Employment Pass Application Agency Singapore

Singapore Employment Pass Application Agency Services Include:

  • Assistance in completing the self assessment tools with MOM
  • Pre-application advising on Singapore Employment Pass (EP) and gathering of necessary information
  • Online filing of (Employment Pass Application)
  • Tracking EP application status while under processing
  • Liaise with Direct MOM officer in charge when necessary
  • Responding to MOM’s request for additional information as necessary
  • Arranging for issuance of Employment Pass upon in-principle approval
  • Filing of unlimited appeal in case of rejection of EP application

Get An Overview About The Employment Pass

Foreign professionals with a job offer in Singapore who meet the eligibility criteria

An employer or appointed employment agent needs to apply on behalf of the candidate

Fixed monthly salary of at least $4500-General wef 1st Sept 2020, $5000-Financial services wef 1st Dec 2020 (more experienced candidates need higher salaries)

The duration of the pass is as follows:

  • First-time candidates: up to 2 years
  • Renewals: up to 3 years

Yes. Find out how to Renew Employment Pass

Available for eligible pass holders

No foreign worker levy or quota required

Employers can choose whether to provide medical insurance for EP holders

Employment Pass Application Agency Singapore

Get a quick overview of the Employment Pass to decide if it is the right pass for you.

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.

You may apply for a Singapore Employment Pass, if:

  • You are a foreign entrepreneur, executive or managing director of a Singapore company and wish to relocate to Singapore to manage your company operations;
  • You are a locally-incorporated Singapore company and need to hire foreign employees;
  • You have an employment offer from a Singapore employer. In this case, your employer will process the EP application on your behalf.

Overview of what you need to do

before, during and after you apply for an Employment Pass.

Before applying

  • Consider all candidates fairly
  • Know the eligibility and requirements
  • Check the documents required for applying

Before candidate arrives in Singapore

  • Apply for Employment pass

After candidate arrives in Singapore

  • Get the EP pass issued
  • Register fingerprints and photo
  • Receive the pass card

As and when required

Eligibility For Employment Pass

Only eligible candidates will be considered for an Employment Pass. Criteria include a minimum salary of $4,500 and acceptable qualifications. Use the Self-Assessment Tool to check a candidate’s eligibility before you apply.

Who is eligible

The Employment Pass is for foreign professionals who:

  • Have a job offer in Singapore.
  • Work in a managerial, executive or specialised job.
  • Earn a Fixed monthly salary of at least $4500-General wef 1st Sept 2020, $5000-Financial services wef 1st Dec 2020
  • Have acceptable qualifications, usually a good university degree, professional qualifications or specialised skills.

Application for an Employment Pass is open to all nationalities.

Use the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) to check if the candidate qualifies for the pass.

Salaries for younger or older candidates

Young graduates from good institutions can qualify if they earn at least $4500.

Older, more experienced candidates need higher salaries to qualify.

From 1 Sept 2020, the minimum qualifying salary was raised from Fixed monthly salary of at least $4500-General, $5000-Financial services wef 1st Dec 2020. for new applications. The salary criteria for older and more experienced candidates was also raised in tandem. The new salary criteria will apply to renewal applications from 1 Sept 2021.
 

Acceptable qualifications for Employment Pass

We do not accept qualifications from unaccredited institutions.

To check if an institution is accredited, you can use:

  • Global verification agencies such as Dataflow or Risk Management Intelligence (RMI)
  • International accreditation bodies
  • Awarding country’s educational authorities

We don’t have a list of approved institutions. Instead, we evaluate each application on its own merit, based on a wide range of factors such as the candidate’s salary, track records, work experience, skill sets and global and countries’ rankings of institutions.

Self­-Assessment Tool (SAT)

We encourage you to use the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) to get an indication of whether a candidate meets the Employment Pass requirements. Candidates can also use the tool to assess their eligibility.

If the SAT shows that the candidate is not eligible, you shouldn’t apply for the Employment Pass because it will be rejected.

If the SAT shows that the candidate is eligible, there is around a 90% chance that the candidate will get a pass.

Who can apply Employment Pass

To promote fair employment practices and improve labour market transparency, employers making Employment Pass applications must first advertise on MyCareersFuture and fairly consider all candidates. Find out more about the advertising requirements.

An employer or authorised third party has to apply for a candidate’s Employment Pass.

If you are an overseas employer that does not have a registered office in Singapore:

  • You need to get a Singapore-registered company to act as a local sponsor and apply on your behalf.
  • The local sponsor must submit the application.

The candidate will still need to meet the Employment Pass criteria.

Passes For Family Of Employment Pass Holders

As an Employment Pass holder, you can get certain family members to join you in Singapore if you meet the eligibility requirements.

Who is eligible

To be eligible, you need to:

  • Earn at least $6,000 a month.
  • Hold an Employment Pass.

These are the family members you can bring in and the type of pass they need:

Family memberPass type
Legally married spouseDependant’s Pass
Unmarried children under 21, including those legally adoptedDependant’s Pass
Common-law spouseLong Term Visit Pass
Unmarried handicapped children above 21Long Term Visit Pass
Unmarried step-children under 21Long Term Visit Pass
Parents
(Only for EP holders earning at least $12,000)
Long Term Visit Pass

How to apply

To apply, your employer will need to submit a separate application for each family member. The application can be submitted together with the Employment Pass application or separately.

Find out more about the requirements and application process for Dependant’s Pass and Long Term Visit Pass.

Documents Required For Employment Pass

You need to upload documents, e.g. educational certificates and passport page showing personal particulars, when submitting the EP application.

You need to upload these documents to apply for an Employment Pass:

  • Personal particulars page of the candidate’s passport.
    If the candidate’s name on the passport is different from the other documents, you need to include one of the following:
    • Explanation letter and supporting documents, e.g. deed poll.
      OR
    • An affidavit.
  • Company’s latest business profile or instant information registered with ACRA.
  • Candidate’s educational certificates, e.g. degree certificate. You need additional documents for:
    Qualifications fromAdditional documents needed
    IndiaTranscripts or marksheets for all semesters, indicating the college attended.
    China

    Verification proof for diploma and above qualifications from one of these sources. For:

    • Diploma: Online Verification Report of Higher Education Qualification Certificate from China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (CHSI)
    • Degree and above: China Academic Degrees & Graduate Education Information (CDGDC)
    • Diploma and above: Global verification agency, e.g. Dataflow or Risk Management Intelligence (RMI).
    Institutions not listed in the application form

    Verification proof for diploma and above qualifications from a global verification agency, e.g. Dataflow or RMI.

We may ask for other documents when we review the application.

Requirements for verification proof

Employers are responsible for ensuring that their candidates’ qualifications are genuine and were awarded by accredited institutions.

If you’re asked for verification proof, please note the following:

  • You can get the verification proof from a global verification agency, e.g. Dataflow or RMI.
  • The verification proof must confirm that the qualifications are genuine and were awarded by accredited institutions.
  • Educational certificates certified by a notary public are not accepted as a form of verification proof.
For non-English documents, you must submit the original document and an English translation. The translation can be done by a translation service provider.

You need to submit additional documents for the following:

A copy of the foodshop licence issued by Singapore Food Agency (SFA).

If you have a new establishment and don’t have the licence yet, you can submit a copy of the “Application for Foodshop Licence” letter issued to you by SFA.

Apply For An Employment Pass

You can apply Employment Pass using MOM online service.

Employers are urged to defer bringing foreigners into Singapore during this period until further notice.

Approvals for any new applications will be limited. You may continue to apply passes for foreigners who are already in Singapore.

Who can apply

Employer or appointed employment agent (EA)

Note: You may be required to advertise your job opening on MyCareersFuture to consider all applicants fairly, before you can apply for an Employment Pass.

How much it costs

When you submit the application:

  • $105 for each pass

When you get the pass issued:

  • $225 for each pass
  • $30 for each Multiple Journey visa (if applicable)

How long it takes

If you apply online: within 3 weeks for most cases.

For overseas company without a Singapore-registered office: within 8 weeks for most cases.

Documents requiredFind out what you’ll need.
Related eServices
  • Apply for an EP
  • Check application status
  • EP Online – get the pass issued
  • Make an appointment
  • Check card delivery status

More eServices and forms

Use the Self-Assessment Tool to check if your candidate qualifies. You should not apply if the Self-Assessment Tool shows that your candidate does not qualify.

These are the steps you’ll take to apply:

StepWho does thisResult
Submit an applicationEmployer or EAIn-principle approval letter or rejection letter
Get the pass issuedEmployer or EANotification letter
Register fingerprint and photo (if required)CandidateAcknowledgment of card delivery
Receive the cardAuthorised recipients or candidateEmployment Pass card

Note:

  • If a candidate is in Singapore with a visit pass that will expire before the Employment Pass is issued, we won’t be able to extend the visit pass.
  • You should only bring in candidates when the pass is approved. They don’t need to be in Singapore when you apply and we won’t be able to extend their visit pass.

Submit An Employment Pass Application

You can submit an Employment Pass Application online

If you are an overseas company without a Singapore-registered office, you need to get your local sponsor to submit the application.
 

EP Online service

Processing time: within 3 weeks. Some cases will take more time.

To submit an application:

  1. Get a written consent to apply for Employment Pass from the candidate.
  2. Log in to our online service to fill up the application and upload the required documents.
  3. Pay $105 fee for each application. You can pay by GIRO, VISA, MasterCard or eNets Debit.
  4. Check your application status after 3 weeks. It may take longer if additional information is required.
  5. If the pass is approved, log in to EP Online and print the in-principle approval (IPA) letter.

Send the pass holder’s copy of the IPA to the candidate. It has a pre-approved single-entry visa for the candidate to enter Singapore.

The IPA gives you 6 months to bring the candidate to Singapore and get the pass issued. It also states whether the candidate needs to go for a medical examination, which can be done after arrival in Singapore.

Only for companies not registered in Singapore: you need to get a local sponsor to submit the application.

Processing time: within 8 weeks. Some cases will take more time.

To submit:

  1. Get a written consent to apply for Employment Pass from the candidate.
  2. Download the Employment Pass (Sponsorship) application form (for online submission).
  3. Complete the application form as a softcopy to get the bill reference number.
  4. Print the application form and get it signed.
  5. Pay $105 fee for each application by PayNow or FAST (Fast and Secure Transfers).
  6. Submit your application online. You need CorpPass, apply for CorpPass if you don’t have one. Include the following:
    • Completed and signed application form
    • Screenshot of banking page confirming your payment
    • Supporting documents listed in the application form

It takes around 8 weeks to process the application. It may take longer if additional information is required. You can check the application status online.

If approved, we will email the in-principle approval (IPA) letter to the contact person indicated in the application.

Send the pass holder’s copy of the IPA to the candidate. It has a pre-approved single-entry visa for the candidate to enter Singapore.

The IPA gives you 6 months to bring the candidate to Singapore and get the pass issued.

Get The Employment Pass Issued

When: Within 6 months of in-principle approval

Processing time: Immediate

The candidate must be in Singapore when you request for the E pass to be issued.

To get the pass issued:

  1. Log in to EP Online to make the request and submit the supporting documents (see what you will need).
  2. Provide a home or office address where you can receive the card.
  3. Nominate up to 3 authorised recipients to receive the card, and provide their NRIC, FIN or passport number, mobile numbers and email address.
  4. Pay the fees using GIRO, or eNETS credit or debit:
    • $225 for each pass
    • (If applicable) $30 for each Multiple Journey Visa
  5. When the pass is issued, print the notification letter.

The notification letter:

  • Should be given to the candidate. It allows them to start work and travel in and out of Singapore while waiting for the pass card.
  • States if the candidate needs to register to have fingerprints and photo taken.
  • Is valid for 1 month from the date of issue. Request to extend the validity if you have a change of travel plans.

What you’ll need

You will need the following information for issuing the pass:

  • Candidate’s passport details.
  • Details of the candidate’s current Short Term Visit Pass or immigration pass.
  • Candidate’s residential address in Singapore. From 14 September 2018, the candidate’s residential address must meet the housing requirements before you can get the pass issued.
  • A local address where we can deliver the card.
  • Contact details of at least one authorised recipient to receive an SMS or email on the delivery details.

You may also need to submit PDF copies of these documents:

  • Disembarkation / Embarkation card (immigration white card).
  • Completed medical examination form or health declaration form.
  • Completed declaration form attached with the candidate’s in-principle approval letter. The form should be signed by an authorised human resource personnel, or any person holding at least a managerial position in the company.
If the medical report is not ready, you can extend the candidate’s Short Term Visit Pass. Submit your request and a copy of the doctor’s confirmation.

Register Fingerprints And Photo

When: Within 2 weeks after pass is issued (if required)

Check the notification letter for whether the candidate needs to register fingerprints and photo.

For registration, you must make an appointment for the candidate to visit the Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC). The candidate has to register within 2 weeks after the pass is issued.

The candidate should bring along these documents for the appointment:

  • Original passport
  • Appointment letter
  • Notification letter
  • Documents listed in the IPA letter and notification letter

Received The Employment Pass Card

When: 4 working days after registration or document verification

We will deliver the card to the given address 4 working days after the candidate registers and gets documents verified at EPSC.

If the candidate does not need to register, we will deliver the card 4 working days after checking the documents.

The authorised recipients will get an SMS or email with the delivery details at least 1 working day before the delivery.

You can also check the card delivery details in EP Online.

Download SGWorkPass to scan QR code on your new card to check status, expiry date and more.
 

If card delivery fails

After 2 unsuccessful deliveries, you’ll have to collect the card at EPSC.

The candidate or an authorised person can collect it 3 working days after the second attempted delivery. They don’t need an appointment.

Bring along these documents for card collection:

  • Candidate’s original passport
  • Notification letter

If you authorise someone to collect it on your behalf, make sure they bring these along:

  • An authorisation letter from the employer
  • NRIC or passport for verification

Consider all candidates fairly before you apply for an Employment Pass

Before applying for an Employment Pass (EP), you should advertise the job on MyCareersFuture.sg and consider all candidates fairly. This is expected of all employers.

Fair Consideration Framework (FCF)

The Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) sets out the requirements for all employers in Singapore to consider candidates fairly for job opportunities. Employers should not discriminate candidates based on non-job related characteristics such as age, gender, nationality or race.

All employers in Singapore are expected to adhere to the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices.

Consider all candidates fairly

To promote fair employment practices and improve labour market transparency, employers submitting EP applications should first advertise on MyCareersFuture.sg, and consider all candidates fairly.

Advertising requirements

The advertisement should clearly explain the job requirements and salary offered to attract the right candidates.

MOM will reject any EP applications linked to advertisements that are discriminatory or do not represent the job accurately:

  • The advertisement must not contain discriminatory words or phrases 
  • The job advertised must match the occupation in the EP application.
  • The employer submitting the EP application must be the same as the one in the job advertisement.
  • The salary offered must be clear, specific, and consistent. Therefore the salary range advertised:
    • Must be visible to all candidates and cannot be hidden.
    • Cannot be too broad, i.e. the maximum salary cannot exceed two times of the minimum salary.
    • Must contain the salary offered to the EP candidate.
  • The advertisement must be open for at least 28 days to allow job seekers to view and apply for the vacancy.

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  • If you change any advertisement details (e.g. job title, salary or number of vacancies), you must keep it open for at least another 28 days before you can submit the EP application. This is to ensure that job seekers are aware of the updated job details and have a chance to apply for it.
  • Job advertisements that have expired or have closed for more than 3 months cannot be used for EP applications. You must advertise the vacancy again to reach out to other job seekers.
  • If you are using an advertisement for multiple EP applications, the total number of EP applications cannot exceed the number of vacancies in the advertisement

Exemption from advertising requirement

All employers must practice fair hiring even if their job vacancies can be exempted from advertising.

For practical reasons, you are not required to advertise on MyCareersFuture.sg if any of the following applies:

  • Your company has fewer than 10 employees.
  • The fixed monthly salary for the vacancy is $20,000 and above.
  • The vacancy is to be filled by an intra-corporate transferee as defined by the World Trade Organisation’s General Agreement on Trade in Services.
  • The vacancy is short-term, i.e. not more than 1 month.
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