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I am overseas and thinking of working in Singapore. Where do I start?
You are at the right place! The Contact Singapore website will take you through all the steps you need to find a job and move to Singapore. It also provides you with information on how to settle down here comfortably. To keep updated on employment trends, career updates and upcoming recruitment and familiarisation events, sign up to be a Contact Singapore Member and other social media platforms.
 
What is an Employment Pass?
The Employment Pass (EP) is for foreign professionals and executives who wish to work in Singapore. They should earn a fixed monthly salary of at least SGD 3,000.
 
What’s the difference between the P1, P2, Q and S Passes?
These are work passes catering to different types of talent. For details, visit the Ministry of Manpower website.
•P1 Pass – for applicants earning a fixed monthly salary of at least SGD 8,000.
•P2 Pass – for applicants earning a fixed monthly salary of at least SGD 4,500 and up to SGD 8,000 and he/she possesses recognised qualifications.
•Q1 Pass – for applicants earning a fixed monthly salary of at least SGD 3,000 and he/she possesses recognised qualifications.
•S Pass – for mid-level skilled foreigners who earn a fixed monthly salaryof at least SGD 2,000. S Pass applicants will be assessed on a points system, taking into account multiple criteria including salary, education qualifications, skills, job type and work experience.
 
 
How do I apply for an employment pass or work visa?
You can apply for an Employment Pass (EP) through:
i) EP Online
EP Online is a one-stop portal for companies to conduct EP transactions online. Applicants will receive an instant acknowledgment of their submission. The processing time for EP applications is two weeks. Applicants can also use EP Online to check application status.
i) Application form
Manual applications can be submitted at any SingPost Office. The application outcome will be mailed to the employer about three weeks from the date of the application.
An administrative fee of SGD 10 will be charged for every EP application submitted.
How much do I have to pay for a successful Employment Pass application?
For each successful Employment Pass application, the total fee is as follows:
SGD 10 upon submission of the application;
SGD per year or part thereof for an Employment Pass;
SGD per issue of a Multiple Journey Visa (if applicable); and/or
SGD per issue of a Single Journey Visa (if applicable).
 
What documents must be submitted for an Employment Pass application?
 i) EP Online
For Employment Pass (EP) applications made using EP Online, companies are not required to send any supporting documents to Work Pass Division. Once an application has been approved, the online In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter will specify the supporting document(s) to be submitted at the Work Pass Division counters during the collection of the pass.
ii) Application form
For manual EP applications, the following documents are required:
•A copy of the applicant's educational documents and past employment testimonials (not required for those who have held or applied for an Employment/ S Pass in the last two years);
•A passport size photograph of the applicant (taken within the last three months);
•A copy of the personal particulars page of the applicant's travel document; and
•Business Profile/ Instant Information/ Registration papers.
 
How can I check the status of my employment pass?
Applications submitted using EP Online are processed in two weeks and applicants can check the application status using EP Online. For manual applications, the outcome of the application will be mailed to the employer about three weeks from the date of application.
Do note that the processing time may be longer during peak periods or when the case requires inputs from various economic agencies.
 
How long is an Employment Pass valid for?
The validity period of an EP varies for:
•First-time applicants – up to two years;
•Employment Pass renewals – up to three years.
 
My pass has expired or is about to expire. How do I go about getting an extension?
Typically, the renewal of your employment pass should be done about two months before expiry. You may renew your pass online.
Can Employment Pass holders apply to be a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR)?
An Employment Pass holder who wishes to apply for Singapore Permanent Resident (PR) can apply through the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the application will be assessed based on ICA's PR criteria.
 
Can Employment Pass holders bring in their spouse, children, parents and parents-in-law to Singapore?
Employment Pass holders can apply for a Dependant's Pass and/or Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) for their family members.
Dependant's Pass
Both P and Q Pass holders can apply for a Dependant's Pass for their:
•Spouse; and/or
•Unmarried or legally adopted children under 21 years of age
Long-Term Visit Pass
P Pass holders can also apply for a Long-Term Visit Pass for their:
 
•Common law spouse;
•Unmarried daughters above 21 years of age;
•Handicapped children above 21 years of age;
•Step-children; and
•Parents/parents-in-law
 
How do I upgrade my employment pass status, for example from Q1 to P2?
You may apply for an upgrade of your employment pass status by submitting your letter of request as well as other supporting documents to MOM for consideration. Depending on the complexity of the case, the processing time to review your request may take a longer time. You will be notified of the outcome of your request by writing.
 
What happens if I stop being employed in Singapore?
You should cancel your employment pass if you are no longer employed or no longer a Singapore Permanent Resident.
 
If I were to resign from my current employer, can I continue to use the employment pass issued to me to stay on in Singapore to look for new employers?
When there is a change of employer, you are required to submit a new employment pass application. The new application will be considered based on the merits of the case. Submission of new employment pass applications can be made without cancelling the existing pass.
 
What is the Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)?
The Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) is for foreigners who want to work in Singapore without being tied to a specific employer. Unlike the Employment Pass (EP), the PEP is granted on the strength of an EP holder's individual merits. The PEP allows the holder to remain in Singapore for up to six months in between jobs to evaluate new employment opportunities.
The PEP will be issued once, with a validity of five years. It will be non-renewable. Former EP holders will retain the dependant privileges of their original EP type while overseas foreign professionals whose last drawn fixed monthly salary overseas was at least SGD 8,000 will be accorded dependant privileges equivalent to that enjoyed by P1 EP holders. A minimum annual fixed salary requirement of SGD 34,000 will apply.
 
What are the benefits of a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)?
The Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) will help Singapore to better attract and retain global talent. It will be granted to selected overseas foreigners, Employment Pass (EP) holders and foreign graduates of our institutions of higher learning. Their contributions will help to grow the overall economic pie in Singapore, creating more jobs and opportunities for Singaporeans.  
There is intensified global competition for talent, and the PEP will strengthen Singapore’s attractiveness to highly skilled foreigners. Other locations such as Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia also have similar schemes which offer them the flexibility to stay or enter the country for a fixed period of time.
Currently, the issue of an EP is tied to a specific employer. Any change of employer requires a fresh application. If the EP holder leaves the company, his EP is cancelled and he must leave Singapore unless he finds a new employer. In contrast, the new PEP is not tied to a specific employer and will be granted on the strength of an EP holder’s individual merits. The PEP allows the holder to remain in Singapore for up to six months in between jobs to evaluate new employment opportunities. This helps to retain selected global talent who would otherwise have to leave Singapore.
The PEP will be issued once, with a validity of five years. It will be non-renewable. Former EP holders will retain the dependant privileges of his original EP type while overseas foreign professionals whose last drawn fixed monthly salary overseas was at least SGD 8,000 will be accorded dependant privileges equivalent to that enjoyed by P1 EP holders.
 
Who will qualify for Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)?
The following groups of foreigners will be eligible for a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP):
•Overseas foreign professionals whose last drawn fixed monthly salary overseas was at least SGD 8,000. The last drawn fixed monthly salary overseas should be no more than six months from the time of the application
•Former P1 Pass holders who are residing overseas. They should not be unemployed for longer than a continuous period of six months at the point of application
•P1 Pass holders
•P2 Pass holders with at least two years' working experience on a P Pass. They should earn a fixed salary of at least SGD 34,000 in the preceding year
•Q1 Pass holders with at least five years' working experience on a Q1 pass. They should earn a fixed salary of at least S$34,000 in the preceding year
•Foreign graduates from institutions of higher learning in Singapore with at least two years' working experience on a P or Q1 Pass. They should earn a fixed salary of at least S$34,000 in the preceding year.
 
How can I apply for a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)?
You can apply for a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) if you are currently working in Singapore via the following options:
i) PEP Online
PEP Online is a one-stop portal for existing Employment Pass (EP) holders to submit their PEP applications. The processing time for PEP application is two weeks. Applicants can also use PEP Online to check the status of their application. The application outcome will also be mailed to the residential address in Singapore.
ii) PEP Application form
Manual applications can be submitted at any Singpost Office. The application outcome will be mailed to the applicant's residential address in Singapore about two weeks after the application was made.
An administrative fee of SGD 20 will be charged for every PEP application submitted.
Overseas applicants are required to submit their applications manually. You will be required to send the completed original application form to a local contact in Singapore. The local contact can then submit the application form and pay the SGD 20 application fee to SingPost post office on the applicant’s behalf.
 
If you are currently in Singapore on a Social Visit Pass, you can submit the completed form and make payment of the SGD 20 administrative fee at any SingPost post office. However, you are still required to provide the details of a local contact person in Singapore. You will have to ensure that your Social Visit Pass is valid while waiting in Singapore for the outcome of their PEP application.
 
Must a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) applicant be employed at the time of application for a PEP?
If the applicant is overseas and his/her last drawn fixed overseas salary is SGD 8,000 (no more than six months from the time of application) or if the applicant is a former P1 Pass holder (who had not been unemployed for more than six months continuous at the point of application), he will be eligible for the Personalised Employment Pass (PEP).
If the applicant does not fall into the above category, he should have been on a P or Q1 Pass for two years and five years respectively, and must have earned a fixed salary of at least SGD 34,000 in the preceding year to be eligible for the PEP. Foreign graduates from institutions of higher learning in Singapore with at least two years' working experience on a Employment Pass, earning a fixed salary of at least SGD 34,000 in the preceding year will also be eligible for the PEP.
 
Can a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) holder apply to be a Singapore Permanent Resident (PR)?
You can apply for Permanent Resident (PR), if you are gainfully employed, at any time. There is no need to wait till the expiry of the Personalised Employment Pass before applying for PR.
Applications for PR can be made through the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). However, the application will be assessed based on ICA's PR criteria.
 
Can the Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) holder choose to stay in Singapore without a job?
Yes. The Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) allows a maximum period of six continuous months without a job. Thereafter, the PEP will be cancelled.
 
I am about to graduate and would like to explore working in Singapore. What can I do?
There are several options for you. To begin, check out Contact Singapore's job portal. You can sign up for the Work Holiday Programme (if your university is part of the programme) or an internship, and find out more about working, living and playing in Singapore through this website. Start by clicking on the Students profile on the homepage. To keep updated on employment trends, career updates and upcoming recruitment and familiarisation events in Singapore, sign up for our mailing list and other social media platforms.
 
I’m thinking of applying for the Work Holiday Programme. What would I need?
The Work Holiday Programme (WHP) is targeted at specific universities. Each installment of the WHP has different eligibility criteria and focuses on different industries.
 
Who can apply for a Dependant's Pass?
Employment Pass holders (P1, P2 and Q1) and S Pass holders (whose fixed monthly salary is more than SGD 2,800) may apply for Dependant's Passes (DPs) for their:
•Spouse; or
•Unmarried/ legally adopted children under 21 years of age.
 
Can a Dependant's Pass holder work in Singapore?
If a Dependant's Pass (DP) holder wishes to work in Singapore, the employer is required to apply for a Letter of Consent (LOC). The DP holder can only begin working after the employer has received the LOC.
 
I am a Dependant Pass holder and would like to work in Singapore. What are the procedures I need to follow to look for a job in Singapore?
If you wish to take up employment in Singapore, your employing company will need to complete the Letter of Consent (LOC) application form and submit it to MOM. There is no salary criterion for the LOC. The processing time for the LOC is about three weeks from the date of the receipt of the application and the outcome will be mailed to the employer. You may begin employment once the employer has received the LOC. Renewal of the LOC is required when the Dependant Pass is renewed. The LOC ceases to be valid when the Dependant Pass is cancelled or when you are no longer employed by the company.
 
What is an EntrePass?
The EntrePass is an Employment Pass for foreign entrepreneurs who would like to start businesses in Singapore.
 
How do I apply for an EntrePass?
Applicants can submit the application form at any SingPost office. An acknowledgement letter will be sent by mail within two weeks.
As the approval of an EntrePass application requires additional assessments, inputs from Standards, Productivity and Innovation Board (SPRING) and time, the processing time may take about six weeks from the date of receipt of the application.
If successful, you will be issued with an Approval-In-Principal (AIP). You are to register the company/business with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). Upon receipt of the company's Business Profile/Instant Information with ACRA, the applicant needs to send/fax the following documents to the Work Pass Division for processing of the EntrePass:
- A copy of the company's Business Profile/Instant Information; and
- Approval In-Principle Letter.
 
What are the criteria for the approval of the EntrePass?
For all new EntrePass applications:
a. Company must be registered as a Private Limited Company with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority
b. Applicant to hold at least 30% shareholding in the company
c. Company must have at least SGD 50,000 paid-up-capital. A bank statement, from the Singapore-based company bank account, of at least SGD 50,000 is required for verification.
d. Company must not be registered for more than six months at the point of EntrePass application.
 
In addition, the proposed business venture must not be engaged in illegal activities. Businesses not of an entrepreneurial nature (e.g. coffee shops/hawker centres/food courts, bars/night clubs/lounges, foot reflexology/massage parlours, karaoke lounges, acupuncture/traditional Chinese medicine/herbal dispensing, employment agencies and geomancy etc) will also not be considered for an EntrePass.
 
As a Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) holder, am I allowed to work in Singapore?
Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) holders who wish to work in Singapore should apply for a Work Pass – an Employment Pass (EP), S Pass or Work Permit (WP). Each application would be assessed on its own merits. However, these LTVP holders are not allowed to work in objectionable occupations such as dance hostesses, masseurs, etc.
Applications for an EP or S Pass will be assessed based on prevailing criteria (i.e., educational qualifications, salary, occupation, and experience).
Applications for a WP will depend on the LTVP holder's relationship to their sponsor:
•If they are a parent/parent-in-law of the sponsor, they must be from an approved source country and meet the prospective company's dependency quota. The foreign worker levy will apply.
•If they are a spouse or unmarried child of the sponsor, there is no need for foreign worker levy to be paid. Their employment will not be counted towards the company's dependency quota. They do not need to be from an approved source country.
 
How do I apply for a tourist or social visit visa to enter Singapore?
Applications are done online. You may find out more on the http://en.eistudy.com
 
 

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