A Guide to Employment Passes (EP) in Singapore

Our clients frequently ask us questions about Employment Passes for their employees in Singapore, especially the eligibility requirements which have changed due to tightening immigration laws. Our in-country experts are able provide us with updates on any changes in legislation in Singapore, so we’re able to advise our clients on how to file for and obtain an Employment Pass for their staff on assignment compliantly and accurately.

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Jul 18, 2018
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Our clients frequently ask us questions about Employment Passes for their employees in Singapore, especially the eligibility requirements which have changed due to tightening immigration laws.  Our in-country experts are able provide us with updates on any changes in legislation in Singapore, so we’re able to advise our clients on how to file for and obtain an Employment Pass for their staff on assignment compliantly and accurately.

Recently, one of our clients was seeking renewal of Employment Passes for two of their staff and asked for an overview of the entire process and chances of a renewal under the new EP criteria.

Types of Employment Passes in Singapore

All foreigners on assignment will need one of the available work passes in order to earn income in Singapore. Citizens and permanent residents do not need a work pass, but we ask that any resident employee provide evidence of this to our local employer of record to avoid any issues.

There are three types of passes that allow a foreigner to work in Singapore:

  • Employment Pass
  • S-Pass
  • Letter of Consent – (for spouses of current EP holders)

Eligibility Requirements

The eligibility requirements have been shifting as Singapore (like many developed economies) is restricting immigration and work permits to protect jobs for its own citizens.  Even renewals of an EP will require all the qualifications be met, although it may be easier to obtain a renewal than an initial EP.

Who Needs an Employment Pass?

The basic eligibility and qualifications for an EP are as follows:

  • The candidate has a job offer in Singapore
  • They have a managerial, executive or specialized position
  • They will earn a fixed monthly salary of at least S$3600 (a higher salary may be required more experienced professionals)
  • They meet the qualifications for an EP such as a university degree, professional qualification or specialized skills...read more

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Tim Burgess

Director, Shield GEO Services Ltd

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