Singapore's Top 5 Work Passes - Which One is Right for You?

Updated: Nov 17

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With over 700 single-family offices, business-friendly policies, competitive tax rates and political stability, Singapore sits at the heart of ASEAN, a 10-country economic union forecast to be the world’s 4th-largest economy by 2030.

If you’re thinking of living and working in Singapore, here is our simple guide to the range of work passes*, so you can choose what’s best for you, your family, and your business.


Pass Types

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*Current as at 1 October 2022


Click the links to see which pass is right for you:

Employment Pass

Personalised Employment Pass

Entrepass

Tech.Pass

ONE Pass


Employment Pass

Who is this ideal for?

Foreign professionals, managers and executives

Do you qualify?

  • Foreign professionals with a job offer in Singapore

  • Earn a fixed monthly salary of at least S$5,000 (increases progressively with age, up to S$10,500 for candidate in mid-40s)

  • Have acceptable qualifications (a university degree, professional qualifications or specialised skills)

From 1 September 2023, EP candidates will be subject to a points-based Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS).

What are some highlights of the pass?

​Open to professionals seeking employment in any industry

How long will the pass be valid for?

  • Up to 2 years (tied to employment with sponsoring company)

  • Up to 5 years for experienced professionals in tech occupations on the COMPASS Shortage Occupation List, earning a fixed monthly salary of at least S$10,500. Subject to COMPASS diversity criterion.

Is the pass renewable?

Yes; up to 3 years, subject to prevailing eligibility criteria

Can you bring your family to Singapore?

Yes; with a minimum salary of S$6,000 for spouses and children and S$12,000 for parents.

How long is the processing time of an average case?

10 business days

Who applies for the pass

Employer

Personalised Employment Pass

Who is this ideal for?

Current EP holders or overseas foreign professionals earning a high salary

Do you qualify?

  • Current EP holders: Earn a fixed monthly salary of at least S$12,000

  • Overseas candidates: Fixed monthly salary drawn within the last 6 months was at least S$18,000

From 1 September 2023, this will be increased to S$22,500 for all candidates (pegged to top 10% of EP holders)

What are some highlights of the pass?

  • Not tied to a company; more flexibility to move between employers.

  • Not subject to the Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS).

How long will the pass be valid for?

Up to 3 years

Is the pass renewable?

No

Can you bring your family to Singapore?

Yes

How long is the processing time of an average case?

8 weeks

Who applies for the pass

Individual pass candidate

Entrepass

Who is this ideal for?

Entrepreneurs keen to develop an innovative/ tech startup in Singapore

Do you qualify?

Must meet both conditions below:

  • Have started, or intend to start, a private limited company registered in Singapore, that possesses innovative technologies or is venture-backed

  • Meet the criteria as an Entrepreneur, Innovator or Investor

What are some highlights of the pass?

Able to own and operate an innovative/ tech startup in Singapore

How long will the pass be valid for?

1 year

Is the pass renewable?

Yes; first renewal is for 1 year; subsequent renewals for 2 years, subject to prevailing eligibility criteria

Can you bring your family to Singapore?

​Yes; subject to prevailing eligibility criteria based on business spending and local employment

How long is the processing time of an average case?

8 weeks

Who applies for the pass

Individual pass candidate

Tech.Pass

Who is this ideal for?

Established tech entrepreneurs, leaders or technical experts with experience in established or fast-growing tech companies

Do you qualify?

Must meet at least 2 out of the 3 criteria below:

  • Have a last drawn fixed monthly salary (in the last 1 year) of at least S$20,000

  • At least five cumulative years of experience in a leading role in a tech company with a valuation/ market cap of at least US$500mil or at least US$30mil funding raised

  • At least five cumulative years of experience in a leading role in the development of a tech product that has at least 100,000 monthly active users or at least US$100mil annual revenue

What are some highlights of the pass?

​Able to concurrently start and operate one or more tech companies, and be employed by one or more Singapore-based companies at any one time

How long will the pass be valid for?

Up to 2 years

Is the pass renewable?

Yes; subject to prevailing eligibility criteria based on business spending and local employment

Can you bring your family to Singapore?

Yes

How long is the processing time of an average case?

8 weeks

Who applies for the pass

Individual pass candidate

ONE Pass
(Overseas Network & Expertise Pass, Program opens from 1 January 2023)

Who is this ideal for?

Top talent with deep skills and expertise across all sectors including business, technology, science, engineering, arts, sports and academia

Do you qualify?

  • Earn fixed monthly salary of at least S$30,000 in the last 1 year

  • Overseas candidates will also need to demonstrate that they were employed or have a job offer from an established company (company should have a market capitalisation of at least US$500 million or an annual revenue of at least US$200 million)

Individuals with outstanding achievement in arts, sports, science, technology and academia may also qualify even if they do not meet the salary criterion

What are some highlights of the pass?

A personalised 5-year work pass allowing holders to concurrently start, operate, and work for multiple companies at any one time. Spouses also will be able to work on a Letter of Consent. Pass holders will not be subject to the Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS)

How long will the pass be valid for?

5 years

Is the pass renewable?

Yes; subsequent renewals of 5 years, subject to meeting renewal criteria

Can you bring your family to Singapore?

Yes

How long is the processing time of an average case?

4 weeks

Who applies for the pass

Individual pass candidate

As you can see, dynamic Singapore is very much open for business, with a range of work and residency options depending upon your lifestyle and business objectives - come and join us!




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