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Employment Pass - Before you apply

From 1 August 2014, as part of the Fair Consideration Framework, firms that wish to hire Employment Pass (EP) holders must first advertise that position in the Singapore Workforce Development Agency’s Jobs Bank. The advertisement must be open to Singaporeans, comply with the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices and run for at least 14 calendar days. EP applications which do not meet this advertising requirement will not be accepted.

About the Pass

The Employment Pass is a work pass for foreign professionals working in managerial, executive or specialised jobs.

Who is eligible

Advertising requirements for employers

As part of the Fair Consideration Framework, firms submitting new Employment Pass applications may be required to advertise these job vacancies on the Jobs Bank administered by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) prior to application.

Requirements for foreigners

Foreigners who are interested to work and has a job offer in Singapore may apply for an Employment Pass. The applicants will need to earn at least $3,300 and possess acceptable qualifications.

Examples of eligibility criteria:
Young graduates from good institutions could qualify if they earn at least $3,300.

Older applicants would have to command higher salaries to qualify, commensurate with the work experience and quality they are expected to bring.


Information for foreign job-seekers

Foreign job-seekers may refer to our Strategic and Skills-in-Demand List which compile jobs expected to be high in demand in Singapore over the next few years.

Self-Assessment Tool

Employers are encouraged to use the online Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) to check if the applicant meets the requirements. This tool gives you a preliminary indication of whether the applicant qualifies.

The SAT is accurate. If the SAT indicates that the candidate is not eligible, you should not send the Employment Pass application as it will be rejected. If the SAT indicates that the candidate is eligible, 9 out of 10 of such applications will be approved. The rejections that occur even when the SAT says yes are due to factors that the SAT cannot consider, such as poor company profiles and applicants with adverse records.

Employment Pass Self-Assessment Tool Check Online

Who can submit

The employer or the appointed agent may submit the Employment Pass application.

Note to overseas employers

If the applicant’s employer is based overseas and does not have a registered office in Singapore, another Singapore registered company can act as the sponsor and submit the application on behalf. Find out how you can apply.

Passes for Family Members

Successful applicants can bring in their families under one of these passes:

Qualifying criteria
Passes for family members
Fixed monthly salary = $8,000 and above
  • Dependant's Pass
    • Spouse (legally married)
    • Unmarried children under 21 years old, including those legally adopted 
  • Long Term Visit Pass
    • Common-law spouse
    • Unmarried handicapped children above 21 years old
    • Unmarried step-children under 21 years old
    • Parents
Fixed monthly salary = between $4,000 and $8,000
  • Dependant's Pass
    • Spouse (legally married)
    • Unmarried children under 21 years old, including those legally adopted 
  • Long Term Visit Pass
    • Common-law spouse
    • Unmarried handicapped children above 21 years old
    • Unmarried step-children under 21 years old

A separate application for each family member should be submitted. The application can be submitted together with the Employment Pass application or separately.

Last updated on 22 September 2014 12:30:28