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Employment Pass in Singapore

Singapore Employment Pass allows foreign professionals, managers and executives to work in Singapore.

EP (Employment Pass) applicant need to earn at least $3,600 a month and have acceptable qualifications.

 

Singapore Employment Pass

To obtain your Employment Pass in Singapore:

The Employment Pass (EP) is the main type of Singapore work visa issued to foreign professional employees, managers, and owners/directors of Singapore companies.

Employment Pass is normally issued for 1-2 years at a time and renewable thereafter. An EP visa enables one to work and live in Singapore and travel in and out of the country freely without having to apply for Singapore entry visas. This increases the ease of conducting business activities.

Possessing an EP allows one to apply for PR in Singapore.

 

 

Employment Pass (EP) Requirements in Singapore (Working Visa)

To be considered for an Employment Pass in Singapore, the foreign professional must have a fixed monthly salary of at least S$3,600 and possess one or more of the following:

  • Generally, a recognized Diploma/Degree qualification from a reputed university is expected.
  • Professional qualifications
  • Specialist skills
  • Work related experience

The Ministry of Manpower evaluates each applicant on the basis of individual merit. Other factors which also play a very important role are:

  • Salary of the applicant
  • Age of the applicant
  • Roles & responsibilities
  • Reputation of the company
  • Company paid up capital
  • Applicant’s current citizenship
  • Having a recognized educational qualification does not guarantee a successful EP application as the applicant is also required to satisfy other criteria such as relevant work experience and/or professional skills.

Similarly, an applicant who does not possess a recognized educational qualification may not necessarily be rejected for EP if he or she possesses other compensating factors.

Documents Required

We will need the following documents for submission of Employment Pass visa application in Singapore:

  • Resume or CV stating your educational and employment history
  • Copies of educational certificates and past employment testimonials
  • A copy of the personal particulars page of your passport
  • Photograph of the applicant

* Any documents that are not in English must be translated into English by an official translation service.

Employment Pass Procedures | To obtain your Employment Pass in Singapore

Procedure and Timeline

We submit all Employment Pass applications electronically to Ministry of Manpower

The process consists of the following steps:

  1. Update MOM for new incorporated company. (2 days)
  2. Fill up EP form (by Client)
  3. Check & Submit EP (By Authorized Paul Hype Page EP agent) (2 days)
  4. Approval application (within 7 days) – In-Principle Approval (IPA) /Medical check-up (if required)
  5. Card issuance (At Paul Hype Page office)
  6. Card registration at MOM office (if you are a new EP applicant)
  7. Card collection (At Paul Hype Page office)

Please note that timeframe for application procedure can vary, depending if MOM requires additional document or vetting of document.

 

Approval and Collection of Employment Pass

Once Employment pass is approved, Ministry of Manpower will issue an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter.

An IPA letter is valid for six months from the date of notification of approval.

After receiving the In-principle Approval notification, we will make arrangement for your EP card issuance.

You will be required to present:

  • A copy of the IPA letter Recently taken passport size photograph Original passport with the entry embarkation cards Medical exam report* (if the In-Principle Approval states that you require one)
  • Any other documents that are requested in the approval letter

* You can get a medical examination done in your own country through an established clinic/hospital or in Singapore. Most clinics in Singapore can provide medical examination and report within one or two working day.

Should you need to proceed to MOM for Card registration (for thumbprint and update photo shoot), we will assist you to book the appointment to MOM.

The EP card will be ready for your collection at our office after 4 working days.

Infographic-EP-IPA-Letter-Collection

For Employer that is NOT Registered in Singapore

How Does the Pass Operate Without a Local Employer?

If a potential employer isn’t registered in Singapore, he/she needs to find a sponsor in Singapore to make the necessary Employment Pass application. The sponsorship application can be made by visiting the SignPost branch office personally because you cannot make online application. This helps employees who are based internationally.

Other relevant information you might be interested in:
Company Incorporation in Singapore with Employment Pass

Employment Pass Application

Click here to start your Employment Pass application with Employment Pass Questionnaire

You may also use the Self Assessment Tool (SAT) to check the Employment Pass or S Pass eligibility of your candidate before you apply or appeal.

Employment Pass New Guideline 2017 (NEW)

From 1 January 2017, new EP applicants will have to earn a fixed monthly salary of $3,600 or more, depending on their qualifications and experience.

Older, more experienced applicants are expected to command higher salaries to qualify, in line with their work experience and skills sets.

Singapore-EP-application-new-guideline-2017

 

299 comments
farhan says:

Dear Sir,

I was visit in singapore before 20 days and i live in clark quay road east / west road near china town but now i m living in pakistan. I want a job in singapore so please provide the creiteria for obtain the employment pas. Please send us the all expenses included your fees.
i have visit visa.

Best regards
faran

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Farhan

An Employment Pass (EP) is a Singapore work visa issued to foreign professional employees, managers, and owners/directors of Singapore companies. An Employment Pass is normally issued for a period of one to 2 years, and is renewable.

You can Click on the link provided by Singapore MOM Website to do a Self Assessment for an Employment Pass:
Self Assessment Tool (SAT)

Feel free to contact us once you are ready to consider setting up your own business in Singapore.

Cheers
Paul

James says:

Dear Paul,

I currently have an EP with my company and earn 4300 per month. Due to the natural of my work at this company they have reduced my hours and now am only required to work weekends whilst retaining my full salary.
It it possible to apply for a second job in Singapore on this EP? So that I can work during the week for one company and the weekend for the other? The other factor is the other job that I want to apply for is in a different field of work. I have the qualifications to do both jobs.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear James,

You are only allow to work for the company whom applies the work pass for you.

Paul

Jonathan Tan Chee Jye says:

HI, i would like to ask because there are two companies hiring me. But the first company has applied the employment pass for me which is still pending for approval but now i found another company which i prefer more, so in this case, can the second company apply employment pass for me again? does it has any implication on two different companies apply ep for the same employee?

best regards,
Jonathan

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Jonathan,

If your application is still pending, chances are the 2nd company will not be able to put in the application for you as MOM will be able to detect that you have an application pending.

Hope this information helps you.

Cheers
Paul

Qian1215 says:

Hi Mr. Paul,

I have been working in Singapore for 1 year 7 months. Here is my first time to change job in Singapore. I got new company want to hiring me and new company applied spass for me since 27th September, till now the status still “pending, and outcomes maybe 2 months”. I will resign on 15th October.
What is the percentage for my approval spass?
Is it possible to get new Spass?

Thank you.
Regards,
Qian

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Qian,

MOM usually requires more time when there is a need to double check some documents you submitted. The company or employment agent can try calling MOM direct line to follow up and request for a chaser for your case.

Paul

Louis says:

Hi Paul,

I am facing identical issue as Jonathan Tan. Up to now, I have worked in Singapore for about 2 years, with an employment pass.

Recently there are two companies that offer to hire me. Last week I have signed the offer letter with the first company and MOM has approved the employment pass application which is still pending to be issued.

However I just receive an offer from another company that I prefer more. In this case, should I request the first company to withdraw the application before the second company can apply the employment pass for me? Kindly advise if the withdrawal of the first application will affect my profile with MOM as well as the next application.

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Louis,

As the first application is still pedning to be issued, you will need to ask them to withdraw the application, then another company can apply for your new employment pass.

Hope this will answers your question.

Cheers
Paul

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Sureshkumar,

Yes Singapore welcomes good experienced IT personal. You can check out Jobstreet or JobDB should you be interested to get employment.

You may also consider registering your own company and we are able to assist you incorporate with employment pass.

Looking forward to assist you.

Paul

Pratik Patel says:

Hello,

I am software engineer with 8 year of experience and currently working in india

I have 2year of singapore visa with multiple entry, now i am looking for job in singapore

Many of my relative lives in singapore,
Would you please suggest way to come there and worke there..

Thanks in advance

Pratik Patel
+919925221081

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Pretik,

You may want to consider setting up your own business in Singapore and apply for Employment pass. Do make an appointment with us should you be interested.

Eric

Lasmian says:

Dear Mr Paul,

Is it possible for me to apply S-Pass or EP. I am Indonesian and try S-Pass application before(Dec’15) & rejected by MoM. I am doing Mechanical Design Sir. Thks

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Lasmian,

To apply for employment pass, you must be eligible to apply for certain criteria such as minimum salary, etc. Could you please explain more about yourself and the company hiring you?

Thank you,
Paul

sathish says:

dear sir i have one question
agency will pay security amount each candidate for singapore empassy to employment pass

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Mr Sathish

The Employer is usually the one whom is to pay the security deposit (if required) for the staff. Depending on the different work pass, some pass don’t need Security Deposit.

Should you need any assist in EP application, do make an appointment with us.

Paul

Miranda says:

Hi, I am an Indonesian and currently working as an interior designer in Singapore. I have 4 years experience (all in sg). I obtained bachelor’s degree from Indonesia. I am currently an S pass holder, but my employer would like to apply EP for me. However, when I tried the Self-Assessment Tool, the result showed that I likely to get an S pass only. Does this SAT result show quite the same possibility as the application outcome? And could you advise on how to increase the possibility to get an EP application approved? Thanks a lot.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Miranda,

If you have an degree and working experience, the chances of EP should be good, however we will need more information from you to understand the whole situation before we can recommend the right approach.

Do make an appointment with us should your company be interested to engage our service for EP application.
Cheers
Paul

Yeap says:

Hi,

Good afternoon. I would like to ask that what is the difference between normal employment pass application and employment pass application for sponsorship case only. Thank you so much.

Regards,
Yeap

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Yeap,

Normal employment pass (“EP”) is for local company who would like to hire foreign talents to work with them with the conditions that their fixed monthly salary should be at least $3,300 (more experienced candidates need higher salaries) as well as possessing acceptable qualifications (preferably degree else diploma).

EP for sponsorship cases is slightly different, for instance, company A is a local company & company B is a foreign owned company. Both company A & B are planning on doing a project together that requires technical skills and knowledge. Hence, company A has to sponsor one of the staff from company B to come over to Singapore and teach/train the staffs in company A how to perform all the technical work in order to complete the project.

However, for more accurate answer, it’s best for you to clarify with MOM directly via their hotline at +65 6438 5122 (local callers). Their operating hours are:

Monday to Friday, 08:30AM to 05:30PM
Saturday, 08:30AM to 01:00PM (Excluding public holidays)

Hope the above helps.

Regards,
Paul

Mohamed says:

Hi,

I am currently under EP pass as a HR manager . I am planning to takeover a Minimart in Singapore which is running for 2 years. Can the company apply Ep for me. Is there any quota for it. It is a retail business. What are the options for it. What designation can I put for it.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Mohamed,

Yes, the company can apply EP for you however it will still be subject to MOM’s approval, no quota is needed for EP application. You need not cancel your existing EP first, you may do so once your new EP is approved by MOM. Quota is only needed for Work Permits & S Pass application.

You may book an appointment with our consultant via our “Contact” page for more details.

Cheers,
Paul

Nico Wu says:

Hi, I have applied for an EP for a newly hire about two months ago. While MoM has not given any definite answer about the application, they have been asking for a lot of additional information such as company business plan, copies of invoices and contracts for major clients, hiring projection, etc etc. As it doesn’t seem to be any definite answer in the horizon, should i be engaging a professional firm to take over the application so things will speed up a bit? (fyi, the applicant’s base salary is about 8000 SGD per month. he has about 9 years of related professional experience)

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Nico,

To be frank, MOM is getting more stringent in approving the EP application these days which is why they are requesting for additional information such as the company business plan, copies of invoices etc especially when the company is newly start-up as they would like to find out more about the business structure and whether if the company has the financial capability to hire a foreigner. I cannot guarantee you that if you engaged a professional firm, it will be a 100% approval or the application will speed up as at the end of the day it is still subject to MOM’s approval and how fast they response to your appointed agency. I would suggest you to consider to try and appeal with all the requested documents, you might be surprised with the outcome.

Good luck!

Regards,
Paul

Nico Wu says:

Dear Paul:

Thank you very much for taking the time to respond to my question. We are not actually a new start up company as it has been around since 2005. i have been the sole operator here at Singapore (so the company is not limited to advertise such position) but additional staff is needed as we expand the scope of our operation this year. It is nearly two months now since we applied and after over 150 pages of supporting documents sent to MoM, the application status still says “pending”. i have tried their hotline and online feedback but of course no reply at all.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Nico,

Understand you have sent some supporting documents to MOM, wondering if that is for appeal purpose? If that is the case, you will need to wait about 5 working weeks for the MOM officer to process your appeal.

Regards,
Paul

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Sathyakeerthy,

It would be better for you to contact MOM directly and provide them the FIN no. stated on your Employment Pass approval letter for verification of your doubts.

Operating hours –
Monday to Friday, 08:30AM to 05:30PM
Saturday, 08:30AM to 01:00PM
(Excluding public holidays)

Enquiries –
+65 6438 5122 (local callers)

Thank you.

Paul

Rams says:

Hi,
I’ve found the information on the site quite insightful and thank you so much for it. I’m an Indian and now I’m in Singapore on an EP. I would like to know if I can take up part time jobs in Singapore apart from my main job. To be more clear, I’m working with a company X as a Lead Business Analyst. Can I take up another weekend job either in the same field or just an odd job like teaching or anything?? Is it legal?
I don’t have any restrictions from the company though based on the offer letter that I signed. Just wanted to know if it’s legal to manage two jobs with EP. It’s just been couple of weeks I’m here and I don’t have a PR obviously.Awaiting your response.

Thanks in advance

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Rams,

It is illegal to have part time job even if your company allows as MOM don’t allow dual job and they take this very seriously. You may not want to take the risk of having your EP been revoked by MOM.

Regards,
Paul

Evelyn Ng says:

Hi there,

I’m interested in setting up a private limited company in Singapore and hereby are my scenario:-
1.There will be 2 shareholders, one is Malaysian and the other is Singaporean
2.Malaysian will be running the business (as executive director)

My questions is do the Malaysian (executive director) need to apply work permit for him to execute the business?

Hope to hear from you soon!

Thank you!

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Evelyn,

My question to you is, are the other Singaporean also going to act as the local director of the company because it is a mandatory requirement in Singapore to have 1 local resident director for company incorporation.

Secondly to answer your doubts, if the Malaysian director will not be residing in Singapore and will only act as the non-resident director of the company, he/she need not apply for work pass to execute the business.

Should you require any further clarifications, feel free to drop an email to us via the contact form on our website.

Regards,
Paul

Aman Kumar says:

Hi Team,

I am currently holding Employment pass and working for shipping organization. But interested to do some online marketing too.. Does it have any impact on my EP?

Kindly advise me and will look forward for your suggestion

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Aman,

You can only work with the company that applies the work pass for you, it is illegal to do any other part-time job.

However for your information, if you apply for PEP – Personalised Employment Pass is for high-earning Employment Pass holders and overseas foreign professionals. It is not tied to an employer and offers greater flexibility than an Employment Pass which allows you to have multiple jobs.

Paul

Tami says:

Hi,

I’m an EP holder working full time for company A. Can I participate as director and shareholder of a new company B and still work for company A ? Many thanks, Tami

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Tami,

Yes, you are allow to act as a Director and shareholder for another company. However please remember that you can only work in the company that aplys the EP pass for you. (In your case, you are not allow to work in Company B but you can act as director for them).

Paul

Anne says:

Dear Sir,

Company A – current employer
Company B – new employer

Company B had asked me to work for them immediately after the approval of the pass- but company A have not cancelled my work pass under them. Am I allowed to start work for Company B in this situation.

Thanks a lot for your help!

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Anne,

Your new company wont be able to issue you a new pass unless your old pass is cancelled. You should only start work with the new company after your new pass is issued to you.

yours
Paul

Ayn says:

I recently got married to a Singaporean but I’m currently based here in the Philippines. I would like to find a work there so I could be with him longer and possibly start a family. I tried the Self-Assessment and I was qualified for either an Employment Pass or an S Pass. However, it says I can only be eligible for the S Pass if I earned $2,200 a month or Employment Pass if I earned $3,300. Although I am employed in an IT company as a Business Analyst for almost 2 years, my salary is below that criteria and I don’t think I will be able to earn that much even if I stay in this company for a lifetime :) Is it really a must for me to comply with the financial criteria?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Ayn
Yes the min pay criteria must apply in order to apply for Spass or EP pass. If you intend to work in Singapore and are earning a basic monthly salary of $2,200 or less, you can apply consider applying for a Work Permit.

Another option you can consider is to start your own company so you can apply for employment pass and your husband can be your company director as he is a Singaporean.

Let us know should you need more information.

yours
Paul

Honey Tun says:

Dear Paul,
Last year by this time I applied 2 times for EP pass with agencies. Both times got rejected because that agencies cheated people money. They just made fake interview and said pass then they took money 950 for keyin. But they don’t really have any job. Then make some trick to get a rejected.
Last week I got a job and the company applied pass for me. When they applied from online there has three option. 1. EP/SP 2. EP only 3.SP only. Then they choose EP/SP. Yesterday I got rejected and mom site shows S pass (Rejected). I am a degree holder, have two diploma also. I studies at Singapore for one and have years. So I thought I will get S pass. Might be the company don’t have quota. Then the company appeal for me EP pass. Before they appeal the took the self assignment tool and they said i was passed.
So my pass abit complicated. There has any good chance to get my EP pass approved?
Company applied for my occupation is Senior Graphic Designer. and salary is 4800 $. I had 4 years experience at my country but I don’t have experience in SG. Please reply me asap. My social visit pass till 19th of September 2015. So can i have a chance to get appeal result before finish my visa. Thank you.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Honey,
There are many factors to MOM consideration for work pass, thus we wont be able to give you a full analysis unless we know more about the company. Appeal may takes about 7 to 60 days depending if MOM needs to verify your document with external parties. It will be helpful if your company use a good employment agency to assist in applying the pass for you.

We charge S$800 per EP/SP pass application with an experience employment agency. Do let us know if you need our services.

Best Regards
Paul

Yanson says:

Hi Paul,

Good day. Would like to consult you 2 questions.
First, I’m currently an EP holder, but one of the criteria for EP is to have a minimum fixed month salary of $3,300, which doesn’t reflect on my current condition, so i would like to know is it an illegal practice in my company?
Second, as an EP holder is it legal if I take up any part time jobs outside of Singapore, for instance in Malaysia?

Thanks in advance!

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Yanson,

Only eligible candidates will be considered for an Employment Pass. Criteria include a minimum salary of $3,300, thus, YES you should have a minimum salary of S$3,300 in order to obtain an EP.

EP holder can work oversea, however you will have to apply to Malaysia law for Malaysia work pass.

Paul

janahiraman says:

Hello sir

This is janahiraman from India, i have completed my mca degree. I like to work in Singapore as well as study. Please tell me the procedure or possible way. Waiting for your reply ..

Thank you

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Janahiraman,

If you are on study visa, you wont be able to work. It will be better if you look for a job in Singapore first, get your employer to apply work pass for you then you take up your study as part-time. You can check out Jobstreet and JobDB for opportunities.
Another way is to consider starting a business in Singapore and setup your own company.
Do contact us should you be ready to start your own company in Singapore.
Cheers
Paul

Sha says:

Hi. What does it mean when a recruiter asks if I need a sponsorship in applying for an employment pass? Can I apply for an employment pass without sponsorship? Thanks

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Sha,
If you are an overseas employer that does not have a registered office in Singapore, you will need to get a Singapore-registered company to act as a local sponsor and apply on your behalf.
In another word, You can apply for EP (employment pass without sponsorship) if you have a Singapore company.

At Paul Hype Page, we provide employment pass application and company incorporation to corporate secretary services, let us know if you need our assistance.

Paul

Gideon says:

Hi Paul,

I have a master degree and 1 year of relevant working experience and I got a job offer in Singapore that pays 3,300, and the company is applying Employment pass for me. Just wondering, if the chances are better at getting S Pass (min. 2,200) as compared to the bare minimum of Employment pass? Do advise.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Gideon,

It depends if the company has quota for Spass and also there is a government levy fee that they will have to pay for Spass monthly. Should your company engage an experience employment agency to apply the pass for you, chances might be better.

At Paul Hype Page & Co. we liaise directly with our in-house employment agent, whom has a very good track record of success EP cases. Please do book an appointment with us should you need our help.

Cheers
Paul

Gideon says:

Thank you Paul for the reply. I have other concerns:

1. Is it difficult to get Employment Pass with exact minimum salary offer (3,300SGD)? Considering I have a master degree and 1 year of relevant working experience. P/S I did the self-assessment tool (SAT) and result shown that I am likely to be eligible for either Employment Pass or S pass.

2. How about applying Employment Pass with job that offers 3,000 to 3,200 SGD which is below the minimum base salary sets by MOM? Is it even possible to get Employment Pass?

SPD says:

Dear Paul,

Hope you can guide me, I am in a slightly complicated situation.

I had to leave my job due to some restructuring in the company. While on the notice period I got a job and my new employer applied for my EP which got rejected on 27 Aug and the reason given was that “my salary does not commensurate my credentials, please look for another candidate”. It is a small team in Singapore and this is the first time they applied for EP. So now my employer is not sure if we should make an appeal (which may take longer time) or proceed with a fresh application through a consultant. please advise on this.

Also I have got another job opportunity from a well known MNC, I had my interview with this company in June but for some reason they had kept the role on hold and now they have made an offer to me. My consultant says, getting EP for this MNC is not a problem. But for me, I don’t want to say No to any of the employer at the moment. So my second question is, if it is alright that both the employers apply for my EP at the same time (my consultant says we can)? Can this be a reason for MOM to reject both the application? Also since my previous application was rejected, will it have any influence on my new application?

Fyi, My EP was cancelled yesterday and now I am on a social visit pass for a month.

Thanks in advance.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Pdsouza,

You won’t be able to apply for Two EP with Two different company at the same time. You may hold an EP while applying for another EP with another company. (hope I didn’t confuse you). Should you have sufficient supporting documents for your appeal, it will be advisable to apply for the appeal instead of a new application.

We are able to assist you in your Employment pass application. Do make an appointment with our EP specialist so we can further advise you.

Paul

Niki says:

Hi,

I am new to Singapore and recently got a job with an Employment Pass. Next month my probation period will be over. So if my employer fire me at the end of the probation period what is the process?
What will happen to the EP?
What is the maximum period I can stay in Singapore until I get another job?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Niki,

Should you be no longer working for the company, your pass will be cancelled.
Upon cancellation of your EP, you can apply for a 30 days temporary pass* (pending on terms and condition) .

Regards
Paul

MONICA says:

Dear Paul,

I had completed my Bachelor of Degree in Accounting. I would like to know if EP had any quota or limitation? As I had got an offer from Co A but when they applied for the pass, I was rejected, the Co told me is because the MOM told them their quota is full.

Therefore, I took the offer of Co B and currently they are working on the EP application. However, after 3 weeks I still hard to get a response from the Co as they told me the MOM has keep asking for more information on my application. What is this mean or why is this situation happening? Is it affected by my first application by Co A?

Regards,
Monica

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Monica

There is no quota for Employment pass. Further, it true that MOM is getting more strict on the requirements hence requiring for more documents is normal.

Eric from Paul Hype Page & Co

piky says:

Hi, good day to you. I would like to consult 2 questions.

In the middle of August, i received an job offer from Company A. They submitted my application to MOM.Yet, after 3 days, HR informed me that management would like to hold on the hiring. Therefore, they withdraw my application.

Last week, Company B offered me a job, i accepted and proceed on EP application as well. Result showed Approved. However, on the same day, Company C offer me a better job which I prefer most. Due to this, Im very confused and worried that how if i make wrong decision.

1. Im really prefer Company C. If I cancel my application from Company B, will it be effort on my application in Company C?

2. How should I reject Company B so that they will state neutral reason for withdrawal.

Thanks.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Piky

1) Co B has to withdraw the EP application then Co C can apply EP for you. There is no guarantee it be successful.

2) You should tell Co B the truth that you prefer Co C.

Eric from Paul Hype Pafe & Co

Mikey says:

Dear paul,

I came here in sg last august 09 and I have my social visit pass for 30 days luckily i got a job offer. The agency told me that they are one who will apply for my EP. So after my training for 1day they do process for my EP. They send to me my mom application no. On sept. 07. But i do check my status last sep. 29. I was rejected by mom. The new company who hire me was operated or established last july 2015. They offer me 3,300$ for the monthly basic salary and the position for CSR. I am bachelor degree graduate and work experienced for 8 years as VIP SERVICES HOST (CSR). The agency called or asking me if it is ok with me to change for another employer bec. My previous application was rejected. I said yes it’s ok. But the employer texted me that they will reappeal my ep application and they will request to the agency.

Is that ok if they will reappeal my previous EP application and got my new employer and apply for new EP application?

Can you give some advice why my ep application rejected by MOM?

Thanks!

-mikey

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Mikey,

You seems to meet the criteria of EP application, however we are not able to advise unless we have full information. There are many other factors MOM may look into apart from your education, pay amount, work experience and also the background of the company applying the permit.

You wont be able to apply for a new EP if you have a existing pending appeal going on.

Hope this helps.

Good luck
Paul

Tan says:

Hi Paul. I have 7 years core experience in Customer Service Industry as a Support executive and I am searching for a job in Singapore. I would be glad to know of any reputed employment agencies that can assist me in seeking a job in the same field in Singapore. I am from India. Also would want to know about starting my own business in support services in Singapore with just one local singaporian staff and myself. Do I necessarily need a local singpaore director to be part of my business and how much do I need to pay him monthly? Hoping to hear from you on this. Thank you.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Tan

To start a Singapore Company, you need to have at least one local resident director (EP holder, PR or Citizen)
The amount to pay him is a commercial agreement between you and the local director. Thee is no restriction or rule.

Eric from Paul Hype Page & Co

varun sharma says:

Hello sir, i would like to knw that i was holding a EP for 4 yrs in singapore nd my salary was 4500$ bt few months back my ep can nt renew cz of some company issuse so now my company wanted to apply for me a s pass bt the thing is on s pass my salry is shown 2400$ only nd designation also change so i want to knw that is it will effect on my s pass i mean there is a chance to reject my s pass now i m on social visit

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Sharma,

The S Pass allows mid-level skilled staff to work in Singapore. Candidates need to earn at least $2,200 a month and have the relevant qualifications and work experience.

The number of S Pass holders your company can hire is limited by a quota. And your company must also pay a monthly levy for the Spass holder.

Should all these eligibility criteria is met, there should not be an issue with your pass.

Paul

Arockiajustin says:

Hello sir… I am justin… I am came to Singapore as a tourist for trying to get job in Singapore.. I was tried a consultancy.. That consultancy offer me a job.. I am degree holder with 1 year experience in India.. They applied me employment pass on 22.09.2015. But still my employment pass is pending… I am just frustrated.. I will contact to consultancy.. But they said it’s upon mom decision… Now what should I do…? Will you help me to handle this problem… I want to know how many days it will take to approval… My visa is going to end just 18 days.. I am so confused.. Could you help me to solve this problem

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Justin,

MOM may be venting your documents thus required more time, the usual respond time is 7 days but it may also take up to 2 months should they need more information and checking of the documents.
As you already have an agent applying this for you, we wont be able to assist for now. Should you need to reapply, we will be able to help.
Good luck!
Paul

Sharon says:

How is the visa application via an agency like yours different than directly applying by the company?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Sharon

We have a higher success rate as we are experience in dealing with employment pass appeal and application.

Eric from Paul Hype Page

Andrew says:

Dear Paul,

I am a Canadian citizen that has been living in Singapore for the past 18 years, I just managed to get an Employment Pass in May and I am considering applying for a PR here in Singapore. I understand that I will be applying under the Employment Pass, therefore does that mean my sponsor is the director of the company I currently work in? Also, with my employment pass, how long can i return to Canada for before they cancel my employment pass?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Andrew

1) The sponsor of your employment pass is the company and not the director of the company.

2) there is no statutory law stating maximum days you can away from Singapore before MOM cancel it.

Eric from Paul Hype Page & Co

Tan says:

Hi. I am from India. Also would want to know about starting my own business in support services in Singapore with just one local singaporian staff and myself. Do I necessarily need a local singpaore director to be part of my business and how much do I need to pay him monthly? Hoping to hear from you on this. Thank you.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Tan

You will need a local resident director and as for fee there is no fixed or minimum amount. It will be an agreement bwtween yourself and him.

Eric From Paul Hype Page & Co

JENNY says:

Hello,
I am a computer science engineer and have been in Singapore for the last two years during which i completed my masters in business here from a recognised university .After my study,i was on LTVP .I then took on a job which allowed me an S Pass but it did not quite pan out and i decided to quit the job as it was unfortunately ,a terrible experience for me .I understand that once i have handed in my resignation letter,i will then be allowed a 30 day short term pass .I am aware that it would be a difficult task to secure a job within a month,i was hoping atleast for 3 months .Is it possible to apply for an extension or exit the country for a few days and then come back ?I would value any advice in the matter.
Thank you

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Jenny,

Unfortunately you wont be able to extend your short term pass. You will have to exit the country and come in again with visitor pass.
You may also want to consider setting up your own company and applying your own EP? Do book an appointment with us should you be interested to incorporate your own company.

Cheers
Paul

JAIDEEP says:

Hi,

I hold a Ltd company in India – Citi Sportz International Ltd, which has tow wings – 1) Manufacturing of Fashionwear and 2) Business Solution consulting…Can i start a subsidiary company in Singapore and what is the minimum investment involved? Can the company generate an Employment Pass for director once the company is formed?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Jaideep

You can start a subsidiary in Singapore with $2 paid up capital. There is zero local staff quota for applying for an employment pass. However, please note that as there is a corporate shareholder then it need to be audit annually which will increase your compliance cost. Therefore, it is better to open a related company where there is common directors and shareholders.

Eric from Paul Hype Page & Co

Daryl mb says:

My EP got rejected and in order to address the issue, mom asking for my iras, 3 months payslip (from the previous employer) and personal bank statements. What is this for? Also, when will I get the appeal status when company say that they “re submitted and waiting for their reply”? Can you explain ? Also the status online still rejected and not pending at all. Thanks Paul.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Daryl

Mom is still assessing your Employment Pass Visa application and like to refer to your past records to verify the information provided by you.
Don’t worry the status is showing rejected even through they are reviewing your case.

Eric from Paul Hype Page & Co

Caroline says:

Hi, I am an Indonesian and will be graduating from University of Melbourne this coming December. I have been planning to set up a company with my Singaporean friend. Will I be eligible for an employment pass for my startup company?

Thank you

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Caroline,

There are a few criteria to Employment pass, your educational background will definitely helps. MOM will also look at your working experience, pay range as well as the company background. My colleague will email you more information about applying for employment pass as well as our “all in one package” that helps you incorporate your company as well as arranging your work pass so you save time and effort to have it done all in one place.

Cheers
Paul

Lisa says:

Hi, I am on a Dependant pass to an Employment pass holder. When applying for jobs online, I frequently face this question “Do you require work authorization to work in the country of origin for this position”…with a “Yes” or “No” option. I want to know what should be the reply. Is it a “Yes” or a “No” though I know that DP are allowed to work if their family members are Employment Pass holders (EP) and if they have secured a job and the employer is willing to apply for a Letter of Consent on their behalf. But there is no option to provide all these details.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Lisa,

I will suggest that the answer should be yes as your employing company will still need to apply via MOM for Letter of Consent.

Paul

Rana says:

Dear Mr. Paul & Eric,

I have resigned from my past employer last month. Now the another company A applied for me s pass and it was rejected few days ago and they appeal for the s pass again last week. But i have got an another job offer from company B and i prefer the company B. I’ve requested company A to withdraw the appeal and i told them the reason that i need to go back my home country for some problem in my family. But i don’t need to go home right now. In this case can the company B apply for me S pass? will it be approved if i don’t go back my home country?Also i’ve checked MOM that the appeal not yet withdrawn by company A. My sort term visit pass also going to expire soon. can you please suggest me.
Thank you

ramesh says:

Hi paul. I am working in sg for 5 month in EP.my company mentioned my salary S$5000 in my EP application.but they pay me only S$2000 per month by cash (till they dont open for me any bank account so that there is no bank transaction of my salary).Every month they get my sign in the salary slip as S$5000 and get my sign in the blank salary slip too.what will i have to do to claim my full salary.i am awaiting for ur reply.plz reply me.

Sreedhar says:

Hi sir, I completed my engineering graduate in mechanical. Present I am working on work permit in shipyard.before interview time in India my agent say give me s pass but after coming here I understand they apply work permit. Then I ask agent what is this u told me s pass salary is 1$1800 job profile is office administrater ,after coming here he gave me QC position on salary $2.80 per hour.I ask give me back my passport want to go back India he says now u canot after sixmonths only can go first work here one year then apply s pass I compromise and working after one year I ask again he say if u no interest u cango back I shocked, after my seniors say OK anyho come here work one more year and try some other companies. next march 31st my permit finish, before that I want job in front office manager r executive bcz I have 13yrs exp on that. Can u help me from this criteria? What I do what I no do no understand?

Henry says:

I am PR and I wish to open a private limited company with a spass holder is it possible? and after that he wish to stay in singapore and work for our company here. We knew the entry pass but it is not easy to get , any advise?

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Henry,

S pass holder can not be a director or shareholder of the company, however, if he/she holds an acceptable qualifications, usually a good university degree, professional qualifications or specialist skills, you can consider apply for EP for him/her so then he can be add on as a director thereafter.

Do make an appointment with our incorporation team so we can assist you from setting up the company to applying for work pass all in one go.

Regards
Paul

TY says:

Hi there,

I am currently an EP holder under the subsidiary company of our head office based outside of Singapore. However i am formally hired by the head office and my salary is being issued in Malaysia (where the head office is). I oversee the operations of the subsidiary in singapore and constantly travel back and forth between the head office and here. My question is, being an EP holder, can my salary be issued out of Singapore? Also if i stay less than 183 days in Singapore, do I pay tax in Singapore. Am currently paying taxes in Malaysia already because my salary is being issued in Malaysia. If i were to be taxed here it would be double taxation. Would really be keen to hear your views. Thank you

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear TY,
Just for your information and refers (may not answer your qtn directly as other facts maybe taken into consideration. :
As a Non-Residents (Less than 183 Days), You will only be taxed on all income earned in Singapore, as long as you don’t receive your income in Singapore, you wont be tax.
But this rule does not apply if You are a director of a company, a public entertainer or a professional in Singapore; or Your absences from Singapore are incidental to your Singapore employment. In this case, your total income (including income for services rendered outside Singapore) is taxable in full in Singapore.

We will still need more information in-order to give you the most accurate advise.

Paul

Kim Poulsen says:

Hi, I am a Danish citizen who has been working in Asia for various companies during the last 10 years. I have now been offered a job by a European company where I will mainly do consultancy and start-up of production equipment throughout the APAC region.
For tax reasons and also to obtain a more permanent address in the region I am interested in looking into the possibility of setting up a one man company and obtain PE in Singapore.
As I will be able to bill the European company from day one for more than $5.000 per month I would like to know if this would be a feasible construction and what kind of tax I would be eligible to. I am a Technical Engineer (Batchelor) and have more than 30 years of work experience in Europe and Asia.
Thank you.

Nic says:

Hello I worked in singapore for 8 mos this year then I found a new job with an agency and they applied for my pass and it is rejected after 1 month. I dont want them to re appeal my pass because im looking for a new agency. Can the new agency apply for my pass even though the latest employer os rejected? Or do I need to ask the employer first to withdraw the application even though its rejected? Thank you.

-nic

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Nic,

We will need to understand more about your application before we can advise you. Please book an appointment to meet our EP specialist!
Paul

Casy says:

I am a foreign national and am an existing shareholder of Company A (registered in Singapore). However, this company is not really active and does not have any profit. It is still live but barely operational. My question is, can Company B (another Singapore-registered company) hire me and apply for an S/EP for me regardless my being a shareholder with Company B? Note that I am not a director and am not holding any passes for Company A.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Casy,

Yes if based on your above case (and no other issues), Company B should be able to hire you and apply for work pass.

Paul

Mae GB says:

Hi, What claim do I get if i rescind a job offer after my work visa has been rejected (EP). I resigned from my prev company provided that my initial EP was successful but later on they withdrawn the EP and re-apply to new company (without informing me) since the company legally split and now they are in sepRate entity. I am unemployed and could not take to wait for another weeks and months while they try to appeal 2nd time with no assurance to get it approved. Hope to hear advise from you, thanks a lot. Mmae

JSGOH says:

Hi, I am Malaysian that just get offer from SG company, they helped me to apply the EP but unfortunately it was rejected because my highest qualification was not match with the position.

My highest qualification is MBA while position applied is Mechanical Designer, I am a diploma and degree holder in Mechanical Engineering and been worked as designer for the past 6 years. Is there any chance to appeal with my past qualification degree?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear JSGOH,

It really depends on what’s the detail reasons for the rejection which your agent should be able to represent you to call and find out more. Your qualification seems to meet the criteria of EP, however, we will need more information about the applying company and your previous working experience to give you better advise. Should you require our EP service for your appeal, pls contact us and book an appointment with our EP specialist.
Cheers
Paul

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Jose says:

Hi There,

I’m Jose and is currently working in Singapore since 2010 with an Employment Pass. I’m greatly considering to incorporate a company and invest here in Singapore.

What is the likelihood of myself to get a valid Visa that will allow me to stay in Singapore and manage a newly incorporated company? Can you briefly give me an idea of the costs that are associated and most likely be incurred with this career move? Any initial steps that I need to take into consideration?

Thank you.

BR,
JB

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Jose,
The recommended solution for you will be to incorporate with employment pass. Book an appointment with my consultant and we will be able to assist you to on your company setup to applying of work pass as well as meeting all corporate secretary requirements.
Looking forward to meet you.
Paul

eeling says:

Hi Paul,

I am malaysian and intend set up incorporate co in sg. As google info, set up a incorporate co need PR or citizen or EP holders and 1 foreign shareholders. If we use your nominee director, do we need contribute CPF for him? and then the charges we paid nominee director can consider director fees? Director fees no need contribute CPF.
Pls advise.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Eeling,
It depends what other license and work pass you need for your company. Do drop us your contact via contact us and our incorporation team will get in touch with you for more details.
Cheers
Paul

Nilam says:

Hi,
I am holding EP, i received an offer letter with more then 50% increase from my current salary.
Now my new ep application is been rejected stating that employee will get big jump in salary, try to see some local talents.
Now what should i give in appeal to get it approved?

Thanks in advance.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Nilam,

You can appeal with a letter from your company explaining why you are important to the company and how you can contribute to the company. Good reference letter from your past job and experience relevant to your new company operation will be a good additional point to work on.

Good Luck!
Paul

Rajiv says:

Hi Paul,

My current employer renewed my EP in Oct 2015 with the fixed salary of $4800 for next 24 months. But from Jan 2016 onwards, they have revised my salary to $5100 and every month they are paying me the same. Now I am planning for my marriage and bring my spouse to Singapore in Dp. So am I eligible to apply DP for my spouse or not? If yes, what is the procedure for me and for my employer? If not, what is the solution?
Bcoz from 1 Sep 2015, MOM have revised the Dp eligible salary to $5000.

Thanks!!!

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Rajiv,

You will have to update MOM on your current pay before applying DP for your family.

We will be happy to assist you. Please contact us.

Paul

Franky Vij says:

Hi Paul,

I am currently a working professional in Singapore on EP. I would greatly appreciate if you could let me know if it is legal for me to pursue my passion of singing and join some local band and earn through gigs?

If not, is it legal to join a band and not earn at all – like in the case of charity?

Thanks a lot,

Best,
Franky

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Franky,

As a EP holder, you are only allow to work for the company that applies the EP for you.

Hope this helps
Paul

ashish_24 says:

Hi Paul,

Sorry I missed to add here, I am on Short Term visit pass now.

Amber says:

Hi Paul,

Would like to know is it possible to apply another spass application while you have pending appeal ep application?And also what to do if the employer doesnt want to withdraw the ep appeal.. Thanks

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Amber,
You can only have one application at a time, thus until you have the result of EP application, then you can proceed to another application.

Yours
Paul

Bruno says:

Hi Paul,
I am currently working for company A, on EP.
I am considering registering a new company B in Singapore, and be the ordinary resident director, while keeping my job with company A.

I understand that dual employment is not allowed for EP. But how about just being a director and the shareholder (having no “working” responsibility in this new company)?
If I understand correctly you confirmed to TAMI (above) that it is possible. However MOM confirmed to me that I cannot be a director in an other company (B) while under EP for company A. I am very confused.

Can you help me ?

Many thanks,

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Bruno,

We will need more information before we can advise you correctly for your case. Do drop us an email for more information.
Thanks
Paul

Anjan says:

Hi, I’m in Singapore in EP and got a new job. My new employer applied for my DP on 29Feb. The Date of application shows as 3Mar. Today being 11Mar, the status is still pending. It’s more than 7 business days! What could be the possible reason for the delay? Is it common for everyone at this time of the year or Is it unique to my case?

Anjan says:

it’s 16th Mar and the status is still ‘Pending’. Can someone please help me with this?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Anjan,

Pls drop us an email and our CS will assist you.

Yours
Paul

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Anjan,

Yes due to the recent increase of work pass application, it is common for MOM to delay in reply.

Paul

Loknath says:

Hi Paul,

My employer has applied for EP 3 weeks back, but still it is in Pending status. when i checked with my employer they are telling some cases will take long time, but some of my colleagues have got it in 3 to 4 days last week.

Not sure why it is happening in my case. i am suspecting my employer appealed,
what will be the status in EPONLINE website if my employer appealed?
also can you help in what cases it gets delayed.

Please help.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Loknath

Yes if it is under appeal, it will show on EP online. However as there are an increase of applications, it might just take more than 3 weeks for MOM to revert back to you.

Paul

Amandeep Singh says:

Hi Paul sir
My name is Amandeep Singh I am from india sir I want apply epass In Singapore but I no idea I study in Singapore I get diploma And I get training pass also so plz can you tell me I can apply epass ?
Thanks sir

Min says:

Hi Paul,

I am currently an EP holder in company A. Recently I went for an interview and company B offer me to work with them. May I ask, is it possible for company B to submit EP application for me while I am still working with company A? Or I need to resign from company A and got my old EP cancelled only company B can proceed with the application?

Please help. Thanks.

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Jasmin,

Yes Company B can apply for EP for you first, only upon approval, before they can issue the card to you, you will have to cancel your existing EP card in order to issue the new EP card.

Good Luck!
Paul

Nixon says:

Hi Paul,

I am an S pass holder. I have this situation and I need you to help me answer this question:

– I previously worked in Company A but then I was not confirmed in 3 months by the company. So they gave me 2 weeks notice to search a new job, fortunately I have found a new job and hired by Company B as well as my S pass got approved by the MOM. But then after 4 days of working in Company B, the Company A called me over phone that they have changed their mind and want me to join back again to work in their company. So then I accepted their offer as I prefer to work with Company A. What will be the effect of this application in MOM since I previously worked in Company A, is it possible to be acceptable and be successful again since I already have my pass in Company B?

.. And lastly what should I tell to Company B?

Thank you,
Nixon

SC says:

Hi,

Is there a max period to EP? I have my EP renewed once, so when i finishes this round, it will be 4 years in Singapore. If i qualified, can i keep renewing or is there a limit? Understand that it some countries, foreigners are only able to stay for a certain period only (e.g. 8 years max).

Thanks

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear SC,

There is no limit to renew EP as long as the company and yourself meet the criteria and acceptable qualifications for Employment pass.

Paul

Hi Mr. Paul,

This is Ajay . I am an indian citizen and living in Malaysia since last ten years. I am running my own business here and also started a company in Singapore last year July.

Now, I would like to apply for EP there as I may be travelling there frequently for expansion of my business. I am an electrical Engineer passed from recognised university of India.

Kindly let me know the details and procedure.

Thanks and Regards.
Ajay.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Ajay,

Yes, we have assisted many clients to obtain their employment pass in Singapore. Do make an appointment to meet up with my consultant so they can assit you with more details. We have office in both Singapore and Malaysia.

Paul

Jessica Jalang says:

Dear sir,

I would just like to ask some help. Im new here in Singapore. One company applied me IPA and it was approved but they have not issued yet and then another company offer me job whick I prefer most, can the new company apply me for new IPA?

Thank you hoping for response

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Jessica,

You will need to cancel the IPA before another company can put in a new application for you. Do note that during this period of in between IPA, you must have a valid visa to stay in Singapore or there will be penalty for overstay.

Paul

WenD says:

Hi Paul,

I have been in sg for 3weeks, i get a job offer and now my social visit pass expires soon. My application just get approved by MOM. so do i need to go back my country first or i can go for extension? please kindly advice me. Thanks.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear WenD,

Once you issue your work pass card, you will get an extension for staying in Singapore before you get the actual Singapore workpass card.

Paul

Min says:

Hi Paul,

I am a EP holder at company A. I got a better job offer and company B submitted EP application last Monday 18/4, but till now the it is still in pending status. May I know usually how many days it takes to process the application? My ex colleagues who has also changed their job told me they got their new EP application approved very fast, all takes 4-5 days only, but mine already 1 week. May I know what’s wrong with my situation?

Prasath says:

I am working with company A on Spass, I got an offer with company B through an employment agency for Epass. my contract is under the employment agency, ill be working for another company.

1 ) the day I signed the contract they told me to resign from company A, I told them ill only resign after MOM approves my PASS. was I right ?

2) I have a 2 month notice period, will this affect my pass issuance for the new job.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Prasath,
Once your pass is cancelled, you will have to leave Singapore unless they grant you a 30 days extension visa.

For employment pass, once approved, they allow up to 3 months time frame for new EP card issuance.

Thus it will be wise to discuss in details with your new company before you action.

Hope these information helps.
Cheers
Paul

Vivek says:

Hi Paul,
I am EP holder of company A and recently got offer of company B. I have signed offer letter of company B and also applied EP, currently EP status is showing in pending , now in meantime I got good offer from other company C, now can it possible to take offer of Company C? Or is there any problem to hold any existing offer? Also can it possible that two employer can apply EPs?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Vivek,

Your new company will not be able to apply EP for you while you have a existing EP application on pending.
hope this information helps .
Paul

ngohaian says:

I have been Sg for studied and working hold spass last year.But Coz I want do my own business that why I resigned when contract only 1 year
The company registered and sponsor by my business partner, she is singaporean
In this case should I aply for EP ?
If have please let me know how much do you charge for application process?
thank you

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Ng,
Your company will be able to save on Spass levy should you be able to meet Employment pass criteria include a minimum salary of $3,300 and acceptable qualifications.

At PHP, we have a dedicated group of EP consultant whom will be able to assist you on a hassle free EP application.

Do drop us an email to find out more.

Paul

Min says:

Hi,

I have resigned from my previous company last month. I was on EP previously.
I got a new job offer from another company now. They have helped to apply EP and S pass but all were rejected. The reason of rejected is this candidate is not eligible for a work pass. Please look for another candidate. May I know what does this mean? Is it means I am not allowed to work at Singapore again? Please help. Thanks.

Min says:

Hi. Anyone can help?

Min says:

Hi Paul.

Can you tell me what’s the problem with my application results?

Thanks.

John P. Ambrose says:

Hi Paul
I’m John Ambrose .Age 53.Malaysian. Pls advise me how to apply for EP I got Diploma in Electrical/Elctronic,Energy Audit Certe from Singapore IT.Comp EX competency Certe and 18 years of experience in oil & gas field ,Hazardous and Non Hazardous Area Electrical & Instrumentation Selection,  Installation, Commissioning, Maintenance, in Oil and Gas construction, Chemical, Petrochemical, Offshore Platforms,  FPSO, FSO and Petrochemical related Industries Thank you for your support is needed.
Regards 
John

Anas says:

Dear sir , i am ep holder in company A for last two years: may i setup a new local company B and act as one of director ? as well as MoM will allow me or give NOC me to apply Tobocca Lic under my name ?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Anas,

As a EP holder you are allow to act as a director for another company, but you are only allow to work with the company whom applies the EP for you. If you are able to provide us with more details, my consultant will be able to recommend the right kind of company setup that will be suitable for you.
Please do give us a call to book an appointment.
Yours
Paul

Niranjan says:

Hello Paul,

Im working in Singapore for past 9 months, I got a new offer from another company. They have applied for a new EP and its showing still pending ( 9 days ), I have also put down my papers in my old company.

Should I waited for the new EP to be approved then I should have put down my papers??

Im confused. what shall I do now? will always EP take this much time to provide the result?
Till how long i shall wait, when shall i approach my employer to get an update from MOM?
Kindly clarify.

Niru says:

Hi Paul,

Im working in Singapore for past 9 months, I got a new offer and before my EP got approved with my new employer I have put down my papers..

The status now showing still “pending” and its been 9 days. Im confused.. what should i do now…. shall I revoke my resignation or shall I wait for the result from MOM.

When shall I approach my employer to get the status from MOM. Please suggest… have 30 days notice. and its already 10 days over.

gisu says:

Hi,
How many days i will take to process Employment pass currently. Its been around 10 working days but still status is pending. Actually I am a maser degree holder from UK, also i hold work holiday pass in Singapore (three month back, currently cancelled). Is it normal to take more processing time?? thanks

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Gisu,

Usually it will takes about 7 working days for MOM to revert back for New Employment pass application and up to 3 weeks for renewal. However it is subject to case by case as should there be any documents that needs further verification or checking via MOM, the process can take up to 2 months. Thus it is important to engage a professional agent to follow up closely on the case for you.
Paul

EVANGELINE says:

Hi, I just got interviewed by an insurance company in Singapore..
they are pretty interest with me, but they said MOM has a new regulation for expat that required the expat to do deposit around $50.000 to apply an e pass?
and i need to reach the quota for 3 months which is super hard to reach for fresh graduated (they said) to make it work.. and this is the biggest problem, if in case i can’t reach the quota the deposit will be lost…! and i won’t get any e pass either my $50,000 back.. is it right ???

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Evangeline,

Are you referring to EntrePass? For your case, employment pass maybe more suitable for you and there is no need for S$50,000 startup capital. My Corporate specialist will email you with more details.

Cheers
Paul

Karthik says:

Hi,
Currently i’m holding 2 visas in singapore.
1. Social visit pass – 2 years validity
2. EP approved recently – IPA letter
I’m still outside singapore and expected to join my new employer in a couple of months with my single entry IPA letter.
My question is, can i visit singapore with Social pass which i already had ? before actually joining my new job with EP?

Thanks

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Karthik,
AS long as you have not issue your employment pass card, you will be considered under visitor pass when you enter Singapore. You must apply to issue your employment pass before your 30days/90days visitor pass expiry or you might be charge for overstay.

Welcome to Singapore :)
Paul

Katniss says:

Hi, I am currently an EP holder with company A. I am going to start my own LLC company B as a majority share holding partner while remaining employment with company A. Can I do that?

saheed says:

Dear sir,

Presently, I have singapore social visa valid for one month,

Please advise if I will be able to change it to EP pass during my stay in Singapore.

Thanks

Saheed

YJ says:

Dear Sir,

It is 4.5 weeks since I manually applied for ep in Singapore. How long does it take to procced it?

My major is different from my offered job position & experience. Does it affect ep issuing?

Thank you for your advice in advance.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear YJ,

It usually takes MOM 7 working days to revert back if EP is successful, however in the event where MOM requires additional supporting documents, the process may takes up to 2 months. It will be easier if you have a employment agency to assist you in the EP application from the beginning.

At Paul Hype Page & Co, we have our in-house work visa agent that allow us to assist you from incorporation to (Work Visa) EP application and all business compliance.

Paul

MS says:

I am a doctor worked in Singapore for nearly 10 years. I am on EP.
Recently, I got a job in the UK and I am relocating to the UK.
I have applied for my UK visa just a day ago. It takes about 15 days for UK visa processing. It will come by end of this month
However, I am planning to resign my job in Singapore in the next few days, even before my UK visa comes through as I have to be in the UK asap for the job. My resignation notice in Singapore is 3 months (3 months from the date of tendering my resignation letter).
My question is if I resign now in Singapore, will it affect my UK visa application. For example, will my company immediately inform MOM and will it affect my current EP pass and thereby my UK visa application?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear MS,

We aren’t able to advise if it will affect your UK visa as there maybe other paper complication. It will be the best to talk to your company first, your company will usually maintain your EP until the last day of your work and even when they cancel your Employment pass, they can also apply for an 30 days visa extension to allow you to stay in Singapore to settle all matters before you move on…
Hope this helps
Cheers
Paul

MS says:

Hi Paul
thanks. What exactly do you mean by “other paper complications” ?
I’ll talk to my company HR anyway..

Zeon says:

Hi Paul,

my new employer has applied EP for me and it is approved.
Now my question is, during the first time I enter singapore, I will not have the employment pass with me.

Should I apply for a working visa or something before i can enter singapore for employment?

Thanks in advance for your advice Paul and hope you have a nice day. :)

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Zeon,

Do u have the In-principle approval (IPA) letter? If you do, you may enter Singapore with visitor pass and proceed for card issuance as per instructed from IPA.

Welcome to Singapore!

Paul

Thomas says:

Hi Paul,

My employer has applied my EP since 12th May 2016. Till now it is still pending, it takes more than 2 months. Do you know what is happening? It looks like many people has same situation like me

Thanks,
Thai

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Thomas,

MOM will take about 1 week from date of submission for processing and may take longer (up to 2 months ) should it require inputs of external agencies. IT will help if the employment agent give a chaser / follow up call to find out if officer needs any additional supporting document to help speed up the case.

Paul

Adelia says:

Hai. I have a question. If I have been staying in Singapore for a few weeks to a couple of months for holiday purpose, will it affect any of my future applications for EP? thanks!

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Adelia,

There are no connections to holiday stay with employment pass. Singapore welcome you at all times 😉
Paul

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Regal says:

Hi Paul,

I’ve recently quit my job and got a 30-day short term pass which is expiring end of this month. However, I’ve recently found a job and my potential employer has submitted an EP request which is now on pending status.

As my short term pass is expiring soon, will I be able to request MOM to extend my visit since my EP is still undergoing pending? Can I ask MOM or ICA to extend my visit or must my employer do it for me?

Kindly advice.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Regal,

It will be better for your employer / agent to call MOM to follow up on the pending EP and see if they can request for an extended temp visa for you. It is based on case by case.
Good Luck
Paul

Bee says:

Hi Paul,
One of Singaporean company will recruit me and they told that my EP is on the process. The question, can I check the status of my application without the employer know ? thanks in advance.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Bee,

Yes, you are able to check your status on MOM website, should you have your FIN number.

Good luck!

Paul

Natalia says:

Hi paul
my hiring company had just submitted my application last week and i would like to check the status of my Application through EPonline. But when i key in my passport number it just says no record found. I have asked the company’s HR and she said only employers are allowed to see the status is lt true? Also, i have actually worked in SG with TEP before and i had a FIN number. Will they be using the same FIN number this time when they apply for a new work pass for me? Thankyou

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Natalia,

Yes, usually MOM (Ministry of Manpower) will have a record of you in the system once you apply for work pass and they will use this information thru out thus its a high chance that you get the same FIN number.
Good Luck
Paul

Natalia says:

Hi paul
I have keyed in my old FIN no. But it still says no record found. I even tried keying in my passport number and the same results comes out.

Yeow Boon Shan says:

Can an employment pass holder of Comapny A continue to be the director and shareholder of company B? He is the director and shareholder of company B prior to be en employment pass holder of company A.

Thank you.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Yeow,

An EP (Employment Pass) holder can be a director of another company but is only allow to work for the company whom applied the EP.

Paul

Suresh says:

Hi,
I applied for an EP on 11-Aug but application status still showing pending, previously I got an IPA letter from one company that I cancel it and apply EP for new company, as my EP is got approved couple of days before only (in previous offer company) did mom need this much amount of time for new EP approval or should I contact with them personally as my agent is saying it may take 7-14 days

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Suresh,

The timeline for each employment pass application varies so we advise you to wait until Ministry of Manpower (MOM) gets back to the agent.

Thank you,
Paul

Joe Joe says:

Hi,
Good day! i just want to ask clear about my confusing status with Spass. i worked in Singapore for 7 years and my salary was all the way up. I have changed 6 companies during my time there.
Now, i am in my country waiting for the new employer spass permit to be approved and its already more than 1 months plus(its the longest waiting time ever). I understood the new employer need to offer more salary and higher position because of my experiences and Age. I am not sure what my new employer put on the application form.
Please advise whether if there is any chance that i can get my permit approved out of miracle.
i am planning to go back Singapore next month with visit pass. (May i know is that allowed to go back Singapore with visit pass while my Permit application Pending?
I am scare later the Immigration will question me.
Thank you so much for your time and look forward for your advises.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Joe,

The duration and result of Working pass application are subject to MOM but surely it can take more than one month. You can still visit Singapore with your visit pass while waiting for your application, provided that no issue has been raised at the immigration center.

Wish you good luck on your working pass.

Thank you,
Paul

Mary says:

Hi Paul,

I lived and work here in Singapore for more than 6 years and we decided to open our company and registered to ACRA last March. My problem is, I resigned in my job and give them a month notice. They have to cancel my visa in a month and I am asking your advice on how you can help me to apply for an Entrepreneur visa or Employment pass under our company. My business partner is Singaporean and currently she is in UK for a business trip.

Thank you,
Mary

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Mary,

We would be glad to assist you on the Employment Pass. Our team will send you another email for the service accordingly.

Thank you,
Paul

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Sunny Nguyen says:

Dear PHP,

I’m a fresh graduate from a private academy in Singapore with Bachelor Degree issued in UK. Since the Student pass got canceled then I need to return to my country which is Vietnam. I currently havent worked yet and I have some ideas about start up a small business in Singapore and the capital I got raised so far is around $S60,000. But I pretty confused which pass I should apply for bc Im not working now so whether Im eligible for EP or I need apply for EntrePass instead? Thank you :)

Best Regards,
Sunny

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Sunny,

We advise you to apply for EP after incorporating a Singapore company under our nominee director.

Our representative will send you more information shortly.

Paul

Qian says:

Hi Paul,

Currently, I am holding Dependent Pass. I find the “Letter of Consent” will be offered by employer if they can provide me a job. After this “Letter of Consent”, is it possible to change the DP to EP?

Thank you!

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Qian

The Dependant’s Pass allows spouses and children of Employment Pass or S Pass holders to join them in Singapore and Letter of Consent allows a DP holder to work in Singapore.

While The Employment Pass allows foreign professionals, managers and executives to work in Singapore. Candidates need to earn at least $3,300 a month and have acceptable qualifications.

Thus should you meet the eligibility criteria of the Employment pass, you can also apply for it.

To find out more about employment pass and PR in Singapore, do contact our corporate specialist for a consultant.

Cheers
Paul

Anu says:

Hi Paul,

I have been hearing from my employer that MOM has put a freeze on approving the Employment pass and some of my fellows who have already applied for their EP in month of June 16, July 16 are still awaiting for their visas. Could you please let me know what exactly is going on and how soon MOM will start approving the Visas.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Anu,

There is no freeze in approval for Employment Pass in Singapore, however MOM did have stricter “Criteria” on the application and getting a right Employment agent to apply the card for you is critical.

At Paul Hype Page, we specialize in providing Employment pass application services in accordance to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) rules & regulations

Our services include application, renewal and cancellation of various work and employment passes. Our expertise comes from our vast experience and in depth knowledge gained from serving our clients with dedication with the aim of creating long-term business relationships.

We know that not the only standard EP criteria to be considered, as the Singapore government has tightened their criteria for work pass applications recently to control the rapid growth of non-Singapore citizens in the workforce. Apart from minimum monthly salary of the foreign candidate, other criteria will also being considered carefully. This could include relevant work experience, skills and a good business proposal to name a few.

Hope this helps.

Cheers
Paul

Anna says:

Hi paul,
Im an s pass holder before i resigned to transfer to another employer. But my new employer applied my spass only this monday. My social visit pass will expire on 5 october. Can MOM extend my social pass? Coz according to ICA, they cannot extend my pass.
Thank you.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Anna,

AS you are applying for a new SPAss with new company, they wont be able to extend the old pass. Once expired, you will have to leave Singapore and return with temp Visitor pass if you wish to be in Singapore while waiting for your new Spass approval.

Paul

Gagan says:

Dear Paul,

i am singapore resident (foreigner) holding an EP,
Can i still be a still be Resident director for a newly incorporated (Start-Up) foreign company in Signapore

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Gagan,

Unfortunately, you can’t be a resident director for a newly set-up company since your employment pass is tied to a particular company only. For alternatives, please let our representative get back to you shortly.

Paul

QIANP says:

Hi Paul,

I am Indonesian Chinese, I have been working in 1 year 7 month as Spass Holder (Interior Designer). Next week on 15th Oct is my last day work in current company. New Company have been apply for S’pass and still pending since 27th Sept 2016, I will start work on 17th Oct if MOM approve my S’pass soon.
How many percentage i can get new S’pass? Coz this is my first time change job in Singapore
Any Idea?

Thank you

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Qian,

If you are already a Spass holder before, the chances of getting a new Spass should be high provided that your new company meets the quota requirement to apply for Spass. It will help if company or employment agent that applies the pass for you call MOM direct line to put in a chaser or follow up if MOM needs additional documents.

Paul

QIANP says:

Hi,

I hope MOM can approve my pass soon.
but why it takes so long. 1 week already, the status still pending?

Thank you.

HWI says:

Hi Paul,

I am Spass Holder and My new company have been applying for new Spass. Need I to go back to my country first and come to singapore after approval? Or I can stay in Singapore for 30month to wait my result? Thank you

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi HWI

You can stay in Singapore within the peroxide of your visitor visa while waiting for the work pass approval but you will have to leave Singapore once your visitor visa is expired and you are not allow to work in Singapore with visitor pass.

Paul

chew says:

dear Paul

I have one question. If i work in Singapore with one year permit, but suddenly i have some family problem need to go back Malaysia. Do i need to pay compensation? How much?

Thank you

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Chew,

No fines from MOM (only cancellation fee may applies) but you will have to follow to your work contract and give sufficient period of notice.

Paul

JW1 says:

Hi, How long for the result for Spass (change company)? What is the meaning of “Pending inputs from vetting agencies. Expected outcome is 2 months from the Date of Application.”? I have been 11 days but the status still pending. Do you know why? Thank you

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi JW,

Yes, it might take MOM up to 2 months should they see a need to double check some of the documents. You can ask your employment agent or company to call MOM to put in a chaser to help speed up the progress after 1 month if still waiting.

Yours
Paul

JW1 says:

Hi Paul,
Actually, I have been holding Spass holder.
Do they need to double check if we already have Spass and FIN Number?
Thank you

Fred says:

Hi PHP,

I am in contact with a bank for a 2 years assignment but will no be able to work in this bank as an employee. As a contractor, I would probably be paid roughly 1000SGD/day
Based on what I see from your website, best solution for me is to incorporate a company using a nominee director and submit and EP.
– please confirm this solution is the best one in my case
– if so, what are the chance to not get the EP ? Let says that I am not really confortable of paying services and not be able to work in singapore
– what are the total service fee: company incorporation + nominee director + EP + Accounting and legal reports required for the company + running cost for year 2. Please provide itemized budget breakdown
– can you also give me rough % of how much tax I would pay
– I will be visiting singapore this week.. would it be possible to have F2F meeting.

thanks and regards

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Fred,

Our company has 75-80% successful rate for employment pass application so far.

For incorporation with EP, the cost will be $3,155. Plus, the recurring service cost will be somewhere around $2,000 per annum.

Singapore’s corporate tax rate is 17% fixed, however, the actual percentage of tax you’d be paying will be much lower after tax exemption scheme and so on.

For more information, please contact us so that we can give you advice on it. We will be more than happy to assist you for face to face meeting.

Thank you,
Paul

Ahmed says:

Dear Paul

I would like to open a company in Singapore. Will it make me eligible for a PR or an EP. I am a foreign national who needs to travel to & from from Singapore consistently. Kindly mail me at iatrading.bd@gmail.com

Ahmed

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Ahmed,

Setting up a company in Singapore will definitely make you eligible for EP and PR accordingly. Sure, we will contact you to your email for more information.

Thanks!

Paul

Reno sebastian says:

Hi

im writing this for my Brother, now he is working in Singapore since October 30th 2016 @ S pass, but he dislikes his job, so shall he changes his job with in the short time period, or does any particular time period to change another company ? Pls advise

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Reno,

It will be advisable for your brother to find the new job and apply for the work pass first, only when approved then he resign. As once he resign, the company will cancel the pass and he have to leave Singapore.

Application of work pass takes 7 working days to 2 months depending on the information MOM consider and check.

Good Luck!
Paul

Mark says:

Dear Paul,

What are the chances of a second application for employment pass as my first was rejected and also the appeal? For a background I am a foreigner with 10 years of work experience but I only started working here in Singapore for about three months with employment pass. I have applied for another job and luckily I was considered and hired, but when My new employer filed for an employment pass but it was rejected, and MOM required me to send 3 month payslip, bank statements and latest notice of assessment. I sent the 3 month payslip and bank statements but I do not have the IRAS latest notice of assessment because I just started working and IRAS tells me that it is only given for employees that worked for over a year. So the employer continued with the appeal but after almost a month, it was also rejected. The reason was the salary was high, now the employer revised it and gave me a lower salary but with allowance and it is equal to the original salary. Should I be worried and how high is the passing rate for the approval?

thanks,

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Mark,

There are many factors to consider during application of the EP pass. MOM will look into not just the applicant background and education but also the company P/L and if they employ any local Singaporean staff. We will advise your company to engage a employment agency to apply the pass for you which can also help you better your chances. Should you be interested, we will be able to help. We have a good success rate for all our EP application.

Cheers
Paul

katrina says:

hi can i use my degree transfer programme certificate to apply EP holder?
thanks

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Katrina,

Thanks for your inquires.

There are many factors to consider during application of the EP pass.

MOM will look into not just the applicant background and education but also the company P/L and if they employ any local Singaporean staff.

We will advise your company to engage a employment agency to apply the pass for you which can also help you better your chances.

Should you be interested, we will be able to help. We have a good success rate for all our EP application.

Thank you,

Paul

Pilar says:

Dear Paul,

I have a question. I am new in Singapore and I have got a part-time job as teacher. MOM has approved my S-Pass and it is now in process. My question is: once I hold a S-pass, can I try to find another part-time job with another company? Is there any legal way of having to part-time jobs at the same time? Thank you.

Regards,
Pilar

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Pilar,

You are only allow to work for the company whom applies the work pass for you.

Unless you setup a company yourself… if you are interested to find out more about setting up your company, do contact our corporate specialist for more information.

Cheers
Paul

Mohail says:

Hello, I am already an EP holder and another company wishes to apply for a new EP for me. Would they require my most recent EP for submitting an application or can I give them a copy of a previous EP I’ve held? I would prefer that they not know about my most recent EP as I feel it may hurt my application. If they only need some details such as FIN No., name, etc then any EP would suffice right? Please advise me on this. Thanks!

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Mohail,

MOM usually will have a record of all your Employment pass application and history. Your new company will only need your EP Fin no and passport copy as well as education info to apply for you. However depends on the company policy and EA agent whom apply for you, they may need more information for filing purpose.

Cheers
Paul

Nick says:

I’m an E-pass holder in the hospitality industry. If I have a night free, and have a friend who needs some help in their venue, can I help them? It will be for free and not on a part-time basis, more just a one off thing. Also if I was to perform a guest shift with my own special developed menu once again for a one-off with no pay is this possible?

Cheers

Nick

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Nick,

As long as you are volunteering to help out your friend and not receiving any payment, it should be alright.

Thank you,

Paul

Suki says:

Hi Paul,

I’m an HKSAR passport holder and a fresh overseas graduate from Germany. I just got an offer from an international firm in Singapore and they have filed an application for an S-pass for me. Yet, as I want to go there earlier for preparation, am I allowed to enter Singapore with a single ticket before receiving the notification letter? (HK passport holder can stay for 30 days visa-free)

Thanks!

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Suki,

Yes you can enter Singapore as as visitor within the visitor pass period – usually 30 – 90 days) but you will not be allow to work during this period. You will need a relevant work pass in-order to start work in Singapore.

Cheers
Paul

Jason says:

Hi,

Thank you for taking your time to reply to this.

Currently a third party vendor is dealing with my employment pass, and I gave them all the required documents except for my official degree certificate from my university. I finish all my courses this December 2016, but will not receive my official diploma until May (graduation day). The company wants me to start end January or beginning February, and my university usually provides a Letter of Completion under these circumstances stating I am done with my requirements and will receive the diploma in May next year.

Will this be enough to apply for my EP?

Thanks!

Jasom

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Jason,

Thank you for getting back to us.

Since this could be dealt differently by each individual case, we would advise you to contact Ministry of Manpower directly and seek advise before you proceed further. http://www.mom.gov.sg/contact-us

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance from us.

Thank you,
Paul

Tasha says:

Hi! Recently, I signed up with an agency for job application where they explained to me they will outsource me for jobs available. However, I wasn’t told any other details about the job but they’ve proceeded with Employment Pass application first. Meanwhile, I attended another interview which happened to be direct recruitment. I’ve been also chosen for the job and I would like to proceed with that. After talking to the previous agency, they agreed to withdraw the application while it was still on pending. but they’ve given me a FIN number already. Now my question is, will there be any complications for new company to apply for my Employment Pass? How likely the pass application to be successful? Please advise. Thank you.

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Tasha,

Your case is a little confusing. We wont be able to advise until we see the full details of your EP application. It will be wise to understand fully instead of signing off any documents as all your application will be recorded and reflected on MOM site for future consideration as well.

Good Luck!
Paul

Neil says:

Hello,

We are planning to open a company in SG and one of the owners (Kazakhstan citizen) needs a EP but he doesn’t have diploma from University. Is it possible to apply EP without diploma?

Thanks,
Neil

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Neil

EP application also looking applicants ork experience and job scope, thus we will be able to give better advise if we see the applicant resume and portfolio. Different type of company setup also affects the work visa application.
At Paul Hype Page, we are a one stop incorporation provider that can assist you from setting up your company, work visa to all corporate sec fillings and accounting.

My colleague will drop you an email to follow up.
Cheers
Paul

vaibhav joshi says:

Hello
I am working full time in Singapore on EP pass. At same time I am thinking about taking a freelancing work for another company/sponsor – I will only do it in legal way. I am thinking about setting up company for the same from which invoces can be sent ? Is this possible through MOM?

kindly let me know

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Vaibhav,

You can be the director of another company with your existing EP but you are not allow to work in that company. You are only allow to work in the company which your EP is applied with. However you may incorporate the new company as the director and employ a staff to assist you on the job instead. We can assist you in the incorporation and work visa. Do give us a call for further follow up.

Paul

cheng sg says:

Hi, I am malaysian and EP holder, salary below 5K, my wife can to work in singapore?
regard chengsg

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Cheng,

You will need a pay above $5000 to apply for DP for your wife and once her DP is approved, she can apply for LOC to work in Singapore.

Paul

ST says:

Hi,

My current EP is expiring in june 2017 at my current company. I have been appointed as director in the company.
Would I therefore need to reapply for a new EP with my new role or can i renew my EP but informing mom about my new role?

Thank you.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear ST,

Usually you will only need to renew your EP, unless there are other arrangement details involved. Should you need our EP renewal services, do drop us an email for our corporate Specialist to assist you. We will advise you to renew 2 to 3 months before expiry to avoid delay or extension due to external document checking and follow up required by MOM.

Paul

Uthe says:

Hi PHP,
Is it possible to cancel the application EP which is still in process?

Regards
Uthe

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Uthe,

You can as the company or agent whom apply for you to withdraw the application if it is still in progress.

Paul

RAINEY K says:

I am writing on behalf of my partner. We have a registered Singapore company since 2010.

He has now decided to apply for an EP thru our company as he is one of the directors.

Could you please advice on the requirements needs for a successful application and also which application form should I download from MOM website.

He currently has a 3 month visa. In the near future, he plans to apply for PR.

Kindly note that he has an Indian passport and I am a Singapore citizen.

Thank you in advance on your advice.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Rainey,

Our in-house EP agency will be able to service you for the application. We have a good track records for Employment pass application and tailor made solution and documents to assist all MOM requirements. My Corporate specialist will drop you an email with more information shortly.

Paul

Jas says:

Dear PHP,

Is it possible to upgrade the SPass which just got approved in a few days to EP?
Currently I am holding the ep and working at existing company for three years but I got only spass when new company applied the pass for me even though meeting their minimum salary. Actually I studied master degree in Singapore. Can I ask new company to obtain/ upgrade EP for me?

Thanks in advance.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Jas,

Yes in theory, it is possible to convert SPass to EP as long as you need the Eligibility for Employment Pass. Do note that the minimum salary had increase to $3,600 and MOM also takes the employing company refers in to consideration. Thus it is still based on case by case based.

Paul

Lethashamathy Gopal says:

I’m currently holding work permit under an outsourcing agency for a temporary job. Now, I’ve got an offer for a better and stable job with EP pass as I’ve degree qualification and meet all other requirements. My concern now is, will the work permit that I’m currently holding may affect the EP application as it was just approved a week ago. What are the probabilities of the pass to get rejected?

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Lethashamthy
In this case, we wont be able to advise you unless we are the agent applying the pass for you as we need to have the whole picture to understand the situation.
Paul

PS says:

Hi Paul,

We have submittted an EP application on the 22 Feb and the resulting status from MOM is “Pending inputs from vetting agencies. Expected outcome is 2 months from application”. This becomes challenging for us as employer as we need the staff urgently but with this status, we cannot forsee if it will even be approved. What if we wait for another 1.5 months and then it get rejected? What do you advise in this case?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Janice,

Unless you engage us a your agent for the EP application, we will not able to advise in the case without any in dept information. However you can try calling MOM directly to find out more,

Paul

Veerendra says:

Hi ,
I am from india,.Present i am holding S pass, i have overall 4 years experience and in singapore i have 3 + years. And i am holding master degree from india. Am i eligible for EP with 3600$ salary??
When i am checking with self assignment tool, its showing S pass eligilble.
Still consultancy can apply for me EP with 3600??

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Veerendra,

There are many factors to an EP application. We will need more details of both your employing company and yourself in-order to provide a better assessment .

Should you be interested to engage us to apply EP for you, pls drop us a note on the contact us page.

Paul

Jay says:

Hi,

I am an Australian National thinking of opening up a IT consultancy services firm in Singapore. Do let me know, how much capital is required to be invested in order to obtain Employment Pass and
how easy to start up a consultancy firm.

Thanks,
Jay

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Jay,

You only need as little as S$1 as startup capital to start a private limited in Singapore. However we will advise you to set an appropriate figure so it will also ensure your EP work pass application to be smoother. We will drop you an email with more details

Paul

Lala says:

Dear Paul,

I’m a Malaysian, EP holder and currently working as sales engineer with a local Singapore company for 1 month. Another company want hire me as mechanical engineer and have asking their agency to apply EP for me. Hpw long MOM takes for my pass result?

Thanks,
Lala

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Lala,

EP application usually takes about 7 working days to revert back, however based on case by case, should the MOM officer requires additional documents for the application, it may takes from 3 weeks to 2 months.

Cheers
Paul

Crissy says:

Hi! I was given the offer of employment here in Singapore. I am only under social visit pass. I accepted the offer and going back home to my country 2 days from now. My future employer told me that they will just email me once my pass is approved. My question is this: I’m a previous Permanent Resident of Singapore and came back here after 1 year and 2 months to seek for employment again. Will my pass application (done by my future employer) be affected because I renounced my PR?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Crissy,

As long as you declare correctly during your EP application, it should not be any issue. However, it will be good to also ensure you have clear all your tax obligation.

Hope this helps.

Cheers
Paul

Wanyee says:

Hi Paul,

I would like to check with you, i have got a job offer from Singapore and my EP has approved. I have a few confusion……I have been informed that I am requested to sign for a 2 years contract based on the new laws from MOM. However, my interviewer has never mentioned to me during the interview. I have tried to search on MOM website but there’s no result.

Would appreciate if you can answer me.

Many thanks!

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Wanyee,

This should be a contract between you and your company. And with it, your company will apply a 2 yr employment pass for you? We are not able to comments without actual contracts details.
You should talk to your company to understand better.
Good Luck
Paul

Jill says:

HI! I am Malaysian. I end my previous company(Work pass) in end of the Feb , I go out to JB and come in SG with a white card which is valid in 30 days until 27/3 . But I was going back to Malaysia on 16/3-22/3, and coming back on 22/3 with a new white card which is valid 30 days until 21/4. I found a new job with EPass and company was going to apply a pass to me, but I just realised the job is not match to my career plan in the meantime. So I resign and got a short term visit pass which company send me it valid 30 days until begin of the May. My problem is, if I going out to JB in this period before the pass expired, am I still able to come in to SG? And if I come in, I will holding with white card? Thank you.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Jill.
The short term visit pass or any extended peroid letter expired once you leave Singapore. Thus when you enter again, you will be on the white card visitor pass.

Paul

Mike says:

Hi,

I have recently received a job offer from a MNC company in Singapore. Currently working in Malaysia. My EP application was submitted last week. May I know how long does it take for MOM to process my application, until I receive the approval?

Thanks!
Mike

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Mike,

It depends on case by case application. It can take from 7 days to 2 months from EP submission. Having a good employment agency to assist and follow up on the application can help as well.

Paul

simple life says:

Hi,

would like to check, if its a usual for Indonesian candidate (regardless S pass or EP) will get the status of “Pending inputs from vetting agencies. Expected outcome is 2 months from the Date of Application” ?

I am indonesian and been study in snigapore for 6 years in a private school, got my bachelor degree and ACCA level II and company apply S pass to me. 4 days after submit the application, the status change from pending to “Pending inputs from vetting agencies. Expected outcome is 2 months from the Date of Application”.

after google-ing 2 hours I come to read lot of Indonesian they application been pending and get this status as well. but my cert is Issue by UK and the university is in the top rank of 300 world wide and is accepted by MOM. I am also included my Student pass Fin number so MOM should be able to check that I am study in Singapore before and I did attached the letter cert as well as transcript from the university. therefore my question is that all Indonesian will have have this “Pending inputs from vetting agencies. Expected outcome is 2 months from the Date of Application” status ??

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Sohard,

Yes, as there are many application going on, MOM may need to take up to 2 months for verification and follow up on documents which they will like to double check on. You may as your employment agent to give a follow up call 3 weeks after the submission to check if they can assist to speed up the progress.

Paul

Jerlyn Santander says:

Hi Paul!

i would just like to ask if a start up company could apply for Employment pass? The company just started this month and would like to hire me and apply E pass for me. The company is registered already but i think under the 1$ capital business.

Thank you

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Jerlyn

It is a case by case situation and review. We will need to understand more about the company business proposal and forecast sales to be able to advise better.

Paul

Choo says:

Hi Paul.

I am a Dependant pass holder in Singapore. A foreign company offered me a part time contract job that helps to run a project in Singapore. Do I still need to apply letter of consent since it is only a contract job and the company is not a Singaporean company.

Thanks.
Choo.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Choo,

As long as you are required to work in Singapore, you will need a work visa.

Paul

Sony26 says:

Hi Paul,

I am in India and got an offer in Singapore company. Agency has applied for my EP few days back with salary of S$5800. Now the EP tool says, my eligibility is S$6K. Will I still get EP approved? Also MOM has contacted the agency for additional documents and it has been submitted last week and the status is still showing as pending which worries me a lot. Someone please help me to understand this process. Thanks in advance.

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Sony26,

Review of additional documents and third party verification may take up to 2 months at times. MOM look at case by case basis.

Getting a good employment agency helps to ensure your application is in good order and follow up is important.

Good luck!
Paul

Sony26 says:

Thanks Paul. But will I still get EP when there is a salary difference in the tool and the salary offered?

Tina says:

Hi,

I am currently in Singapore on a DP. I have two opportunities, both part time, which have come up. Since, I am looking to work full time, I am thinking of working at both places. One company said they will get an LoC for me and the other said that they may be able to get an EP for me. Will I be able to work for both companies? Will there be any problems with MoM?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Tina

According to MOM rules, you will only be allowed to work with the company that applies the work pass for you. And one person is only allowed to apply for one type of work pass at a time.

Paul

Rick says:

Hi,

What are the requirements to be a sponsor for EP application assuming that candidate qualifies for EP? And how is a sponsor different from a third party?

Thanks,
Rick

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Rick,

If you are an employer seeking to sponsor a candidate, there are several factors that will be considered for an applicant to be eligible for EP. The Ministry of Manpower will evaluate each applicant on the basis of individual merit. Our team will be able to advise you on what to do if you are able to provide us with more details. Do drop us an email at paulhypepage@php-cpa.com.sg for further discussion.

Cheers,
Paul

PHUONG NGUYEN says:

Dear PAUL,
I have an EP and payroll from a Singaporean company. However, I’m living outside Singapore as it’s difficult to get DP for my family. Is it possible that I can still obtain my EP whistle living outside Singapore?

Thank you so much,
Phuong

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Phuong,
The main purpose of Employment Pass in Singapore is to allow professionals to work and live in Singapore. To apply for the Employment Pass, you must be eligible to apply for certain criteria such as minimum salary, etc.

We would love to hear more so we can better advise you on your situation. Our team will be able to help you with your family dependent pass application. Do drop us an email at paulhypepage@php-cpa.com.sg for more details and charges.

Best Regards,
Paul

Lethashamathy says:

Regards. Recently, I got a job offer and my employer applied for E Pass for me last month. However it has been rejected and when I ask the employer to reason they told me that they’ve exceeded the quota for EPass for Malaysians. So now I’m looking for some other opportunities. My question is, is there any time period before I can send in a new application under different company?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Lethashamathy,

Each applicant can only submit one work visa at a time. If your previous application had been rejected, you can submit the next application. It is always best to enlist the services of an EP professional helps ensure that the process is less stressful as the consultant will prevent you from making common employment pass mistakes, which may lead to an EP rejection.

Hopes this helps.

Cheers,
Paul

NEIL says:

Hello. I am an E-pass holder here in Singapore as a Field Engineer in Jurong Island. My contract will be ending in two months and I will return to my country. I like working here in Singapore and would like another opportunity in the near future. Is it easier to apply for a job once you were a former E-pass holder? Or would it be advisable to apply now before leaving Singapore? Thank you so much in advance and have a very good day.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Neil,

As of 1st January 2017, new guidelines are imposed for the EP application. As long as you meet the required criteria, it should be fine for you to apply for your pass. Paul Hype Page & Co will be able to assist with your EP application based on your situation when you have found suitable company to employ you. You could also consider setting up your own business and work as your own boss in Singapore as another alternative. To find out more, do drop us an email at paulhypepage@php-cpa.com.sg for more details and charges. We look forward to hearing from you.

Cheers,
Paul

Janelle says:

Dear Paul,
After reading all the questions and answers above I believe you are knowledgeable in dealing about MOM concerns.
My question is a little different than everyone because this about MOM and ICA.
I came to Singapore February and tried to look for a job but unfortunately my 1 month tourist visa is about to expire so 5 days before the expiry I travelled to Malaysia and came back 5 days after. I took the flight from Kuala Lumpur to SG but ;( I was deported. I was heart broken💔💔💔 The reason is, being ineligible for the issue of a pass under current immigration policies.
About my background: I had my Attachment Programme in Singapore for 6 months year 2008. I have had worked in Singapore with S-pass for over 4 years, from 2012 to 2016.
Now I’m back to my country, while I continued applying for the job online, I found an employer and they agreed to apply my S-pass. I’m happy but not happy, worried at the same time. When I emailed ICA regarding my deportation and re-visit Singapore, they said I need to find an Sponsor SPR or Singaporean to apply my visit visa approved by them before I can come to Singapore again. That having an In-Principal Approval(IPA) does not guatantee my entry into Singapore.
While when I ask my prospective employer for a visit visa, they told me that I don’t need it anymore since they will be sending an IPA, just like All the other candidates they bring in from Philipines, India & China. They rest assured of this.
Coz they said, It stated clearly in the IPA that the the letter serves ‘as a single journey visa to enter Singapore . You need to show the letter to Immigration’
I do not know who to believe. I also read a blogpost from an IPA holder from Philippines and she was denied to entry to Singapore too.
I really don’t know who to believe and follow this time. All I know, I do not wan’t those nightmares to happen again, 2nd times.
Please help. Any advice you can give Mr. Paul?
Thank you sir in advance!

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Janelle,

We are sorry to hear about your predicament. By the books, should you have the IPA letter, you should be able to enter Singapore. However if you still have pending issues with ICA, that will be the main issue to you problem. You will need to email directly to ICA to get a clearer instruction as it varies differently for each applicant.

Good Luck,
Paul

tsegaye aga says:

hello! mister poul
i am tsegaye from ethiopia. i have bsc degree of civil engineering with two years expeariance. now i want to searching a job in sengapore with tourist visa. can i get s jobs????

Paul Hype Page says:

Hi Tsegaye,

It will be better if you look for a job in Singapore first, and get your employer to apply work pass for you. You can check out Jobstreet and JobDB for opportunities.

Another alternative to work in Singapore is to consider starting a business and setup your own company which we will be able to assist you with. Do drop us an email at paulhypepage@php-cpa.com.sg to discuss your options if you require our services.

Kind Regards,
Paul

aravindraj says:

What is the difference between S pass and E pass, I’m a post gradudate. what pass would i get if i apply through a visa agency for a job ?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Aravindraj,

An Employment Pass (EP) is a Singapore work visa issued to foreign professional employees, managers, and owners/directors of Singapore companies. The S Pass allows mid-level skilled staff to work in Singapore. The pass you get would depend on the remuneration (salary package) offered to you by your company. The company would need to apply for a work pass for you.

Cheers,
Paul

Win says:

Hi Paul,

I’m Indonesian and I have been working in Singapore for 3 Yeas as IT Business Analyst as Permanent staff. My EP will expired on early July 2017 and my Company already applied EP renew but got rejected. My Company then decide to renew again but change the work pass type to S-Pass but again, it’s rejected. My company already give up then my Boss ask an agency help to apply new EP under Agency Company. Current Status is “Pending Input from vetting agencies”

Considering that I already had 3 years experience in Singapore and as permanent Staff, do you have any idea why got rejected?

During Renew, I monitor the status and I can see it’s always from Pending to Rejected.
Now after applied using agency company the status is from Pending to Pending Input from vetting agencies. Hopes that it is a good sign.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Win,

Some applications may take more time if MOM needs to double check certain documentation. We would advise that you get the company or employment agent to try calling MOM on their direct line to follow up and request a current update for your case. Engaging a professional employment agent to apply for your work visa will definitely help.

Cheers,
Paul

Duval says:

Dear Paul,

An employer applied an EP pass for me, but unfortunately it was rejected. The employer already submitted an appeal, the problem now is a new employer will apply an Spass for me but they cannot do it because of the pending appeal. I requested the employer to cancel the appeal but they are not doing it. Is there anyway that I can report them to MOM.? I do not have any contract with them. Is there anything that I can do for them to process it? Thank you

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Duval,

The employer who submitted your application will have to do the cancellation. You will not be able to put in any other application while you have another pending.

Good Luck,
Paul

Sophie says:

Hi Paul,
My sister is currently working in Singapore with an EP but her contract is about to end. She’s getting other offers but they’re unable to give her an EP. They’re ready to hire her under DP. Will her EP be cancelled once she’s out of the company? How long can she stay in Singapore after that? Is there any likely solution for her situation?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Sophie,

Once she has finished her contract with her current company, the current company will cancel her EP and they can request for a 30 days short term visit pass for her to remain in Singapore. She can start applying for her DP now so once her EP is cancelled, the new company can apply LOC (Letter of Consent)- for DP holder to work in Singapore.

Engaging a professional employment agent to assist in EP/ DP/ LOC application is important to avoid any delay or overstay fines. Do contact us should you need our assistance.

Best Regards,
Paul

Sophie says:

Hello Paul,

My sister cannot get a DP since she is alone. Is the short term pass to be applied by her current employer? Is there any other interim pass that will let her stay in Singapore and search a job? After 2 months wait time she got her EP only a few months ago valid for 2 years. It’s a shame that it can’t be used by other companies :(

anna says:

Hi,
I got job last week and my question is about my application is still pending and i don’t know what to do because my short term visa will expired nxtweek.thank you.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Anna,

Your employer can try calling MOM and following up with them directly to inquire about the status of your application. Sometimes MOM takes longer to approve an application depending on the documents submitted and additional time required to verify them with external agent.

Best Regards,
Paul

Bani says:

Hello All,

My application has been submitted on 29th, I am able to find the update in the MOM portal. stats is shows pending.
how long usually will it take to get the pass approval?

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Bani,

The speed of approval would depend on the application submitted. There are times MOM takes a little longer to approve an application depending on the documents submitted and to verify them. Duration can be from 3 weeks to 2 months.

Best Regards,
Paul

Ah Tan says:

Dear Sir,

I have one question.

My company told me that they will apply S pass for me, but why the PASS TYPE on the Online Status Checking System of MOM showing Employment PASS?

What the type of pass they apply for me?

Thanks.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Tan,

The application for S pass and EP are using the same portal, so you might not be able to tell the actual until MOM officially replies.

Cheers Paul

ES says:

Dear Paul

I have been working in Singapore more than 5 years. I have recently accepted a job offer from one company. They applied the pass for me but it was rejected. They have appealed for me. While waiting for appeal result, another company has offered me and I have accepted. They are going to apply EP for me. Will there be a conflict? and will MOM reject the appeal because of new EP application?

Thank you in advance.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear ES,

If there is already a pending application, the second company will not be able to put in an application for you. MOM will already detect there is a pending appeal . You must cancel / withdraw the appeal/application before attempting to submit another. Hope this helps.

Best Regards,
Paul

Ho says:

Hi,

I am having S pass in company A. Now company B wants to hire and apply E pass for me. Do Company A need to cancel the S pass before company B can apply E pass for me? or company B can apply E pass while I am holding S pass in company A?

Thank you in advance.

Paul Hype Page says:

Dear Ho,

Company B can go ahead and apply for your EP while you are still under the S Pass. Once your EP has been approved, you may then request to cancel your current S Pass with Company A. Hope this helps.

Best Regards,
Paul

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