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  • Writer's pictureRichard Selwyn

Applying for an Employment Pass (EP) in Singapore: A Step-by-Step Guide

Singapore is a vibrant and bustling city-state that is home to a diverse population of people from all over the world. The Singaporean government has made it relatively easy for foreign workers to enter the country and work in a variety of industries. One of the most common ways for foreign professionals to work in Singapore is through an Employment Pass (EP). In this article, we will go over the criteria and requirements for obtaining an EP, as well as the application process.

Criteria for an Employment Pass:

  • The applicant must be a foreign professional with at least a bachelor's degree and relevant work experience.

  • The applicant must have a valid job offer from a Singapore-based company.

  • The applicant's salary must meet the minimum salary requirement of SGD$4,500 per month.

Requirements for an Employment Pass:

  • A completed application form, which can be found on the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) website: https://www.mom.gov.sg/passes-and-permits/work-permit-for-foreign-worker/employment-pass-application-and-renewal

  • A passport-sized photograph of the applicant.

  • A copy of the applicant's passport and visa.

  • A copy of the applicant's educational certificates and transcripts.

  • A copy of the applicant's resume or CV.

  • A copy of the job offer letter, including the job title, responsibilities, and salary.

  • A copy of the company's business registration and financial statements.

The application process for an EP can be completed online using the Ministry of Manpower's (MOM) EP Online system. The first step is to create an EP Online account, which can be done on the MOM website: https://www.mom.gov.sg/passes-and-permits/work-permit-for-foreign-worker/employment-pass-application-and-renewal


Once the account is created, the applicant can submit the application and required documents. The processing time for an EP application is typically around 2-4 weeks, and the applicant will be notified of the decision via email.


If the EP is approved, the applicant will need to pay the security deposit of SGD$5,000, which will be refunded when the EP is cancelled or expired. The EP is valid for up to 2 years, and it can be renewed as long as the applicant continues to meet the criteria and requirements.


It is worth noting that EP holders are also eligible to apply for a Dependent's Pass (DP) for their family members, and they can also apply for Permanent Residency (PR) after working in Singapore for a certain period of time. Also, EP holders need to be aware that they need to comply with the terms and conditions of their EP and should not take up any other employment or engage in any other business or professional activities without prior approval from the MOM.


Applying for an Employment Pass in Singapore is a necessary step for foreign professionals who want to work in the country. The criteria and requirements for an EP are relatively straightforward, and the application process can be completed online. Be sure to gather all of the necessary documents before applying, and be prepared for the security deposit and the processing time. With a little preparation, you can join the vibrant workforce in Singapore and take advantage of the many opportunities the country has to offer.

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