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Singapore Personal Loans for Foreigners

Singapore – the very name breaths mystery. Since the early days of the British Empire, Singapore has been a hub of industry, a land of fast-paced buying and selling. People from many places in the world, foreigners to Singapore, come there for many reasons. They may be tourists or business people whose jobs have brought them into this small country.

There are many reasons why a foreigner may need a personal loan while in Singapore. They might need a car or money for an investment. They may have over-spent and find themselves without a way home. Or they may have a medical emergency. Being in a foreign land without funds can be a frightening experience. This is where a Singapore personal loan for foreigners can come into play.

Borrowing money should never be approached lightly; borrowing in a land not your own should be approached with extreme care. First of all the borrower should make sure that the lending agency is a licensed money lender or a business that is registered as being exempt from needing a lending license.

In 2008, regulations were passed to govern money lending. As a result, the Ministry of Law in Singapore publishes a list of all licensed money lenders. Such agencies must renew their license yearly, and the renewal depends upon good behavior. Exempt businesses may lend money to workers in the form of payday loans or to shareholders. Before borrowing, a foreigner needing a personal loan should make sure that the lending agency belongs to one of these two groups.

The borrower will need to provide proof to the lending agency that they have an income or some means of assuring repayment of the loan. This may be more difficult for tourists than for workers. Such assurance may come in the form of personal assets or proof of income, such as pay slips.  It may not ever take the form of the lender keeping personal papers such as a driver’s license or passport.

Borrowers may find it easier to obtain credit from international lenders, such as HSBC, who have offices in their home country as well as in Singapore. Regardless of the lending institution, they need to pay close attention to the repayment schedule, interest rate, and type of forfeiture should they be unable to pay the loan for any reason. The Singapore Ministry of Law offers counseling services to habitual borrowers who need assistance in developing a responsible financial plan.

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