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Personalised Employment Pass in Singapore.

If you are a high-earning existing Employment Pass holder or overseas foreign professional, our immigration team can help you get the pass quickly and easily.

Personalised Employment Pass in Singapore

What is a Personalised Employment Pass?

The Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) is specifically designed for high-earning Employment Pass holders and overseas foreign professionals. It is not tied to an employer and offers greater flexibility than an Employment Pass.

Personalised Employent Pass in numbers.

≤ 8 weeks

Application duration

≤ 3 years

Length of stay


Minimum monthly salary
Eligibility criteria

Who is eligible for the PEP?

You can apply for a PEP if you are:

  • An overseas foreign professional and your last monthly salary overseas was at least $18,000. Your last drawn salary should have been within 6 months before you apply.
  • An Employment Pass holder earning a fixed monthly salary of at least $12,000

You are not eligible to apply for the PEP if you are:

  • An Employment Pass holder under the sponsorship scheme
  • A freelancer or foreigner who intends to work on a freelance-basis
  • A sole proprietor, partner or where a director is also a shareholder in a registered company
  • A journalist, editor, sub-editor or producer

To keep holding a PEP, you must:

  • Not be unemployed in Singapore for more than 6 months at any time. Otherwise, you will need to cancel the pass.
  • Earn a fixed salary of at least $144,000 per calendar year, regardless of the number of months you are employed
  • Submit notifications to the Ministry of Manpower concerning the following:
    • When you start or leave a job
    • If you change your contact details, such as local contact person or address
    • Your annual fixed salary. You need to declare it by 31 January of every year.
Application process

How to apply for the Personalised Employment Pass?

Acclime holds a Select Employment Agency License and can assist you with the application procedure by following the below steps required by the Ministry of Manpower:

  • Fill up the application and upload the required documents
  • Pay the application fee
  • Check application status
  • get the in-principle approval (IPA) letter (it usually takes 8 weeks). The IPA gives you 6 months to come to Singapore and get the pass issued.

You must be in Singapore when we request for the PEP to be issued.

To get the PEP issued Acclime will:

  • Make the request and submit the supporting documents
  • Provide a home or office address where you can receive the card
  • Nominate up to 3 authorised recipients to receive the card, and provide their NRIC, FIN or passport number, mobile numbers, and email address.
  • Pay the fees
  • When the pass is issued, deliver you the notification letter

The notification letter:

  • Allows you to start work and travel in and out of Singapore while waiting for the pass card
  • States if you need to register to have fingerprints and photo taken
  • Is valid for 1 month from the date of issue (it can be extended depending on travel plans)

Taking care of the whole immigration process from start to finish.

Pre-application advice
Pre-application advice on available types of work / residency visas in Singapore and requirements for a successful application
Application tracking
Filing and tracking the status of applications
Documents issuance
Arranging for issuance of EP / DP cards upon in-principle approval
Handling renewal of work and related passes
Application documents

What you will need to apply.

In order to submit your application you will need the following documents:

  • Passport copy
  • Details of your current Short Term Visit Pass or immigration pass
  • Your residential address in Singapore
  • A local address where your PEP can be delivered
  • Contact details of at least one authorised recipient to receive an SMS or email on the delivery details

You may also need copies of these documents:

  • Disembarkation / Embarkation card (immigration white card)
  • Completed declaration form attached with your in-principle approval letter
Ready to get started?

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Faith Garcia, Client Relations & Business Development