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Let Lanturn ensure your EP ticket to Asia’s Business Hub

An Employment Pass (EP) is a type of work visa issued to qualifying foreign professionals, managers, executives, and skilled workers who wish to work in Singapore.
It is available to foreign professionals from all ethnic groups and nationalities and is evaluated based on the candidate’s salary, work experience, skill set, and educational qualifications.
New applicants are granted an EP that is valid for a maximum of two years. While a renewed EP is valid for up to three years.
To apply for an EP, foreign professionals must have a job offer in Singapore and meet these requirements:
  • Hold a managerial, executive, or specialized position.
  • Possess a university degree, professional qualifications, or specialized skills.
  • Receive a fixed monthly salary of at least S$5,000 (higher salary for experienced candidates).

Advancing your career in Singapore

What you need to know to secure your PEP with Lanturn

The Personalized Employment Pass (PEP) is a work visa for high-earning foreign professionals to live and work in Singapore. Unlike other work visas, PEP is not associated with a specific employer, allowing the holder to switch jobs without reapplying for a new work pass.

EP holders and foreign professionals who want to work and live in Singapore can apply for the PEP if they meet the eligibility criteria.

The PEP remains valid for three years after issuance and cannot be renewed. After the expiration, applicants must apply for an Employment Pass or Permanent Resident status to continue working legally in Singapore.

To be eligible for the PEP, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Monthly salary of at least S$12,000 if they are an Employment Pass holder.
  • Last drawn monthly salary of at least S$18,000 if they are an overseas foreign professional. The last drawn salary must be within six months before the PEP application.

Work Pass Services Pricing

Prices exclusive of Singapore GST

Employment Pass (EP)

Lanturn’s expert team provides personalised advice to ensure a smooth and successful application process for you. We offer comprehensive guidance, covering all aspects from the initial application to status tracking and appeal filing in some cases.

Personalised Employment Pass (PEP)

Lanturn’s visa specialist will provide customised support to guarantee a smooth PEP application procedure. From document review, status tracking and processing appeals in some instances.

EP Renewal

We take care of the entire renewal application process for you, handling everything online to make the procedure as painless as possible.

Working in
Singapore starts here


Discussion with Lanturn

Introduce Lanturn to your existing corporate service provider, Lanturn takes over the conversation and handles the transition process.


Review and Filing

Lanturn has experience in taking over clients from existing providers, and while there may be some administrative work such as KYC of your directors and shareholders. It is worth it for the improved service going forward.


Review and Filing

We will prepare the paperwork for you to sign and lodge the change with ACRA. Trust us to make the transition as smooth and hassle-free as possible.

Why is Lanturn your top choice?

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Tailored Consultation

Our visa specialists will provide personalised guidance and support throughout your work pass application, ensuring that you meet all the criteria set by the MOM.


Streamlined Process

Let us handle the complex paperwork and filing process for your Singapore visa application, allowing you to focus on other important matters. Our thorough review and filing process guarantees that your application meets all requirements before submitting it to the MOM.


Confidence and Support

Trust us to monitor your work visa application closely and keep you informed every step of the way. With our approval monitoring service, you can have peace of mind knowing that we're here to assist you in preparing an appeal if necessary.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Employment Pass (EP) is tied to a specific employer, unlike the Personalized Employment Pass (PEP), which offers the freedom to switch jobs without the need to apply for a new visa. The PEP is valid for three years, whereas the EP can be renewed after its two-year validity period. Additionally, PEP requires a higher monthly salary compared to EP.

Starting 01 SEP 2023 new EP applicants must also pass the Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS) unlike the applicants for PEP.

If you’re interested in obtaining a Singapore EP, you can work with a visa specialist like Lanturn to help you with the application process. The first step is to determine if you meet the eligibility criteria set by the MOM. Generally, the MOM requires applicants to have a job offer from a Singapore-based employer and possess the necessary qualifications and work experience.

Furthermore, starting September 1st, 2023, Employment Pass applicants are required to fulfil not only the qualifying salary requirement but also pass the COMPASS evaluation based on a points system. Having the assistance of reputable immigration specialists, like Lanturn, will be beneficial in navigating this new addition to EP application requirements.

The main benefit of having an EP is that it allows the pass holder to work and live in Singapore for an extended period, usually up to two years, and can be renewed thereafter. EP holders also enjoy higher salaries, and better employment benefits, and EP holders can apply for permanent residency in Singapore, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

The main difference is that an EP is for foreign professionals, managers, and executives who have a job offer in Singapore, while a work permit is for semi-skilled foreign workers in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and services. An EP is generally only issued to those who have a higher salary and qualifications, and it provides more benefits such as the ability to bring family members to Singapore, access to better healthcare, and higher job flexibility.

The minimum salary for a Singapore work permit varies depending on the industry and skill level. Some industries may require a higher salary to be eligible for a work permit. It’s best to check with the MOM or a visa specialist to determine the specific requirements for your industry.

The Singapore S Pass application process for SMEs involves several steps. First, the employer must ensure that the candidate meets the eligibility criteria. The employer must then submit an online application to the MOM and pay the required application fee. If the application is approved, the candidate will be issued an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter, which allows them to enter Singapore and work for the employer. The employer must then arrange for the candidate to undergo a medical examination and obtain the necessary work pass before commencing employment.

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