that allows foreign companies to conduct market research in Singapore, in order to check the feasibility of setting up or expanding a company in Singapore.

No. The maximum amount of years that you are allowed to operate in a Representative Office is three (3) years, after which, if you intend to stay in Singapore to set up or expand your business, you need to register your company either as a subsidiary or branch office.

The maximum number of employees for a Representative Office is five (5).

Yes. A foreign company needs to be established for at least three years and have a sales turnover of no less than US$ 250,000 in order to set up a Representative Office in Singapore.

A Representative Office is allowed to collect market intelligence through market research and surveys, and to create relevant research based strategies in order to set up, or expand business in Singapore.

For each online application, a non-refundable fee of $200 is payable, which is valid for one (1) year.

There are three (3) modes of payment available for your ease of registration:

  • A crossed check drawn on a bank that is located in Singapore, and made payable to International Enterprise Singapore (in Singapore dollars).
  • A bank draft drawn on a bank that is located in Singapore, and made payable to International Enterprise Singapore (in Singapore dollars).
  • A credit card (Visa or Master Card)

No, you don’t need to be in Singapore in order to register a Representative Office. We can work with you via couriers and emails.

However, if you need to open a bank account, we recommend that you visit Singapore, since majority of the banks here requires an interview with the stakeholders. If you cannot visit Singapore, the interview can be held over phone. However, this process would take more time. If you are in a hurry, we recommend that you visit Singapore.

Yes, Singapore allows Foreign Government Trade Promotion Agencies to set up their Representative Offices. You can simply send an application to IE Singapore along with a description of your functions, your location and staff requirements at

Note: Cash payments are not accepted.

After the filing of the application, it takes about one (1) week for the registration process to complete. However, if there are any more clarifications required, the process may be delayed for 1-2 weeks.

Yes. The Account Registration Owner will be first emailed at least two (2) months before the expiry of the Representative Office. A final reminding notification will be emailed on the day of the expiry. If you do not respond within seven (7) days, IE Singapore will proceed to de-register your Representative Office.

IE Singapore de-registers the Representative Offices whose parent companies are dormant.

For further assistance about registering a Representative Office, Contact us today!