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Apply for an EntrePass

You can submit your EntrePass application at any SingPost branch. The application takes around 8 weeks to process.

At a glance

Who can apply Candidate.
How much it costs When you submit the application:
  • $70 for each pass
When the pass is issued: Note: From 1 April 2019, there will be adjustments to the application and issuance / renewal fees for Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit and other passes.
How long it takes Within 8 weeks for most cases.
Documents required Find out what you’ll need.
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These are the steps for applying:

Step Who does this Result
Submit an application Candidate In-principle approval letter or rejection letter
Get the pass issued Candidate, company representative or employment agency
Notification letter
Register fingerprints and photo (if required) Candidate Acknowledgment of card delivery
Receive the card Authorised recipients or candidate EntrePass card
Return your old card Candidate Use EP Online to confirm that MOM received the old card.

Note:

  • 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.

Submit an applicationShow

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

Submit the application form

To submit an application:

  1. Complete the EntrePass Application Form.
  2. Submit the application along with the supporting documents over the counter at any SingPost branch.
  3. Pay the $70 administrative fee for the application. You can pay by cash, NETS or CashCard. Keep the payment advice slip given to you as proof of your submission.

It takes around 8 weeks to process the application. Your application will be assessed jointly by MOM and the partner government or government-linked agencies such as Enterprise Singapore, IMDA and SGInnovate.

You can check the application status online 3 weeks after submission.

If the application is approved, we’ll mail the in-principle approval (IPA) letter to the Singapore address given in the application form.

The IPA gives you 6 months to come to Singapore and get the pass issued.

Get the pass issuedShow

When: Within 6 months of in-principle approval

Processing time: Immediate

You must be in Singapore when the pass is issued. You can make the request yourself if you have a SingPass, or you can get a company representative or employment agent to do it.

There are two ways to get the pass issued:

  • Using EP Online (if you have a SingPass or an employment agent)
  • Over the counter

Using EP Online

To get the pass issued:

  1. Log in to EP Online to make the request and submit the supporting documents (see what you’ll need).
  2. Pay the fees using GIRO, or eNETS credit or debit:
  3. When the request is approved, print the notification letter.

The notification letter:

  • Allows you to travel in and out of Singapore while waiting for the pass card.
  • States if you need to register to have your fingerprints and photo.
  • Is valid for 1 month from the date of issue. Request to extend the validity if you have a change of travel plans.

Over the counter

Use this option if you don’t have a SingPass to use EP Online.

  1. Make an appointment to have your pass issued over the counter at the Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC).
  2. Bring the supporting documents for the appointment.
  3. Pay the fees using VISA, MasterCard or NETS:
If your credit or debit card was not issued in Singapore, ensure it has been activated for overseas use.

What you’ll need

You will need the following information for issuing the pass:

  • Your passport details.
  • Details of your current Short Term Visit Pass or immigration pass.
  • Your residential address in Singapore.
    From 14 September 2018, your residential address must meet the housing requirements before you can get the pass issued.
  • A local address where we can deliver your card.
  • Contact details of at least one authorised recipient to receive an SMS or email on the delivery details.

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

  • Disembarkation / Embarkation card (immigration white card).
  • Completed medical examination form or health declaration form.
  • Completed declaration form attached with your in-principle approval letter.

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. You will have to register if you are a first-time candidate or if your last registration was more than 5 years ago.

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.
  • Documents listed in the IPA letter and notification letter.

Receive the cardShow

When: 4 working days after registration or document verification

We will deliver the Employment Pass card to the given address 4 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 4 working days after checking your documents.

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

You can also check the card delivery details in EP Online.

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.

Return your old cardShow

If you hold an existing pass for work or long-term stay in Singapore, you need to return your old card.

For a work pass or long term pass issued by MOM, mail it back to the Work Pass Division, Ministry of Manpower, 18 Havelock Road, Singapore 059764. You can use the “card return” function in EP Online to:

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

For a Special Pass or long term pass issued by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), return it to ICA. These include the Long Term Visit Pass and Student Pass.

You don’t need to return a Disembarkation/Embarkation card (immigration white card) to ICA.

Last Updated: 7 December 2018