Employment Pass / S Pass Application services.

The Employment Pass is designed to allow foreign professionals, managers and executives to work in Singapore. Candidates seeking to enter Singapore through the Employment Pass (EP) must earn a monthly salary of at least S$5,000- $5,500 and meet the required qualifications set by the Singapore government. 

In addition, the Singapore government further introduced the COMPASS framework to ensure that companies hiring foreign workers under EP have considered diversity of hiring and local employment. 

What is the ideal candidate profile for the Employment Pass?

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is very clear about the guiding eligibility principles for the EP. Only those eligible will be considered. From our experience, there are a few prevailing profiles of candidates who may be ideal for the EP:

Can I still apply for the EP without these attributes or qualifications?

We understand not all candidates may have internationally outstanding qualifications or exemplary track records. Nevertheless, they may still have the qualities to contribute effectively to Singapore’s economic development and have a fair chance at the EP. 

Suppose you or your potential employee are less vocationally experienced or have limited formal education. In that case, the EP is still a good gateway to enter Singapore if you have the evidence to show that you can effectively contribute to Singapore’s economic development in tangible ways. Our team of experts will assist you in presenting these attributes to MOM in the best way possible to maximise your chances of success. 

How to get started with an Employment Pass application?

The MOM evaluates all EP applications on a case-by-case basis, considering many factors, from academic qualifications to the firm’s track record. For us to process an EP application, we will typically request applicants to provide the following documents: 

  • Updated resume or curriculum vitae with the requisite information, including educational and employment history. 
  • Genuine copies of academic qualifications, certifications and past employment testimonials 
  • Employing Company’s ACRA Bizfile. 

Other personal information (e.g. passport data page) would also be required for the administrative processing of your application. When all documents are received and processed, it will take MOM around 3 weeks (or longer, depending on complexity) to process your application. 

Generally, for successful applicants, MOM will issue an In-Principle Approval (IPA) of your EP. At this juncture, we can arrange for you to collect your EP from the Work Pass Division of MOM.  

To date, your firm boasts an over 95% success rate for EP applications in the past 10 years.  

The Employment Pass also qualifies to apply for Singapore PR after 2 years. 

What to do if your EP application is unsuccessful for the first submission?

Not all EP applications go through successfully on the first round and this may be due to various reasons, such as the lack of supportive documents or insufficient justifications. This is where our expertise lies. We will rigorously investigate and evaluate the reasons for this negative outcome . With this, we can provide a robust appeal to address the shortcomings of the first application. We will then strategize an appeal to help you achieve a successful outcome within the shortest amount of time. Generally, this may take around three weeks.

What is the new Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS)?

From September 2023, the Singapore government will roll out a new points-based Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS). Although this new framework will not be implemented until late-2023, it offers a good perspective to how the MOM assesses candidates’ EP application. This also guides how we advise candidates and position their applications for the best chance of success.

In gist, COMPASS evaluates candidates on four foundational criteria:

  • Fixed monthly salary compared to local PMET salaries in sector by age
  • Candidates’ academic qualifications
  • Share of candidates’ nationality among firm’s PMETs
  • Firm’s share of local PMETs within its subsector

Bonus criteria include whether the candidates’ skills are inside the Shortage Occupation List and whether the firm meets specific assessment criteria on innovation or internationalisation activities.

If the EP scheme is something you are considering, do not hesitate to contact our consultants to understand the application process in-depth. We will be able to guide you in your application, from start to finish.

You can use the Self Assessment Tool from Ministry of Manpower to check if you qualify for Employment Pass / S Pass.

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