A leap of candidate’s salary
One of the famous rejection reasons is MOM noticed a significant change in the candidate’s salary compared to their previous employment. It is not advisable for an EP candidate to put in a salary that cause a huge gap compared to his previous employment.
To overcome this, always put a salary range in between the previous salary received, a recommended leeway of 30%. They can also check their eligibility via the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) with the intended salary.
Job Scope and Qualifications Do Not Match
MOM examine a candidate’s educational background, work experiences, the salary offered, and market demands for certain occupation before deciding the outcome of the application. Hence, your profile should be commensurate with the job scope. To put simply, a junior executive should not be hired for a senior associate position.
It is always advantageous for a candidate to possess skills and knowledge related to the occupation applied as an EP holder. It will also be helpful if some letter of recommendations, be it from the past employers or potential clients are presented to support the application. The supporting documents will boost the chance of success in an application.
The Position Can be Easily Replaced by a Singaporean
As mentioned above, the Government wishes to create sustainable and inclusive growth for Singaporeans to remain at the core of the country’s workforce. Hence, any positions applied for foreign expats that can be easily replaced by a Singaporean will have a higher chance of the Singapore Employment Pass rejection.
The country is looking out for foreign talent who can contribute in the long run. Having skills or abilities that are rare within the country and directly relates to the business entity will likely have their EP approved. For example, a foreign professional from Korean background advising on Korean products is in a niche. It is difficult for Singaporeans to fulfil this position.
Applicant Did Not Fulfil the Eligibility Criteria
In certain situations, the candidate opts to put in the application without first checking their eligibility via the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) which leads to rejection. One of the reasons for it is the salary demand. Even though the current minimum qualifying salary for one to hold an Employment Pass is SGD$ 4,500, it does not apply to every candidate.
Checking their eligibility via the SAT is definitely helpful before proceeding to submit the EP application. Also speak to a consultant that can gauge if your salary is in proportion to your age, experience, skills and the job scope.
Discrepancies in Applicant’s Personal Information
Every EP applicant is required to provide sufficient information about personal details, academic qualifications, work experience, awards, and achievements. Those who either provide insufficient or incorrect information will find that their application will be rejected. Every EP application goes through a vetting process to determine the accuracy and authenticity of each application.
A common example is how educational certifications are commonly misplaced and consequently not uploaded as a supporting document. Or how many declare they have completed courses but in actual fact have only attended partially.
Educational certifications from China and India also require further verification. If not done properly, it delays the process or results in rejection.
Declare only what you can prove with supporting documents and complete the entire verification process before your submissions. All these are in due planning and organisation. The paperwork can be too much to handle, or you just may not have the right avenues to complete verification processes. If so, approach a consultant like Paul Hype Page.
The Government’s criteria for approving work passes have been regularly updated to enable business to grow as well as to support employment opportunities for local. That being said, MOM will only approve of Employment Pass applications who are able to meet the requirement and can directly contribute to the local economy. If that is not met, the Singapore Employment Pass rejection may be on the cards.
One of the ways to ensure the Employment Pass application is a smooth one is by hiring a professional agency to do so on your behalf. Fortunately, Paul Hype Page is one of the pioneers in doing work visa application, mainly Employment Pass.
Our group of experts not only assist to review the documentation before we proceed with submission but also offers professional advice where necessary. We also work closely with MOM to understand better on the reason behind every rejection and how we can counterpart them via appeal.
We ensure to cover up as many red flags MOM might point out so the application can be assessed smoothly by the Ministry of Manpower.