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Singapore Employment Pass (EP)

Employment Pass (EP) in Singapore is issued to an employee of a foreign company having salary of more than sg$ 2500 and intend to work in Singapore.

Employment pass types comprise P passes and Q passes. Depending upon proposed salary and educational qualifications, EP comprises of P pass and Q pass is issued by Immigration and Check point authority of Singapore. P employment pass is intended for the highly skilled and generally issued to foreign nationals who hold university degrees and seek professional, administrative, executive or managerial jobs, or who are entrepreneurs or investors. Q employment pass is issued to those with a lower salary and who have evidence of "acceptable" degrees, professional qualification or specialist skills.

Holders of P and Q employment passes can work in Singapore and bring family with on the basis of dependent pass. Generally your employer will have to apply EP as a local sponsor. Eventually EP holder can apply for Singapore Permanent Residence.

An Employment Pass (EP) is attached to a specific employer. Any change of employer requires a fresh application.

Processing Time

The processing time for Singapore EP application or renewal is about 3-4 weeks from the date of receipt of the application. The approval letter for an EP is valid for six months from the date of the letter. A first-time applicant may be issued EP of up to two years which will be renewed each time for a period of 2-5 years.

The following documents are required to apply for EP application in Singapore:

  • duly completed and signed Form 8 (Application Form),
  • A copy each of all the applicant's educational and past employment testimonials
  • Passport-sized photograph of the applicant taken recently
  • Travel Document page showing the applicant's personal particulars
  • Applicant's Curriculum Resume
  • Past employment reference (if available)
  • For non-English certificates / documents, a copy each of the certificates / documents and the official English translation (certified by the respective Embassy) must be submitted together

Change of Employment

In case of change of employer in Singapore, the Employment Pass holder is needs to submit a new application which will be considered based on the merits of the case. Submission of new Singapore EP application under a different employer can be made without the cancellation of existing Employment Pass. However, once the new EP application is approved, the existing application has to be cancelled.

Termination of Employment

The Employment Pass needs to be cancelled upon cessation or termination of employment or attaining Singapore Permanent Residence. An Employment Pass holder should surrender the Pass for cancellation within seven days from the date of cessation or termination of his / her employment. A two-week social visit pass is normally issued upon cancellation.

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