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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.

Contact Singapore's job portal at www.contactsingapore.sg/jobs features career opportunities in a number of Singapore's key growth industries. You can also sign up for an account with the Contact Singapore job portal to receive job alerts for available positions in your industry of interest.

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).

PRs can partially withdraw their CPF savings at age 55, after a minimum sum has been set aside in their Retirement Account. Members can also withdraw their CPF savings if they are permanently incapacitated or are leaving Singapore and West Malaysia for good. If they do return, they will need to return to CPF the savings they withdrew, with interest. The request form for withdrawal of your CPF savings can be found on the CPF website.

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.

CPF is a compulsory social security savings scheme that employers and employees contribute to. It is applicable only to Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents. CPF is meant to take care of workers' financial needs at retirement as well as other areas such as healthcare, home ownership, investment and medical insurance.

You are at the right place! The Contact Singapore website will take you through all the steps you need to find a job and move to Singapore. It also provides you with information on how to settle down here comfortably. To keep updated on employment trends, career updates and upcoming recruitment and familiarisation events, sign up to be a Contact Singapore Member and other social media platforms.

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