Singapore Employment Pass – What is it

The Singapore Employment Pass is a visa issued to foreign entrepreneurs, shareholders, and managing directors in order to allow them to set up and personally manage their business in the country.

However, Employment Pass can also serve as a work visa given to supervisors and managers, "key employees," professionals, and workers with specialized skills.

For professionals and "key employees," these are the basic requirements for Singapore employment pass application:

– A fixed monthly salary rate of at least S$2,500

– A recognized college degree from a reputable school

– Professional qualifications

– Specialized skills and talents

– Several years of work-related experience

Aside from these four factors, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) also makes a decision based on the applicant's age, current citizenship, and his roles and responsibilities in a company.

Contrary to a popular belief, passing in the educational criteria does not automatically make a person eligible for EP. In fact, MOM makes an exception and gives this work visa to those applicants who have outstanding professional skills and qualifications even if they fall short in the educational criteria.

According to the agency, this visa has three categories which are primarily based on the applicants' fixed monthly salary rate:

– P1 Pass – this is issued to individuals who are earning a monthly salary rate of more than S$7,000.

– P2 Pass – this is given to foreign applicants who have a fixed monthly salary that ranges between S$3,500 and S$7,000.

– Q1 Pass – this is issued to individuals who have a monthly salary of not less than S$2,500.

There are cases in which MOM will reject applications that lack supporting documents. Fortunately, applicants can file for an appeal and provide the agency with additional records showing their eligibility for EP.

Generally, it will take more than three weeks before the agency can review the appeal.