What is ONE Pass and What are the Requirements to Work in Singapore
The Lanturn Team
Last Updated on August 24, 2023
To attract more skilled foreign workers to Singapore, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced the Overseas Networks and Expertise Pass (ONE Pass), which will launch on January 1, 2023. This new pass aims to attract foreign talents who “
Let’s analyse how this benefits foreign talents and examine the qualifications to apply for ONE Pass in Singapore.
What is ONE Pass?
Singapore already has many different work passes available for professionals, like the
The ONE Pass in Singapore is a personal pass that will specially belong to a qualified individual and not to a specific employer. As such, should a ONE Pass holder decide to switch employment, there should be no need to apply for a new work pass. The validity of this work pass is for five years and can be renewed for another five years.
If you compare the ONE Pass directly with other work passes, one may see that it offers more flexibility compared to other work passes. Holders of this pass can work for multiple employers simultaneously or even be entrepreneurs or shareholders themselves. As shared by the Minister, this new work pass will allow its holders to “
EPs and PEP holders don’t have this kind of flexibility because the first pass would only allow you to work for one employer since they are the
Employment Pass (EP)
Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)
Overseas Networks and Expertise Pass (ONE Pass)
Eligible foreign professionals, managers and executives with a job offer in Singapore.
Foreign professionals or EP holders earning more than S$18,000 a month.
Top talents worldwide, especially in the areas of business, arts and culture, sports, as well as academia and research.
The minimum salary required
S$5,000 per month (for new applications)
S$18,000 per month (Starting 1 September 2023)
S$30,000 per month
2 years for new applications
Work pass limitations
EP holders must apply for a new EP if they plan to change their employment.
Can change jobs without reapplying for a new visa provided conditions will be met.
Can work for multiple companies at the same time and change jobs without having to reapply.
You can check out more information about the different work passes available in Singapore by checking out our previous
Types of Work Passes in Singapore, and How to Get Them
Discover the various work passes in Singapore and learn how to obtain them. Whether you wish to become a S Pass holder or apply for a different Singapore visa.
The ONE Pass is a part of the efforts to enhance Singapore’s current work pass framework.
Instituting the ONE Pass to target talents earning at least SGD 30,000 in fixed monthly salary, comparable to the top 5% of EP holders, or with outstanding achievements in arts and culture, sports, research and academia.
A new benchmark pegged to the top 10% of EP holders for Singapore’s existing schemes, namely the exemption from the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) job advertising requirement and COMPASS, as well as salary criterion for the Personalised Employment Pass.
Here are some related articles, that can shed light on the details mentioned above:
Restoring the FCF job advertising duration from 28 days to 14 days with effect from 1 Sept 2022 and improving the processing time of EP applications.
The option of a 5-year EP to experienced professionals filling tech occupations on the COMPASS Shortage Occupation List.
Now what are the benefits of the ONE Pass?
Benefits of the ONE Pass
With the ONE Pass being more flexible than other work passes, it has some other benefits that make it more attractive to many foreign professionals. Here are some of the benefits shared by the Minister during the Ministry of Manpower’s press conference:
Holders of the ONE Pass are not subject to the
Pass holders are not subject to the FCF job advertising requirement.
They can take as much time to look for work while having the ONE Pass.
Can work for as many companies as possible.
Has a 5-year pass validity compared to two years for EP and three years for PEP holders.
Does not need to apply for a new pass when the holder has to change jobs.
Spouses of pass holders can work as long as there is a Letter of Consent.
Who is Eligible for ONE Pass?
According to the Ministry of Manpower's
Under the salary criterion, eligible pass holders must meet any of the following:
Will earn a fixed monthly salary of at least SGD 30,000 under their future employer based in Singapore.
On top of these criteria, overseas candidates with no active work passes must also demonstrate that they have been working for an established company overseas for at least one year or are about to be working for an established company here in Singapore.
For candidates to be eligible for renewal, they must meet either of the following:
Earn a fixed monthly salary of at least SGD 30,000 on average over the past five years in Singapore.
Started and operates a Singapore-based company that employs at least five locals, each earning at least SGD 5,000 (pegged to the EP minimum qualifying salary).
If the candidate does not qualify under the salary criterion, they may try to showcase their outstanding achievements in arts and culture, sports, science and technology, and academia and research. The Ministry would consider these achievements and may make one eligible for the Singapore ONE Pass visa.
For candidates eligible under this outstanding achievements criterion, they must provide the following:
Detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) (including academic qualification, professional experiences and accomplishments), and;
Letter(s) of endorsement by a local host research institution (i.e. Autonomous Universities/A*STAR)
Just as there are specific ONE Pass criteria, such is the case for other Singapore work visas. Lanturn’s immigration services have a proven track record of successful applications. Our visa support services start with a consultation for the most applicable work pass for your career need. Included in our services, is to guide you through the visa application process from start to finish, and such appeals be necessary Lanturn will assist you all the way through.
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