Useful Tips to apply E-pass to enter Singapore - update 2021
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Are you wanting to work and live in Singapore? An Employment Pass (EP) issued by the Ministry of Manpower is a common visa for professionals, managers, executives and technicians wanting to settle in this city-state.
What is e-pass?
E-pass, or Employment Pass, allows foreign professionals, managers and executives to work in Singapore. Candidates need to earn at least $4,500 a month and have acceptable qualifications. Employers must also demonstrate that they have fairly considered all jobseekers, according to Mom.gov.sg.
How to apply e-pass?
Self assessment tool test (SAT)
The first step is to do a Self Assessment Tool Test (SAT) provided by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). This test will help you understand the requirements needed for a successful application and also let you know if you qualify for an Employment Pass. In order to complete the Self Assessment Tool Test, we recommend having scanned copies of your passport, educational certificates, salary history and resume/CV on hand to help you complete the form.
Fixed monthly salary
Your salary plays a huge role in your application. For your application to be successful, you are required to have a fixed monthly salary of at least S$4,500. If you have more experience in the work force, your salary has to be higher than the minimum salary. Generally, S$6000 to S$7000 is a good benchmark. Do note that each case is subjected to MOM approval, Sleek commented.
Singapore highly values tertiary education and bachelors or post-graduate degrees when it comes to issuing Employment Passes. Where the base criteria of salary and your company’s paid-up capital (see below) have been met, having more degrees and certifications from reputable institutions is likely to increase the chance of your EP being approved. Candidates who obtained their qualification from a Singapore institution also have an advantage.
Business owners looking to incorporate a company in Singapore and obtain an EP are advised to have a minimum of S$50,000 paid-up capital for a higher chance of a successful application. This is a guideline – MOM perceives companies that have a higher amount of capital to be more credible. Your paid-up capital can be made in any major currency.
Under the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF), a company applying for Employment Passes must post an advertisement on Jobs Bank 2 weeks prior to sending their EP application. This framework has been put in place to strengthen the Singaporean core in the working world. All companies in Singapore need to adhere to the Tripartite Guidelines of Fair Employment Practices. This step can only be skipped if MOM has exempted the company/job from this requirement. Posting an advertisement on Jobs Bank has to be done by the company and not the applicant personally, Sleek added.
All of the above critical factors are important and must be followed when it comes to applying for an Employment Pass in Singapore but other factors do play a part as well: Age of applicant,
E-pass for Lockdown
To further support employment opportunities of locals in Singapore (i.e. Singapore citizens and Singapore permanent residents), the Ministry of Manpower of Singapore (“Ministry") announced on 27 August 2020 changes to the Employment Pass (“EP“) and S Pass requirements, Knowledge.leglobal.org noted.
Medical examinations for pass holders
|For issuance and renewal of passes, the IPA letter or Work Permit renewal notice will indicate whether pass holders are required to do a medical examination. If required, please make an appointment with clinics before sending the pass holders there. This is to avoid a long wait and ensure their safety.|
For Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Residents
There are currently no requirements for Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Residents to take a COVID-19 PCR test before returning to Singapore. However, Upon arrival, travellers are obligated to serve a 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) at the dedicated SHN facilities and take a COVID-19 PCR test before completing their SHN, Safetravel.ica.gov.sg reported.
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