Singapore Employment Pass

Applying for Singapore Employment Pass in Singapore

Singapore Employment Pass Application Services is one of the many services under Ren Ai Group to help complete our client’s quest in setting up a business and relocating to Singapore. We can provide more details to assist you on Singapore employment pass scheme, tracking on the employment pass application status, apply for employment pass and employment pass renewal for your employees. For most foreigners, who want to set up a company in Singapore and work and live in Singapore for more than 6 months, Singapore Employment Pass application services is the preferred choice.

Our Services under Ren Ai Group (Singapore Employment Agency)

  • Pre-application information and advice on Work Pass
  • Assistance in completing the Singapore employment self assessment tools with MOM
  • Filing of Singapore Employment Pass application
  • Tracking Singapore Employment Pass application status while under processing
  • Direct liaision with MOM officer-in-charge when necessary by Ren Ai Group, Singapore employment agency
  • Responding to MOM’s request for additional information as necessary
  • Arranging for issuance of Employment Pass upon In-principle approval

Singapore Company Incorporation and Relocation to Singapore

If you wish to incorporate a company and relocate to Singapore to manage your company operations, you will need to accomplish two main tasks:

  • 1. Incorporate a Singapore company
  • 2. Obtain an employment pass visa through employment agency in Singapore.
If you are a foreign entrepreneur, professional, managing director or shareholder who possesses an acceptable degree, professional qualifications or specialist skills, you may consider applying for an EP. Often, relevant work experience also plays a significant role in determining your eligibility.

Each Employment Pass apply by employment agency in Singapore can be valid for 1 or 2 years, and is renewable as long as the pass holder remains employed in the company. The validity period for first-time Singapore employment pass application applicants is up to two years.

For corporations which are planning to relocate your staff such as managing directors and management staff to Singapore, you will need to secure Employment Passes for them. With an Employment Pass, the pass holder can travel in and out of Singapore with minimum hassle during immigration. In addition, Employment Pass holders who work more than 2 years are also eligible to apply for Permanent Residence (PR) in Singapore. Essentially, if you or your foreign employees are in Singapore on a short-term basis (between 2 weeks to 6 months), it would be more useful to apply for the Short-Term Pass.

If you are a foreigner, you can still realize your dream of becoming your own boss. We, at Ren Ai Group, provide you with all the support and assistance you require to incorporate your Singapore company, explaining to you about the Singapore employment pass scheme, tracking of the Singapore employment pass application status, and submission of the Singapore EP application. You can set up a company or run a company without having to relocate to Singapore or being physically located here!

Singapore Company Setup Requirements

  • Minimum: One (1) shareholder, One (1) resident director and One (1) company secretary
  • Minimum paid-up capital of S$1
  • A local registered office address

Employment Pass Application Eligibility Requirements

The Ministry of Manpower determines your eligibility based on the employment pass scheme factors listed below. To be considered for an Employment Pass (EP), you must have a fixed monthly salary of at least S$3,600 (With effect from 1 May 2020, the qualifying salary for Singapore Employment Pass application will be raised from S$3,600 to S$3,900) and possess one or more of the following:

  • Acceptable educational qualifications, e.g. a good degree
  • Professional qualifications
  • Specialist skills
  • Related work experience

Below are the procedures for Singapore Employment Pass Application

1) The following required documents must be provided to Ren Ai Group and submitted to Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM)

  • 1. Passport and Singapore work pass/ student pass/ any other pass (if any)
  • 2. 2 Highest Education Certificates
  • 3. Working testimonial (if any) and a resume/ CV
  • 4. Completed application form with details of applicant
* For married candidate, please provide item 1, 2 & 3 of your spouse.

2) The processing time is 1 week usually. (Manual application will take more than 4 weeks for processing, therefore, it is advisable to submit online by Ren Ai Group. From 1 Jun 2015, MOM will no longer accept hardcopy application forms for the Employment Pass application)

3) If the application was not approved in the first submission, MOM will request for additional supporting information (e.g. business plan, testimonial, Employment letter / contract and etc) and we will track employment pass status and submit appeal on your behalf at no additional cost. The appeal process will take 5 weeks usually.

4) Upon approval, you can visit Singapore to collect your work pass within 6 months from the date of approval.

In summary, the application could be completed in 2 weeks to 3 months time. You are not required to stay in Singapore while applying for the work pass and tracking of employment pass status.

Note: The application for the Singapore Employment Pass can only be submitted after the incorporation of a company.

Job Advertisement Requirement (effective from 1 August 2014)

As required by Ministry of Manpower in Singapore, firms submitting new Employment Pass (EP) applications will have to advertise on or Jobs Bank for 14 calendar days before it can submit an EP application. This is to ensure that Singaporeans are first considered during the job search and are able to have access to the job information before the firm makes the final hiring decision. The ads must comply with the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices and be online for 14 – 30 days.

You will be exempted from the above advertisement requirement for Singapore EP application if:

  • a) Your company has fewer than 10 employees;
  • b) The job position is paying a fixed monthly salary of $15,000 and above; (The fixed monthly salary threshold for exemption will be raised to $20,000 and above w.e.f. 1 May 2020)
  • c) The job is to be filled by an intra-corporate transferee (ICTs) as defined by the World Trade Organisation’s General Agreement on Trade in Services; OR
  • d) The job is necessary for short-term contingencies (i.e. period of employment in Singapore for not more than one month).

Dependent Pass Application

Please provide:

  • 1) Spouse – Marriage Certificate & Passport, education certificates and last drawn salary details (if any)
  • 2) Child – Birth Certificate & Passport
  • If your child is planning to study in Singapore, you may approach the school directly for the enrolment and the school would assist with the application of student pass for your child and no Dependent pass is required for.

    For non-English documents, you must submit the original document and an English translation. The translation can be done by a translation service provider. At Ren AI Group, we also provide you with professional translation service and this is not included in the application fee.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Employment Pass

1How long will my Employment Pass be valid for?
Essentially your Employment Pass will be valid for 1 to 2 years. You are advisable to submit renewal for your Employment Pass within 6 month prior to the expiry date and the validity period will be continue from the date of expiry, not the date of renewal approve.
2Do I need to go through a medical test when applying for work pass in Singapore?
If you are required to go through a medical test, it will be indicated in your In-Principle Approval Letter along with the list of specific tests. In general, it includes a physical examination and some blood tests to rule out serious diseases such as HIV and etc.The medical form in the In-Principle Approval Letter must be completed by a certified doctor. If it is not written in English, you are required to submit a copy of the original papers and the official English translation done by a certified translator, High Commission/Embassy or notary public. The medical report is valid for card registration within 3 months from the date of medical examination.

You are encouraged to do the medical examination in Singapore to ensure that it meets the requirements and medical report will be written in English.
3Do Employment pass holders need to make any contribution to social security or government fund?
Employment pass holders are not required to make contributions to any social security fund such as Central Provident Fund (“CPF” which is applicable to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents only). However, the employer (company) is required to contribute a fee to the Skills Development Fund (SDF). SDF contribution or Skills Development Levy (SDL) is paid by employers for all employees capped at the first $4,500 of gross monthly remuneration at the rate of 0.25% or $2, whichever is higher.
4As an Employment Pass holder, can I be the Company director and sole shareholder?
Yes, as an Employment Pass holder, you are eligible to become the company director and sole shareholder.
5Does our Company require nominee director if we are applying for Employment Pass?
Yes, your Company must have at least one director who is a local resident. Therefore you will require our nominee director service on a temporary basis until your Employment Pass is approved.

Once your Employment Pass is approved and you have moved to Singapore, we will replace our nominee director with you as the local director in the Company. Kindly remind that, it is our Company’s policy that our nominee director will not be involved in your business operation therefore if your business is required to apply for a licence, our nominee director will have to step down when you are ready to proceed with the licence application. Most licence application will need to be signed and submitted by a local key executive personal/director therefore you will need to have such person to act for your company and apply for the licence.

In certain cases such as if you are in the food and beverage business you will be required to apply for business licence(s) first to support your work pass application. Hence, our nominee director will only act for the incorporation in order for you to employ your own local director to assist you with the licence and work pass application.

Most businesses do not require licenses or permits to operate, there are handfuls that do, as they are regulated by the approving authorities. Some of these are private schools, travel agencies, liquor distributors, moneylenders, banks, childcare centres.
6My original education certificates are in my home country. Will this affect my Employment Pass application?
As of now the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) requires only a copy of your education certificates. However, please take note that MOM reserves all the rights to request to review your original certificates before or after the approval of your Employment Pass. Therefore it is advisable to have your original certificates on hand.
7Will my spouse and children’s Dependant Pass be automatically approved, upon the approval of my Employment Pass?
There are no automatic approvals of Dependant Pass for your immediate family members. You will have to submit a separate application for your family after the approval of your Employment Pass.
8What are my chances of successful approval with Employment Pass application?
The chances of an Employment Pass approval depend on the credentials of the company and the credentials of the individual applicant. We will be more than happy to advice you accordingly during our consultation.

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