Well-educated, experienced and skilled manpower that pursues employment in one of the most promising industrial hubs of the Asia-Pacific region – Singapore – are welcomed to apply for the country’s most perspective visa – the Employment Pass. Being developed for PME (professional, manager & executive) talents, this work visa has the best package of perks among all other work visas. This visa is also used for various business relocations as it perfectly fits both the foreign staff and company directors. Our migration team that is specialised in incorporation as well is able to cater your corporate needs and propose the most winning employment visa for any kind of staff.
Singapore has relied on foreign manpower for long years, but now the rejection record testifies a slump in this need. Getting a visa became more complex after the government had introduced new tougher rules that ought to maintain a balance between a foreign and a local manpower that should be winning for the latter. Three types of the Employment Pass help the government to endow more promising foreign talents with better benefits.
Rejections became common over the past few years after the MOM has toughened the demands. Rejection not necessary means your bad qualification or ineligibility; it can be caused by poor representation of the employee’s and company’s merits in the documents. If the rejection happens, in the rejection letter, the MOM usually explains points to the reason and the issue that must be solved prior to appealing. The authorities don’t recommend appealing the rejection if the issue cannot be addressed in an effective way: this can lead to one more rejection.
If the employer failed to advertise the job for the Singaporeans or his submitted financial statements are insufficient, the issues must be fixed and new documents that reflect this change prepared. If the employer was spotted in the discriminating the local employees, this also can lead to rejection. Please, find out how to fix it from our visa consultants. Anyway, it’s important to figure out the real reason and address it; if you cannot do it yourself, it’s better to entrust a visa professional with this case to ensure it is properly investigated. There is no need to bustle about as the government gives 3 months for preparing the appeal, and your final visa result will depend on how effectively you use this time.
As this kind of working visa is sponsored (bound to a certain hiring company), only an employer or an accredited agency enlisted by him are authorised to lodge the EP application. Thanks to efforts of Singapore government, the application can be done online via the service EP Online. Such electronic application is processed much faster (7 working days) in comparison with the manual submission (5 weeks) which is also available.
Whatever way you choose, EP application requires elaborate preparation: lots of documents proving the applicant’s eligibility must be collected by both the employer and the employee and then the outstanding application must be compiled. The papers you are going to submit must be in English and contain argumentation for statements you make in your application. If you aren’t sure you would handle the online submission and paperwork that would bear government’s scrutiny, it’s better to enlist a visa professional that knows the standards the authorities never share.
If you decide to apply for the EP using the backup of the visa agency, all you need is to provide us with basic documentation and let us assess your case basing on the latest government’s trends. We will do the rest of the paperwork and develop a strategy for the faultless application. You don’t have to contact the MOM directly as we will fully represent your case during the whole application process: from submission of your application and until the day of your pass collection.
If you are looking for the employment visa that wouldn’t tie you to a specific company and enable you to apply for it on your own, please inquire about the personalised work visa during our online consultation.
After the SG government established new, more intricate rules for the EP application, lots of foreign employees get their passes rejected. The authorities became pickier to foreign talents because the local job market is already congested with foreign manpower, and it negatively impacts the local employment. It doesn’t mean Singapore is closed for foreigners, but it does mean that they require more skills and “promotion” to break through.
To get the EP approved, it is crucial to meet every government’s demand. Moreover, the employer is required to advertise the job on the SG job market for the natives. If the employer prefers a foreigner eventually, the government seeks for proofs why this foreigner is better. It is crucial to represent the skills of the foreign employee as highly beneficial not only for the specific company but also for the Singapore economy. The hiring company should also have a winning representation of its business activity at the authorities.
If you decide to leverage our experience and visa mastery, you will help you to put your best foot forward by polishing your profiles and substantiating your case with top-notch and persuasive documents.
Before the EP expires in 1-2 years (its exact duration will be defined individually for your case by the MOM), the employer can get the visa extended if the foreign employee is still required in the company. If the EP was initially applied for online using electronic service, the option to renew the pass opens 6 months before the expiry date. The employer or the authorised visa agent can apply for the renewal using EP Online service, but for approval, more than just the fact of active employment is required.
The government will check the eligibility of both the foreigner and the hiring company again according to the current requirements. As such things as a salary, work status, and company’s indices may change within the initial EP term, the authorities seek for certainty in the eligibility of both the employer and the EP holder. If the employee is really valuable for you, it’s better not to let the matter take its course, but ensure the maximum is squeezed out of the situation for the successful visa extension. Involving a professional visa backup is a wise solution.
If the initial EP application was submitted manually, the visa can be extended also manually using the form the employer receives with the notification letter 3 months before the visa’s expiry date. It’s crucial to ensure that the authorities receive the filled application form no later than 14 days before the visa expires.
Successful renewal procedure gives the overseas employee 3 more years of working in the country. The number of times the renewal can be requested is unlimited until the foreigner reaches retirement. Nevertheless, for most foreigners, obtaining the status of the permanent resident is a more winning solution because it frees from the tiring renewal routine.
Recent changes in the EP application rules made the procedure of the getting the visa really challenging. Lots of promising candidates come to us after their case was failed by the MOM. They faced rejections because their application didn’t stand out against the background of hundreds of counterparts. The MOM is stormed with EP applications, but only the strongest candidates get acclaim and the desired pass. If your skills, professional background, or company’s contribution don’t sound outstanding, you have little chances for approval.
Local consultants know the government expectations and needs of the local job market better, and, therefore, they are able to assess your skills objectively and represent your skills in an outstanding manner. What is more, they have years of migration expertise behind their backs and know every comma in the required documents. If you entrust our visa consultants with your case, you leverage our prominent profile-building grip, a keen eye for paperwork and perfect communication with the MOM.
We offer you to try our competency and have your case assessed by our professionals absolutely at no cost. Please bring your situation to us, test our FREE assessment and let us offer you a smart solution that will help you to get the EP at the first push.
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