Employment Pass in Singapore

This is for the professionals who want to work in Singapore, or a Singapore business wanting to hire foreign employees.

Our team can help you with the requirements so you can get the pass quickly and easily,

Introduction to Employment Pass

For foreign professionals, managers and executives with job offers in Singapore who meet the eligibility criteria.


Application Time


  • 3 weeks if application is filed online
  • 8 weeks if application is filed manually
Employment Pass Introduction

Length of Stay


  • up to 2 years - first-time candidate
  • up to 3 years - renewals


Minimum Salary


S$4,500 per month (older candidates need higher salaries to qualify)

For a work pass with no salary requirement click here.

Eligibility Criteria

Who can apply for the Employment Pass?

Any nationality can apply for an Employment Pass ('EP').

You can apply for an EP if you:

  • Have a job offer in Singapore.
  • Work in a managerial, executive or specialised job.
  • Earn a fixed monthly salary of at least $4,500 (older candidates need higher salaries to qualify).
  • Earn a fixed monthly salary of at least $5,000 (older candidates need higher salaries to qualify) for candidates in the financial services sector.
  • Have acceptable qualifications, usually a
    • good university degree; or
    • professional qualifications; or
    • specialised skills.

Application Process

How to apply for an Employment Pass?

Overseas Networks & Expertise Pass Introduction

TKLow can assist you and your employer with the application procedure by following the below steps required by the Ministry of Manpower:

  • Get a written consent for employment from the candidate.
  • Fill up the application and upload the required documents.
  • Pay the application fee.
  • Check application status.
  • get the in-principle approval (IPA) letter (it usually takes 3 weeks).

You must be in Singapore when we request for the pass to be issued.

To get the pass issued TKlow will:

  • Make the request and submit the supporting documents.
  • Provide a home or office address where you can receive the card.
  • Nominate up to 3 authorised recipients to receive the card, and provide their NRIC, FIN or passport number, mobile numbers, and email address.
  • Pay the fees.
  • When the pass is issued, deliver you the notification letter.

The notification letter:

  • Allows you to start work and travel in and out of Singapore while waiting for the pass card.
  • States if you need to register to have fingerprints and photo taken.
  • Is valid for 1 month from the date of issue (it can be extended depending on travel plans).

Application Documents

What documents do you need to apply for an Employment Pass?


In order to apply for the employment pass we will request from you the following documents:

  1. Passport copy
    • If your name on the passport differs from that on other documents, please also upload an explanation letter and supporting documents (e.g. deed poll)
  2. Short Term Visit Pass or immigration pass
  3. Details concerning your residential address in Singapore
  4. A local address where the card can be delivered
  5. Contact details of at least one authorised recipient to receive an SMS or email on the delivery details
  6. The employer Company’s latest business profile or instant information registered with ACRA.

We may also need to submit copies of these documents:

  1. Disembarkation / Embarkation card (immigration white card)
  2. Completed medical examination form or health declaration form
  3. Completed declaration form attached with the in-principle approval letter. The form should be signed by authorised human resource personnel, or any person holding at least a managerial position in the company.

The Employment Pass is usually issued within 6 months from the in-principal approval.

Renewal Process

How do you renew your Employment Pass?

When to renew your EP?

  • You can apply to renew an Employment Pass up to 6 months before the pass expires. You must apply before the expiry date.
  • For Employment Pass (sponsorship): you can start applying to renew when you get the renewal forms by post, 3 months before the pass expires. Your application need to reach us at least 2 months before the pass expires.

Who can renew your EP?

  • Your employer or appointment employment agent ('EA')

What is the duration of renewed pass?

  • Up to 3 years.
  • Please note that the duration of the renewed pass is not affected by the length of validity of your passport.

How long does it take?

  • 3 weeks for most cases
  • Renew by post (for EP sponsorship cases only): within 8 weeks

Taking care of the whole immigration process from start to finish.

Pre-application advice

Pre-application advice on available types of work / residency visas in Singapore and requirements for a successful application

Application tracking

Filing and tracking the status of applications

Documents issuance

Arranging for issuance of EP / DP cards upon in-principle approval


Translation of notarisation documents, or translation of other documents as needed


Handling renewal of work and related passes

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