Posted on July 01 2020
If you are planning on an overseas career in Singapore, you must first find a job in Singapore and then apply for a work visa to work in that country. The work visa for Singapore is called a work permit which allows foreigners to work in the country either on a temporary or permanent basis.
Apart from the Personalized Employment Pass (PEP), all work visas in Singapore are connected with the Singapore employer.
Here are details of three common work permits in Singapore:
Employment pass (EP)
If you're a professional, first get a job in Singapore. Only your employer can apply for an EP on your behalf. You can get the Employment Pass (EP) or S Pass, depending on your experience and qualifications. You must receive at least a fixed monthly salary of 3,900 Singapore dollars and have strong credentials to apply for the EP. If you have more qualifications or experience, your salary will be equal to the experience. To qualify for the S Pass, which is for mid-level skilled staff you need to earn a salary of 2,400 Singapore dollars per month. You must have one or more of the following to be eligible for an Employment Pass:
In certain cases, an applicant who lacks accepted educational credentials may not be automatically disqualified for an EP if he or she has other compensating positive factors in his or her favor, such as:
Have in-demand skills
Personalized Employment Pass (PEP)
The PEP is independent from any employer, allowing you to pursue opportunities in Singapore without affecting the Pass 's validity. Once you hold a PEP, to pursue a new job opportunity, you can stay in Singapore for up to 6 months, in between jobs. The catch is the PEP is only valid for 3 years and is non-renewable.
To apply, you must either be a current EP holder, or you must be an overseas employer who has not been unemployed for more than six months when you are applying for the PEP.
You must be a current EP holder or an overseas employer who has not been unemployed for more than six months while applying for the PEP to be eligible.
Dependant’s pass (DP)
If you have moved with your spouse or parents to Singapore, who may be holders of EP or PEP, you will most likely be given a Dependant 's Pass (DP). As a DP Holder, you're permitted to work without a work visa in Singapore. Your employer will then apply for a LOC (Letter of Consent) to require you to work legally.
The table below gives details of the three types of work permit in Singapore.
|Name of work permit
|For the academics, administrators and executives of foreign countries. Candidates must earn at least $3,900 a month and have the required qualifications.
|Personalized employment pass
|For existing high-earning Employment Pass holders or foreign professionals from outside the country. The PEP provides more flexibility than an Employment Pass.
|For spouses or children of employee or S pass holders.
Work permit application process
Organizations are expected to apply for work passes on behalf of the employee. Your employer may be hiring an employment agency to help with the process.
Employers abroad must ask a Singapore-based firm to act as a local sponsor. The local sponsor is to apply on behalf of the employee.
Once the application has been submitted, the processing time is usually three weeks for online applications and eight weeks for manual applications.
Eligibility requirements for a work permit
Conditions of the work permit
The processing time for the work permit is usually three weeks for manual applications and eight weeks for manual applications.
Singapore offers options on the work permit and those who want to work here can choose the most appropriate one.
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