Singapore Employment Pass
Singapore Employment Pass (EP) is the type of work visa issued to foreign professional employees, managers, and owners/directors of Singapore companies. Foreigners who wish to apply for EP should also have the acceptable degrees, professional qualifications or special skills; and will earn a minimum fixed monthly salary of S$3,000 per month. There is no quota system limiting the number of Employment Passes that can be issued to a company. Employment Pass is also known as EP or Work Visa.
You can apply for the Singapore Employment Pass work visa under the following scenarios:
- You are one of the director of a Singapore company and need to relocate to here to run your company operations. In this case, you will apply for Employment Pass and the sponsor will be your local company. Recent changes to the Ministry of Manpower requirements means that even if you are the director of a company you will have to apply for an Entreprenuer Pass in the six month period of incorporating your company.
- A Singapore company hiring foreign employees. In this case, your company will need to file an EP application for each foreign employee you are hiring.
- You are hired by an employer in Singapore. In this case, your employer will normally take care of filing your EP application.
Documents Required for Singapore Employment Pass
The following documents are required for submission of the Employment Pass visa application:
- EP Application Form 8. The application form must be endorsed by the Singapore employing company. To be submitted manually.
- Copies of educational certificates and past employment testimonials.
- A passport-size photograph taken within the past three months.
- A copy of the personal particulars page of the applicant's passport.
Any documents that are not in English must be translated into English by an official translation service.
Employment Pass Application Procedure and Timeline
Completed applications along with the required documents must be submitted to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). The application can be filed via post or online. The online application is slightly quicker and consists of the following steps:
- Obtain authorization to file the application online for the newly incorporated company. Upon filing the request, it takes about 7-10 days for authorities to send the authorization code.
- File the application online. Upon filing the online application, authorities take about 2-15 working days to process the application.
- Upon receiving the in-principle-approval notification, make on appointment to visit MOM office and collect the pass.
- Submit the application manually will take a minimum period of 4 weeks. All documents such as passport copy, education certificate, testimonials, Curriculum Vitae and Business profile must be submitted together with the application form.
Approval and Collection of the Employment Pass
When your Employment Pass visa application is approved, MOM will mail In-Principle-Approval (IPA) letter to the employing company's address as specified in the completed application form. The letter has a six-month validity and you should collect your employment pass before this time expires.
In order to issue the EP work pass, MOM requires a copy of the IPA letter, passport, medical exam report, and any other documents that were requested in the approval letter. Typically, you will have to go through a medical test and produce the report when collecting your employment pass. Whether or not you need to go through a medical test will be mentioned in the approval letter (along with the list of tests). You can get the medical tests done in your own country through an established clinic/hospital or you can get it done when you arrive in Singapore. With the new EP card, all approved applicants have to get their fingerprints done before the card will be issued. Upon completion of the fingerprinting, the EP card is ready for collection after 4 days.