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Cancel an Employment Pass

You need to cancel an Employment Pass if the pass holder no longer works for you or when the pass expires. You also need to return the cancelled pass card.

At a glance

When to cancel

You need to cancel an Employment Pass (EP):

  • Within 1 week after the pass holder’s employment ends.
  • When it expires.

Note: You don’t need to cancel the EP if the pass holder becomes a Singapore permanent resident. We will cancel it automatically.

Who can cancel Employer or appointed employment agent (EA).
How long it takes Cancellation is immediate.

Note: When the EP is cancelled, all related Dependant’s Passes, Long Term Visit Passes and Letter of Consent will also be cancelled.

Before cancelling

You need to:

  1. Seek tax clearance from the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) at least 1 month before the pass holder leaves the job.
  2. Settle all outstanding employment issues, such as paying of salary.
  3. Buy an air ticket to send the pass holder home, unless the pass holder agrees otherwise in writing.

When to cancel

You must cancel the EP within 1 week after the last day of employment (if notice applies, this refers to the last day of the notice period) or when the EP expires.

If the pass holder completes the notice on 1 August, you should cancel the EP on 2 August as the pass holder still needs a valid EP for 1 August.

How to cancel

To cancel a pass:

  1. Log in to EP Online and cancel the pass. Cancellation is immediate and a Short Term Visit Pass (STVP) will be generated if the pass holder is still in Singapore.
  2. Give a copy of the cancellation acknowledgement letter and STVP to the pass holder. The pass holder must give the STVP to the immigration officer when leaving Singapore.

Return the card

You must return the original pass card within 1 week of the cancellation by posting it to Work Pass Division, Ministry of Manpower, 18 Havelock Road, Singapore 059764. You can use EP Online’s “card return” function to:

  • Check if we have received the card.
  • Tell us why you are unable to return the card.