The Training Employment Pass enables overseas students and trainees to undergo 3-month training as professionals, managers, and executives on the staff of the best Singaporean companies. Crucial criteria for this visa are studying in a recognized institution and having this training as a part of an academic study. The visa also fits trainees coming from overseas offices to increase their expertise in Singaporean parent companies. TEP is a perfect chance to make a career start on Singapore’s shores and taste the country’s praised employment opportunities.
Unfortunately, the demand in foreign manpower is much lower than the supply, and realizing the benefits of the TEP, the government strives to grant this visa only to the most promising candidates and especially for companies that deserved the MOM’s respect as reliable employers in the key sectors of the SG economy. Due to the enormous number of applicants, the government tends to play safe and give TEP approvals only for impeccable applications. The reasons for rejection are many, but the most popular are:
Rejected visa can be appealed no later than in 3 months provided that the applicant is capable of addressing the issue described by the MOM in the rejection letter. The authorities warn that if the applicant cannot fix the issues that caused rejection and provide a documental proof of the change, such appeal won’t have a positive outcome. If you aren’t able to address the issue, you can always enlist backup of expert visa agency that has abundant expertise in winning appeals. We assess cases absolutely for free, so please stop at our online consulting room for a brief eligibility assessment.
If the situation is helpless and the candidate is really ineligible for the TEP, a visa agent can suggest another way how training can be attended, for example, the Training Work Permit. Please, reach out to our experts for getting a suitable visa solution for your situation.
An eligible hiring firm can lodge its TEP application using its account on EP Online service. All supportive documents that prove company’s and student’s/trainee’s eligibility ought to be submitted using the same online service. The government requires 7 days to analyze the application and announce the decision. A well-polished application that bears govt’s scrutiny usually causes no delays. Please take into account that a foreigner shouldn’t be in SG during the processing because the govt won’t extend the visit visa if it expires earlier.
If the TEP application gets the green light, a printed approval letter enables a foreigner to arrive in the country. This must be done during the first 6 months after the govt gives approval. Upon student’s/trainee’s arrival, the visa must be issued and the registration undergone according to the procedure described by the MOM.
First of all, a student or a trainee must get a 3-month contract for undergoing training at the certain Singaporean firm. It is important that the university (or any other approved institution the student studies at) recommends this training as a part of a study and that the certain training hasn’t been attended by the foreigner before. Afterwards, the employer can initiate the TEP application at the authorities. Except these requirements, the government would scrutinize the hiring company’s performance at the local job market as the employer, business model, prominent track record as only successful firms can get TEP visas for their trainees. It is important to involve a visa expert skilled in profile polishing and paperwork according to the govt’s tough demands.
A visa agent isn’t authorised to handle the application procedure, but if the employer faces some issues, it’s wise to enlist expert agency’s backup for the backstage work: preparing and polishing papers, tweaking the company’s profile, strategizing of the prominent TEP application and consulting throughout the whole processing time.
The pressure of the TEP criteria is quite tough, and not all students/trainees are really eligible for undergoing training on TEP. In case if the applicant cannot satisfy demanding MOM criteria, we can offer a couple of other solutions that doesn’t imply such high demands – the Work Holiday Programme for students and the Training Work Permit for trainees.
TEP is a one-time visa, and it cannot be renewed after its 3-month term ends. Moreover, when the student/trainee would like to get one more TEP in the future, they must choose another kind of training.
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