This visa perfectly fits talented foreigners with valuable expertise who can boast high salaries. Basically, it is used by directors and professionals, but as this visa is stratified into 3 groups, there is a group even for young graduates – Q1. For qualifying for this visa, a young graduate must be hired with a salary of 3,300 SGD. More experienced and older employees must command higher salaries: at least 4,500 SGD for P2 group, and minimum of 8,000 SGD for P1. For these work passes along with salary bar, the bar of experience and educational rises accordingly. Singapore grants Employment Passes only for the brainiest migrants with skills the country urgently needs (you can learn these skills either on the government’s website or from a competent visa agent). Employment Pass is given for a period of 1-2 years and for a specific employer who hire the foreigner. Only this employer or a visa agency can apply for this work pass in Singapore. Such binding to one concrete employer is probably the only drawback of this Singapore working pass, but the benefits overbalance it: the pass is comfortable for the employer because it is free of levies and quotas; it gives you higher chances for permanent residency. Add to this that you can also take your family with you and even start your own business in SG.
If you would like to stamp out that EP’s drawback and get a premium work visa, this is an option for you. If you belong to the category of top-earners (more than 18,000 SGD), you can grasp a Personal EP that gives you 3 years of working in the country without any employment bindings. You can switch over to new employers and even stay unemployed for a half a year while looking for a new job. Such option is perfect for freelance workers (journalists), directors, partners and other top-paid categories.
This work visa is for skilled workers whose salary ranges between 3,300 and 2,200 SGD. Those who don’t fit the EP because of insufficient salary can try their luck at this pass. But lower salary is not the only drawback of S Pass. The government sets quotas and levies for each sector and for different categories of employees (higher- or basic skilled). Quota means that the employer can’t hire more than, for example, 15% (depends on the sector) of his staff under S Pass. Levy means monthly payment the employer must pay for every holder of this visa; for some of the workers it may be more than 500 SGD a month.
This visa is strategized for unskilled and the lowest-paid foreign labour force involved in construction, service, household sectors and others. In addition to levy and quota, this work pass is subject to security bond this employer must pay for his non-Malaysian workers. Hiring WP holders obliges the employer to take care of such workers’ housing and health condition by covering their medical expenses.