The S Pass allows Associate Professionals and Technicians (APTs) to work in Singapore.
Candidates need to earn with prevailing salaries and have the relevant qualifications and work experience.
- Fixed monthly salary comparable to top one-third of local APT salaries. This is a minimum of $3,150 (and increases progressively with age, up to $4,650 for those in mid-40s).
- Candidates in the financial service sector need higher salaries to qualify.
Employer must advertise on MyCareersFuture at: www.mycareersfuture.gov.sg for at least 14 calendar days w.e.f. 01-Sep-2022 unless MOM has explicitly exempted the company or job from this requirement.
- Consider all candidates fairly before you apply for an S Pass.
- Before applying for an S Pass, you should advertise the job on MyCareersFuture and consider all candidates fairly.
- This is expected of all employers.
Upcoming changes to S Pass eligibility
MOM will be raising the qualifying salaries and levies for S Pass holders, to uplift the quality of S Pass holders to the top one-third of our local APT workforce. These changes will apply progressively from 1 September 2022. S Pass quotas will also be updated from 1 January 2023.
Changes to S Pass qualifying salaries
The minimum qualifying salary for S Pass applications will be raised in three steps, as follows. Older candidates will continue to require a higher salary to qualify.
From 1 Sep 2022 for new applications /
From 1 Sep 2023 for renewals
From 1 Sep 2023 for new applications /
From 1 Sep 2024 for renewals
From 1 Sep 2025 for new applications /
From 1 Sep 2026 for renewals
(except financial services)
(increases up to $4,500 for those in mid-40s)
At least $3,150
At least $3,300
(increases up to $5,500 for those in mid-40s)
At least $3,650
At least $3,800
Changes to S Pass levy rates
The S Pass Basic / Tier 1 levy rate will also be raised in three steps, as follows:
From 1 Sep 2022
From 1 Sep 2023
From 1 Sep 2025
Change from $330 to $450
From $450 to $550
From $550 to $650
Changes to S Pass quota
From 1 Jan 2023
Change from 18% to 15% of total workforce
The S Pass allows mid-level skilled staff to work in Singapore. Candidates need to earn with prevailing salaries and have the relevant qualifications and work experience.
Get an overview and key facts about the S Pass for hiring technical staff to work in Singapore.
|Who it is for
|Who can apply
|What is the duration
|Is it renewable
|Passes for family
|Quota or levy
|Medical insurance & Primary Care Plan (PCP)
Eligibility for S Pass
Only eligible candidates will be considered for an S Pass. Criteria include earning a salary of at least $3,150, which is benchmarked against the top one-third of the local associate professionals and technicians (APT) salaries by age.
Who is eligible
The S Pass is for foreign employees across all nationalities or citizenships who:
- Have a job offer in Singapore.
- Earn a fixed monthly salary comparable to the top one-third of the local APT workforce by age, as shown below:
|Minimum qualifying salary for renewals from 1 Sep 2023
|Minimum qualifying salary for new applications from 1 Sep 2023, and for renewals from 1 Sep 2024
|Minimum qualifying salary for new applications from 1 Sep 2025, and for renewals from 1 Sep 2026
(except financial services)
(increases progressively with age from age 23, up to $4,500 at age 45 and above)
(increases progressively with age from age 23, up to $4,650 at age 45 and above)
|At least $3,300
(to be finalised)
(increases progressively with age from age 23, up to $5,500 at age 45 and above)
(increases progressively with age from age 23, up to $5,650 at age 45 and above) At least
(to be finalised)
Upcoming changes to S Pass eligibility criteria
There will be further changes to the S Pass qualifying salary on 1 September 2025.
- You cannot employ foreign workers to work at a food stall in a hawker centre, coffee shop or food court. Such operations are small scale and should be manned by owners or family members.
You will be asked to provide details of qualifications and work experience when submitting your candidate’s work pass applications. MOM does not accept qualifications from unaccredited institutions.
To check if an institution is accredited, you can approach background screening companies.
Self-Assessment Tool (SAT)
Use the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) to check a candidate’s eligibility before you apply.
If the SAT shows that the candidate is not eligible, you shouldn’t apply for the S Pass because it will be rejected.
If the SAT shows that the candidate is eligible, there is around a 90% chance that the candidate will get a pass.
Objectionable or Ineligible Occupations for an S Pass in Singapore
The list of objectionable occupations includes masseurs, bar and lounge hostesses. Food stall owners with an Singapore Food Agency (SFA) or National Environment Agency (NEA) licence are also not eligible to apply for an S Pass.
Who can apply
An employer or authorised third party has to apply for a candidate’s S Pass.
Appeal against rejection
Can I appeal against a rejected S Pass application?
You have 3 months to appeal an unsuccessful S Pass application, but you should do so only if you can address the reasons for rejection.
MOM has tightened the criteria for the S Pass to raise the overall quality of Singapore foreign workforce. Unfortunately, not every application will be successful.
You can check the rejection advisory in EP Online to view the reasons for rejection and advice on what to do next. If you applied manually, check the rejection letter.
When to appeal
You should only appeal if you can address the issues in your rejection advisory. There will be no change in the outcome unless there is new information in the appeal.
To help you make your decision:
- Use the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) to get an idea of whether the applicant qualifies
- Check the rejection advisory for the steps you need to take
You need to submit your appeal within 3 months of getting the rejection. If you miss this time period, you will have to submit a new application.
Who can appeal
Only the employer or the authorised third party who submitted the application can make enquiries or appeals. MOM will not entertain enquiries or appeals from the candidate, or anyone else.
Submit an appeal
When: Within 3 months of rejection
You can make an appeal through EP Online.
After making your appeal, you can log in to EP Online to:
- Check the status of your appeal.
- Print the outcome letter.
MOM will not be able to discuss appeal matters in person due to the high volume of appeals.
How long it takes
85% of appeals are processed within 3 weeks.
You can always log in to EP Online to check your appeal status.
Passes for Family Members
Pass holders who have a fixed monthly salary of at least $6,000, are eligible for a Dependant’s Pass for their spouse and children. If you are legally married or have children, you may be eligible for a Dependant’s Pass.
From 1 January 2018, work pass holders will need to meet a minimum salary criteria of $6,000 to enjoy dependant privileges.
Eligibility for Long Term Visit Pass
Eligible S Pass holders can bring certain family members to Singapore on a Long Term Visit Pass.
You can apply for a Long Term Visit Pass for your family if you meet these requirements:
- Hold an Employment Pass or S Pass.
- Earn a minimum fixed monthly salary of $6,000.
- Are sponsored by an established, Singapore-registered company (usually your employer).
You can get a pass for the following family members:
- Common-law spouse.
- Unmarried handicapped children above 21 years old.
- Unmarried step-children under 21 years old.
- Parents – only for those earning a fixed monthly salary of at least $12,000.
Employers can submit the application together with the S Pass application or separately at a later date.
Stages of Pass
Get an idea of what you need to do before, during and after you apply for an S Pass.
- Know the eligibility and requirements
- Know your quota and levy
- Declare business activity (applicable for first time employers)
- Check the documents required for applying
Before candidate arrives in Singapore:
- Apply for pass
After candidate arrives in Singapore
- Buy medical insurance and submit details
- Get the pass issued
- Register fingerprints and photo
- Receive the pass card
As and when required:
- Notify with any changes
- Renewal of pass
- Replace a lost or damaged pass card
- Cancel a pass
S Pass medical insurance requirements
Before you can issue or renew an S Pass, you must buy medical insurance for the pass holder and submit the details online.
What it should cover
As part of an employer’s S Pass medical obligations, you must buy and maintain medical insurance for your S Pass holders as long they are under your employment.
The insurance coverage must be at least $15,000 per year and cover inpatient care and day surgery.
You can have a co-pay arrangement with the S Pass holder only if all of the following are met:
- The medical treatment is not for work-related inpatient expenses.
- The co-pay amount is reasonable and does not exceed 10% of the worker’s monthly salary.
- The duration co-payment does not exceed 6 months.
- The co-payment option is explicitly in the employment contract or collective agreement and has the worker’s full consent.
You cannot pass on the cost of purchasing the medical insurance to S Pass holders.
Submit insurance details
You need to submit medical insurance details online before you request to issue or renew an S Pass, and when the insurance details change.
You can submit the medical insurance details through:
EP Online – you can submit the details when you issue the S Pass.
You need to keep the following information up to date:
- Name of insurer
- Insurance policy number
- Insurance policy commencement date
- Insurance policy expiry date
MOM encourages you to get a WP Online account to make it easier for you to update your employees’ medical insurance. Registration is free.
Click the below link to learn more about upcoming enhancement of Medical Insurance to S Pass & Work Permit holders including Domestic Helpers
From 1 April 2022, under Primary Healthcare System (PHS), you must buy a Primary Care Plan (PCP) for eligible workers. You can buy from Anchor Operators (AOs).
Before COVID-19, migrant workers lacked access to accessible and affordable healthcare services near their residence, workplaces and recreational areas. COVID-19 has exposed the care and systemic gaps in migrant workers’ healthcare services.
The PHS provides integrated healthcare services for eligible workers.
A PCP is mandatory for Work Permit holders (excluding MDWs) and S Pass holders who:
- Stay in dormitories.
- Work in CMP sectors.
All eligible workers must have PCP by 31 March 2023, even if their renewal is after 31 March 2023.
A PCP is optional if your worker doesn’t stay in a dormitory, or doesn’t work in a CMP sector. However, MOM strongly encourages you to buy PCP for your workers for better protection against unexpected healthcare bills.
If your workers are not covered under a PCP, they can still get medical help at any MOM Medical Centres based on their fees.
The number of S Pass holders you can hire is limited by a quota. You must also pay a monthly levy for these workers.
Calculate Foreign Worker Quota
Use the quota calculator below to plan how many Work Permit and S Pass holders your company can hire based on your sector and workforce.
Note: If you’re checking for services sector, please remember to choose the correct year, e.g. 2020.
You can get a waiver for your foreign worker levy payments only in certain specific situations. These include overseas leave and hospitalisation leave.
You can apply to renew an S Pass if you want the pass holder to continue working for you. This is provided you still meet the quota and other requirements as set by MOM.
If you’re an S Pass holder or employer, find out when and how to notify MOM of changes, including updates to company name and address, occupation, salary and residential address.
You must cancel an S Pass if the pass holder no longer works for you or when the pass expires. You must also discard the cancelled pass card.
Find answers to commonly asked questions pertaining to S Pass in Singapore.
Please refer to MOM website at www.mom.gov.sg or www.cpf.gov.sg for more detailed information and up-to-date guidelines with regulations.