The Singapore Employment Pass Application

Published: 22nd March 2011
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In order for a foreign national to work legally within the country of Singapore, the foreign national will be required to be in possession of a valid work pass. There are actually quite a few different types of work passes which can be applied by foreign nationals working within Singapore and three of these work passes include a Work Permit, a S Pass and as well as the Employment Pass. The conditions for the application of these three work passes are different and some of these conditions may vary depending on the nationality of the applicant, the sector of the work, the nature of the work and as well as the basic salary.

Employment Pass (EP) is the main type of Singapore work visa issued to foreign Entrepreneurs, professionals, skill employees, managers and owners (shareholders)/directors of Singapore companies.

The EP does not fall under any quota system nor is there a monthly levy charge for EP.
You can apply for Employment Pass (EP) work visa, if:

● You are a foreign Entrepreneur, professional or have a Specialist skill, managing director, shareholders of Singapore companies who 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 prospective Singapore employer. In this case, you will need the company to apply the employment pass application on your behalf

In reality, the employment pass can actually be separated into three categories where these three different employment pass include the P Pass (including P1 and P2 Pass), the Q1 Pass and as well as the newly introduced pass which replaces the old Q2 Pass. The application requirements for these different passes are different and this solely depends on the circumstances of the applicant whether the applicant meets the requirements or otherwise.

For the P Pass, the P Pass is meant for foreign nationals who hold recognized degrees, professional qualifications or specialist skills and also, these foreign nationals are seeking professional, administrative, executive or managerial jobs. In addition to that, the P Pass can actually be separated into two different categories which is the P1 Pass and as well as the P2 Pass.

The difference between these two passes lies only within the basic salary where for the P1 Pass, it will only be issued if the applicant's monthly basic salary is more than S$7,000 whereas for the P2 Pass, it will only be issued if the applicant's monthly basic salary is more than S$3,500 and up to S$7,000. As for the Q1 Pass, it is designed for foreign nationals whose monthly basic salary is more than S$2,500 and in addition to that, they should possess recognized degrees, professional qualifications or specialist skills.

For the S Pass, the S Pass is actually a newly introduced employment pass used to replace the previous Q2 Pass where for the S Pass, it is designed for foreign nationals whose monthly basic salary is at least S$1800 or more. However, there is one major difference for the S Pass when compared to the Q1 Pass or the P Pass where for the S Pass, the applicants will be assessed based on a point system where some of the assessment criteria include the salary, education qualifications, skills, job type and also work experiences.

Employment Pass is normally issued for 1-2 years at a time and renewable thereafter. An EP visa enables you to work and live in Singapore and travel in and out of the country freely without applying for Singapore entry visas. Possessing an Employment Pass also opens the door for Singapore permanent residence in due course.

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