Personalised EP (PEP)

Guide For Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)

Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)

The Personalised Employment Pass is for high-earning Employment Pass holders and overseas professionals. It is not tied to an employer and offers greater flexibility than an Employment Pass.

 

Key facts on Personalised Employment Pass

Get a quick overview of the Personalised Employment Pass to decide if it is the right pass for you.

Who it is for High-earning Employment Pass holders or overseas foreign professionals who meet the eligibility criteria.
Who can apply Candidate can apply directly.
Minimum salary Current EP holders: at least $12,000 a month.
Overseas foreign professionals: at least $18,000 a month.
What is the duration Up to 3 years.
Is it renewable No. The PEP is issued only once.
Passes for family Available for certain family members of pass holders.
Foreign worker levy or quota No foreign worker levy or quota required.
Relevant legislation Conditions of Work Pass
Employment of Foreign Manpower Act

Note: If your PEP is expiring, you will need to get an Employment Pass or S Pass to continue working in Singapore. You do not have to cancel the existing PEP for your employer to apply for the new pass.

 

Eligibility and requirements for Personalised Employment Pass

Eligible high-earning foreign professionals can apply for a Personalised Employment Pass. Pass holders have greater job flexibility than with other work passes. However, they need to meet certain requirements to hold the pass.

Who is eligible

You can apply for a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) if you are:

  • An overseas foreign professional and your last drawn fixed monthly salary overseas was at least $18,000. Your last drawn salary should have been within 6 months before you apply.
  • An Employment Pass holder earning a fixed monthly salary of at least $12,000.
Who is not eligible

You are not eligible for the PEP if you are:

  • An Employment Pass holder under the sponsorship scheme.
  • A freelancer or foreigner who intends to work on a freelance-basis.
  • A sole proprietor, partner or where a director is also a shareholder in an ACRA-registered company.
  • A journalist, editor, sub-editor or producer.

Note: You are not allowed to start a business or conduct any form of entrepreneurial activity while on a PEP. If you intend to do so, you should apply for an EntrePass.

Requirements of the pass

To keep holding a PEP, you must:

  • Not be unemployed in Singapore for more than 6 months at any time. Otherwise, you will need to cancel the pass.
  • Earn a fixed salary of at least $144,000 per calendar year, regardless of the number of months you are in employment.
  • Notify MOM with the following:
    • When you start or leave a job.
    • If you change your contact details, such as local contact person or address.
    • Your annual fixed salary. You need to declare it to us by 31 January of every year.

 

Benefits of the PEP

The PEP gives you greater job flexibility than other work passes:

  • You can generally hold a job in any sector. However, the PEP does not exempt you from complying with registration requirements to practise in Singapore for professions such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, architecture, law, etc.
  • You do not need to re-apply for a new pass if you change jobs; you only need to notify MOM.
  • You can stay in Singapore for a continuous period of up to 6 months without a job to search for new employment.

 

Passes for family members

If you hold a PEP, you can bring in your family members on these passes:

Dependant’s Pass for your:

  • spouse (legally married).
  • children under 21 years of age.

Long Term Visit Pass for your:

  • common-law spouse.
  • unmarried handicapped children above 21 years old.
  • unmarried stepchildren under 21 years old.
  • parents.

You need to submit a separate application for each family member even if they currently hold a Dependant’s Pass or Long Term Visit Pass. You can submit their applications along with the PEP application.

 

ACHI is one of the licensed Employment Agencies in Singapore. We will assist your work pass related applications and appeals at our level best with the regulatory authority Ministry Of Manpower (MOM) for successful outcome.
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