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Apply for an S Pass

You can apply for an S Pass online as an employer or appointed employment agent.

How to apply

Step Who does this How long it takes
Submit an application Employer or employment agent (EA) If you apply online: Processed or given an update within 10 business days.

For overseas company without a Singapore-registered company: within 8 weeks for most cases. 
Prepare for arrival in Singapore Employer Not applicable             
Get the pass issued Employer or employment agent (EA) Immediate processing
(If required) Register fingerprints and photo Candidate Not applicable
Receive the card Authorised recipients or candidate Receive within 5 working days after fingerprint and photo registration, or document verification

  • See the pass map for an overview of what you need to do before, during and after you apply for an S Pass.
  • You are required to advertise your job opening on MyCareersFuture and consider all candidates fairly before applying.
  • If you have never applied for an S Pass, you need to declare your business activity.
  • Your company must have an account with the Central Provident Fund Board for calculating your S Pass quota.
  • The candidate's passport must be valid for at least 7 months. The S Pass duration granted will only be up to 1 month before the expiry date of the passport.
  • Apply for family passes after the main pass is approved. Although you can apply for family passes at the same time as the S Pass, you will lose the application fees for each family pass if the S Pass application gets rejected.

Submit an applicationShow

You can submit an application using EP eService.

Processing time: Processed or given an update within 10 business days.

How to apply

Candidates do not need to be in Singapore when you apply.

  1. Get a written consent to apply for S Pass from the candidate.
  2. Complete the candidate’s form. It contains information you’ll need for the application and can be sent to the candidate to fill in. 
  3. Submit the S Pass application and upload the required documents. Select the option to be considered for both the EP and the S Pass.
    Ensure that your organisation’s turnover information for the past 3 years has been updated before submitting the application.
  4. Pay the $105 fee by GIRO, Visa, Mastercard or Amex.

How to check your application status

You may check your application status online after 10 business days.

If your application is still pending after 10 business days, please check your email for our request of additional documents.

If additional information or documents are required:

  • Your processing time may take longer than 10 working days.
  • You will need to submit the documents. Click on ‘Work Passes’ on the left menu > Choose the application record > Select ‘Submit documents’. Alternatively, select ‘View details’ to see the action required from you.
  • Otherwise, our email will inform you to submit them using our online form.

If the pass is approved

  1. Print the in-principle approval (IPA) letter
  2. Send the pass holder's copy of the IPA to the candidate.
  3. The IPA:

    • Is a pre-approved single-entry visa for the candidate to enter Singapore. It gives the candidate 60 days to enter Singapore and get their pass issued. 
    • States whether the candidate needs to go for a medical examination, which can be done after they arrive in Singapore.

Prepare for arrival in SingaporeShow

You need to complete these steps to prepare for your candidate's arrival in Singapore.

You should only bring in candidates when the pass is approved, as we will not be able to extend their visit pass.

Before candidate's arrival

Ensure that they comply with the latest travel requirements

Buy the required insurance for them. You need to:

S Pass holders are encouraged to complete the Cultural Orientation Programme (COP) before they start work.

Get the pass issuedShow

When: Within 60 days of in-principle approval

Processing time: Immediate

The candidate must be in Singapore when you carry out these steps to get the pass issued: 

  1. Log in to EP eService and provide the required information and documents.
  2. Pay the $100 fee for each pass issued using GIRO, Visa, Mastercard or Amex. 
  3. Once the pass is issued, the candidate and you will both receive the notification letter by email. The notification letter is valid for 1 month from the date of issue and:
  • 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.

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 medical insurance details
  • Candidate's completed medical examination form. If certified fit to work, buy the Primary Care Plan for those who are required to have it.
  • Candidate’s work injury compensation insurance details
  • Candidate's current Short-Term Visit Pass (STVP) 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 numbers and NRIC number / FIN / passport number) 

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

  • Candidate’s passport page showing the date of arrival in Singapore 
  • Completed medical examination form or medical declaration form
  • Completed declaration form (attached to the candidate's in-principle approval letter). The employer’s declaration of the form should be signed by an authorised human resource personnel, or an employee holding at least a managerial position.

If you need more time to get the pass issued as your candidates are waiting for their medical results, you can extend their STVP. Submit this request within 1 week before the STVP expires and upload the doctor's memo stating the medical results collection date.

Example: If the STVP expires on 10 February, please only submit the request from 3 February.

(If required) Register fingerprints and photoShow

When: Within 1 week after the pass is issued

Check the notification letter for whether the candidate needs to register fingerprints and photo.

If required, the candidate needs to complete registration within 1 week after the pass is issued.

For registration, you must make an appointment for the candidate to visit MOM Services Centre – Hall C.

For the appointment, the candidate should bring:

  • Original passport
  • Appointment letter
  • Notification letter

Receive the cardShow

When: Within 5 working days after registration or document verification

We will deliver the card to the given address within 5 working days after the candidate registers and gets document verified.

If the candidate does not have to register, we will deliver the card within 5 working days after checking the documents.

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

Your employer or employment agent can also check the card delivery details.

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

If card delivery fails

After 2 unsuccessful deliveries, the candidate or an authorised person can collect the card at MOM Services Centre – Hall C after 3 working days. They do not need an appointment.

Bring along these documents for the 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 authorised letter from the employer.
  • NRIC or passport for verification.