The S Pass is a type of work visa designed for mid-level skilled workers employed by companies operating in Singapore. An application is assessed based on a point system with consideration for each of the following factors: salary, education qualifications, skills, job type and work experience.
The number of S Pass holders a company can employ is capped according to its industry’s Dependency Ratio Ceiling (DRC).
Validity of S-Pass
The S Pass has a validity of up to 2 years and is renewable as long as the pass holder remains employed in the company, subject to the prevailing conditions imposed by the authority at the time of renewal.
What are the Benefits of S-Pass
Applicants whose fixed monthly salary is at least S$6,000 may apply for Dependant’s Pass and/or Long-Term Visit Pass for their immediate family members.
Permanent Residence Eligibility
S Pass holders are eligible to apply for Singapore Permanent Residency. Applicants are advised to wait for at least 3 years before applying for Permanent Residence.
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- Have a fixed monthly salary of S$2,500 (effective 1 Oct 2020) or above: Older and more experienced applicants are also expected to qualify under higher salaries, commensurate with their skills and work experience.
- Possess a degree, diploma, or technical/specialist qualifications: Candidates from the People’s Republic of China are expected to authenticate their qualifications from independent verification channels such as the China Higher Education Student Information and Career Center, China Academic Degrees & Graduate Education Information and Dataflow.
- Relevant work experience and skills.
Besides meeting the eligibility criteria, applicants need to take note of the following:
- Holder’s passport must be valid for at least 7 months.
- Employer must have sufficient S Pass quota for your sector.
Existing S Passes that are due to expire from 1 Jan 2019 to 30 Jun 2019 can be renewed for up to one year, based on the pre-2019 salary requirement. however, S passes expiring from 1 Jul 2019 onwards will only be renewed if they are able to meet the new minimum qualifying $2,400 salary, which is expected to increase with length of experience.
A decision on all applications are subject to the discretion of MOM.
Levy for S Pass Holders
|Tier||Sector Dependency Ratio (DR)||Levy Rate (Current)||Daily Levy Rate (Current)|
|Basic Tier (Services and Other Sectors)||≤ 10%||$330||$10.85|
|Tier 2 (Services)||10 to 15%||$650||$21.37|
|Tier 2 (Other Sectors)||10 to 20%||$650||$21.37|
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- An employer or appointed employment agent can apply on behalf of the applicant.
- To renew your S Pass in Singapore, you will need:
- To have a current passport valid for at least 1 year.
- For your employer to have a sufficient S Pass quota.
This is on top of the usual S Pass criteria that you need to continue to meet; you will need a degree or diploma, and earn at least $2,400 per month. To apply for your S Pass renewal, you can go directly through the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), but we’d recommend you use a local, registered service provider. It will help ensure you get your S Pass visa renewed as quickly and easily as possible.
- If your application for a Singapore S pass is rejected, the Ministry of Manpower has probably declined you for not meeting one of the following criteria:
- Having a degree or diploma.
- Earning at least $2,400 per month.
There are some ways to get an S Pass without strictly meeting the criteria, for example they might accept a technical certificate instead of a degree or diploma. If your S Pass application is
rejected, you are best to talk to a registered Singapore service provider that can appeal your application to live and work in Singapore. Have a look at our Work Pass Rejection and Appeals page to find out more.
- There are several kinds of work permits in Singapore, all allowing you to work in Singapore for different amounts of time:
- The Singapore Work Permit for Foreign Workers is a 2 year, renewable visa for foreign semi-skilled or unskilled employees,like labourers, dock workers etc.
- The Singapore S Pass is upto 2 year visa for foreign,mid-skilled workers such as technicians.
- The Singapore Employment Pass is a 2 year (renewable up to 3 years) visa for foreign professionals, managers, and executives) wishing to work in Singapore.
- The Singapore Entrepreneur Pass is a 1 year (renewable up to 2 years) visa for foreign business owners who wish to move their business to Singapore.
- The Singapore Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) is a 3 year visa for foreign, top-tier executives, e.g. CEO, COO.
If you’d like to know what kind of Singapore working visa you need, and how to get your visa, you can read our Simple Singapore Working Visa Guide.
- As of June, 2019, the foreign workforce in Singapore is as follows:
- Employment Pass Holders (highly skilled executives) — 189,000 (13.5%)
- S Pass Holders (semi-skilled workers) — 197,800 (14.1%)
- Work Permit Holders (non-skilled workers) — 981,000 (70%)
- Other Work Pass Holders (other non-skilled workers) — 31,800 (2.3%)
While semi-skilled and unskilled roles are the most common jobs in Singapore, there is a preference for those working in executive and managerial roles across all industries. If you’d like to find out what sort of Singapore working visa you need, and how to get it, please see our Simple Singapore Working Visa Guide.
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