Reason for S Pass Rejection
Commonly, if the application is prepared professionally and the supportive documents provide a solid proof of the declared merits, the government gives a green light to such overseas worker. If the pass gets rejected, it means that either the hiring company or the foreigner failed to meet the requirements:
- this S Pass application transcends the quota for the employer;
- the employer has problems with his CPF account;
- the foreigner’s qualifications weren’t substantiated with relevant documentation;
- the foreigner’s declared salary doesn’t correspond with his experience and age (this concerns both underselling and overselling the candidate);
- the foreigner’s declared skills are in abundance in Singapore or (and) the employer failed to prove this specific foreigner was crucial for the company’s business;
- the foreigner’s passport has a small validity period.
The Ministry of Manpower usually explains the reason of the rejection in the letter (or it can be found on the company’s EP Online account). The employer is given 3 months for preparing and submitting the appeal. It will be successful only if it addresses the problem stated by the MOM.
How to Apply: the Best S Pass Scheme
Only the employer or the authorized visa agency are allowed to submit the application. Preparing the prominent application includes paperwork, checking details, and, in most cases, building up the employee’s profile to ensure that his skills get the best representation. All documents must be in impeccable order and unless they are in English, translated professionally. Both the employer and the employee must ensure that they meet the basic demands of the Ministry of Manpower and that all facts declared in the application are substantiated by sufficient documentation.
The MOM takes care of the country’s professional face and therefore it toughens the demands to sift out the most valuable workers. If the employer isn’t sure he would manage the application with all its pitfalls, it’s better to entrust the case to a visa professional. The S Pass processing takes up to 7 working days provided that the submitted documents are acceptable. This time can be longer if the MOM requires additional documents.
S Pass Renewal Process
S Pass belongs to renewable visas; it means that if the expiry date approaches and the overseas workers are still employed, they can get their passes extended for another 3 years provided that they meet criteria such as:
- the foreigner is still employed and meets the initial S Pass requirements;
- the employee holds the passport with a validity period of no less than 7 months;
- the hiring company still meets the quota criterion.
If the hiring company has an account on EP Online, it can renew the S Pass 6 months before the visa expires (but no later than the expiry date). If the S Pass was applied for manually (by post), the company will receive a letter with the renewal form 3 months before the expiry date. Please take into account that the government must receive your request no later than 2 weeks before the expiry date. If the company misses this deadline, this S Pass will be cancelled, and a new S Pass must be processed from the very beginning.
If you aren’t sure you would handle the renewal procedure, meet the deadlines, reason the employee’s importance well or there are some non-fitments either from the company’s or from the employee’s side, it’s better to have the professional agency do this renewal procedure.
The validity of the renewed pass is 3 years maximum, but if the foreigner’s passport expires earlier, the validity period will be set as the passport’s validity period minus 1 month. Electronic renewal application takes up to 7 days to process whereas the one submitted by mail will take up to 5 weeks.