Guide For Singapore S Pass

infographic about an S Pass with working womanSingapore S Pass

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 $2,400 a month with effect from 01-January-2020 and have the relevant qualifications and work experience.

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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 has to apply for a new pass.
Minimum salary
  • Fixed monthly salary of at least $2,400/- (w.e.f. 01-January-2020)
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


 Eligibility for S Pass

Only eligible candidates will be considered for an S Pass. Criteria include a minimum salary of $2,400 with effect from 01-January-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 $2,400. The salary should reflect work experience. Older, more experienced applicants need higher salaries to qualify.
  • 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.

blankPasses 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.

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 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.

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 or for more detailed information and up-to-date guidelines with regulations.

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