10 Tips to Securing an Employment Visa in Singapore
Here are some of the best tips that every applicant should remember to increase the chance of being a legit worker in Singapore:
Show them an amazing CV
One very important thing that an applicant should remember when applying is the CV. Since this visa is for employment purposes, the CV is what they will look at. Make sure that you have the right experiences provided there. The right experience should also be paired with the right work. In other words, do not yet aspire for a work that is not related or associated to your experience because this might be a cause for rejection.
Present your Educational Documents
Yes, applying for this kind of visa requires the applicant to present his/her educational documents. However, it’s not just any other educational document. These documents should show that you, as the applicant, are a degree holder coming from a reputable institution or university. In other words, a degree is very much appreciated to secure your employment pass in Singapore.
Provide Relevant References
Sometimes, documents presenting your educational background are not enough. In this case, it would be best to provide formal written references from previous and trusted companies in order to validate your skills as a professional. This will greatly help as well.
Make sure that your salary meets the salary threshold. Applying for EP visas require a monthly salary of $3,600. This is to emphasize that the applicant has or had a good and stable position from where he previously worked. This is also to emphasize that the applicant indeed has all the needed skills since e made it to that position with that salary.
A Good Company to Assist
Back up with a good company. Applying for an EP visa will much likely to be a successful one if the applicant is assisted by a good company. So, in this context, what does it take to be a good company? Good companies are usually companies that have operated for quite a long period of time already. The years that the company has been operating could range at least from 3-5 years. Long-running companies are always prioritized compared to the new companies. This is also an advantage since this is one way to or one proof to MOM that a certain company is able to pay salaries to the employers.
Build your Company’s Profile
Make your profile appear so great in the eyes of the people processing your application. A good company profile usually leads to a successful application. Otherwise, your application will not be prioritized or worse, be instantly rejected.
Niche industry. Some industries are easier to hire foreign talent than others. Tech startups are an example of a sector which we have seen fast approvals of EP applications.
Be in the Niche Industry
Oftentimes, what’s in your basic CV is not enough. Fast approvals of applications usually are due to some niche skills. Freelancers and techies for example are needed in every industry thus making their application on the top of the priority. So what does this mean? Simple. Do not limit what you can do. Try to explore especially about what is ‘in’ today.
Make a Back-up Plan
Once an application is rejected, there is a 30-day appeal which makes the rejected applicant defend for his or her application. Before even getting rejected, the applicant must have a back-up plan beforehand in case the application will be rejected. Planning for what to appeal while applying sometimes does the trick.
When applying for an EP visa, a proper designation is important. This aspect requires a lot of thorough thinking because the applicant’s designation should appropriately reflect the applicant’s seniority. Many rejections are due to improper, inaccurate designations.
Certified Employment Agent (EA)
Engage a certified EA to help assist you in ensuring a smooth application process with proper paperwork and follow up. At Paul Hype Page & Co, we have our own in house employment agent, which allows a direct flow of information and smooth follow up, resulting in better approval success rates.
Even though Singapore has maximized their labor force for the last five years, working there requires a lot more effort. There are a lot of things to consider, and although the working visas that they offer are not that hard to acquire, the qualifications are only easy to acquire for the ‘clever’ applicants. One’s application for an Employment Visa in Singapore may be rejected for many reasons. It could be because of technical errors, or maybe because the applicant is not really qualified. However, there are tips that could help. If an applicant really wants to have an EP visa, he/she should put effort into getting it. He should be keen enough to see all the loopholes in his application. Remember that technicalities count a lot.