Conversion or Upgrading of a Work Permit to an S Pass

Conversion or Upgrading of a Work Permit to an S Pass in SingaporeA group workers & maid is working in the kitchen where a woman mechanic is in the workshop

When you are holding a Work Permit either as Foreign Worker (FW) or a Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW / Helper / Maid) and wish to upgrade to an S Pass, you can make it provided you meet out the stricter criteria set by MOM which you could check your eligibility by using the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) first before you proceed for such conversion or upgrade which is open to all Nationalities.

Facts on Conversion or Upgrading of a Work Permit to an S Pass

Is Work Permit holder eligible?
  • If you hold a Work Permit and wish to apply for an S Pass, first ensure that you are eligible for the S Pass by using the S Pass Self-Assessment Tool (SAT).
Where to check the eligibility?
  • Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) is available at MOM website at: www.mom.gov.sg
Who can apply for?
  • If you meet the requirements, your employer or authorised Employment Agency (EA) can then apply for an S Pass for you.
Is it open for all Nationalities?
  • Yes, conversion or upgrade to an S Pass is open to all Nationalities.
Can remain in Singapore during conversion?
  • You can remain in Singapore while the application is being made, as long as your Work Permit is valid.
Should Employer cancel your WP?
  • Your employer doesn’t have to cancel the Work Permit before the S Pass is approved.
Can WP be extended pending outcome of conversion?
  • If your Work Permit is expiring before you get the S Pass application outcome, your employer can request to extend your Work Permit.
Where to extend the WP?
  • Login to WPOL e-services and request for extension.
  • The extension is subject to MOM’s approval


Road Map For Conversion or Upgrading of Work Permit To S PassEmployment / S Pass Self-Assessment Tool (SAT)

Use the SAT to check if you qualify for an Employment Pass or S Pass before you apply or renew at:

Facts on Self Assessment Tool (SAT)

What is SAT in Singapore?
  • SAT is an online tool to assess if you qualify for an Employment Pass or S Pass based on the information provided, such as salary, educational qualifications and work experience.
What is the URL for SAT? (Shortened URL)
  • http://tiny.cc/i603kz
Does SAT guarantee the outcome?
  • It does not guarantee the actual outcome of your application. This is because there are other checks such as your employer’s quota (for S Pass) and your history, that are not considered in this assessment.
What can you do in the SAT?

You can:

  • Preview and check your details before submitting the self-assessment.
  • Edit your details easily for re-assessment.
  • Print your assessment results.
What should you do if your institution is not listed?
  • MOM does not have a list of recognised institutions.
  • In the SAT and the work pass application form, MOM has included a list of institutions that are commonly declared in work pass applications.
  • If your institution is not in the list, please enter its name as shown on the educational certificate.
What should you do if your qualification is not listed?
  • If the qualification level that appears on your certificate is not in the list on the SAT, you can choose the equivalent level from the drop down list; Or
  • You can choose not to declare the qualification in the SAT.


About S Pass And Employment Pass in Singapore

What is an S Pass?
  • The S Pass allows mid-level skilled staff to work in Singapore. Candidates need to earn at least with a specified fixed monthly salary and have the relevant qualifications and work experience.

Click here to learn more about S Pass

What is an Employment Pass?
  • Employment Pass is available for foreign professionals with a job offer in Singapore who meet the stricter eligibility criteria.

Click here to learn more about Employment Pass

Please refer to MOM website at www.mom.gov.sg and www.cpf.gov.sg for more detailed information and up-to-date guidelines with regulations.

ACHI BIZ 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.
Please refer to our GUIDES for more information, SERVICES to meet your requirements or CONTACT us if you wish to avail these or many other services.