S Pass - Before you apply
Electronic Submission of Verification Proof for People’s Republic of China (PRC) Education Certificate
From 4 February 2013, you may be asked to upload a clear copy of a verification proof when you apply for or renew passes of applicants with diploma and above qualifications obtained from China. This also applies to draft applications that were created earlier, but only submitted after 4 February 2013.
This verification will help to show that your foreign applicants have graduated with the said qualification from the institution. You can do so by using any one of the following independent verification channels:
- CHESICC – China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center (http://job.chsi.com.cn)
- CDGDC – China Academic Degrees & Graduate Education Information (http://www.cdgdc.edu.cn)
- Dataflow – (http://www.dataflowgroup.com)
Please ensure that the documents uploaded belong to the correct applicant, and are clear. They should not cut be off at the sides, nor have blurred text and images. Facial features on the photographs (if any) should be clearly visible.
You may refer to the list of FAQs
for more information related to this requirement.
Changes to Dependant Privileges for Work Pass Holders
The Government is tightening the criteria for work pass holders to sponsor dependants as part of the overall direction to moderate the growth of Singapore’s non-resident population. This will help ease the pressure on our social infrastructure. Nonetheless, Singapore remains a global talent capital. We continue to welcome highly skilled foreign professionals who wish to bring their dependants to stay with them.
The changes, from 1 September 2012
are as follows:
- S Pass and Employment Pass (EP) holders need to earn a fixed monthly salary of at least $4,000 to sponsor the stay of their spouses and children here.
- P1 Pass holders will no longer be able to bring in their parents-in-law. They may still bring in their parents, spouses and children.
- P2 Pass holders will no longer be able to bring in their parents or parents-in-law. They may still bring in their spouses and children.
Dependants of EP and S Pass holders who are in Singapore by 1 September 2012 will be allowed to stay in Singapore if these work pass holders have valid passes with their existing employers. For more information, please refer to our FAQs
Mid-level skilled foreigners (e.g. technicians) who wish to work in Singapore may apply for an S Pass. Applicants will be assessed on a points system, taking into account multiple criteria. S Pass applicants accumulate points based on how far they meet the criteria. As a general guide, these criteria can be broadly described as (for illustrative purposes only):
- A minimum fixed monthly salary of $2,000
- Educational qualifications
- A degree, diploma
- Technical certificates can be considered. These are, very broadly, courses that train the applicant to be a qualified technician or specialist in their chosen field. The certification should comprise of at least one year of full-time study.
- Type of job (e.g. professional, specialist or technician)
- Number of years of relevant work experience
Work Permit holders who wish to apply for the S Pass must ensure that they meet the above requirements. You should refer to the Strategic Skills List to see what types of jobs are expected to be in high demand in Singapore over the next few years.
You may also use the S Pass Self-Assessment Tool to check if you are eligible:
The number of S Pass holders a company can employ is capped at a sub-quota, or Dependency Ceiling (DC), of 20% of the company's total workforce.
Note: Employers are not allowed to retain foreign workers in excess of the DC allowed for their sector. Employers will need to increase their local workforce or MOM will cancel the work passes of excess Work Permit and S Pass holders.
Employers may refer to the Guidelines on the Calculation of Quota and Levy Bill.
The requirement to purchase and maintain medical insurance is a Condition of an S Pass. For medical insurance policies taken up or renewed on/or after 1 January 2010, the insurance coverage must be at least $15,000 per year for each worker's inpatient care and day surgery during his/her stay in Singapore.
Passes for family members
S Pass applicants whose fixed monthly salary is at least $4,000 a month may apply for the Dependant's Pass (DP) for their family members. The DP application and supporting documents may be submitted together with the S Pass application or separately.
S Pass holders who earn less than $4,000 per month are not allowed to bring in their dependants, i.e. spouses (legally married) and children.
However, if the children of such S Pass holders wish to study in mainstream public schools in Singapore, they will have to pass the Admission Exercise for International Students (AEIS) or Supplementary Admission Exercise for International Students (S-AEIS). For more information on the tests including registration details and test dates, please visit the Ministry of Education's website.