Before you can consider applying for an employment pass, you will need to have a job offer in a Singapore-registered business. The alternative route if you do not have a job or a sponsor, it is to register your own company and work under your newly-formed Singapore company with an EP.
Aside from that, the other requirements for employment pass are also detailed below:
From September 2022, MOM has revised the qualifying salary for every Employment Pass holder to S$5,000. This is raised from S$4,500 in 2020.
The strict policy imposed is aimed at moderating the number of foreign talents in Singapore. Also, this regular updating of the Employment Pass qualifying salary is part of MOM’s effort to keep pace with rising local wages, to maintain the quality of foreign workforce and enhance their contribution to the local workforce.
In many forums or rumours in website, in order for an Employment Pass application to be approved is by being offered a high salary. However, based on our professional experiences, this is a double sword edge situation.
For instance, if the employing company does not have sufficient fund to pay the offered salary, MOM may also reject the application.
2. Educational Qualification
One of the requirements to apply for an Employment Pass is having an acceptable qualification from accredited institution, professional qualification or hold specialised skills.
Those who wish to apply an Employment Pass, but their qualification is from unaccredited institutions will need to obtain a report from 3rd party global verification agencies such as Dataflow or Risk Management Intelligence (RMI).
This report is needed for the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to begin assessing the candidate application. Without it, MOM will not initiate the assessment and leads to an auto rejection.
For those applying the employment pass using their professional certificate will be scrutinize by the Ministry of Manpower. These types of applicants will usually need to compile supporting such as letter of recommendation and past work experience portfolio to boost the approval chance.
3. Employment Background
Besides your educational qualification, one of the overriding criteria is your employment background. Those with exceptional professional skills and expertise with a proven track record of relevant experiences will outshine the other applicants.
One of the reasons why this criterion is highly favoured it will impact the social and economic development of the republic and its citizens. Note that your skills should also match your previous job profile as this will determine your expertise in your respective field.
In some cases, let say if you lack notable education, this is where you can compensate it with a strong work experiences and background.