How to Get S Pass or Employment Pass – Work Permit and Visa Requirements in Singapore

S Pass and E Pass (Employment Pass) are just two among the employment visas and permit needed by foreigners to work in Singapore. How to get S Pass or E Pass easily? What are the requirements? How much will it cost? Do we need to renew them? How long will they get approved? Can we check the status of the application online? I have sum up the steps and info you need to know here. Having a job in Singapore requires this types of permits before you can stay, live and work in this beautiful country.

Who need the S Pass?

Foreign workers in Singapore who earn more than SG $ 2,200 monthly are required to have an S Pass, also termed as Singapore Employment Pass. The employer is the one who processes this kind of work permit. This visa is designed for medium-skilled workers and it is approved and granted if the employer has complied in the quota in hiring international workers and the foreign worker’s qualifications are assessed positively by the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore.

Who need the E Pass?

On the other hand, if the foreign worker is earning more than SG $ 3,000 monthly, he needs E Pass. Commonly, these are professionals and degree-holders. With this visa, you can live and work in Singapore for two years and you can renew your E Pass too provided you are still employed in SG.

In this page, I will tackle the step-by-step guide on how to get an S Pass in Singapore. I will hopefully sharing the requirements and processing of E Pass in another page.

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How to Apply for S Pass in Singapore?

There are 2 ways: Online and Manual application. Your employer or the company who will hire you will be the one to process this for you. You are not required to be in Singapore to have your S Pass. You can stay or you can wait for it while you’re in your own country. Once a company liked you and want to hire you officially, you need to submit documents that are required for your S Pass.

S Pass Requirements in Singapore

Your employer or the company in Singapore which will hire you will give you the list and the requirements for the S pass processing. You will have to fill up the application form and submit the documents required correctly.

  • Accomplished S Pass Application Form

You can download this online. But usually your employer will be the one to forward this to you so you will fill out the details. This form must be endorsed with your company/employer’s seal or stamp and must be properly signed by you.

  • Diploma and TOR or Technical Diploma
  • Passport-sized photo (recent and taken at the last 3 months from the date of application)
  • Valid Passport of the applicant

Additional documents need to be submitted when requested by the MOM.

If your papers and documents are non-English certificates, you are required to submit official English translation done by a notary public, High Commission/Embassy or certified translator together with the original certificates.

**requirements may change after the publication of this blog post

How much will you pay for S Pass in Singapore?

Usually, you won’t pay anything for this since your employer will be the one who will process the permit.

How long does it take until S Pass approval? Everything is faster in Singapore. Processing time online takes as fast as 2 working days and the result or status of application can be checked and tracked online. On the other hand, manual application takes from 7 working days. The result will be mailed to the company or employer.

Singapore Pass Status

Your S Pass application status can be tracked and viewed online. But don’t be too much psyched about it (smiles). You can ask your employer about this.

How to Claim and Get your S Pass Card?

Before you can get your S Pass Card, you are required to have the following:

Issuance of S Pass – Only your employer can request for the issue of your S Pass. Your employer or company in Singapore must gather all documents required by the Ministry of Manpower. Your employer may ask for your travel documents details, immigration pass, medical examination results and some compensation and insurance details.

Finger-printing and photo-capturing

After the finger-printing and photo-capturing at it takes 4 working days before you can claim your S Pass at Work Pass Service Centre. Congratulations you can now work in Singapore. 🙂

**These are just the usual steps in processing S Pass, some requirements may add or change anytime. Always get in touch with your employer in Singapore about your work permit and about any update with your employment.

Requirements and Processing can change after the publication of this post.

Fehl is the founder of Philpad and has been writing online for 12 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Accountancy and a background in Finance. She is a licensed Career Service Professional and author of a poetry book at Barnes & Noble. In her spare time, she likes to travel and discover new places.

101 thoughts on “How to Get S Pass or Employment Pass – Work Permit and Visa Requirements in Singapore”

  1. Hello sir I need a s pass I got an experienced as a safety officer.i have 4 year experience. How do I get s pass any can help me

  2. I had completed diploma in automobile engineering,worked as a mechanic in jray mcdermott at jebelali dubai,ground handling supervisor in kishfisher airlines at coimbatore airport,ground support in indian airlines at trivandrum airport,iam very intresting to work in singapore &i need s pass,iam ready to do any work,contact me 9487693689

  3. I applied S pass . Employer send me mail forward (mom) i submit done. How much time take mom for clear my approval.? How i can see online status ?

  4. HI sir
    I am Indian commerce graduate with experience. I want to apply for e pass. If I come on visitor visa to Singapore. After I can apply for E.pass? but I don’t have employer. And job offer. Can you arrange for me employer? Sir duide me sir.
    Please sir reply me.

    • I want to work in India but I got no employer can you get me a employment pass . Or for that matter in Philippines or any other country …..its impossible right . So , either you get your mentality correct or stop asking brainless question . You can never find a job aboard . The requirement are written and stated very clearly with reference to gov manpower website , so….I guess if you are not proactive in job hunt and waiting for money to drop from the sky ….. Asking pointless question , I guess you will still be here asking the same question 5 years later . The answer will still be the same .

  5. Hi, my employer has applied for s pass for me. The application is approved. How can I check the status? Is there anything like only the employer can check the status?

    • Search EPOL in MOM website . There isn’t such a thing as only the employer knows . If that happened , you application had not be send in . Alternately , you may visit in person if u are in SG.

  6. I think that everyone have the wrong impression of getting a job in Singapore…….First there must be a demand , than there is supply….. Singapore GOV dont just issue work pass that claims that they want to look for job …..or anything based on what you say .

    Employment agency like mine, work based on your resume that you summit……don”t have to type a long list of experience here….send me your detail resume ……

    There is no assurance that I will get you a job . But I promise that I will go through with the employer and provide the best candidates that I see fit. So , how you write your resume will matter to me and I will verify your academic qualification . Any false info will not help you at all….

    FYI, In Singapore, only employer can make application of any form of work related pass…..anything other than that is BS…..

    BTW, my fees is not cheap …….consider the work I will put in .
    I am working hard now to place a group of Phil experience printing technician and printing foreman in Singapore….So I may be slow in replying to you.

    So, good luck.

    • E-Pass WILL NOT BE issue to you even after its approved. You will have to leave Singapore to get your Letter of ” In-Principal Approval ” or IPA we called it .

      And the Pass will only be issue after your had enter into Singapore again with the Letter/IPA and pass your medical .

      Only after that, a work pass will be issued.

    • Good morning Sir,
      I am Vietnamese, I would like to get Job in Singapore. Pls kindly drop me an email for more information if possible.
      I am looking forward to your responses.
      Thank you.

  7. I need s pass for singapore , I have graduation in airline tourism travel and hospitality and 6 months diploma in ticketing and reservation also having relevant experience 2 year amd 6 months in travel agency as a travel sales consutant, can anyone help me out I hardly neeed this

  8. sir.

    I have applied 27/05/2016 singapore s pass visa in online, but stile now

    i don’t get any information in my visa statues, i want solution please help


    • how did you apply for S pass because it always need a agent reference for processing. did you apply yourself?

      • No sir, I applied through a consultant, that consultant main office

        in singapore, they sent my application copy on 27/5/2016,

        but i didn’t get my IP status, i don’t no how many days processing

        time ???!!!

        • so did you contact to main office from where you apply?what they are saying? and what is the name of consultancy?

          • They sent my online s pass application cope

            , ( We refer to your recent appeal for S-Pass for the above applicant. Dear Agent, Your application has been successfully submitted and we are going to process your appeal and verify the applicant’s documents. You will get the application status within 4 weeks time. For more details contact MOM Officer. )

        • Ok its looks like no doubt massage from application website. can you tell me the name of consultancy? so that i can check that too.

          • applus+ velosi singapore 21, bukit batok crescent, unit #25-82wcega tower, 658065, singapore Tel : +65 62911285

  9. Hello sir,
    I wann work permit in Singapore can u explain me how I meet work permit visa in singapore . I have complete only 12th,
    I’m fresher.

  10. sir im going singapore for Advance diploma in hotel management it’s a 6 6 program after completed this course I want to continue through s pass so plz will give me the vital information about that how it’s this possible for me….

  11. Hai sir I am karthik,I completed diploma civil engineering in 2009. I have 6 years experience in residential building works,i am looking job in Singapore, pls help me somebody, I am working in oman, I have oman driving licence

  12. Sir I am BE MECHANICAL engineering so I have 3 years experience in water plant treatment in edp STP pls contact singapore agency details or phone number details pls my dream in Singapore jobs

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  13. hi iam hariharan completed B.E civil engineering with 2year experience at thermal power plant construction i need s pass at singapore pls help me

  14. Sir I done bba or MBa 1 paper result is awaited now takes MBa in hospitality but before I doing MBa in Hr but now I takes MBa in hospitality will it beneficial for me for getting high salry in hospitality line I applied for s or epss in singapore and how many days required for ggetting s or e pass in Singapore

  15. i need a e-pass or s-pass agent’s contact details in india or bangalore.
    I’m a technical diploma holder and have 15 yeras ind. exp. and hold a valid passport.
    pls. respond to me urgently.

  16. Dear Sir,
    i m Reaz from Bangladesh, i completed BBA , I have one year job experience in CERAMIC COMPANY on account section. i deeply interested for Singapore.
    please sir tell me pls how can i get s pass visa. details inform me plz…..

    my-email :

  17. hello sir . hw r u . I am Nasir 2 years ago I complite diploma in computer 4yers . I have sum professional deggri . I am interested for s pass .so hw achieve it . pls help me

  18. Hello sir
    I need s pass in Singapore please help me iam completed hotel management in 2012
    I have 3years experience in hotel industry please help me my friends

  19. Hi friends please help me through an agency I got job in Singapore the visa process took 20days more than that finally agency said ur visa approved and gave me fin number after a day they are asking me pay 1000$ to approve visa please help me how to find the fin num given belong to me. Pls help me friends

  20. I Need foreigners to work in Singapore S-pass i am b-tech degree civil engineer 2 year civil works experience kindly help me

  21. Hello fehl…. I want to clear my doubt regarding my spass renewal….:.actuly I was working in Sg fro jan 2013 to jan 2015…. The problem is I did not completed my degree fro the university left with few exams….and at the pass renewal time my hr manager ask me to get the degree certificate…but it was not possible to get at that time now I am in India and about to finish my exams and Ill get my degree…so my quit in is to u is how I can renew my pass or will be difficult for me to get approve my pass? Plz let me know if ur free Thais

  22. i have done iti from production manufacturing and i have 4 years experience c.n.c tube bending machine How i can get spass for singapore

  23. i am mohan,age 41 years,i have completed in B.E(MECHANICAL)&Driving licensed holder. I have more experience in supervisor (automobile field welding fabrication). currently I am searching job in Singapore . any information through my mail

  24. I have done hotel management degree and also have 1 year experience in india
    Now i want to come singapore for advance diploma in hotel management
    Tell me after completing my course how can i get s pass my email address is (

  25. Hiii madam…..i am mechanical engineer with 1year exp in hardware field,with that exp is able to get s pass….please help me madam,,num 9629261716

  26. Dear sir
    I have completed B.E in 2012 pass out. ..I have 1 year experience in hardware engineer field nd I completed ccna networking course. ..can I get S pass. .plz contact me. ..This is my mobile number 9994522654. …

  27. I am getting s job of supervisor through e pass getting 1500 SGD just wanna know that after a particular times will I keep on getting a salary hike and after working for couple ofcyear can I get a opportunity to move on to any country like Australia, Canada,UK or Singapore.

      • Hi vinod, please me also get a job, I am holder, experience in Bank and Hotel Industry for sales.
        Please share your number or call me.
        My mob no. is 9540848141

  28. Dear sir / mam

    I’m completed my btech mechanical graduation from jntu hyderabad university.& I completed my diploma in mechanical also … now I want to go to Singapore for the job… I want s pass visa .. can you please tell me how to get a s pass. ..
    Please reply me

  29. Sub: I will come in Singapore s pass visa

    Respected Sir : I have completed diplomo in mechanical engineering I am one year experience of industries of quality department so I will come in Singapore to s pass agent details please help me sir I am best of my ability

    Thanking you

    Your’s faithfuly

    Arul c

  30. Hallo. I was studied in diploma electrical ana electronics engineering.I have three experiences in industry line India.I want spass job in can get much amount needed.I want spass contact agent and phone number.

  31. I am completed B.E. , computer engineer 2010_2014 I am apply s pass through agent. But agent told 45 days need. it is belive or not. please help me. how much amount needed.

  32. i applied s pass visa throw ajent…he took 100$ from me..he said he will send my assesment to embasy.i applied thru venus visa mohali 3b2… i dont know they are right or wrong….will i gel s pass visa…i am ba pass

  33. This is helpful. Do you mind if you give us info on how to get an employer from Singapore. That’ll be the best. 🙂

  34. I have done hotel management degree and also have 1 year experience in india
    Now i want to come singapore for advance diploma in hotel management
    Tell me after completing my course how can i get s pass

  35. Dear Ma’am,

    Good evening! I just want to ask for the s pass. It is a possible to get the s pass if I have a friend in Singapore to help me to get my s pass. I graduated bachelor of science business administration Major hotel and restaurant management.

    Hoping for you answer thank you. Please email me. Thank you so much.

  36. I am malaichelvam from India. I am a civil engineer.I want a s pass jobs in company in Singapore.please u tell about to my email.

  37. Hi,
    i got bachelors in hotel management and i have a 5 years of experience.could you please help me to find the job and pass in Singapore. by guiding me through the right path.
    thank you.

    • I I am 4 years working in construction industry now I am working pcm permit Singapore .I want to site Enginer or site supervisor job and I want to s pass also.

  38. i needs some one singapore s pass visa and iam completed in computer science 2008-11.because my family sittuation is very poor condition so please grant spass.thats all
    thank you

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  40. I’m a Bangladeshi. I’m a educated person, I want a job. Singapore is my favorite country. I want to go there for I need a S pass visa. in the moment what can I do? will you please help me. Thank you.

  41. Hi I’m nidhi I already applied for s pass by my agent .I hv been applied for this visa from month of June. My visa no is 1300746187 cn u tell me the status regarding vise that hw long time they take to issue my s pass for singapore. Plz help me out


  42. I am from Bangladesh. I an a educated person, I want a job. singapore is my favourite country. I want to go there and I need a S pass visa. in the moment what can I do? will you please help me. Thank you.

  43. i completed my computer science and i am working as office assistant and now i want to work in Singapore. to work in singapore i need to get s pass what are the documents are requried to apply spass and how much it cost.please tell me.

  44. My dad is applying in Singapore but Im doubting, because his agency asking him to pay for the processing of his s pass. As I know that the employer should do so. Am I right? Why they ask for the processing fee?

  45. thank’s mam for your valuable guidelines…

    Dear mam I would like to work in singapore.
    Is there any company who hire me….I m a hotelear person.
    Even I have forwarded my CV to many hotels in singapore but no one reply.

    can you just suggest me and help me out.


      • thanks for this post its really useful. one most important thing that i want to know.. can you please suggest me some employers or agency name from singapore? i am resident of india. i have been in singapore with holding tourist visa this year. i am desperately looking for job in singapore. i am looking forward hearing from you. thanks

  46. Thank yo so much my fren! This info very helpful and at leat calm me down while waiting to be approve. Feel relief after reading infomative.

    Bless You ALL!!

    Tuah Idzwan

    • Thank you honey. I’m looking forward for my next feature ( a very inspiring lady poet and editor ) :p This article was from my HP, just put it here. I think it’s meant to be here LOL


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