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Employment Pass in Singapore

2020-07-03T17:39:37+08:00December 22nd, 2014|464 Comments

Singapore’s Employment Pass (EP) is a work visa which lets foreign professionals, managers, executives, and specialists live and work in Singapore. Acquiring an EP involves a careful approach with regard to the strict EP requirements and the Ministry of Manpower’s latest regulations.

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The Singapore Employment Pass (EP) is a work visa which allows foreign professionals, managers, executives, specialists, and professionals to live and work in Singapore.

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As per the Singapore Companies Act, if a foreigner is to be a director of a Singapore company, the foreigner must be a valid pass holder. The most commonly selected pass for such purposes is the EP.

The EP is normally issued for one to two years at a time and is renewable thereafter. An EP visa enables one to work and live in Singapore and travel in and out of the country freely without having to apply for Singapore entry visas. This increases the ease of conducting business activities. Possession of an Employment Pass also makes it easier to apply for Permanent Resident (PR) status in Singapore.


Basic Employment Pass Information

 Employment Pass in Singapore

Employment Pass applicants must earn at least S$3,900 a month and have requisite qualifications. Older applicants must generally command a higher salary that is commensurate with the work experience and quality they are expected to bring.

Employers or employment agents (recommended for higher approval rates) should apply for the pass before an applicant comes to Singapore.

It takes Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) around three weeks or longer to process an EP application. Upon receiving the In-principle Approval (IPA) notification, we at Paul Hype Page & Co will make arrangements for the collection of your EP if you have applied for one.

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Foreign entrepreneurs ought to note that the Employment Pass application can only be made after their company has been incorporated. It is not necessary to be physically present in Singapore while the application is being processed.


Employment Pass Procedures and Timeline

All EP applications can be submitted electronically to the Ministry of Manpower.

If you choose to work with us at Paul Hype Page & Co, the entire process will consist of the following steps:

  1. Update the Ministry of Manpower regarding the newly incorporated company. (2 days)
  2. Fill up EP form (to be done by client)
  3. Check and submit Employment Pass (to be done by authorized Paul Hype Page & Co Employment Pass agent) (2 days)
  4. Approval application (within 7 days) – In-Principle Approval (IPA) / Medical check-up (if required)
  5. Card issuance (at Paul Hype Page & Co office)
  6. Card registration at the Ministry of Manpower’s office (for new EP applicants)
  7. Card collection (at Paul Hype Page & Co office)

The total duration of the application procedure may vary; the Ministry of Manpower might require additional documents or verification of documents.

Once the EP has been approved, the MOM will issue an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter. An IPA letter is valid for six months from the date of notification of approval.

After receiving the IPA letter, we will make arrangements for your EP card issuance.

You will be required to present:

  • A copy of the IPA letter
  • Recently-taken passport-sized photograph
  • Original passport with the entry embarkation cards
  • Medical exam report (if the IPA letter states that one is required)
  • Any other documents requested in the approval letter

The medical examination can be conducted in the appicant’s home country through an established clinic or hospital or in Singapore. Most clinics in Singapore can provide a medical examination and report within one or two working days.

Should you need to proceed to the MOM for card registration (for thumbprint and photography), we will help you book an appointment with the MOM.

The EP will be ready to be collected at our office after four working days.


Documents Required for Submission of an Employment Pass Application

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The following documents are required to submit an Employment Pass visa application in Singapore:

  • EP application form which is to be endorsed by the Singapore-based company which is hiring or will hire the applicant
  • Resume or CV stating educational and employment history
  • Copies of educational certificates and past employment testimonials
  • A copy of the personal details page on the applicant’s passport
  • Photograph of the applicant
  • A copy of the business profile of the company hiring the applicant
  • Detailed description of the applicant’s job duties
  • Detailed description of the products, services, and/or business activities of the company hiring the applicant
  • Tenancy agreement of the place of business operations in Singapore
  • Any documents in a language other than English must be translated into English by an official translation service.


Employment Pass Eligibility Criteria

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  • The foreign professional must have a fixed monthly salary of at least S$3,900.
  • A monthly income of S$6,000 or more is required so that a Dependant’s Pass application can be approved.
  • Parents of EP holders can also apply for the Long Term Visit Pass, but the EP holder must draw a minimum salary of S$12,000 (from January 1, 2018, onwards) before the parents are eligible.
  • Generally, a recognized diploma or degree from a reputed university is expected.
  • Professional qualifications, specialist skills, and work-related experience are also taken into account.
  • The Ministry of Manpower evaluates each applicant on the basis of individual merit. Other factors which also play a very important role are:
  • Salary of the applicant
  • Age of the applicant
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Applicant’s current citizenship
  • Any past EP application rejections

Even if the applicant has a recognized educational qualification, this does not guarantee a successful application as the applicant is also required to satisfy other criteria such as relevant work experience and or professional skills. Similarly, an applicant who does not possess a recognized educational qualification may not necessarily be rejected for the Employment Pass if the applicant possesses other compensating factors.

The eligibility criteria for the Employment Pass as imposed by the Ministry of Manpower are intended to ensure that EP holders’ salaries are similar to those of their local counterparts, raise the standards of Singapore’s foreign workforce, and discourage employers from hiring foreigners instead of locals due to a lower cost involved. Furthermore, there are possibilities that some foreigners could have plans to enter Singapore for the purposes of money laundering or any other illicit activities. Therefore, it is extremely important that the Ministry enforces these criteria as strictly and authoritatively as possible in order for Singapore and its economy to benefit through the contributions of local workers and eligible, legitimate foreign workers alike.

Understanding the strict eligibility criteria can be a daunting task as the Ministry of Manpower’s reasoning can be difficult to understand. Thus, we have prepared a detailed guide on the Employment Pass Requirements in Singapore.


How the Employment Pass is related to the Long Term Visit Pass and Dependant’s Pass

The EP is one of four Singapore work passes which has close ties to the Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP) and Dependant’s Pass (DP). EP holders who fulfill certain criteria can apply for either of these passes. By doing so, they can make it easier for members of their family to come to Singapore.

To apply for an LTVP, the applicant must be a holder of either the EP or S Pass. The applicant must also earn a fixed monthly salary of at least S$6,000 and be sponsored by a company which has been registered in Singapore. Applicants may obtain an LTVP for any of the following family members: common-law spouses, unmarried handicapped children who are aged 21 or older, and unmarried stepchildren who are below 21 years old. Successful LTVP applicants who earn a fixed monthly salary of at least S$12,000 may also opt to use the pass on one or both of their parents.

Those who apply for a DP must already hold one of the following: an EP, an S Pass, a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP), or an EntrePass. The applicant must also earn a minimum of S$6,000 per month. The DP can be obtained for the applicant’s spouse or unmarried children, whether biological or otherwise, who are below 21 years old. Applicants may apply for the DP at the same time as or at any time after applying for their work pass. DPs are linked to work passes; they expire at the same time that their corresponding work pass does.


Employment Pass Advantages Which Do Not Apply to Other Work Visas

There are several advantages which are provided to applicants for as well as holders of an Employment Pass which do not exist for those of other Singapore work visas. S Pass holders are not permitted to either own or be the director of a company. They are also barred from entering certain lines of work. Personalized Employment Pass holders have a much higher salary requirement than do Employment Pass holders. They too are not permitted to enter specific lines of work. EntrePass holders are required to fulfil specific criteria related to their status as an entrepreneur, innovator, or investor. None of these additional requirements are applicable with regard to the EP. Thus, it is only to be expected that the EP is the Singapore work visa most commonly selected by foreigners.


The Self-Assessment Tool (SAT)

According to our Singapore Employment Pass Guide, it is wise to make use of the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT), an online tool offered by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM). In the guide, we have listed important factors to consider when applying for a Singapore Employment Pass. 

The SAT serves as a gauge of one’s chances of receiving an Employment Pass; it is not an exact means of determining either approval or rejection of such an application.. Applicants and employers can check whether they meet the specific requirements to obtain the proper work passes. The SAT is reliable and has as a high level of accuracy. The SAT will aid in checking one’s eligibility based on nationality, education profile, working background or experience, and salary profile.

Should the SAT results indicate that an applicant is not eligible, the applicant is advised to abandon the application because the application may be outright rejected. However, the SAT is merely a reference and does not depict actual results; the application will nevertheless be thoroughly reviewed by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) authorities.

The Self-Assessment Tool exists on the MOM’s website.


How to Check Employment Pass Application Status

After applying for an EP online, the following image can be seen:

Employment Pass Status

According to this image, the details that will be shown on-screen are the applicant’s Foreign Identification Number (FIN), name, application number, pass type, and status. It is this last detail, the applicant’s status, which will be discussed in further detail.

Applicants’ EP status can be divided into three categories. An applicant’s EP application status can be pending, rejected, or approved.

If the applicant’s EP status is “pending”, it means that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is either currently assessing the application or requires more documents before making a decision about approval. Among the documents sometimes required by the MOM are details of the business activities of the applicant’s employer, details and pictures of the tenancy of the applicant’s company’s place of business operations, or a letter justifying why a certain company requires the services and contributions of the applicant. The MOM may also require proof of the ongoing business operations of the applicant’s employer. Such proof may include sales invoices issued to major clients, local corporate bank statements, and major client contracts which have been secured.

If the applicant’s EP status is “rejected”, the applicant has three months from the MOM’s formal rejection to submit an appeal. To appeal an EP rejection, an applicant needs the following: a bank statement proving that the applicant’s company’s balance can cover at least 12 months’ salary and business expenses if the applicant owns a company, major contracts secured by the applicant, and any relevant sales invoices.

If the applicant’s EP status is “approved”, the MOM has already approved the application. The applicant may now proceed to make an appointment with the MOM to receive the EP and activate it.



Entry Visa into Singapore (Using IPA Letter)

If you are abroad and require an entry visa to Singapore, your IPA letter will include a single journey entry visa. Upon your arrival in Singapore, we will make an appointment with the Ministry of Manpower on your behalf for fingerprinting. Once the procedures have been completed, your pass will be ready within four working days.


Other Important Facts Regarding EP Applications

The only people who are to apply for a person’s Employment Pass are those who are employers based in Singapore and who have hired or will hire the person in question. Upon the applicant’s acceptance of the job offer, the employer is to submit the offer letter including job and salary details. The employer is also to pay all fees for application including those to be paid to any agent if necessary.

Once this Employment Pass application has been submitted, the Ministry of Manpower will conduct a check in order to ensure that the applicant neither has any other work visa applications which have not yet been approved nor has submitted an incomplete application. Any such EP application will be rejected.

Upon approval of this application, the applicant will be assigned a Foreign Identification Number (FIN). Each FIN is specific to an individual and is to be used for every job application made by the applicant. However, it must also be mentioned that the assigning of a FIN does not necessarily imply approval of the relevant Employment Pass application.


In the Event of an Employment Pass Application Rejection

Sometimes, an Employment Pass application is rejected by the authorities. If such has happened to you, we will investigate why the outcome was so. We will consider the Ministry of Manpower’s reasons, establish a firm appeal in your defence, address the issues raised, and provide any needed documents on request.

Appeals take at least three weeks to be completed, though this duration may sometimes be longer.

Any appeal must be submitted within three months of the official rejection. After this time period, a new application must be submitted.


Reasons for Rejection of an EP Application

  1. Job scope and qualifications do not match. Educational profile and experience should be aligned with the job requirements.
  2. The applicant’s previous employer did not hire locals or had an imbalanced ratio of locals to foreign employees in the company. This shows a lack of contribution to Singapore and a lack of trust in the local economy. It also casts a poor light on the company with regard to its global standing.
  3. A local can easily take the job which the applicant is pursuing. In such a case, there is no need for a foreign talent as there are enough locals that can already do the same job.
  4. Criteria such as academic and salary qualifications are not fulfilled to an appropriate level.
  5. The duration of the applicant’s previous job is less than two years and the applicant changed job without any acceptable reason. The Ministry of Manpower takes a dim view of job-hoppers and applicants with questionable work records.
  6. The applicant has discrepancies in the information provided such as personal information or credentials.
  7. The applicant gave inadequate information to substantiate the application.
  8. The applicant’s resume does not exhibit an increasing level of prestige or salary. This gives the impression of a lack of personal improvement and contributions

A careful approach and much attention to detail is required when dealing with an application rejection. We have provided a guide titled   “Why Is Your Singapore Employment Pass Rejected which includes further information on this matter.

Jobs Bank Requirements of Companies Applying for an Employment Pass

Since August 2014, the Ministry of Manpower has required companies that intend to hire EP holders to first advertise the relevant position in the Singapore Workforce Development Agency’s Jobs Bank. However, certain exceptions apply.

The following positions are exempted:

  • Jobs in firms with fewer than 25 employees
  • Jobs that pay more than S$12,000 per month
  • Intra-corporate transferees (i.e. candidates holding senior positions / professionals with advanced levels of expertise)
  • Short-term positions (less than one month)


Factors that Make an Employment Pass Application Successful

The MOM’s strict yet subjective criteria focus on many factors, particularly those regarding the quality of the EP applicant and the applicant’s background. There are some key factors that often determine the outcome of an application.

One of the main factors considered by the MOM is whether the applicant will be able to contribute to the Singaporean economy. Generally, Singapore demands skilled talent from abroad when no suitable job applicant can be found among locals. In such situations, foreign talent is needed.


  • Company sector

An Employment Pass application is likely to be accepted if the applicant is from a company operating in a sector which is significant to the growth of Singaporean economy. Such sectors are known as priority sectors.

The Singaporean government recently introduced a programme known as the Tech@SG Programme. It aims to make it easier for foreign skilled talent to come to Singapore and work in Singapore’s technological sector. One of the ways in which the government plans to expedite this process is by easing the requirements for Employment Pass application.

This programme could have a significant impact on Employment Pass laws as a whole. Should the Tech@SG Programme turn out to be successful, there is a reasonable chance that the new, more lenient Employment Pass regulations will be extended to foreigners entering any business in any industry in Singapore.


  • Salary  

The MOM requires the salary of applicants to be commensurate with the applicant’s skill level and be competitive enough to meet the manpower needs of the country’s economy. An applicant’s salary should be at least S$3,900. Of course, those who have extensive experience in their field will demand a higher salary amount.

Note that if there are many other applicants who meet other criteria on qualifications and experience, applicants with higher salaries are more likely to be approved. This is because the MOM does not want the applicant’s salary to match or compete with local talent.


  • Qualifications and experience 

An applicant’s skills should portray appropriate relevance to the job scope of the job which the applicant is pursuing.

Apart from the resume, the Ministry of Manpower will also closely scrutinize the applicant’s job description to assess the applicant’s understanding of the responsibilities of the role and how the applicant will create financial advantages. If the position requires special or rare skills instead of commonly available skills, the application will be prioritized as such skills are scarce among locals.

Applicants who provide any testimonials from previous employers are more likely to have their applications accepted. This is because the MOM will believe that in such situations, the applicant’s skills are outstanding and unique.


  • Jobs Bank 

The Singaporean government is required to prioritize locals during the hiring process. As such, employers must advertise the job in the Jobs Bank for at least two weeks. Only when there are no locals applying for the job can employers consider hiring foreign employees.

This requirement was put in place to aid the government scheme known as the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF). This scheme is intended to make companies consider Singaporeans before hiring foreigners. By doing so, companies uphold Singapore’s fair recruitment practices.


  • Business Plan 

If the applicant’s company is still new and in the early stages of its growth, a viable business model is required to build the profile of the company. It is best to demonstrate a three-year financial projection and include details of proposed business activities in Singapore. Applicants who also emphasize future hiring plans for Singaporeans are likely to win favour with the authorities.

This business plan will give information on the applicant’s plans and intentions to positively contribute to the republic. Most business plans usually consist of three to four pages of text, with effective visual aids serving as supporting information.


  • Paid-up Capital 

EP applicants who own a company need to provide evidence that their company has a sufficient amount of paid-up capital. This would inform the MOM that the applicant’s company has the financial viability to pay out salaries consistently.

The MOM has been clamping down on companies which are not financially viable enough to support the payments of employees’ salaries as well as other business expenses. Therefore, EP applicants who own companies with low amounts of paid-up capital are unlikely to have their EP applications accepted. In most cases, the more the amount of paid-up capital, the higher the EP applicant’s chances of approval. However, a large amount of paid-up capital does not necessitate the approval of the EP application; some with companies with large amounts of paid-up capital could be rejected as well.


Company Incorporation as an Employment Pass Holder

It is possible for one who is an Employment Pass holder to incorporate a company in Singapore. After having applied for and received an EP, the EP holder must thenfulfill the standard incorporation criteria which apply to all who incorporate a company in Singapore. These include directors among whom at least one is a local resident director, shareholders who may either be individual or corporate and either local or foreign, at least S$1 of paid-up capital, a non-post office box registered address located in Singapore, a company secretary who is a Singapore resident, and an auditor unless the company is an exempt private company.

It is possible for the EP holder to be one of the directors or one of the shareholders of the company. A corporate bank account for the company will have to be opened after incorporation. It is not necessary for a foreigner to be in Singapore for the opening of the corporate bank account. One may use either a Certificate of Incumbency or any other valid official document in front of a notary public, the foreign branch staff members of the Singapore bank with which the account is being opened, or the Singapore Ambassador or High Commissioner to the country in question.


Employment Pass Application Form

If you are ready to start your Employment Pass application, click here to fill up theEmployment Pass Questionnaire.  Our in-house agent will help you with this process.

You may also use the Self Assessment Tool (SAT) to check the Employment Pass or S Pass eligibility of your candidacy before you apply or appeal.


Employment Pass in Singapore FAQs

What is the purpose of the Jobs Bank?2020-06-22T14:36:15+08:00

The Jobs Bank was created to help Singaporeans who are seeking a job with their search for employment. It allows for greater connection between Singapore’s employers and jobseekers. It is also linked to MySkillsFuture and the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF).

Must all EP holders eventually become Permanent Residents?2020-06-22T14:35:57+08:00

Those who are interested in obtaining PR status in Singapore ought to know that receiving an EP will make it much easier for them to do so. Therefore, foreigners who are interested in becoming a Singapore PR ought to apply for an EP. However, those who already own an EP but have no desire to become a Singapore PR are not obliged to do so.

Can anyone from any country receive an Employment Pass?2020-06-22T14:35:16+08:00

The current regulations regarding the Employment Pass do not bar anyone from receiving one on the basis of nationality. Anyone who meets all of the relevant criteria may receive it. Therefore, any eligible person from any country may receive an Employment Pass.


  1. Tai June 2, 2020 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    Hi Paul,

    I accepted to a new job offer and my new company applied an Employment Pass for me on 11 May 2020. It has been more than 3 weeks and I have not heard from MOM.

    I understand that there can be delay in the process due to the current situation. However, I am increasingly worried whether the delay is not a good sign to the outcome of my pass application.

    I am very much seeking for an advice on the matter. Thank you!!!

    • Kumaran Tiwiyah June 11, 2020 at 9:56 am

      Hi Tai
      Do note that the timeline of 3 weeks is contingent on a variety of factors, including your company’s application. Additionally, due to the current situation, MOM is currently prioritising the applications of individuals currently in Singapore. These are factors that do not necessarily indicate a negative result from your application. Hence it is best to remain calm regarding the lack of response.
      In the interim, it would be wise for you to reach out to your company’s HR department to seek clarification, and to check if they require additional supporting documents from you.
      Wishing you the best of luck in your new job.

      Warm regards

  2. Maddy May 22, 2020 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    I am a foreigner currently working in Malaysia. I had received a job offer from Singapore company, and they had applied for my EP in March 2020. But due to COVID, my EP got rejected.

    Can you please let me know when will Singapore start issuing new EP for foreigners? I heard Singapore is relaxing its circuit breaker from June 1, so is there any chance they will start issuing EP for foreigners, and by when will they do it?

    • Kumaran Tiwiyah June 1, 2020 at 10:19 am

      Hello Maddy

      For foreigners who are not in Singapore, approvals are currently limited.
      We are unable to comment on the plans for after 2nd June 2020, as these will be dependent on MOM’s internal policy making.

      Please bear in mind that the approval process is contingent on a variety of factors, and you may want to have a second opinion on your application.

      If you require assistance in navigating the process, please get in touch with us and we can advise you on how foreigners can incorporate their own company and work in Singapore.
      The process for approval for EP is estimated to be 2 months if there are no issues with the application. Do expect some delays due to the current situation.
      Looking forward to your response.

      Thank you for your questions.

  3. Filbert May 20, 2020 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’ve questions regarding employment pass.

    1. Will foreigner finally be allowed to apply EP after circuit breaker is lifted (2nd June)?
    2. If yes, what will the process be like? If no, do we have a target date for that to happen?



    • Kumaran Tiwiyah May 28, 2020 at 9:41 am

      Hello Filbert
      For foreigners currently in Singapore, MOM is still approving applications. However, for foreigners who are not in Singapore, approvals will be very limited. We are unable to comment on the plans for after 2nd June 2020, as these will be dependent on MOM’s internal policy making.
      The process for approval for EP is estimated to be 2 months if there are no issues with the application. Do expect some delays due to the current situation. If you require assistance in navigating the application process, please get in touch with us and we can advise you on how foreigners can incorporate their own company and work in Singapore. Looking forward to your response.

      Thank you for your questions.

  4. Snehashis Khan May 4, 2020 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I am an EP holder in Singapore and about to change jobs. My new employer had applied for EP and I have received the IPA. However the IPA states approval for a period of 12 months only. My current EP was renewed for a period of 36 months, hence i am a little surprised with the new EP being issued for 12 months only. Is that because the company i am joining is a new entity and i am the first hire ?

    • Kumaran Tiwiyah May 5, 2020 at 11:41 am

      Hello Snehashis,

      The duration of existence of the company is sometimes related to the Employment Pass’s eligibility duration. An Employment Pass related to a new company tends to be eligible for one or two years.

      For further information on the Employment Pass, please contact us.

      Thank you for your question.

  5. Tan KL April 8, 2020 at 11:13 am - Reply

    I have a Sr manager who is holding a global position . He is going to be based in Singapore and is going to be a EP holder. He travels extensively bec of his position. Is there a min period that he must be physically working in Singapore if he is a EP holder. He is aware that he has to pay Singapore taxes.

    • Kumaran Tiwiyah April 13, 2020 at 11:20 am

      Hello Tan,

      Your senior manager will not be denied his Employment Pass because there is no minimum period for which he must have worked in Singapore before receiving it as long as all requirements are fulfilled.

      Please contact us at any time for further information on the Employment Pass.

      Thank you for your question.

  6. PAULRAJ February 21, 2020 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    My name is Paulraj (Z5253515) from India.My father’s name is Swamidass Nadar. GM,Hyflux Innovation centre, Singapore has appointed me in this reputed Company. Would you please inform me the Status of my Visa? (It may be SPASS or EPASS)

    Yours Faithfully
    PAULRAJ (Z5253515)

    • Kumaran Tiwiyah March 20, 2020 at 9:36 am

      Hello Paulraj,

      As we are not a government agency, we do not have access to the status of your visa. Please contact Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower if you would like to do so.
      Nevertheless, you may also contact us for further information on either the S Pass or the Employment Pass.

      Thank you for your question.

  7. serene hui February 19, 2020 at 1:25 pm - Reply

    I plan to stay at Johor and travel daily with relative to Singapore to work. Is it ok use johor address to issue the EP card?

    • Kumaran Tiwiyah March 20, 2020 at 9:42 am

      Hello Serene,

      According to the Ministry of Manpower, there are no restrictions on the location in which an EP holder may reside as long as the holder works in Singapore.
      You may speak to us at any time if you would like further information on the Employment Pass.

      Thank you for your question.

  8. Suleiman Abdulwahab salis January 19, 2020 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Hi please i need a job in Singapore am 25 years old am from Nigeria but am now working in Dubai for about 8 month ago as outdoor sales executive, my education level is diploma in accounting. And I also have five years hand work experience on Goldsmith,. So please i want to know to process and also how long. Thank you so much.

    • Kumaran Tiwiyah January 23, 2020 at 9:59 am

      Hello Suleiman,

      If you would like to work in Singapore, you will need an Employment Pass (EP) to do so. We provide services which enable anyone who is interested to receive an EP.

      Please contact us at any time for further information on the EP.

      Thank you.

  9. Mukesh January 18, 2020 at 11:52 pm - Reply

    My friend working here as housekeeper 2 year ready . Now company not renew his contract and end of january his pass going to expire. Can u have any vacancy for him like spass or epass

    • Kumaran Tiwiyah January 23, 2020 at 10:19 am

      Hello Mukesh,

      One of the services we provide is that of EP application. We charge a fee of S$800 for each EP application.

      Please contact us at any time for further information on the EP.

      Thank you for your question.

  10. rahman md anisur January 17, 2020 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Hi, im doing work in Singapore almost 5 years in construction sector. im a aircond technician cum driver.Recently company want to apply Ep Pass for me, i have electrical diploma certificates.Is it possible a WP construction can be Ep holder by company application to MOM

    • Kumaran Tiwiyah January 23, 2020 at 10:00 am

      Hello Rahman,

      It is possible for a WP holder to become an EP holder. If you have fulfilled the EP requirements related to having a job offer in Singapore while earning a sufficient salary and possessing suitable qualifications, your company is willing to sponsor your EP application, and the application is approved, you will receive an EP.

      Please contact us at any time for further information on the EP.

      Thank you for your question.

  11. louis January 15, 2020 at 12:36 am - Reply

    hi i have only left of 6 days to visit singapore but now i am not singapore,

    i had received my IPA yesterday (14 jan 2020) from my employer, and they request me to start to work on next tuesday(21 jan.2020) am i will be eligible to work.

    another question is may i still stay in singapore due to my social visit left of 6 days

    • Kumaran Tiwiyah January 23, 2020 at 10:23 am

      Hello Louis,

      As you have received an IPA, your work permit would thus have been approved. Thus, you are eligible to work in Singapore.

      However, in your particular situation, it may be advisable for you to extend the validity period of either your IPA or Visit Pass. You may extend your IPA through the MOM’s WP Online service and the Visit Pass through the ICA’s e-Service.

      Thank you for your question.

  12. Thomas Masih November 23, 2019 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Hi.. This is Thomas masih from Punjab Ludhiana India.

    Can I get E-pass for Singapore??


    Thomas masih

    • Kumaran Tiwiyah November 25, 2019 at 4:16 pm

      Hello Thomas,

      If you have fulfilled all the requirements specified by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower, you will receive an Employment Pass.

      Please contact us for further information about obtaining an Employment Pass.

      Thank you for your question.

  13. Mike November 6, 2019 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Hi, can someone visit Singapore (3 month Visa free passport holder), while the Employment Pass is being processed? Will there be any issues on the border in? Planning to visit for a week while EP is processing for house hunting etc.


    • Kumaran Tiwiyah November 7, 2019 at 9:08 am

      Hello Mike,

      It is possible to enter Singapore with an ordinary passport while one’s EP is being processed. However, those who do so will not be able to use an EP to enter Singapore because the processing of the EP would not yet have been completed.

      If you are interested in finding out more information about the EP, contact us at any time; we will provide you with more relevant information.

      Thank you for your question.

  14. Kumar October 23, 2019 at 7:58 am - Reply


    Am running Accounting, Tax and secretarial services in Malaysia, now am willing to open a company in Singapore. Please advice, how to open a company (nature of business is IT)
    How to apply for the EP and the total cost .

    Thank you

    • angela ng October 29, 2019 at 4:56 am

      Hello Kumar,

      All company registrations in Singapore are to be submitted to the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA), while EP applications are to be submitted to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

      We offer packages related to both company incorporation and EP application alike at affordable prices. Contact us if you are interested in finding out more about our packages.


  15. ajay June 12, 2019 at 3:47 am - Reply


    I am a DP holder and new to Singapore. I am an Indian citizen.

    Can you tell me how can I work in Singapore for a US company that is not registered in Singapore? The salary will be paid in SGD here.

    I can work as a consultant. But what is the legal way? I am ok with paying taxes.


    • Kumaran Tiwiyah July 17, 2019 at 8:11 am

      Hi Ajay,

      Your US company will need to setup a company in Singapore and apply LOC (Letter of Consent ) for you before you can legally work for them.
      We will be able to assist you in both company setup and work pass / LOC.
      Do drop us an email to get the right work pass for yourself.


  16. Shivam Bansal June 10, 2019 at 6:53 am - Reply


    My Company H2O.AI has hired me and wants to apply for employment pass. Since they are based in the United States, they need assistance in the application process. Please share how can Paul Hype Page & Co assist my company.


    • Kumaran Tiwiyah July 17, 2019 at 8:13 am

      Hello Shivam,

      To apply for an Employment Pass, you will require a passport, your company’s latest business profile, and your educational certificates. However, your company also has to register with Singapore’s Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) for it to obtain a business profile.

      We at Paul Hype Page & Co can help you with both of these. We will help your company register with ACRA and also help you get an Employment Pass. Please contact us for further information.

      Thank you.

  17. cindy soh May 19, 2019 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    for local registered companies. it must be minimum Singaporean employees for us to employ
    foreigner to get the E Pass?

    • eric eric May 29, 2019 at 1:27 am

      Dear Cindy

      You do not need to have any local staff to employ any number of employment pass holder. Hope this answers your question.


      Paul Hype Page

  18. G.D.Bairwa October 15, 2018 at 8:42 am - Reply

    Our office is already functioning in Singapore. It is known as Indiatourism, Singapore it is a Representative Office of Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, registered with Enterprise Singapore. Indiatourism, office Singapore is not doing any commercial activity and the mandate of the office is to promote tourism from the area of its jurisdiction to India, by coordinating with tour operators, participating in the fairs/ exhibitions etc.. The office and the officers are also not paying taxes.

    Earlier the staff strength of the office was 4 (2 India based officers and 2 local based) now it has changed as 7 ( 5 India based and 2 local based) and the Enterprise Singapore is registering offices upto 4 staff. It has been advised by them to register Indiatourism Singapore with ACRA with the revised Staff Strength. I want to apply for employment pass and therefore need help for registration and for applying for Employment pass.


    • angela ng October 16, 2018 at 2:55 am

      Dear Bairwa,

      Sure, our in-house employment agent will able to assist you for employment pass application to ensure the right work visa to work in Singapore. My corporate specialist will contact you.
      Thank you

  19. Ibrahim Issaka August 31, 2018 at 9:16 am - Reply

    im a safety officer with nebosh igc123 n im now working in qatar how do i get ep pass to singapore

    • Paul Hype Page September 12, 2018 at 10:31 am

      Hi Ibrahim,

      To obtain an Employment Pass in Singapore, you would either need to be employed by a Singapore-based employer, or start your own business. Our highly recommended all-in-one Incorporation with Employment Pass package is the best way for entrepreneurs to get started. Do drop us an email at paulhypepage@php-cpa.com.sg for more information.

      Best Regards,

  20. Pravmit March 14, 2018 at 3:10 am - Reply

    Hi current EP might not get renewed due to pass issue in company. interested in incorporating own company and applying EP. please guide

    • Paul Hype Page March 14, 2018 at 3:15 am

      Hi Pravmit,

      We have an all-in-one Incorporation with Employment Pass package which is the quickest and most efficient option for setting up a company in Singapore. To be able to advise you better, we would need to know more details about the nature of the business you intend to set up. Do drop us an email at paulhypepage@php-cpa.com.sg to set up an appointment, we look forward to working with you.

      Best Regards,

  21. Nikunj Patel March 11, 2018 at 8:52 am - Reply

    Hi, Greetings of the day, My name is Nikunj Patel, I would like to visit Singapore and would like to convert my visitor visa in E Pass or S Pass. I got more than 14 years experience in different countries like UK, USA, UAE and India. Please could you update me. You have a nice day. Thanks & Regards,
    Nikunj Patel

    • Paul Hype Page March 14, 2018 at 3:10 am

      Dear Nikunj,

      There are two ways to get an Employment Pass in Singapore. The first would be through being hired by a local Singaporean employer, and the second would be through setting up your own company via our all-in-one Incorporation with Employment Pass package. If you would like to explore the second option, do contact us at paulhypepage@php-cpa.com.sg.


  22. WYNNIE WONG March 9, 2018 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    My company would like to promote me as account executive & apply EP for me, I have >9 years of working experience (<2 years in Singapore), but I only holding LCCI level 3 group diploma in accounting, am I eligible for the application? How much salary my employer need to offer me in order to meet the requirement? And currently I'm 30 years old.

    • Paul Hype Page March 14, 2018 at 3:07 am

      Dear Wynnie,

      You may check your eligibility on MOM’s Self-Assessment tool available on their website. Hope this helps.


  23. SAZZAD February 26, 2018 at 2:38 pm - Reply

    I need your advise…. how to obtain an EP in Singapore?

    1. I am the foreign Director of two registered company in Singapore since 2015 and possessed major share in both.

    Pls advise.. Thanks with regards

    • Paul Hype Page February 27, 2018 at 9:14 am

      Hi Sazzad,

      The way to obtain EP in Singapore is either through a Singapore-based employer, or by setting up your own business with our all-in-one Incorporation with Employment Pass package. Should you need assistance with setting up your own business, do drop us an email at paulhypepage@php-cpa.com.sg and our dedicated Corporate Specialists will get back to you.


  24. Livardy Wufianto February 13, 2018 at 4:51 am - Reply

    Dear George,

    Do Employment pass need sponsorship? If the company does not give sponsorship, can I still apply for Employment Pass?

    • Paul Hype Page February 16, 2018 at 5:53 am

      Dear Livardy,

      The Employment Pass in Singapore can be acquired through these two channels:

      1. Through a Singapore-based employer
      2. Through starting a business of your own (we have an all-in-one Incorporation with Employment Pass package for that)

      Best Regards,

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