Mid-skill foreigners who wish to work in Singapore can apply for an S Pass from the Singapore Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Designed as a work visa for mid-level skilled workers and open to all nationalities, the S Pass applicant is assessed based on a point system that takes into account their educational qualifications, skill types, job types and previous work experience.
Employers of S Pass are subject to a levy and a quota system by MOM, which varies according to industry. This means that employers can only hire a certain percentage of S Pass workers in relation to their total staff.
Applicants can only apply for the pass through their employer or an appointed employment agent . They are also strongly encouraged to do a self-evaluation using MOM's Self-assessment Tool before applying, which will give an indication of whether they meet the requirements. Do note, however, that each applicant is evaluated on his own merit. Even if an applicant meets all the criteria, there is no guarantee that the application will be successful.
To be eligible for S Pass, the applicant must have:
The S Pass is usually valid for one or two years and is renewable, subject to meeting the necessary criteria. The employer must not have exceeded the S Pass quota at the point of renewal.
To apply, applicants need to submit the following documents:
Documents that are not in English are required to be translated and submitted with a copy of the original document. The translation can be done by a translation service provider, embassy or notary public.
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