Learn Foreigner Loan in Singapore

What You Should Know About Foreigner Loan in Singapore

Singaporeans and PRs have aggregate loan caps and self-exclusion framework for borrowing from licensed moneylenders to protect themselves and their families. But foreigners do not face the same restriction, and this has led to an increase in the number foreigner loan and problems that arises with it.

Foreigner Loans Increased 4.5X from 2016

The ministries have reported that foreigner loans increased from 7,500 in 2016 to 35,000 in the first half of 2018 with domestic workers making up a bulk of these loans.

Pastor Billy Lee, executive director of Blessed Grace Social Services said, “Many of these maids come with no money and a mountain of debt to their agents. By right they shouldn’t be borrowing any more money.”

This has led to problems for some employers as they are left to deal with the mess, which include harassments and unsolicited phone calls, left behind from their maid’s borrowing after sending them back home.

A Cap on Foreigner Loans in Singapore

The new cap on foreigner loan, implemented in Q4 2018, will affect foreigners holding any of the following passes: work passes, long-term visit passes, short-term visit passes, dependant’s passes and student passes.

The loans will also be capped based on the foreigners’ earning power.

Foreigners will also be able to protect themselves by applying for self-exclusion, which are already available to Singaporeans and PRs.

Foreigners who borrow from Unlicensed Moneylenders

To further reduce and limit the problems of borrowing, Ministry of Law has taken a hard stance on those who chose to borrow from unlicensed moneylenders.

All foreigners found guilty of this will have their work pass revoked, repatriated and barred from further employment in Singapore. Although employers can choose to appeal this on a case-by-case basis.

Education is Still the Most Important

Prevention is still always better than cure, and the ministries understand this.

So besides having these restrictions in place, the MOM and police will also step up education on the management and risk of borrowing from moneylenders for both foreigners and employers.

The rest of the moneylender restriction stays the same for foreigners — that includes the 4% interest rate caps on the loans and the sum of all permitted borrowing costs on any individual loan must not exceed 100% of the loan principal.

Our team here feels this is a great step in the right direction. Although most licensed moneylenders are already cautious when lending to domestic workers, having a cap in place will help inform those with less experience.

Foreigner Loan Made Easy

Foreigner Loan – A Complete Guide

A guide to getting a Foreigner Loan

New to Singapore? Working in Singapore as a foreigner? Unfamiliar with financial terms and unable to secure a loan from the banks? In need of financial aid quickly?

Does any of these above mentioned sound like you? The good news is that in Singapore, it’s easy to get a foreigner loan to help you in times of financial crisis. There are a lot of licensed moneylenders and banks willing to speak to you on loan assistance. Most will be patient and will take their time to understand your situation and assist you.

For businesses like us, it’s better as most people will take debt more seriously in a foreign country. Hence this makes the application process simpler and easier.

Why would I need a Foreigner Loan

There are things that might crop up at the last minute. In Singapore, medical fees are expensive for foreigners and these are only minimally subsidized by the employer. As a foreigner, you pay lots more for medical services. There are also visa issues or legal fees that you might run into over the course of working in Singapore. Not to mention the escalating housing rental. All this takes up a toll on your salary and this is why most foreigners consider taking up a foreigner loan.

A 3 Minute Foreigner Loan Application Process Guide (Singapore)

In Empire Global we like things to be simple. Therefore, we have written up a complete guide for you to obtain a foreigner loan. At the same time you can apply online or call us and we would be most willing to listen and work out the details with you. Just post us questions on anything about loans or advice on repayment policies and we can consult with you. The charge? Free of course!

Basic Requirements required from Money Lenders

These are basic requirements that a licensed money lender would need. It would quicken the process if you are able to fulfil all the requirements. An employment letter plus a valid working pass or your own passport is the minimum for an application.

  1. Have a passport, work permit, valid E-Pass or an S-Pass (required)
  2. Has an appointment/employment letter sent from their company. (required)
  3. Have an existing residential tenancy agreement.
  4. Have PUB bills, phone bills or a tenancy agreement that reflects your salary.
  5. Obtain a bank statement for the past 6 months.
  6. Working in Singapore as a full time worker and obtain an employment letter.

Steps to getting a Foreigner Loan

  1. Get ready all the above requirements and documents
  2. Submit a loan application online with us
  3. Or Give us a call directly
  4. Wait for approval! Usually less than an hour

Our Empire Global Foreigner Loan Features

  1. We allow you to pay back your loans in monthly installment plans
  2. We have made packages, flexible to suit your every need or situation
  3. We have made easy structured repayment packages for you to understand
  4. An instant approval process once all the documents provided are approved
  5. Friendly bilingually* trained loan officers to assist you (Chinese and English)

As one of the leading and most trusted, licensed loan companies in Singapore, you can trust us on our reliability and service standards. Empire Global has the correct expertise and experience in helping you. Our personalized foreigner loan packages are made to suit you.

Satisfied Foreigner with their loan

Satisfied Foreigner with their loan