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Work Visas in Singapore2021-07-26T18:03:45+08:00

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Foreigners who plan to work in Singapore must submit a work visa application to the government of Singapore. Among the work visas which exist in Singapore are the S Pass, Employment Pass (EP), Dependent Pass (DP), Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) and Entrepreneur Pass (EntrePass); each has different criteria and characteristics.

Employment Pass in Singapore

What is an Employment Pass (EP)?

The Employment Pass is designed for managers, executives and skilled professionals for foreigner to work in Singapore.

What is a Dependent Pass (DP)?

A Dependent Pass (DP) allows Employment Pass or S Pass holders to bring certain family members to Singapore. DP holders can’t apply a Letter of Consent (LOC) to work in Singapore. if you want to work in Singapore, you need to apply for Employment Pass, S Pass or work Permit.

Dependent Pass in Singapore
Long Term Visit Pass in Singapore

What is Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP)?

The Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) is for a common law spouse, Unmarried daughters above 21 years of age, parents / parents-in-law, step-child or handicapped child of an Employment Pass or S Pass holder.

What is Entrepreneur Pass (EntrePass)?

The EntrePass allows eligible foreign entrepreneurs to start and operate a business in Singapore that is venture-backed or possesses innovative technologies.

EntrePass in Singapore
TechPass in Singapore

What is a Tech Pass?

Tech. Pass is a visa that allows established tech entrepreneurs, leaders or technical experts from around the world to come to Singapore to perform frontier and disruptive innovations. Individuals can apply for the pass directly.

What is a Letter of Consent (LOC)?

A Letter of Consent (LOC) is only available for ICA-issued LTVP/LTVP+ holders. You can apply for a Letter of Consent to work in Singapore if you are an LTVP or LTVP+ holder who is the spouse or unmarried child of a Singaporean or PR.

LOC in Singapore
Singapore PR in Singapore

What is a Permanent Resident?

If you are a current work pass holder (Employment Pass, Personalised Employment Pass, EntrePass or S Pass), and have worked in Singapore for at least six months, you’ll be eligible to apply for Singapore PR (permanent resident) status.

Eligibility for Working Visa Pass in Singapore

FAQs

How long can I stay in Singapore after my Employment Pass is cancelled?2021-05-21T18:00:53+08:00

30 days. It is necessary to complete any remaining formalities the validity period of the Short-Term Visit Pass (STVP) may not be extended.

However, if you are looking for alternatives to remain in Singapore. We can help you to achieve your goal in mind.

What is a Letter of Consent (LOC)?2021-05-21T17:59:51+08:00

A confirmation letter to allow eligible Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) holders to work in Singapore when they found a job here. You will need to fulfill one of the following criteria to be eligible for a LOC and only your employer or appointed employment agency can apply on behalf for you.

  • An LTVP holder must be married to a Singaporean/PR
  • An unmarried child (under 21 years old) of a Singaporean or PR, who holds an LTVP.
  • The LTVP/LTVP+ has to be valid for at least 3 months, and you must have a job offer with a Singapore employer.

You may begin to start work only when your employer has the received the LOC.

What is a Dependant’s Pass?2021-05-21T17:58:40+08:00

The Dependant’s Pass (DP) is confirmation pass that allows legally married spouse and child and/or unmarried children under 21 years old of Employment Pass (EP) or S Pass holders to join them in Singapore.

Each DP has a maximum validity of 2 years, and only an employer or appointment employment agent can apply on behalf of the candidate.

How long will the Employment Pass Application take to process?2021-05-21T17:56:49+08:00

It takes about 3 weeks or longer for Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to process an EP application if everything runs according to plan.

How to get an Employment Pass in Singapore?2021-05-24T09:41:12+08:00

You will need to meet the following criteria to have the chance in applying for an Employment Pass (EP)

  • A job offers in Singapore
  • The role must be a managerial, executive or specialized
  • Earn a fixed monthly salary of at least $4,500 (for senior experience candidates, they have a higher salary standard to meet)
  • Acceptable qualifications; usually a good university degree, professional qualifications or specialized skills.

Additionally, you can make use of the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) offered by MOM which helps to check your eligibility prior to applying for an EP. Candidates who have done their SAT have a higher chance in securing an EP.

What are the Various Types of Work Visa in Singapore? Which are the common ones?2021-05-21T17:53:47+08:00

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) offer varieties of visa applications commonly known as work visa for foreigners who intend to work in the country. The visa is categorized based on the different needs each candidate is applying for and you can refer to the following examples of common applications and its eligibility criteria.

  • Employment Pass – Foreign professionals, managers and executives. They need to earn at least $4,500 a month and have acceptable qualifications.
  • EntrePass – Eligible foreign entrepreneurs who are keen to start a business in Singapore. They must be venture-backed or possesses innovative technologies.
  • S Pass – Mid-level skilled staff. They need to earn at least $2,500 a month and meet the assessment criteria.
  • Dependant’s Pass – For spouses and children of eligible Employment Pass or S Pass holders.

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