What if Singapore Training Employment Pass Gets Rejected?
Rejections happen because the inrush of an overseas labour force to Singapore increases day by day and the Ministry of Manpower has a picky policy concerning foreign manpower. If the TEP application gets rejected it can be appealed provided that the reasons for rejection can be addressed thoroughly. The MOM usually explains the reason in the rejection letter and adds an advisory (steps the employer should do to increase the chance for approval). Most common reasons for rejection are:
- the educational institution that sends the student isn’t recognised or the training for which the TEP is being processed isn’t a part of the academic course (the approximate list of institutions that are eligible for TEP can be found on the website of the Ministry of Manpower);
- the student/trainee has already attended the same training in the past;
- the employer’s company isn’t successful (for example, it has a negative track record, is newly established or violates the rights of the local students for the training).
If the employer is interested in fighting for a specific trainee or a student even after the application was rejected, it is better to enlist the support of the professional visa agency that has a long track record in winning appeals. It is important to treat the MOM recommendations carefully and fix the issues that blocked approval. The visa agent would make a thorough eligibility check, work on the supportive documentation and build up the company’s profile at the authorities. If the company and the student/trainee still cannot meet the eligibility criteria, the visa agent can suggest a couple of other ways to achieve the goal.
How to Apply: the Best Training Employment Pass Scheme
Only an employer (a well-established Singaporean company) is allowed to submit the TEP application. A foreigner (a student/a trainee) shouldn’t be in the country during the application process as the government won’t extend his/her visit pass. The application and the supportive documents can be lodged using an account on the electronic system called EP Online. Usually, the MOM announces the result in 7 working days, but if there are issues with documentation, the TEP processing can be longer. It is important to track the status of your application in order not to miss important notifications from the MOM. If the status is stated as “Follow Up”, it means the MOM isn’t satisfied with the quality of documentation: papers should be re-submitted.
If an employer has problems with the online submission or there are any issues with the paperwork, a visa expert can be involved. Although a visa agency isn’t allowed to handle the application procedure, it is still very helpful in the groundwork: eligibility assessment, paperwork, and advising.
When the application is successful and the approval letter is received, the employer must print the in-principal approval letter: this document will allow the foreigner to arrive in Singapore for the training. The arrival must happen no later than 6 months after the approval is achieved. Once the student / trainee is already in Singapore, he/she can get the pass issued, undergo a registration and become the holder of the TEP card.
Training Employment Pass Renewal Process
This kind of training visa is issued for 3 months and cannot be extended afterwards. Please take into account that a second TEP visa cannot be processed for the same type of training.