How to get a Personalised Employment Pass in Singapore
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The Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) is a visa targeted at top-tier professionals and managers, and comes with additional perks compared to an Employment Pass (EP).
The PEP is definitely a desirable choice if you qualify, and is often the preferred visa choice for high-calibre executives because it allows you more mobility within Singapore’s employment market. This article will give you a high-level overview of the PEP and its differences to its cousin, the EP.
Difference between the PEP and the EP
Who is eligible for a PEP?
As PEP is a visa for top-tier professionals, the eligibility to qualify depends on the previously earned monthly salaries of the applicant. In order to qualify for PEP, the applicant must:
In addition to meeting one of the salary criteria, you must also:
There are also several exclusions to this visa – those who intend to work on a freelance basis without any direct employers, sole proprietors/directors/shareholders in ACRA-registered companies, and journalists, sub-editors, or producers. This is because PEP holders are expressly prohibited from starting a business or conducting any form of entrepreneurial activity. If you would want to set up a company, you would need to apply for an EntrePass.
How to apply for a PEP
Unlike the EP, an employer doesn’t need to apply for a PEP on your behalf, you can apply for it on your own. If you are a new applicant, you need these documents :
You will need to provide these documents in perfect order and translated in English, otherwise your application can be delayed. You can check the status of your PEP application here.
To ensure the validity of your PEP, you must not be unemployed in Singapore for more than 6 months and earn a fixed salary of at least S$144,000 per calendar year, regardless of the number of months you are employed. You also need to alert MOM as to your annual salary, any time you start or leave a job, and any time you update your contact details.
What happens if my EP application is rejected?
Under certain exceptional situations, the MOM may reject your application. If that happens, you can submit an appeal, which takes at least 3 weeks or more to be reviewed by MOM. Your application success is dependent on how you well you sell your skill set and personal merits.
Need a hand preparing your application?
We prepare visa applications every day and are well versed in what the MOM is looking for when they process an application. If you are looking for expert advice on how to best prepare your application or would like us guide you through your application process – get in touch.