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  • 14 Dec, 2022
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Types of Work Passes in Singapore

Types of Work Passes in Singapore

Hiring in Singapore

After registering your company in Singapore, you need to source high-calibre employees who are qualified to work for you in Singapore. Strict guidelines must be followed to ensure you adhere to relevant legal protocols and the Singapore Employment Act for getting work passes in Singapore.

The Employment Act contains the terms and conditions for employment in Singapore as well as an outline of the duties you need to follow as an employer. It applies to all employees across all industries, except for:

  • Managers and executives who have the power to hire, fire, promote or discipline other employees, and those with specialist skills such as lawyers, doctors and accountants
  • Domestic workers
  • Selected government staff
  • Seamen

Employees earning less than S$2,600 qualify for additional protection concerning rest days, annual leave, sick leave, overtime, retirement benefits and more under Part IV of the Employment Act.

As an employer, you need to consider where your employees fall under the Employment Act. You may also need to consider additional labour laws that affect your employees, as well as any restrictions on the number of foreign employees and costs incurred for work pass applications.

Employment Pass and Personalised Employment Pass

Employment Pass (EP)
The Singapore Employment Pass is designed for managers, executives, specialists and skilled professionals. Entrepreneurs who incorporate  company in Singapore may also apply for an EP if they wish to relocate for the management of operations. There is no limit on the number of EPs one business can apply for, but individual candidates must earn at least S$5,500 in financial services and at least S$5,000 for others (increases progressively with age from age 23, up to $10,500 at age 45 and above).

Application for an Employment Pass is open to all nationalities or citizenships.

To be eligible for the Personalised Employment Pass (PEP), you need to meet one of the following criteria:

  1. An existing Employment Pass (EP) holder that earns a monthly fixed salary of S$12,000. An Employment Pass holder under the sponsorship scheme is not eligible;
  2. For foreign professionals with overseas employment, you must earn a monthly fixed income of S$18,000 per month;

If your PEP is approved after 1 September 2023, you must earn a fixed salary of at least $270,000 per calendar year.

Read more: Infographic: An Overview of the ONE, EP, and PEP Work Passes »


The EntrePass qualifies entrepreneurs to incorporate new private limited companies in Singapore. It is specifically aimed towards entrepreneurs who wish to build innovative technology, R&D and biotech businesses in Singapore. To qualify, entrepreneurs must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Have funding from a government accredited VC or business angel
  • Hold an intellectual property
  • Hold significant business experience/network and promising entrepreneurial track record
  • Has exceptional technical/domain expertise in an area related to proposed business
  • Hold good track record of investing in businesses and want to grow new or existing businesses in Singapore
  • Has research collaboration with A*STAR or a university
  • Is an incubatee at a government-supported incubator

S Pass & Work Permit

The S Pass is designed for mid-level foreign workers with a minimum salary of $S3,000. Applicants are judged on a point-based system that considers salary, education level, relevant skills, job type and work experience. The number of S Pass holders your company can employ is determined by your industry’s Dependency Ratio Ceiling (DRC).

For basic-skilled workers earning $2,500 or less, employers may apply for a Work Permit (WP) with a maximum duration of two years, subject to the employee’s passport validity and a Banker’s Guarantee. Employees may only be selected from approved source countries.

Dependant’s Pass

Employers may apply for a Dependant’s Pass (DP) to permit their employee’s spouses and children to live in Singapore. The DP is connected to the validity of the employee’s work pass, and the employee must be earning at least S$6,000 a month.

Multiple Journey Visa & Miscellaneous Work Pass

For executives planning to travel to and from Singapore on business, the Multiple Journey Business Visa is designed to allow for multiple visits that last up to 30 days each.

Non-residents attending one-off work assignments in the country, such as seminars, conferences, workshops or religious gatherings, must apply for a 60-day Miscellaneous Work Pass.

Training Employment Pass & Work Holiday Pass

The Training Employment Pass is designed for overseas students who are seeking professional work experience in Singapore. The experience must contribute towards their final degree mark and all applicants must come from an approved university.

If a student wishes to work freely in the country, they may apply for a Work Holiday Pass instead, which is valid for up to six months.

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