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Eligibility for S Pass

Only eligible candidates will be considered for an S Pass. Criteria include earning a fixed monthly salary of at least $3,000, which is benchmarked against the top one-third of our local associate professionals and technicians (APT) salaries by age. Use the Self-Assessment Tool to check a candidate’s eligibility before you apply.

Who is eligible

The S Pass is for skilled foreign employees who:

  • Have a job offer in Singapore.
  • Earn a fixed monthly salary that is benchmarked against the top one-third of the local APT workforce by age, as shown below:
Sector For new applications 
(Also applies to renewals from 1 Sept 2023)
For renewals before 1 Sep 2023 
All
(except financial services)
$3,000
(increases progressively with age, up to $4,500 for candidate in mid-40s)

 

At least $2,500 (increases progressively with age)



Financial services
$3,500
(increases progressively with age, up to $5,500 for candidate in mid-40s)

Upcoming changes to S Pass eligibility criteria

There will be further changes to the S Pass qualifying salary on 1 September 2023 and 1 September 2025 onwards. Find out more.

Application for an S Pass is open to all nationalities.

Use the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) to check if the applicant qualifies for the pass.

You cannot employ foreign workers to work at a food stall in a hawker centre, coffee shop or food court. Such operations are small scale and should be manned by owners or family members.

Qualifications

You will be asked to provide details of qualifications and work experience when submitting your candidate's work pass applications. We do not accept qualifications from unaccredited institutions.

To check if an institution is accredited, you can approach background screening companies

Who can apply

To promote fair employment practices and improve labour market transparency, employers making S Pass applications must first advertise on MyCareersFuture and fairly consider all candidates. Find out more about the advertising requirements.

An employer or authorised third party has to apply for a candidate’s S Pass.

Self-Assessment Tool

We encourage you to use the Self-Assessment Tool (SAT) to get an indication of whether an applicant meets the requirements. Candidates can also use the tool to assess their eligibility.

If the SAT shows that the candidate is not eligible, you shouldn’t apply for the S Pass because it will be rejected.

If the SAT shows that the candidate is eligible, there is around a 90% chance that the candidate will get a pass.

Passes for family members

Pass holders who have a fixed monthly salary of at least $6,000, are eligible for a Dependant’s Pass for their spouse and children.

Employers can submit the application together with the S Pass application or separately at a later date.