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Apply for an EntrePass

You can submit your EntrePass application online.

At a glance

Who can apply Candidate.
How much it costs When you submit the application:
  • $105 for each pass
When you get the pass issued:
How long it takes Within 8 weeks for most cases.
Documents required Find out what you’ll need.
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How to apply

Step Who does this Result
Submit an application Candidate In-principle approval letter or rejection letter
Prepare for arrival in Singapore Candidate  Candidates must comply with the latest travel requirements
Get the pass issued Candidate, company representative or employment agency
Notification letter
(If required) Register fingerprints and photo Candidate Acknowledgment of card delivery
Receive the card Authorised recipients or candidate EntrePass card


  • Getting an EntrePass is not a guarantee that your business registration and licences will get approved.
  • You will still need to get approval from the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) for registering your business. You also have to apply separately for any licences needed to start your business.
  • Processing time is around 8 weeks. You will not be able to extend your Short Term Visit Pass if it expires before your application is approved.
  • Apply for family passes after the main pass is approved. Although you can apply for family passes at the same time as the EntrePass, you will lose the application fees for each family pass if the EntrePass application gets rejected.

Submit an applicationShow

Processing time: Within 8 weeks. Some cases will take more time.

How to apply

  1. Prepare the documents required.
  2. Complete the application online.
  3. Pay the $105 application fee by Visa, Mastercard or Amex.

How to check your application status

You may check your application status after 2 weeks.

If additional information or documents are required:

  • We will email you (please reply directly to our email).
  • The processing time may take longer than 8 weeks.

Receiving your application results

We will send your results to the notification email indicated in your application form.

If your pass is approved, you will also receive an in-principle approval (IPA) letter. The IPA:

  • Is a pre-approved single-entry visa for you to enter Singapore. It gives you 6 months to enter Singapore and get your pass issued.
  • States whether you need to go for a medical examination after your arrival in Singapore.

Enter SingaporeShow

Before departing

You should:

After arriving

You should:

  • Show your IPA letter to the immigration officer.
  • Complete any required medical examinations.

Get the pass issuedShow

When: Within 6 months of in-principle approval

Processing time: Immediate

You must be in Singapore to get your pass issued.

Party submitting the request  Please do so
  • [If you have a Singpass account] In EP eService
  • [If you do not have a Singpass account] At Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC)
Company representative or employment agent In EP eService

EP eService

For candidates with Singpass accounts, company representatives or employment agents to get the pass issued:

  1. Log in to our eService and provide the required information and documents.
  2. Pay the fees using GIRO, Visa, Mastercard or Amex:
    • $225 for each pass
  3. Once the pass is issued, the candidate and the company representative/employment agent will receive a notification letter by email. 


For candidates without Singpass accounts, you can get your pass issued over the counter at our EPSC. Please refer to the following steps:

  1. Make an appointment to have your pass issued at our Employment Pass Services Centre.
  2. Bring the supporting documents for your appointment.
  3. Pay the fees using VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, NETS or CashCard (If your credit or debit card was not issued in Singapore, please ensure it has been activated for overseas use):
  4. You will be issued a notification letter
The notification letter:
  • Allows the candidate to start work and travel in and out of Singapore while waiting for the pass card. 
  • States if the candidate needs to have their fingerprints and photo taken for the card registration.
  • Is valid for 1 month from the date of issue. If the candidate needs more time to complete the card registration procedures, you can request to extend the validity of the notification letter.

What you'll need

You will need the following information to get the pass issued:

  • Candidate’s passport details
  • Candidate’s Singapore contact details 
  • Candidate’s current Short-Term Visit Pass or immigration pass details
  • Candidate’s Singapore residential address, which must meet the housing requirements for you to get the pass issued. 
  • Singapore residential or office address to receive the candidate’s card
  • Details of up to 3 authorised recipients to receive the card (their mobile number and NRIC number / FIN / passport number) 

You may also need to submit PDF copies of these documents:

  • Candidate’s passport page showing the date of arrival in Singapore 
  • Completed medical declaration form

(If required) Register fingerprints and photoShow


When: Within 2 weeks after pass is issued (if required)

Check the notification letter for whether you need to register your fingerprints and photo.

For registration, you must make an appointment to visit the Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC). You need to register within 2 weeks after the pass is issued.

Bring along these documents for your appointment:

  • Original passport.
  • Appointment letter.
  • Notification letter.

Receive the cardShow

When: Within 5 working days after registration or document verification

We will deliver the Employment Pass card to the given address within 5 working days after you register and get your documents verified at EPSC.

If you did not have to register your fingerprints and photo, we will deliver the card within 5 working days after checking your documents.

The authorised recipients will get an SMS or email with the delivery details at least 1 working day before the delivery.

Your company representative or employment agent can also check your card delivery status on your behalf using EP eService.

Download SGWorkPass to scan QR code on your new card to check status, expiry date and more.

If card delivery fails

After two unsuccessful deliveries, you’ll have to collect the card at EPSC.

You or an authorised person can collect it 3 working days after the second attempted delivery. You don’t need an appointment.

Bring along these documents for card collection:

  • Candidate’s original passport
  • Notification letter

If you authorise someone to collect it on your behalf, make sure they bring these along:

  • An authorisation letter from the pass holder
  • NRIC or passport for verification

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