Advantages and Disadvantages of the EntrePass
Owning an EntrePass grants its holder certain advantages. If an EntrePass holder has lived and worked in Singapore for a sufficient timespan, the EntrePass holder is allowed to apply for permanent resident (PR) status. There is also no minimum salary requirement for those who intend to apply for an EntrePass. It is not difficult to apply for an EntrePass because applicants may directly approach the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to apply. Eligible EntrePass holders may also use the Dependant’s Pass or Long Term Visit Pass, which allow their family members to join them in Singapore.
However, not every detail about the EntrePass is necessarily positive. If the minimum amount of total business spending in a year is not met or too few Singaporean citizens or PRs are employed, an applicant’s EntrePass renewal will be rejected. Only EntrePass holders who have a minimum of 30% of their company’s shareholding may have their EntrePass renewed. There are also certain types of businesses in which business owners are never allowed to receive an EntrePass, even if they have fulfilled all the necessary criteria. Among these ineligible businesses are food courts, bars, employment agencies, night clubs, and hawker centres.
Advantages and Disadvantages of the Employment Pass
The Employment Pass also has certain inherent advantages and disadvantages. Just like EntrePass holders, Employment Pass holders who have lived and worked in Singapore for the required timespan may apply for Singapore permanent residence. Eligible Employment Pass holders, like their EntrePass counterparts, may bring their family members to Singapore by using the Dependant’s Pass or Long Term Visit Pass. Some Employment Pass holders may also be entitled to medical insurance. This is the case if their employers choose to provide them with medical insurance.
Perhaps the primary disadvantage of the Employment Pass is its fixed monthly salary requirement of S$4,500. As has already been mentioned, the minimum salary requirement is even higher for those who have more experience. The Singaporean government also recently tightened the criteria for one to receive an Employment Pass. Although this move was made to increase the standard of Singapore’s foreign workforce, it also means that future Employment Pass applicants will find it more difficult to receive the pass. Furthermore, unlike the EntrePass application process, the Employment Pass applicant’s employer or an employment agent must apply on the applicant’s behalf. An Employment Pass applicant may not directly approach the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for the purposes of application.
Who Should Use the EntrePass
The EntrePass is to be used by certain foreign professionals in Singapore. Foreign professionals who are eligible for the EntrePass are those who are planning to start and operate a business in Singapore. These foreign entrepreneurs may be of any nationality. Entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators who fulfill any of the criteria specified by MOM may apply for an EntrePass. The more criteria the applicant fulfills, the more likely the applicant’s EntrePass application will be accepted. All EntrePass applications are overseen by MOM. EntrePass applicants must also have started or be planning to start a Singapore-based private limited company. This company is to be registered with ACRA. If the company has already been registered, it must not have been in existence for more than six months on the date of application. If it has not yet been registered, the applicant may register after approval of the EntrePass application.
Who Should Use the Employment Pass
The Employment Pass is also targeted at certain foreign professionals in Singapore. Those who should use the Employment Pass are foreign executives, managers, or professionals who earn at least S$4,500 per month and have qualifications which MOM considers to be acceptable. Applicants who have outstanding track records or unique skill sets are likely to have their application approved. Those who graduated from a university with a high global ranking or well-regarded enrollment standards should also consider using the Employment Pass. This is because applications made by such people are also very likely to be accepted. Applicants who have used the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) and found that they are eligible for the Employment Pass should proceed to apply for one, as they too will probably be accepted.
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Why One Should Avoid Using the EntrePass
Thus far, the pros and cons of both the EntrePass and Employment Pass have been discussed. On the surface, they seem relatively similar. However, after taking a closer look, it becomes evident that owning an EntrePass can be much more problematic than owning an Employment Pass.
One issue with the EntrePass is the fact that immense business spending is required for renewal of the pass. With each passing year until the eighth year, this figure increases. It hits its maximum at the eye-popping sum of S$400,000. No other work permit in Singapore has such a strict expenditure requirement.
Another potential issue regarding EntrePass applications is that MOM’s acceptance of the application often depends on how many of the criteria are fulfilled. Although the official rules say that only one of the criteria must be fulfilled before one may receive an EntrePass, the reality is that in most cases, more than one, if not most, of the criteria must be fulfilled before MOM will become willing to issue the EntrePass. This is not the case for the Employment Pass or any of Singapore’s other work visas.
The fact that owners of certain businesses are ineligible for the EntrePass is also worth noting. Those who have plans to open a bar, food court, night club, acupuncture business, or any other business ineligible to receive an EntrePass will find themselves ultimately disappointed. In contrast, none of the other work visas in Singapore place such restrictions on the type of business which can be started.
Of course, this does not mean that it is impossible to use the EntrePass for the purposes of working in Singapore. However, given the fact that doing so comes with many potential problems, it is reasonable to say that using the EntrePass is the least viable option. Only if all other options, such as the Employment Pass, Personalised Employment Pass, or S Pass, have had a rejected submission attempt should one even consider using the EntrePass. Obviously, though, this is the exception rather than the rule. Therefore, using the EntrePass is generally a poor choice.