Employment Pass (EP) is a type of work pass issued to foreign directors, professional employees, managers, and of Singapore companies. There is no levy / CPF for the Employment Pass holder but Employment Pass is normally issued for 1-2 years at a time and renewable thereafter. An Employment Pass enables the applicant to work, stay in Singapore & travel in and out of Singapore freely without applying for VISAs to enter Singapore.
Note: You can also choose to apply for EntrepreneurPass before you setup your company in Singapore. However Entrepreneur Pass Renewal Criteria is Much More Tougher to Achieve for Most Clients.
Application of Employment Pass Initial Processing Fees: S$500 (Non-Refundable Processing Fees) Approval Fees: S$400 (Upon Approval of Employment Pass,excludes Medical Checkup and MOM -Related Fees such as E-issuance Fees) MOM License: 06C3628
Singapore Employment Pass Criteria With effect of 1 July 2011, Employment Pass Applicants will need to draw a fixed salary of more than S$2,800 a month, a Bachelor's degree and above from a reputable university and have relevant professional experience. With effect of 1 July 2011, the salary threshold for the following employment passes would be:
P1 Pass: for applicants with a base salary of above S$8,000 a month.
P2 Pass: for applicants with a base salary between S$4,000 and S$8,000 a month.
Q1 Pass: for applicants with a base salary between S$2,800 and S$4,000 a month.
From 1 Jan 2012, the qualifying salary for the Q1 Pass will be increased from $2,800 to $3,000, together with a tightening of educational qualifications. The qualifying salary for the P2 Pass will be raised from $4,000 to $4,500. There will be no change in the qualifying salary for P1 Pass which remains at $8,000.
Passes for Family Members Employment Pass applicants may apply for the Dependant's Pass (DP) and/or Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) for their family members. The DP/LTVP application and supporting documents may be submitted together with the Employment Pass application or separately.
Dependent Pass Both P and Q1 Pass holders can apply for a Dependant Pass for their:
Unmarried or legally adopted children under 21 years old
Long Term Visit Pass P Pass holders can also apply for a Long Term Visit Pass for their:
Unmarried daughters above 21 years old
Handicapped children above 21 years old
Step-children under 21 years old
Parents and parents-in-law
Documents Required for Employment Pass The following documents are required for submission of Employment Pass visa application in Singapore:
Resume containing the applicant’s education details with period of education stated clearly (Example: From DD/MM/YYYY to DD/MM/YYYY format), work experience with period of work & salary stated clearly (Example: From DD/MM/YYYY to DD/MM/YYYY format)
If applicant is married, Passport copy of spouse & Marriage Certifcate is required (Translated to English if certificates is not in English)
Resume containing the applicant’s spouse education details with period of education stated clearly (Example: From DD/MM/YYYY to DD/MM/YYYY format), work experience with period of work & salary stated clearly (Example: From DD/MM/YYYY to DD/MM/YYYY format)
Copies of educational certificates and transcripts (Translated to English if certificates is not in English)
Previous employment testimonials (Translated to English if certificates is not in English)
Passport-size photograph taken within the past three months
Copy of personal particulars page of the applicant’s passport, pages with VISAs from any country endorsed
Business profile for the Singapore company (Paid-up Capital Minimum S$20,000, Furnish Bank Proof of S$20,000)
Detailed description of the duties to be performed by the applicant
Detailed description of activities and/or products of the company
Tenancy agreement of the place of business operations in Singapore (if any)
Approval of Employment Pass The fact is that not all Employment Pass applications can be approved as MOM takes into account the applicant’s qualifications, work experience, when approving or rejecting Employment Pass applications.
If the Employment Pass application is rejected, we will file an free 1 time employment pass appeal and the processing of an appeal application can take take another 4 - 5 weeks