Singapore PR Requirements – Employment Pass

Singapore was once a small village and immigrants from different places came and settled in Singapore. People from China, Malaysia, India, and many more countries made Singapore their home, started businesses, some worked, and their future generations came to call themselves Singaporeans.

But as a country develops and grows, the needs of the country and its people changes along with the controls and criteria for immigration.

Singapore still welcomes and attracts the right and relevant foreign talent to work and live here. However, Singapore has some criteria, Singapore PR requirements, which are fixed by the government which helps them to screen for people who can apply for SPR.

About Employment Pass (EP)

One of the basic Singapore PR requirements is to hold a valid Spass or EP. Read our article: Singapore PR Criteria- Are you Eligible?

To obtain an EP one should satisfy the following qualifiers

  • Locally employed in Singapore.
  • Work in a managerial, executive, or specialised job.
  • Earn a fixed monthly salary of at least $4,500 (older, more experienced candidates need higher salaries). For applicants working in the financial industry, the base salary needs to be at least S$5,000 & above.
  • Possess acceptable qualifications, usually a good university degree, professional qualifications, or specialised skills.

Application for an Employment Pass is open to all nationalities. If you are holding an EP, you can apply DP for your family members and if you successfully become an SPR, you can apply for LTVP for your family members. Read our article on Long Term Visit Pass for Parents of SPR

Once someone is an SPR for at least 2 years they meet the criteria and can apply for SC.

Who can all apply for the EP for an applicant?

The process for the EP application depends on the size of the company hiring the person. For a smaller company, usually, it is the owner of the company who can apply for the applicant. For a larger company like multi-national companies (MNCs) usually, the HR personnel will assist the applicant to apply for the EP. In some cases, the HR department may also seek help from professional companies like us to assist them.

External help to assist in applying for the EP

Some of our corporate clients shared that they have tried applying but the applications for the EP for their employees get rejected by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM). This is mainly because they fail to provide all the documents or appropriate answers to the questions raised by MOM.

Points to note for the EP Application Process

All the EP applications must be applied through MOM’s portal, i.e., myMOM Portal and Employment Pass Online (EPOL) via CorpPass. The EP application must be done by a registered company, so CorpPass is required.

There is no standalone form and there are required fields to be accurately populated.

The whole process required an estimated time of 30-45mins

There is very specific Information of the Applicant’s required while applying:

a) Personal details like:

– Passport details

– Academic certificate (2 highest qualification certificates)

– Current and previous employment history

– Salary to be drawn

– Job Designation

Fee Required

There is an application fee of S$105.

If the application is approved, there will be an issuance fee for the EP card.

For further information on the fee, please visit the MOM website.

The EP Approval & Rejection

Upon approval of the EP application, the applicant will be notified via email.

Usually, it takes anywhere between 3-8 weeks for the MOM to process the application and respond.

In case of rejection, the applicant can make an Appeal no more than twice.

If the appeal is rejected twice, the applicant will be required to make a fresh application.

It is important to write and compose a proper appeal letter that addresses all the issues the MOM raised. We strongly recommend that professional help be sought to prepare the Appeal as only a professional will be able to understand the points to be highlighted in the Appeal so that the opportunity is not lost, and processing time can be saved. We have a proven record of successful cases.

Usually, MOM will indicate the reasons for the rejection of an EP.

A common example:

Lack of commensuration of the salary and job designation, with the applicant’s age, work experience, or even academic qualification, etc.


We always advise our clients to put their best foot forward with the first attempt. This helps to save time and unnecessary work of drafting an appeal letter.

We will strongly recommend all company HR personals or business owners seek or even corp secretary companies to seek professional help for assistance in applying for the EPs. This will help save precious time and avoid disappointment and most importantly not disrupt the hiring process and the risk of losing your talent that could have contributed to your company or for your clients (especially for Corporate Secretary companies).

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