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The Employment Pass (EP) is the main kind of Singapore Work Visa meant for entrepreneurs, executives and skilled professionals who wish to work in Singapore. The term Employment Pass is commonly known as EP, E pass or Employment Visa in Singapore and is used interchangeably in this page. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) allows foreign professionals to apply for a Singapore Employment Pass after they have incorporated their Singapore Company to enable them to live and work in Singapore. There is no official limit or quota for the Singapore Employment Pass.
Oftentimes, relevant work experience also plays a significant role in determining your eligibility. Employment Pass is the preferred choice for most foreigners who want to set up a company in Singapore and work and live in Singapore for a minimum period of 12 months.
Employment Pass Eligibility Requirements:
The Ministry of Manpower determines your eligibility based on the factors listed below. To be considered for an Employment Pass, you must have a fixed monthly salary of at least S$3,300 (From 1 January 2017, the qualifying salary for Employment Pass (EP) applications will be raised from $3,300 to $3,600) and possess one or more of the following:
In some instances, an applicant who does not possess recognized educational qualifications may not necessarily be rejected for an EP, if there are other compensating positive factors in favour of his application, namely:
Below are the procedures for Employment Pass application:
You are not required to stay in Singapore while applying for the work pass.
EMPLOYMENT PASS TYPES:
The table below summarizes the Singapore E pass requirements, categories and eligibility: There are 3 categories of Employment Passes namely P1, P2 and Q1.
EP SUBMISSION TIMELINE:
Margin Wheeler submits all Employment Pass (EP) applications electronically to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) so that you can learn of your application outcome sooner.
The application for the employment pass can only be done once the company has been incorporated. It is not necessary to be physically present in Singapore while the application is being processed
APPROVAL AND COLLECTION OF EMPLOYMENT PASS:
Once the application is approved, the Ministry of Manpower will issue an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter via email. The IPA letter must be produced upon collection of the EP at the Work Pass Division at the Ministry of Manpower. An IPA letter is valid for six months from the date of notification of approval. To collect your EP you will be required to present:
* You may get a medical examination done in your own country through an established clinic/hospital or in Singapore. Most clinics in Singapore provide medical examinations and reports within a day.
ENTRY VISA INTO SINGAPORE:
If you are overseas and require an entry visa to Singapore, your IPA letter will include a single journey entry visa. Upon your arrival in Singapore, we will make an appointment with the Ministry of Manpower on your behalf for fingerprinting. Upon completing the procedures, your pass will be ready in 4 working days. You may collect the pass at the Ministry of Manpower personally or authorize Margin Wheeler to collect it on your behalf.
VALIDITY OF EMPLOYMENT PASS UPON APPROVAL:
The validity of an EP varies and is as follows:
SINGAPORE EMPLOYMENT PASS REJECTION:
In the event that your Employment pass application is rejected by the authority, our specialists will establish a firm appeal in defence of your position. Singapore Incorporation will investigate why your application has been rejected. Based on the reasons provided by MOM, we will submit an appeal that will address the issues outlined by MOM and also include additional documents as per their request, if any. Please note that it may take three weeks or more to process an appeal, depending on the complexity of the case. Our fees include one free appeal in the event your initial application is unsuccessful.
CHANGE OF EMPLOYER:
Employment Pass holders must apply for a new pass whenever they change employers. There is no need to cancel the existing pass prior to application for a new pass. The Ministry of Manpower evaluates each application for a new pass based on the applicant’s qualifications, work experience, and employer credentials. A new pass will be issued once the old pass is cancelled.
RENEWAL OF EMPLOYMENT PASS:
The Ministry of Manpower will mail an Employment Pass Renewal Form to your employer’s address two months before your EP expires. You should submit the renewal application at least four weeks prior to the expiration of your EP. Once approved, your employer will receive a letter of notification and the new pass is ready for pick up at the Ministry of Manpower.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR RENEWALS OF EMPLOYMENT VISA: