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A person who is above 21 years of age is eligible to apply for Singapore Citizenship after having spent two years as a permanent resident in Singapore.

Yes, but the re-application will be considered on its own merits under the prevailing conditions at that time. You will also need to reinstate whatever CPF contributions (with interest) that you have withdrawn.

To become a PR, you will need to apply for an Entry Permit with the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA). For details on eligibility and application procedures, please visit the ICA website.

Applications submitted using EP Online are processed in two weeks and applicants can check the application status using EP Online. For manual applications, the outcome of the application will be mailed to the employer about three weeks from the date of application.

Do note that the processing time may be longer during peak periods or when the case requires inputs from various economic agencies.

i) EP Online

For Employment Pass (EP) applications made using EP Online, companies are not required to send any supporting documents to Work Pass Division. Once an application has been approved, the online In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter will specify the supporting document(s) to be submitted at the Work Pass Division counters during the collection of the pass.

ii) Application form

For manual EP applications, the following documents are required:

  • A copy of the applicant's educational documents and past employment testimonials (not required for those who have held or applied for an Employment/ S Pass in the last two years);
  • A passport size photograph of the applicant (taken within the last three months);
  • A copy of the personal particulars page of the applicant's travel document; and
  • Business Profile/ Instant Information/ Registration papers.

You can apply for an Employment Pass (EP) through:

i) EP Online
EP Online is a one-stop portal for companies to conduct EP transactions online. Applicants will receive an instant acknowledgment of their submission. The processing time for EP applications is two weeks. Applicants can also use EP Online to check application status.

i) Application form

Manual applications can be submitted at any SingPost Office. The application outcome will be mailed to the employer about three weeks from the date of the application.

An administrative fee of SGD 10 will be charged for every EP application submitted.

How much do I have to pay for a successful Employment Pass application?

For each successful Employment Pass application, the total fee is as follows:

SGD 10 upon submission of the application;
SGD 30 per year or part thereof for an Employment Pass;
SGD 20 per issue of a Multiple Journey Visa (if applicable); and/or
SGD 20 per issue of a Single Journey Visa (if applicable).

The Employment Pass (EP) is for foreign professionals and executives who wish to work in Singapore. They should earn a fixed monthly salary of at least SGD 3,300.

To check if you qualify for an EP, please take the Employment/S Pass Self-Assessment Test

CPF is mandatory for foreigners only if they are Permanent Residents (PRs). Contribution rates for the first two years as a PR are reduced. For more information on PR contribution rates to CPF, visit the CPF website.

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