Overview of Singapore Work Pass/Visas
Types of Singapore work pass for foreigners
- Employment Pass (EP)
- Entrepreneur Pass (EntrePass)
- Personalized Employment Pass (PEP)
- S Pass
- Dependant’s Pass + Letter of Consent (LOC)
The Employment Pass, also known as E Pass or EP, is designed primarily for foreign managers (i.e. managing directors, general managers, CEOs, and other management personnel), professionals, executives or specialists employed by a company operating in Singapore. To be eligible for an E Pass, applicants must meet the MOM’s salary and educational requirements, among other factors.
The Entrepreneur Pass, more commonly known as the EntrePass, is a work visa designed for foreign technopreneurs in Singapore, particularly those in R&D-intensive enterprises, including firms in the cleantech and biotech sectors. All applications are reviewed by SPRING Singapore and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) based on prevailing criteria.
Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)
The Personalised Employment Pass, or PEP, is a special type of employment pass for top tier individuals earning a monthly salary of at least S$12,000 for current P1 pass holders, or S$18,000 for overseas-based professionals. The PEP is independent of any employer, and as such, grants PEP holders the flexibility of switching jobs without affecting the status of their pass. PEP holders can also stay in Singapore for up to 6 months to assess employment opportunities. Each case is assessed based on the applicant’s individual merit.
The S Pass is designed for mid-level skilled foreign workers employed by Singapore companies. The application is assessed based on a point system which takes into account the following factors: salary, education qualifications, skills, job type and work experience. The number of S Pass holders a company can employ is capped according to its sector’s dependency ratio ceiling (DRC).
Dependant’s Pass + LOC
Employment Pass, EntrePass, or S Pass holders earning at least S$4,000 per month may apply for a Dependant’s Pass for their spouse or unmarried children under 21 years of age. Dependant’s Pass holders are allowed to work in Singapore, provided that their potential employer obtains a Letter of Consent (LOC) from MOM.
Miscellaneous Work Pass
Foreigners working in Singapore on short-term assignments of up to 60 days are required to obtain a Miscellaneous Work Pass (MWS). Professional Visit Pass has been replaced by MWS.
The following groups require a MWS:
- Foreigners involved in activities directly related to the organisation or conduct of any seminar, conference, workshop, gathering or talk concerning any religion, race or community, or political end
- Foreign religious worker giving talks relating directly or indirectly to any religion
- Foreign journalist, reporter or an accompanying crew member not sponsored by any Singapore Government agency
Validity: Up to 2 months
Training Employment Pass
Training Employment Pass is required for foreigners to undergo practical training attachments for professional, managerial, executive or specialist jobs in Singapore.
The following categories of foreigners are eligible to apply for the pass:
- An undergraduate -The training attachment in Singapore must be part of the trainee’s degree programme from an acceptable educational institution.
- An intra-company trainee – Companies can bring employees from their foreign offices/subsidiaries to Singapore for professional or executive training. Intra-company trainees should have a degree or diploma.
Eligibility: Earn a fixed monthly salary of more than S$2,500 and/or hold acceptable tertiary or professional qualifications.
Multiple Journey Business Visa
Multiple Journey visa facilitates the frequent entry of business executives from visa-requiring countries into Singapore. This will benefit the foreign investors or business people who visit Singapore frequently to attend to the business or investment needs.
Multiple visits, each lasting up to 30 days, are allowed during the validity period of the visa which may be for 1,2 or 5 year depending on the prevailing ICA’s guidelines.