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What is ONE Pass and What are the Requirements to Work in Singapore


What is ONE Pass and What are the Requirements to Work in Singapore

October 2022

The Lanturn Team

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 “possess valuable networks, as well as deep skills and expertise, that can help Singapore grow,” according to Minister of Manpower, Dr Tan See Leng.

Let’s analyse how this benefits foreign talents and examine the qualifications to apply for ONE Pass.

What is the ONE Pass

Singapore already has many different work passes available for professionals, like the Employment Pass (EP), EntrePass, and the Personalised Employment Pass (PEP). What makes the ONE Pass any different from the rest? 

If you compare the ONE Pass directly with other work passes, one may see that ONE Pass 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, the ONE Pass will allow its holders to “concurrently start, operate, and work for multiple companies in Singapore at any one time.”

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 ones who would be applying for the employee’s behalf, while the second does not allow holders to be entrepreneurs or shareholders during their stay in the country.

You can check out more information about the different work passes available in Singapore by checking out our previous work pass webinar.

The ONE Pass is a part of the efforts to enhance Singapore’s current work pass framework. During a parliament sitting on 12 Sept 2022, the Minister shared the four enhancements, namely:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS).

  • Pass holders are not subject to the Fair Consideration Framework (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 are eligible for the ONE Pass?

Who is Eligible?

According to the Ministry of Manpower's ONE Pass page, there are different ways for an individual to qualify for the ONE Pass, either under the salary criterion or through an individual's outstanding achievements.

Under the salary criterion, eligible pass holders must meet any of the following:

  • Earn a fixed monthly salary of at least SGD 30,000, or its equivalent in foreign currency, within the last year.

  • 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 ONE Pass.

As for the details on applying under the "outstanding achievements" criterion, further information will be released closer to the 1st of January 2023, according to the Ministry's website.

If you're interested in getting your work pass or want to know more about which of the many different work passes you qualify for, why not reach out to us today for assistance? Our team at Lanturn have years of experience in assisting individuals in setting up their visas and other requirements needed to come to Singapore. Contact us today!

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