What is an Employment Pass (EP)?
Those individuals who seek to be employed as a manager, executive or specialist in Singapore must apply for an Employment Pass. It is issued by Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to the foreign applicants. With this visa, the applicants can live and work in Singapore. They are also allowed to travel in and out of Singapore without applying for entry visas.
Eligibility for an Employment Pass
Application for an Employment Pass is open to all nationalities. However, the foreign professionals are eligible for Employment Pass if:
- They have a job offer in Singapore
- Their job is specialised, managerial or executive
- They earn a monthly minimum salary of $3,600. The salary for experienced applicants needs to be further higher
- They have qualifications which are acceptable like a degree from the university, specialist skills or professional qualifications
Different Employment Passes and Eligibility Criteria
There are different types of employment passes namely P1, P2 and Q1. Let us understand each of them in detail.
- P1 Pass
To apply under P1 Pass category, individuals are required to have a monthly salary of $ 8,000 or above. They must have professional and academic qualification. Family members including parents, spouse and children can accompany P1 Pass holders. Family does not include parents in law.
- P2 Pass
To apply under P2 Pass category, individuals are required to have a monthly salary of $ 4,500 or above. Educational qualifications and family criteria are same as in case of P1 Pass.
- Q1 Pass
To apply under Q1 Pass category, individuals are required to have a monthly salary of $ 3,000 or above. If the applicant wishes to bring his/her spouse and children, he must earn $ 4,000 or more. Parents and parents in law are not allowed for applicants under Q1 Pass. Educational qualifications required are the same as in the case of P1 Pass.
Application for Employment Pass
The application for Employment Pass can be submitted only by the employer or an authorised employment agent. The processing time for an online application is about 7 working days. A manual application takes about 5 weeks of processing time. To make the entire process easy and hassle-free, IMC Group visa services in Singapore are helpful while submitting the documents along with Employment Pass application.
Now let us learn about the options available in the scenario of rejection of Employment Pass application.
Rejection and Appeal for Employment Pass
The number of applications getting rejected for Employment Pass has been on increase since 2014 due to stricter norms. If the reason for rejection is addressable then it is advisable to appeal. The appeal must be made within 3 months of the application rejection. The employer or authorised third party who submited the application holds the right to appeal. The only mode to make an appeal is online and it takes at least 3 weeks to process.
How Can We Help?
IMC Group provides immigration services in Singapore. We offer a full spectrum of work visa processing services including reviewing your candidacy, applying for your work pass, tracking your application, acting as a liaison with MOM and processing work pass renewals. We ensure that the applicants have a smooth and hassle-free experience while submitting application for Employment Pass.
Secure your work visa with us. For more information, you can reach us via email or phone.
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