I wish to work in Singapore. What is my next Step?

All foreigners need an Employment Pass to work and stay in Singapore even when you are the shareholder, director, professional employees and key managers in the company. With an Employment pass, you can easily travel in and out of Singapore without any hassle.

After you have set up your company, your Singapore Employment Pass application can be process with EBOS. EBOS will liaise with Ministry of Manpower who is the agency responsible for the approval of such Business Visa.

EBOS will provide you with a complimentary in-depth analysis of your probability to obtain approval in the Employment Pass Application. Next, we will work with you to obtain the supporting documents for submission to MOM.

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 $3,600 w.e.f. 1 January 2017 (more experienced candidates need higher salaries).
  • Have acceptable qualifications, usually a good university degree, professional qualifications or specialist skill.

What kind of Documents so I need to prepare?

  • A duly filled Employment Pass Application Form 8 endorsed by the employer
  • A personal page
  • of the applicant’s passport
  • Applicant’s resume detailing his work experience
  • Testimonial or References by previous companies
  • Latest business profile (ACRA)
  • A detailed description of the services/products and its business plan of the employing company.
  • Applicant’s detailed job description
  • Applicant’s educational certificates. Additional documents are required if the applicant is from:
  •       India – transcripts and marksheets
  •       China – verification proof for diploma and above qualifications (Education certificates certified by a notary public are not accepted as a form of verification proof)

All documents submitted must be in English. If any documents are not in English, it must be translated into English and attached with the original documents. The translation must be done by a professional translator firm, embassy or notary public.

How can I increase the chance of getting a Singapore Employment Pass?

Singapore Employment Pass Application is evaluated by MOM on a case-by-case basis. All approvals are based on individual merits and your contribution to Singapore economy. EBOS will evaluate your chance and act as your business consultant to suggest the best time and best solution to get your Singapore Employment Pass.

The main eligibility criteria are as follow for your perusal:

  • Age
  • Nationality
  • Salary
  • Key Management Roles
  • Responsibility
  • Working Experience
  • Sponsorship Company Industry and Background
  • Company’s Capital Structure

What is the Minimum Salary for Employment Pass Holder?

Fresh graduates from good institutions must earn at least $3,600.

Experienced management staff command a much higher salary than $3,600 will stand a better chance.

What is the Acceptable Qualification?

MOM does not have a list of approved qualification for employment pass application. However, the skillset provided by applicant should be unique and important to the growth of the business that is sponsoring him/her to obtain an Employment Pass.

MOM also looks at the achievement and pass track records of the applicants on a case by case-by-case basis. If the candidate has positive exposures in international news and obtained recognition, MOM would favour such application even when the candidates does not possess qualification.

Hence, having a degree does not guarantee 100% success rate.

How long is the validity for Employment Pass?

First-time applicant is valid for up to two years. Thereafter, EP can be renewed up to three years

Can I apply for Permanent Resident in Singapore?

Employment Pass Holder can apply for PR in Singapore. EBOS will assist to access your suitable when you are ready to talk to us.

Can I bring my family to Singapore?

Successful applicants with exceptional high salary can bring in their family members.

Application can be submitted together with the Employment Pass Application. Usually, it is better to submit the application after the Employment Pass is approved.

Can I DIY the application?

If you are foreigner director in Singapore, your local director or your In-House Human Resource Manager can help to apply for an EP. Most director will find it lengthy and troublesome to go through the details because most firm will outsource their monthly payroll of less than 10 employees to an Accounting Services Firm. It is not cost effective to hire a full time Human Resource Manager for less than 10 employees.

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

Note on salaries

  • Young graduates from good institutions can qualify if they earn at least $3,600.
  • Older, more experienced candidates need higher salaries to qualify.

Note on acceptable qualifications

  • MOM don’t have a list of approved institutions. Instead, MOM 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 looks at other factors such as proven track records and exceptional skill sets on a case-by-case basis.

Notes on Employment Pass Validity

  • Validity period for first-time applicants is up to two years
  • Validity for EP renewals is up to three years

What can I Do?

Use the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) link to check your suitability for an Employment Pass

How can EBOS helps me?

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