- Who is it for?
- Eligibility Requirements
- Documents Checklist
- Application Process
- Appealing against a Rejected Application
- Passes for family members
- Work Pass Renewal
- Taking up directorship in Singapore
A Self-Assessment Tool is available to determine if an applicant is eligible for an EP. The tool provides a good guideline based on preliminary assessments. However exceptions may apply, wherein an applicant without a qualification may not necessarily be ineligible for an EP.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) assesses each case holistically, taking into consideration both the applicant and the background of the sponsoring entity/employer.
At Cultivar, our Consultants can provide relevant advice based on our track record and experience.
Required documents for the EP application include:
1. Local Labour Market Testing
2. Submit the application
3. Receive In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter
Once the application is approved, the sponsoring company will receive the IPA letter. The IPA is valid for 6 months and during the validity, the applicant must enter Singapore and request to issue the EP.
4. MOM Entry Approval*
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, all foreigners holding IPAs are required to apply and obtain an entry approval from the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) before they are allowed into Singapore.
As the COVID-19 situation is very fluid, MOM regulations on entry approvals may change according to the global situation.
5. Pass Issuance
The applicant must be physically in Singapore for the sponsoring company to issue the EP. The EP has to be issued before the applicant is able to commence work. Issuance can only be done by the sponsoring company / authorized Employment Agency, when they have received the necessary documents required for the issuance.
The applicant will receive a Notification Letter (NL) once the pass has been issued. The NL is valid for 1 month and allows the applicant to work and travel in and out of Singapore, prior to receiving the EP card.
6. Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC) Registration (if required)
First-time pass holders are required to have their fingerprints registered and photo taken within 2 weeks of EP issuance. This is done by scheduling an appointment at the Employment Pass Services Centre.
7. Receive the EP card
Applicants will receive the physical EP card within 4-5 working days, after pass issuance or completion of EPSC registration, whichever is later.
Based on the reason of EP rejection, the sponsoring company or EA may submit an appeal online within 3 months from the date of rejection.
Appealing against a rejected application can be a complex process, speak to us for further advice now!
An EP renewal application can be submitted up to 6 months before the existing pass expires. Applications must be submitted online by the employer or employment agent.
The standard processing time for renewals is approximately 3 weeks.
Renewal applications are assessed based on the prevailing criteria (e.g. minimum salary criteria of S$4,500 must be met). If the application is successful, the EP can be renewed for a duration of up to 3 years.
Eligible EP holders* are allowed to bring certain family members to join them in Singapore.
The following family members can join the EP holders and enter Singapore under a Dependent Pass or a Long Term Visit Pass.
|Dependent Pass (DP)||Long Term Visit Pass (LTVP)|
|Legally married spouse||Common-law spouse|
|Unmarried children under 21, including those legally adopted||Unmarried handicapped children above 21|
|Unmarried step-children under 21|
|Parents (Only for EP holders earning at least $12,000)|
An EP holder can be appointed to take up a directorship role in another related company.