Singapore Employment Pass Information (as at July 2016)
The Employment Pass (EP) is a work pass for foreign professionals working in managerial, executive or specialised jobs.
Foreigners who are interested to work, have acceptable qualifications, usually a good university degree, professional qualifications or specialist skills, and has a managerial, executive or specialised job offer in Singapore of at least S$3,300 per month may apply for an EP. More experienced candidates may need to have higher salaries to qualify, in line with their work experience and skills sets.
Note: From 1 January 2017, new EP applicants will have to earn a fixed monthly salary of $3,600 or more, depending on their qualifications and experience.
First time: Up to 2 years; Renewal: Up to 3 years
Foreign worker levy or quota
Information for foreign job-seekers
Foreign job-seekers may refer to the Strategic and Skills-in-Demand List which compile jobs expected to be high in demand in Singapore over the next few years.
Note on salaries:
- Young graduates from good institutions can qualify if they earn at least $3,300.
- Older, more experienced candidates need higher salaries to qualify.
Note on acceptable qualifications:
- Ministry of Manpower (MOM) does not have a list of approved institutions. Instead, they evaluate each application on its own merit, based on a wide range of criteria such as global and country rankings, and enrolment standards.
- Candidates without acceptable qualifications may not necessarily be rejected. Similarly, having acceptable qualifications do not guarantee approval.
- MOM also look at other factors such as proven track records and exceptional skill sets on a case-by-case basis.
Employers are encouraged to use the online Self-Assessment Tool to check if the applicant meets the requirements. This tool gives you a preliminary indication of whether the applicant qualifies. This assessment does not guarantee the actual outcome of the application as it needs to be subjected to further checks (e.g. immigration and fraud checks).
Note to employers – Fair Consideration Framework
From 1 August 2014, as part of the Fair Consideration Framework, you may be required to advertise your job opening on the Jobs Bank before you can submit your Employment Pass application. The advertisement must be open to Singaporeans, comply with the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices1, and run for at least 14 days. For Employment Pass applications filed from 1 October 2015, the accompanying advertisements must include published salary ranges. Firms that submit EP applications prior to the close of the 14 day advertising period will not be able to proceed with their EP applications. After the advertising period, the firm can hire the most qualified candidate, regardless of nationality.
For practical reasons, these jobs are exempted from the advertising requirement:
- Jobs in firms with 25 or fewer employees; or
- Jobs that pay a fixed monthly salary of S$12,000 and above;
- Jobs to be filled by intra-corporate transferees (ICTs). Under the World Trade Organisation’s General Agreement on Trade in Services (WTO GATS), ICTs would refer to those holding senior positions in the organisation or have an advanced level of expertise; or
- Jobs that are necessary for short-term contingencies (i.e. period of employment in Singapore for not more than one month)
All companies are strongly encouraged to advertise their job vacancies on the Jobs Bank for access to a larger pool of Singaporean candidates, even if those jobs are eligible for advertising exemption.
Note to overseas employers
If the applicant’s employer is based overseas and does not have a registered office in Singapore, another Singapore registered company can act as the sponsor and submit the application on behalf.
Passes for Family Members
Successful applicants can bring in their families under one of these passes:
|If you are a||Which pass?||For who?|
|EP holder earning a fixed monthly salary of at least S$10,000)||Dependant’s Pass||
|Long Term Visit Pass||
|EP holder earning a fixed monthly salary of at least S$5,000)||Dependant’s Pass||
|Long Term Visit Pass||
A separate application for each family member should be submitted. The application can be submitted together with the Employment Pass application or separately.
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