A Skilled Labour Pass, or S-Pass, is given to intermediate-skilled workers who meet the following criteria:
- Earn a fixed monthly salary of $2,200. More experienced and qualified applicants are to have a higher salary amount in order to be eligible. This will be decided by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
- Possess a degree or a diploma. Technical certificates may also be accepted; they are subject to consideration
- Have an ample amount of work experience
Before applying for an S-Pass, employers are required to buy medical insurance for the S-Pass holder. The coverage is at least $15,000 annually, and the amount can be paid in a co-pay arrangement with the S-Pass holder. Click here to see if you are eligible for a co-pay arrangement.
Foreigners of all nationalities are able to apply for an S-Pass. The S-Pass needs to be applied on behalf on the candidate by their employer or third party agency. This needs to be done before the candidate arrives in Singapore.
When applying for an S-Pass, employers need to be aware of the foreign worker levy, which monitors the number of foreign workers who come to Singapore. They need to pay the levy for all S-Pass holders. The levy accountability commences from the day the S-Pass is distributed and ends when the pass has expired or annulled. The levy is to be paid via GIRO. For more information please click here.
Once the application is successful, the S-Pass will be valid for a period of two years, and can be renewed for another three years if need be. If during the two-year period the candidate experience a change in job (e.g. a promotion), then they are required to upgrade and apply for an Employment Pass.
Foreigners who are S-Pass holders can also apply for a Dependent Pass for their spouse as well as children aged 21 and below. This should also be performed by their employer or third party agency.
If you are eligible for an S-Pass application, First Immigrations will handle the entire application process, making it easier when you start your new job here in Singapore. Get in touch with us today.