Singapore Employment Pass for Skilled Foreign Professionals

Employment Guide

There is a unique visa which foreigners can apply, that give them the flexibility of a continuous period of up to six months without a job to evaluate employment or work opportunities in Singapore. This is the Personalised Employment Pass (PEP).

PEP holders can generally take on employment in any sector.

However, one has to note that this pass is only applicable to foreign professionals whose last drawn fixed monthly salary overseas was at least $7,000 and that this last drawn fixed monthly salary overseas should be no more than six months from the time of the application.

PEP holders will enjoy the dependant’s privileges of their original passes or current eligibility at the point of PEP application, whichever is higher. Those who switch to higher-paying jobs may apply for the corresponding dependant’s privileges.

In general, the Singapore Employment Pass are categorised in to P1, P2, Q1 and S Pass. Unlike lower-skilled, lower-paid foreign workers, high-skilled workers hold employment passes (types P and Q) that allow them to bring their family members; they are also not subject to levies.

Those with P passes generally hold university degrees and seek professional, administrative, executive, or managerial jobs, while those with Q passes earn smaller salaries and usually have evidence of “acceptable” degrees, professional qualifications, or specialist skills.

A new category introduced in 2004, the S pass, assesses applicants on a points system, taking into account multiple criteria including salary, education qualifications, skills, job type, and work experience.

Although S pass-holders can bring over dependents, they are subject to a monthly levy of $50 (US$32).Only foreign P, Q, and S pass-holders may apply to become PRs or citizens – another privilege not accorded to the lower-skilled with work permits.

In any case, you should not be intimidated with all these work visas categorisation.

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