Should I engage an MOM-licensed agent to apply for Employment Pass?
Given that are two ways to apply for the employment pass, business owners, entrepreneurs and companies should understand the benefits of engaging an MOM-licensed agent instead of applying it in-house themselves.
The benefits are:
1. Years of insights to what is needed for higher EP application
Agents have exclusive insights and understanding of the relevant and additional supporting documents required to boost chance of success. This will also reduce the timeline for the Singapore employment pass application as there is no need for appeal.
2. Decrypting the reasons for rejection
Most of the EP application rejection outcomes are very short and vague replies from MOM. As agents, we will call MOM directly to speak to the officer to understand in detail the reasons of rejection and prepare the appeal accordingly.
Most of the officers prefer to speak to agents rather than businessowners or companies as agents have a better understanding of the process.
3. Closeness of relationship with MOM
Given that we spent a lot of time conversing with the MOM officers, the relationship is established. This means that when they see that the application is under the agent’s name, they are more likely to approve.
Application Status for your Employment Pass
You may check the status of application online via this link with log in required. The status might vary depending on the stage of the EP application.
Here are the common statuses during the entire timeline of the employment pass application:
Pending inputs from vetting agencies. Expected outcome is 2 months from the Date of Application.
We need inputs from other agencies to process this application. In most instances, the outcome will be available in 4 weeks’ time. Some cases may take longer.
Once MOM has received the input they required from other agencies or from vetting agencies, they will then need to verify the documents further before concluding the outcome.
When the application is approved, an In-Principal Approval (IPA) letter will be issued with a validity of 6 months. You can use the time given to plan your journey to relocate to Singapore.
Note: It is not advisable to make prior relocation plans to enter Singapore until you are given the IPA letter.
What if my Employment Pass application is rejected?
In the case that your application is rejected, you may submit an appeal within the next 3 months from the rejection date.
Once an appeal is submitted, MOM usually requires 3 to 6 weeks to assess the supporting documents submitted.
Note: The timeline for Singapore employment pass appeal is on a case-by-case basis.
If your application is stuck at the initial process and if it is more than a month, your only alternatives are:
Our team of Singapore employment pass specialists will analyse the rejection and reach out to MOM directly to understand the reasons for rejection.
An employment pass application can be a lengthy procedure, especially with the higher number of applications.
However, as an agent who deals with an Employment Pass application on a daily basis, we can communicate directly with the MOM officer and put in a chaser if the application prolonged after the cut-off date of 3 weeks.
This chaser will put the application as a priority for MOM officer to conclude and give an outcome. Although the timeline of the employment pass cannot be guaranteed, we are confident in securing your Singapore employment pass given our highly successful track record of 93%.
We have a stringent assessment for each candidate to ensure that the candidate has a strong chance of getting the employment pass.