Post Degree Work Visa Options in Singapore – Work Permit, Employment Pass & S Pass

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    Rising up the ladder and gaining the status of an ideal commercial and business hub in Southeast Asia, Singapore attracts hundreds and thousands of foreign nationals for employment due to their creative immigration policies. These policies are so designed that it not only makes an international student stay-back in the country but also attracts working professionals, seasoned entrepreneurs to settle in and find employment within Singapore. 

    After studying in Singapore one of the major questions that arise is, what is the procedure to get a working pass in Singapore for a foreign student if he/she is about to become a graduate and hasn’t secured a job yet? For any international student planning to gain employment obtaining a work visa of Singapore is a mandate. To obtain a post-study work visa, students are required to apply for a Long Term Social Visit Pass followed by a working pass. The category of working pass that you will need is dependent on work permit schemes that apply to you. 

    Long Term Social Visit Pass

    If you have completed your education and are still searching for a job in Singapore, start by applying for a Long Term Social Visit Pass (LTVP). This is a one-year pass that lets you stay in Singapore and search for a job. This will only be granted if you have passed from an Institute of Higher Learning (IHL). Click on the official website to check the list of all the institutes of Higher Learning for which you will be granted a Long Term Social Visit Pass. It majorly includes all the top universities and Colleges in Singapore. Submit the application form on e-Service website by paying a non-refundable processing fee of USD 21.68. The processing of the application form will take up to 6 weeks.

    Required Documents:

    1. Certificate(s) of highest level of academic qualification obtained.
    2. Biodata page of the passport
    3. Disembarkation/ Embarkation (D/E) card
    4. Recent passport-size, digital, colour photograph (not more than three months old)
    5. Student Pass

    Working Pass 

    After you have obtained your Long Term Social Visit Pass you will have one year to look for a job. Once you get a job, your employer will then, apply for your working pass. Getting a working pass is mandatory for a foreign national/ non-resident for doing a job in Singapore. This pass is specific to one employer and if you switch from that company, your current working pass will stand cancelled and then the new employer will have to reapply for your it.  

    Note: Apply for a LTVP 10 days before the expiry of your student pass. You must have at all the times a pass to stay in Singapore

    For professionals, the working pass is of two types. Which pass you will get will depend on the type of job you are in and the salary you are making including your educational qualification, etc.

    Type For Eligibility Requirements
    Employment Pass Working professionals, specialists, managers, executives
    • Should have minimum monthly salary of USD 2,633
    • Required educational qualification
    • Work Experience
    S Pass Mid – level skilled staff
    • Should have minimum monthly salary of USD 1,755
    • Required educational qualification

    So, the difference between Employment Pass and S Pass is, Employment Pass is a high – class, quota free and privilege -type of working pass given to the foreigners if they secure high-paying jobs. Whereas, S Pass is for the mid – level skilled foreigners seeking employment in engineering, electronics, oil, chemical, and other industries in Singapore.

    Other Types of Working Pass

    There are other types of work permits and passes also. They are given to different types of foreigners who want to earn their living in Singapore. Those types are:

    For Professionals

    Type Eligibility Requirements
    Entre Pass For entrepreneurs wanting to start and operate a new business
    Personalized Employment Pass For existing Employment Pass holders or overseas foreign professionals earning high-income. PEP has more flexibility than EP

    For Skilled and Semi-Skilled workers

    Work Permit for Foreign Workers For semi-skilled foreign workers in the construction, manufacturing, marine shipyard, process and service sector

    Work Permit in Singapore

    It is important to note that working pass and Work Permit in Singapore are not one. Work Permit is one of the types of working pass. It is an official name of a working pass given to the foreign unskilled workers wanting seek employment in various niche industries like, construction, babysitting, services, housekeeping, marine, etc. in Singapore.