Singapore P and Q Employment Pass Information (Jan 2014)
The P and Q Employment Pass are work passes for foreign professionals working in managerial, executive or specialised jobs.
Foreigners who are interested to work and has a job offer in Singapore may apply for an Employment Pass (EP). To qualify for one of these EP, the applicants must meet these basic requirements:
|Pass type||Examples of eligibility criteria|
|P1 Employment Pass||
|P2 Employment Pass||
|Q1 Employment Pass||
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.
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
Food-stall licensees operating in hawker centres, coffee shops and food courts are not allowed to employ foreign workers on Employment Passes. Such operations are considered small scale and can be manned by owners or family members.
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?|
|P Pass holder||Dependant’s Pass||
|Long Term Visit Pass||
|Q1 Pass holder
(earning a fixed monthly salary of at least $4,000)
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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