What is an Employment Pass (EP)?

31 Aug

What is an Employment Pass (EP)?

An Employment Pass can be applied for by interested candidates seeking to be employed as an executive, manager or specialist in Singapore. There are categories of Employment Passes, namely P1, P2 and Q1. The Pass is meant for foreigners seeking professional, managerial or executive and specialist positions in companies in Singapore.

P1 Pass Eligibility Criteria 

Applicants for P1 Pass are required to have a monthly salary of S$8000 and above. Additionally, they must own acceptable professional and academic qualifications. P1 Pass holders may bring in their family, namely their parents, spouses and children. However, they cannot bring in their parents-in-law.

P2 Pass Eligibility Criteria

Applicants commanding a monthly salary of S$4500 and above may apply for P2 Pass. Similar to P1 Pass, they are required to have suitable qualifications and can bring in their family, but are unable to bring in their parents-in-law.

Q1 Pass Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be earning at least S$3000 and have recognised qualifications may apply for Q1 Pass. Unlike P1 and P2 Pass holders, they have to earn S$4000 or more if they wish to bring in their spouse and children. Regardless of their montly salary, Q1 Pass holders are not allowed to bring in their parents and parents-in-law. 

Prior to submitting any Employment Pass application online, it is recommended that the applicant take the Employment/S Pass Self-Assessment Test (SAT) to ascertain if the applicant is eligible for the EP. The test is only indicative of the applicant’s potential outcome of the Employment Pass application and not a sure-fire guarantee on the actual outcome of the application.  There are other factors that the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) takes into consideration before granting an Employment Pass.

Applying for the Employment Pass

Only the employer or an authorised employment agent can submit the application. An online application would take about 7 working days while a manual application will take about 5 weeks. Additionally, several documents are required to be submitted along with the Employment Pass application.

Appeal for Rejected Employment Pass

Since 2014, the eligibility for the Employment Pass has gotten stricter and hence, the number of rejected applications, unfortunately, will rise. Rejected applicants are advised to appeal if they can address the reasons in their rejection advisory. The submission of the appeal must be within 3 months of the rejection.

Only the employer or any authorised third party who submitted the application can appeal. Appeals can only be made online and will take at least 3 working weeks to process.

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