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Apply for a Personalised Employment Pass

You can submit a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) application online. The application takes around 8 weeks to process.

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.
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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 or EA Notification letter
Register fingerprints and photo (if required) Candidate Acknowledgment of card delivery
Receive the card Authorised recipients or candidate PEP card

Submit an applicationShow

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

To submit:

  1. Watch our video to help you enter your educational details correctly in the application form. 
  2. Download the Personalised Employment Pass application form (for online submission).
  3. Complete the application form as a softcopy to get the bill reference number.
  4. Print out the application form and get it signed.
  5. Pay $105 fee for each application by PayNow. You can use Telegraphic Transfer only if you can’t use PayNow. We will only process your application after we have received your payment.
    If you use You must
    PayNow
    • Have an internet banking account with a Singapore bank.
    Telegraphic Transfer
    • Pay in Singapore dollars (SGD).
    • Inform your bank that you will pay all the bank charges imposed by your bank and our bank for the transfer.

    Note: Depending on your bank, it may take up to 1 month for us to receive your payment.

  6. Submit your application online with SingPass and include the following:
    • Completed and signed application form
    • Screenshot of banking page confirming your payment
    • Supporting documents listed in the application form
  • For non-English documents, you must submit an English translation and a copy of the original document. The translation can be done by a translation service provider.
  • We may ask for other documents when we review your application.

It takes around 8 weeks to process the application. You can check the application status online.

If you don’t have SingPass, you can submit the documents without SingPass.

If approved, we will email the in-principle approval (IPA) letter to the email indicated in the application. 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 to get your pass issued. You can make the request yourself if you have a SingPass, or get your 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, if you don’t have a SingPass

Use EP Online

To get the pass issued:

  1. Log in to EP Online and provide the required information and documents.
  2. Pay the fees using GIRO, or eNETS credit or debit:
  3. When the pass is issued, print the notification letter.

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 at our Employment Pass Services Centre.
  2. Bring the supporting documents for your appointment.
  3. Pay the fees using VISA, MasterCard, NETS or CashCard: 
  4. You will be issued a notification letter.
If your credit or debit card was not issued in Singapore, please ensure it has been activated for overseas use.

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 using EP Online:

  • 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, email address 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

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 or your employment agent must make an appointment for you to visit EPSC. You need to register within 2 weeks after the pass is issued.

Bring along these documents for the 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 card to the given address 4 working days after you register at EPSC and get your documents verified.

If you don’t need to register, 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 working 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 is unsuccessful

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