Guide For Singapore S Pass

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The S Pass allows mid-level skilled staff to work in Singapore. Candidates need to earn at least $2,500 a month with effect from 01-October-2020 and have the relevant qualifications and work experience.

The criteria for older and more experienced S Pass candidates has been increased w.e.f. 01-October-2020, for example, an S Pass applicant in his early 40s will need to earn higher than the minimum qualifying salary of $2,500.

S Pass renewals will be subject to the new salary requirement only with effect from 01-May-2021 to moderate the impact on businesses.

 

Employment Pass & S Pass – advertising requirements under the Fair Consideration Framework

Employer must advertise on MyCareersFuture at: www.mycareersfuture.gov.sg  for at least 28 calendar days w.e.f. 01-Oct-2020 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.

Fair Consideration Framework (FCF)

The Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) sets out the requirements for all employers in Singapore to consider candidates fairly for job opportunities. Employers should not discriminate candidates based on non-job related characteristics such as age, gender, nationality or race.

All employers in Singapore are expected to adhere to the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices.

Consider all candidates fairly

To promote fair employment practices and improve labour market transparency, employers submitting S Pass applications should first advertise on MyCareersFuture, and consider all candidates fairly.

Exemption from advertising requirement
All employers must practise fair hiring even if their job vacancies can be exempted from advertising.

For practical reasons, you are not required to advertise on MyCareersFuture if any of the following applies:

  • Your company has fewer than 10 employees.
  • The fixed monthly salary for the vacancy is $20,000 and above.
  • The vacancy is to be filled by an intra-corporate transferee as defined by the World Trade Organisation’s General Agreement on Trade in Services.
  • The vacancy is short-term, i.e. not more than 1 month.

Click here for more details about FCF requirements (in PDF)

Click here to learn about FCF requirements

 

 
Singapore Passes available for Skilled And Semi-Skilled Workers
 
Comparison of All Skilled And Semi-Skilled Work Passes And Work Permits In Singapore
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Comparison of All Professional Passes (EntrePass, EP & PEP) With S Pass And Work Permit (Foreign Worker) In Singapore

Key facts on S Pass in Singapore

The S Pass allows mid-level skilled staff to work in Singapore. Candidates need to earn at least $2,500 a month with effect from 01-October-2020 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
  • Mid-skilled technical staff who meet the eligibility criteria.
Who can apply
  • An employer or appointed employment agent must apply on behalf of the applicant.
  • If the pass holder changes jobs, the new employer or the appointed employment agency has to apply for a new pass.
Minimum salary
  • Fixed monthly salary of at least $2,500/- (w.e.f. 01-October-2020)
  • Older and more experienced S Pass candidates need to earn higher than the qualifying salary
What is the duration
  • Up to 2 years.
Is it renewable
  • Yes.
Passes for family
  • Available for eligible pass holders.
Quota or levy
Medical insurance
  • Employers must provide medical insurance for S Pass holders.
Relevant legislation
  • Conditions of Work Pass
  • Employment of Foreign Manpower Act

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 Eligibility for S Pass

Only eligible candidates will be considered for an S Pass. Criteria include a minimum salary of $2,500 with effect from 01-October-2020 and acceptable qualifications. Use the Self-Assessment Tool to check a candidate’s eligibility before you apply.

Who is eligible

The S Pass is for mid-skilled foreign employees (e.g. technicians) who meet these criteria:

  • Fixed monthly salary of at least $2,500. The salary should reflect work experience.
  • Older and more experienced applicants need higher salaries to qualify than the qualifying salary.
  • A degree or diploma. MOM may consider technical certificates, such as courses for qualified technicians or specialists.
  • The certification should include at least 1 year of full-time study.
  • Years of relevant work experience.
  • Application for an S Pass is open to all nationalities.

Use the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) to check if the applicant qualifies for the pass.

Note: 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.

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.

Self-Assessment Tool

MOM encourages you to use the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) to get an indication of whether an applicant meets the requirements. Candidates can also use the tool to assess their eligibility.

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.

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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.

blankBefore Applying:
  • 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.

Co-pay arrangement

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.

Note:

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:

WP Online

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.

 

S Pass quota and levy requirementsS Pass Levy info-graphic

The number of S Pass holders you can hire is limited by a quota. You must also pay a monthly levy for these workers.

Learn more about S Pass quota and levy requirements

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.

https://www.mom.gov.sg/passes-and-permits/work-permit-for-foreign-worker/foreign-worker-levy/calculate-foreign-worker-quota

Infographic for foreign worker levy for work permit & S Pass holdersLevy Waiver For Foreign Worker

You can get a waiver for your foreign worker levy payments only in certain specific situations. These include overseas leave and hospitalisation leave.

Learn more about Levy Waiver For Foreign Worker

Renewal of S Pass

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.

Learn more about renewal of S Pass

Notify MOM Of Changes Of Particulars For S Pass Holders

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.

Learn more about notification with MOM of any changes of particulars of S Pass holders

Cancellation of S Pass In Singapore

You must cancel an S Pass if the pass holder no longer works for you or when the pass expires. You must also return the cancelled pass card. 

Learn more about cancellation of S Pass

 

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.

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