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S-Pass Application

There have recently been a number of changes to the S-Pass Application process and eligibility requirements to ensure the high quality of employment and workplace standards are maintained in Singapore. Measures to moderate demand for foreign manpower take effect from 1 July 2013

From 1 July 2013, the following changes will apply to all trades, industries and sectors that require S-Passes:

  • Increase in qualifying salaries for S Passes from $2,000 to $2,200
  • Progressive increase in levy rates for S Pass and Work Permit holders
  • Change in monthly salary threshold from $850 to $1,000 for locals to be considered full-time employees

S-Pass Eligibility

Mid-level skilled foreigners (e.g. technicians) who wish to work in Singapore may apply for an S Pass. Applicants will be assessed on a points system, taking into account multiple criteria. S Pass applicants accumulate points based on how far they meet the criteria.

As a general guide, these criteria can be broadly described as (for illustrative purposes only):

  • A minimum fixed monthly salary of $2,200
  • Older applicants would have to command higher salaries to qualify, commensurate with the work experience and quality they are expected to bring
  • Educational qualifications
  • A degree, diploma
  • Technical certificates can be considered. These are, very broadly, courses that train the applicant to be a qualified technician or specialist in their chosen field. The certification should comprise of at least one year of full-time study.
  • Number of years of relevant work experience.

Work Permit holders who wish to apply for the S Pass must ensure that they meet the above requirements. You should refer to the Strategic Skills List to see what types of jobs are expected to be in high demand in Singapore over the next few years.

Passes for Family Members :


S Pass applicants whose fixed monthly salary is at least $4,000 a month may apply for the Dependent’s Pass (DP) for their family members. The DP application and supporting documents may be submitted together with the S Pass application or separately.

S Pass holders who earn less than $4,000 per month are not allowed to bring in their dependents, i.e. spouses (legally married) and children.

We understand that it can be difficult to organize and arrange such an important application, which is why the friendly team at is here to help. As well as helping you locate, supply and organize the entire range of official documents required to compliment your S-Pass Application, we will expertly guide you through the entire application process, ensuring you and your family have the greatest chance of successfully living and working in Singapore.


Contact us for further information & to begin the application process today!