3. 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.
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.
4. Job Scope and Qualifications Do Not Match
MOM review 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.
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 are presented to support the application. The supporting documents will boost the chance of success in an application.
5. The Position Can be Easily Replaced by a Singaporean
The Government wishes to create sustainable and inclusive growth for Singaporeans to remain at the core of the country’s workforce. 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.
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.
6. Applicant Did Not Fulfil the Eligibility Criteria
Submitting the EP application without first checking their eligibility via the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) can lead to rejection. Even though the current minimum qualifying salary for one to hold an Employment Pass is SGD$5,000, it does not apply to every candidate.
Checking their eligibility via the SAT is helpful before proceeding to submit the EP application. Speak to a consultant that can gauge if your salary is in proportion to your age, experience, skills, and the job scope.
7. 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.
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.
How to reduce EP rejection rate?
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. Paul Hype Page is one of the pioneers in doing work visa application, mainly Employment Pass.
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.