Work Permits Singapore

  • Work Pass Applications

  • Employment Pass Applications

  • S Pass Applications

  • Dependant Pass Applications

The criterion for issuing of Work Permits and Employment Passes in Singapore has become much stricter over the past few years. Many hopeful individuals have met with disappointment as their applications have been rejected by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

LI is an MOM authorized agent permitted to conduct the applications on behalf of the client. Whilst this does not mean we gain preferential treatment when applications are assessed, it does mean that we are fully compliant and a number of our consultants have undergone specific training with the MOM for this specific purpose.

The application process in Singapore can be a fast one with the majority of applications reaching a decision within a week. Where an appeal is warranted LI conducts these with no additional charge. If you are interested in our Work Permit Management Services in Singapore call us now or use the contact tab on the left of the page.

Employment Pass (EP)

Who is it for?

  • For professionals, managers and executives possessing the necessary acceptable qualifications, earning at least $3,600 a month

Requirements

  • Application for the Employment Pass must be made by a Singapore-registered company, which can act as a local sponsor.
  • Under the Fair Consideration Framework, companies may be required to advertise the job opening on the Jobs Bank before applying for EP
  • The employer or employment agent (EA) can submit the EP application online or manually.

Brief overview of application steps

  1. Obtain a written consent from the candidate to apply for the EP.
  2. Application for the EP has to be filled up and submitted along with the supporting documents either on EP Online or over the counter, where a payment of $70 is required for each application. The online processing takes approximately three weeks while the manual processing takes approximately eight weeks.
  3. After approval, send the pass holder’s copy of the in-principle approval (IPA) letter to the candidate so they can enter Singapore within six months to make a request on EP Online with the supporting documents to get the pass issued.
EntrePass

Who is it for?

  • For foreign entrepreneurs who want to start a business in Singapore and own at least 30% of the shares in the company

Requirements

  • Business has to be a private limited company registered with the ACRA), with at least $50,000 paid-up-capital in a Singapore-based company bank account.

Brief overview of application steps

  1. Submit an EntrePass Application Form along with supporting documents over the counter, where a payment of $70 administrative fee applies and its processing time takes approximately eight weeks.
    1. If the business has not been registered, an approval-in-principle (AIP) letter will be sent.
    2. Afterwards, register the company with ACRA, then fax or mail supporting documents to MOM's Work Pass Division within one month from the date of the AIP.
  2. After approval (and business registered – if it was not yet registered), the in-principle approval (IPA) letter will be mailed which allows the applicant to enter Singapore within six months to make a request on EP Online with the supporting documents to get the pass issued.
Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)

Who is it for?

  • For EP holders earning a fixed salary of at least $12,000 per month or foreign professionals earning $18,000 per month

Requirements

  • The PEP holder will not be tied to an employer and can generally hold a job in any sector as long as MOM is notified.
  • To continue holding the PEP, holders must earn at least $144,000 per calendar year and not be unemployed in Singapore for more than six months at any time.

Brief overview of application steps

  1. Submit a Personalised Employment Pass Application Form along with supporting documents over the counter, where a payment of $70 administrative fee applies and its processing time takes approximately eight weeks.
  2. After approval, the in-principle approval (IPA) letter will be mailed which allows the applicant to enter Singapore within six months to make a request on EP Online or over the counter with the supporting documents to get the pass issued.
S Pass

Who is it for?

  • For mid-level skilled foreign employees.

Requirements

  • Applicants must earn at least $2,200 a month, where more experienced workers would require higher salaries to qualify.
  • These applicants should have a degree, diploma or relevant technical certificates as well as possessing appropriate level of relevant work experience.
  • There is a quota and monthly levy for employees on the S Pass.
  • Employers need to maintain medical insurance for S Pass holders.
  • The employer or EA has to submit an application for the pass.

Brief overview of application steps

  1. Obtain a written consent from the candidate to apply for the S Pass.
  2. Application for the S Pass has to be filled up and submitted along with the supporting documents on EP Online, where a payment of $60 is required for each application and its processing time takes approximately three weeks.
  3. After approval, send the pass holder’s copy of the in-principle approval (IPA) letter to the candidate so they can enter Singapore within six months to make a request on EP Online with the supporting documents to get the pass issued.
Work Permit for Foreign Worker

Who is it for?

  • Semi-skilled foreign workers in the construction, manufacturing, marine, process or services sector is eligible for in Singapore.

Requirements

  • There is a quota and monthly levy for each worker.
  • Employers have to provide medical insurance.
  • The employer or EA has to submit an application for the pass.

Brief overview of application steps

  1. Obtain a written consent from the foreign worker to apply for the Work Permit.
  2. Application for the Work Permit has to be filled up and submitted along with the supporting documents on WP Online, where a payment of $30 is required for each application and its processing time takes approximately one week.
  3. After approval, the in-principle approval (IPA) will allow the foreign worker to enter Singapore.
  4. Before the worker arrives in Singapore, buy a security bond for non-Malaysian workers and buy medical insurance for the worker. Also, complete the Security Bond form.
  5. After the worker arrives in Singapore, register the worker’s residential address on the Online Foreign Workers Address Service (OFWAS), at least an hour before requesting for the pass to be issued.
  6. Within two weeks of the foreign worker’s arrival in Singapore, send the worker for a medical examination by a Singapore-registered doctor.
  7. If the company is a Malaysian or a foreign worker changing employer, the request for the pass has to be made on the date stated in the in-principle approval letter. If the worker is from other sources, the request has to be made after entering Singapore and within two weeks of arrival. The request has to be made on WP Online.
Work Permit Management