Employment Pass, S Pass & Work Permits needed to work in Singapore
Filmo established since 1986 in Singapore is a MOM Licensed agency (97C2811) that assist Employers and
Foreign Workers with EPonline & WPOnline Services at reasonable fees. Call Steve 98365486
Authorisation Forms: Key Data Form | Authorisation to Apply WP | Authorisation to Cancel WP
From 1 Jan 2012, the qualifying salary for the Q1 Pass will be increased from $2,800 to $3,000,
together with a tightening of educational qualifications. The qualifying salary for the P2 Pass
will be raised from $4,000 to $4,500. There will be no change in the qualifying salary for P1
Pass which remains at $8,000.
The Employment Pass allows foreign professionals to work in Singapore. It applies to foreigners
who earn a fixed monthly salary of at least $3000 , and have recognised qualifications. Employers
must make applications for Employment Passes on behalf of a job candidate. Any change of employer
will require a new application.
EPholder: 115,000 in 2009; 142,000 in 2010; 176,000 in 2011
Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)
The Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) is for certain group of existing Employment Pass holders
and overseas foreign professionals. Unlike an Employment Pass, which must be cancelled when the
pass holder leaves the employer, the PEP is not tied to the employer and is granted on the
strength of the applicantís merit. A PEP holder can remain in Singapore for up to six months
between jobs to evaluate new employment opportunities.
Foreign entrepreneurs who would like to start businesses in Singapore should apply for the
Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate
The Employment Pass Eligibility Certificate (EPEC) allows foreigners to stay in Singapore
for up to one year to facilitate their job search in Singapore. It is not a work pass and
does not allow the holder to work. This Pass in no longer issued from 1/1/12
The S Pass allows mid-level skilled foreigners who earn a fixed monthly salary of at least
$2,000 to work in Singapore. Employers must make S Pass applications on behalf of a job candidate.
S Pass applications are assessed on multiple criteria including salary, education qualification,
skills, job type and work experience.
SP Holders: 82,000 in 2009; 98,000 in 2010; 113,000 in 2011
A Work Permit (WP) is generally issued to foreign unskilled workers.
The duration of a Work Permit is generally two years, subject to the validity of the workerís
passport, the Bankerís/Insurance Guarantee, and the workerís employment period, whichever is
shorter. The worker is only allowed to work for the employer and in the specified occupation.
Specific variants of Work Permits allow foreigners to work as domestic helpers, confinement
nannies and performing artistes.
WP Holder (Excluding FDW) 670,000 in 2010; 702,000 in 2011
Employment Pass holders and selected S Pass holders getting S$3000 a month salary can apply
for Dependantís Passes for their spouse or unmarried/legally adopted children under 21 years of age.
Long Term Visit Pass
Employment Pass holders (P1, P2) can apply for Long Term Visit Passes for their common-law
spouse, unmarried daughters above 21 years of age, parents, parents-in-law, step-children under
21 years of age or handicapped children above 21 years of age.
Short-term passes Miscellaneous Work Pass
The Miscellaneous Work Pass is for foreigners working in Singapore on short-term assignments
that fall into certain specific activity categories.
Work Permit for Performing Artistes
This work pass is for foreign artistes performing at any Public Entertainment Licenced bar,
discotheque, lounge, night club, pub, hotel, private club or restaurant for a maximum of six
For students & foreigners undergoing training
Foreign students in Singapore are not allowed to work during term time or vacation time unless
they are granted Work Pass exemption. The Training Work Permit, the Training Employment Pass
or the Work Holiday Programme must be applied for foreign students who wish to take up any work
Work Holiday Programme
The Work Holiday Programme (WHP) allows foreign university students and recent graduates, between
17 to 30 years old, to come to Singapore to live and work for up to six months.
Training Employment Pass
Foreigners undergoing practical training attachments for professional, managerial, executive or
specialist jobs in Singapore should apply for a Training Employment Pass.
Training Work Permit
The Training Work Permit allows unskilled or semi-skilled foreign trainees undergoing practical
training in Singapore to work for up to six months.
For Long Term Visit Pass holders Long Term Visit Pass holders who wish to work in Singapore
should apply for a Work Pass Ė an Employment Pass , S Pass or Work Permit.
For Long Term Visit Pass holders accompanying their children studying in Singapore, they are not
be allowed to hold a work pass during their first year in Singapore. After the first year, they
will be allowed to hold a work pass, and be employed in Singapore.