Can a Foreigner Be a Corporate Secretary of a Company in Singapore?

In short, a foreigner cannot be a corporate secretary of a company in Singapore.

Corporate secretaries of companies based in Singapore are required to be legal residents of Singapore. A legal resident of Singapore is an individual who is either a Singapore citizen or permanent resident, or someone who is an Employment Pass, S Pass, or EntrePass holder.

In addition to that, corporate secretaries must be at least 18 years old. For public companies, the corporate secretary must possess one of the necessary qualifications – a qualified person under the Legal Profession Act, a public accountant registered under the Accountants Act, a member of an organisation such as the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Singapore or the Singapore Association of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (SAICSA).

 

A company must appoint a secretary within 6 months from its incorporation date. A company secretary must be:

  • A natural person;
  • Locally resident in Singapore.
  • The position of company secretary must not be left vacant for more than 6 months. The sole director of a company and the company secretary cannot be the same person.

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