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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
According to the Singaporean Ministry of Manpower (MoM), to qualify for a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) for Singapore, applicants must meet the following criteria:
The PEP scheme in Singapore is not open to candidates in the following situations:
Once in Singapore, PEP holders are required to adhere to the following requirements to keep their pass:
Applications for Personalised Employment Passes (PEP) in Singapore are completed by the foreign worker directly. The steps are as follows:
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.
Yes. The type of pass your family member will need depends on their relationship to you, as follows:
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 email@example.com
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