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How to apply for a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) for Singapore

On this page, we will explain who qualifies for the Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) for Singapore, the requirements which must be met, and the application process. For expert assistance with your immigration matter, contact Reiss Edwards, immigration lawyers, and solicitors in London, on 020 3744 2797 or by email at info@reissedwards.co.uk

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Singapore is an increasingly popular destination for migrants from around the world seeking a prosperous, safe, and high quality of life. It is easy to see why. Not only does it have the most open economy in the world, but it is also extremely easy for businesses to set up and operate in Singapore. The economy of Singapore is also considered highly stable, with zero foreign debt and a robust balance of trade. For these reasons and many more, Singapore is now extremely attractive to highly skilled foreign workers seeking new career opportunities, both on a temporary or permanent basis. On this page, we will explain who qualifies for the Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) for Singapore, the requirements which must be met, and the application process.

What is the Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) for Singapore?

Before going too much further, it is important to understand the difference between the Employment Pass (EP) and the Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) for Singapore. While both allow foreign professionals, managers and executives to take up employment in Singapore, for a standard Employment Pass, a job offer is required. With the Personalised Employment Pass (PEP), no job offer is needed. The Singaporean Ministry of Manpower (MoM) states, “The Personalised Employment Pass is for high-earning Employment Pass holders and overseas foreign professionals. It is not tied to an employer and offers greater flexibility than an Employment Pass”.

Unlike the EP, which requires the employer or an employment agency to apply on behalf of the foreign worker, the PEP can be applied for directly by the candidate. In addition, while the minimum salary requirement for the EP is $4,500, for overseas foreign professionals applying for the PEP, this is much higher at $18,000.

If successful, PEP holders can stay in Singapore for up to three years, but it is not renewable beyond the expiry date.

The main benefit of the PEP is that candidates can hold a role in any sector (although they still need to meet any registration requirements of their role). PEP holders also do not need to re-apply for a new pass if they change jobs or organisations. They can also spend up to six months in Singapore while they find a job. As such, the PEP is a highly advantageous and flexible scheme for higher-income earners.

Am I eligible for a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) for Singapore?

According to the Singaporean Ministry of Manpower (MoM), to qualify for a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) for Singapore, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Overseas foreign professionals must be able to show that their last fixed monthly salary overseas was at least $18,000. This last salary should have been within six months before applying.
  • It is also possible for existing EP holders to apply for a PEP if they have a salary of at least $12,000 per month.

The PEP scheme in Singapore is not open to candidates in the following situations:

  • Employment Pass holders under the sponsorship scheme.
  • Freelancers or foreigners who intend to work on a freelance basis.
  • Sole proprietors, partners, or where a director is also a shareholder in an ACRA-registered company.
  • Journalists, editors, sub-editors, or producers.

Once in Singapore, PEP holders are required to adhere to the following requirements to keep their pass:

  • Not be unemployed in Singapore for more than six months at any time.
  • Earn a fixed salary of at least $144,000 per calendar year.
  • Notify MoM in the event of starting or leaving a job, changing contact details.
  • Candidates also need to declare their current year’s salary to MoM by 31st January of the following year

How do I apply for a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) for Singapore?

Applications for Personalised Employment Passes (PEP) in Singapore are completed by the foreign worker directly. The steps are as follows:

  1. Download and complete a PEP application form
  2. Print out the application form and sign it.
  3. Pay the application fee of $105 for each pass requested.
  4. Submit your application online with Sing pass and include the following:
  5. Completed and signed application form
  6. A screenshot of the banking page confirming your payment
  7. Any supporting documents listed in the application form

Once the form, documents, and payment have been submitted, it then takes around eight weeks for applications to be processed.

If approved, the candidate is then permitted to travel to Singapore. After arriving in Singapore, the candidate then has up to six months from the date of the approval to get their PEP. To do this (assuming the individual does not yet have an employer), the candidate needs to log in to the Employment Pass Online (EP Online) with their Sing pass and pay $225. They can then print a notification letter that proves they have the right to work while waiting for their card.

The candidate will then need to register their biometrics at an Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC), and the card will be delivered by post within four working days.

Your pass will allow you to stay in Singapore for up to two years initially, after which you can apply to renew your pass for a further three years. This can be done up to six months before the pass expires.

Can my family join me in Singapore if I hold a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)?

Yes. The type of pass your family member will need depends on their relationship to you, as follows:

  • Legally married spouse - Dependant’s Pass
  • Unmarried children under 21, including those legally adopted - Dependant’s Pass
  • Common-law spouse - Long Term Visit Pass
  • Unmarried child with a disability above 21 - Long Term Visit Pass
  • Unmarried step-children under 21 - Long Term Visit Pass
  • Parents (Only available to parents of Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) holders earning at least $12,000 per month) -Long Term Visit Pass

In order to gain immigration permission for family members, you will need to complete a separate application form for each person, however, these can be submitted together with the main Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) application.

Reiss Edwards has the resources and expertise to assist with all aspects of Singapore immigration. If you need assistance with your Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) for Singapore or any other immigration matter, contact our Singapore Immigration lawyers on 020 3744 2797 or by email at info@reissedwards.co.uk

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