MOM has announced the recent change on the salary criteria in applying for Employment Pass (EP) for Work Pass Holders.

“The qualifying salary for Employment Pass (EP) applications to be raised”. Ministry of Manpower. 26th July 2016.


“With effect from Jan 1, 2017, only new EP applicants who can command a monthly salary of S$3,600 or more, subject to meeting other criteria on qualifications and experience, will be considered,” said MOM.

Changes from 1 January 2017

From 1 January 2017, new EP applicants will have to earn a fixed monthly salary of $3,600 or more, depending on their qualifications and experience.

Older, more experienced applicants are expected to command higher salaries to qualify, in line with their work experience and skills sets.

Existing EP holders whose passes expire:

Before 1 Jan 2017 From 1 Jan to 30 Jun 2017 From 1 Jul onwards
Duration of renewed pass Up to three years, based on existing EP criteria. One year, based on existing EP criteria. Up to three years, based on new EP criteria.


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