Singapore offers foreign workers various forms of work passes depending on their background. These work passes are issued and handled directly by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM). There are four types of schemes for foreign individuals wishing to be employed in Singapore –
- S Pass
- Personalized Employment Pass (PEP)
- The Employment Pass (EP)
- Entrepreneur Pass (Entre Pass)
The S Pass has strict regulations.
The S Pass is designed for mid-skilled company workers. Technicians, accountants, programmers, typically apply for the S Pass in Singapore. The employer shall apply for your S Pass online through company’s EPOL account with MOM. The number of S Pass holders a company can employ is capped according to its industry’s Dependency Ratio Ceiling (DRC). The documents you need to provide when you apply for an S Pass include –
- The S Pass Application Form – filled and notarized.
- A formal letter of declaration (justifying your identity and request)
- A copy of your passport’s ‘personal details’ page
- Marriage certificate (if any)
- The business profile of the company you plan to work for
- Copies of all educational certifications, transcripts, mark sheets, etc.
- Proof of professional experience.
- Letter of support from a Singaporean professional association or accreditation agency. For instance, a doctor will need to provide an official letter from the Singapore Medical Council, and lawyers will need an official letter from Singapore’s Legal Services Regulatory Authority.
The S Pass is a type of work visa designed for mid-level skilled workers employed by companies operating in Singapore. An application is assessed based on a point system with consideration for each of the following factors: salary, education qualifications, skills, job type and work experience. Here are the eligibility criteria for S Pass applicants –
- There are no nationality-based restrictions.
- Work experience in their respective field
- Have a degree, diploma, or technical certificate from accredited institutions.
- Guarantee a fixed once-a-month salary of no less than $2,400. Older, more skilled applicants have to cross higher monthly salary brackets.
- Family members can only apply if their pass holder earns at least $6,000 per month. They will apply for a Dependent’s Pass for their spouse and children.
The application process for S Passes is equally simple. Have your employer or a third party (with your letter of consent) to apply for your S Pass. The submission process of the pass costs $75/pass. After getting the pass issued, the issuance process costs $100/pass. The MOM processing time is three weeks and the concerned authority will inform your company when it is approved.
Here are the steps for applying for an S Pass –
- Provide a letter of consent to your employer/third-party member to apply for the pass. The letter should state your employment agreement.
- Your employer/agency fills out the S Pass Application Form online.
- Attach all the required documents (find a list of required documents on your S Pass Application Form)
- Pay the initial processing fee of $75.
- Receive the In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter. Have this letter delivered to you by the employer/third-party.
- Enter Singapore on a single-entry visa with the IPA.
- Follow the medical documentation guidelines mentioned in the IPA.
- Carry documents you’ll need to get your pass issued.
The S Pass has a validity of up to 2 years and is renewable as long as the pass holder remains employed in the company, subject to the prevailing conditions imposed by the authority at the time of renewal.
Applicants whose fixed monthly salary is at least S$6,000 may apply for Dependant’s Pass and/or Long-Term Visit Pass for their immediate family members.
S Pass holders are eligible to apply for Singapore Permanent Residency. Applicants are advised to wait for at least 3 years before applying for Permanent Residence.
The Singapore Skilled Workers Pass is different from PEPs, Entrepreneur Pass, etc. Application success rates for Skilled Worker or ‘S’ passes vary based on the industry. If you are looking for assistance to complete the legal formalities for your company’s employees, you can always consult with experts and let them handle the formalities.