The Ministry of Manpower has recently introduced a new immigration route known as the Overseas Networks & Expertise Pass (ONE Pass Singapore) to further enhance Singapore's appeal to highly skilled individuals. In this article, we will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the requirements and procedures involved in applying for the ONE Pass. If you require assistance, our services are available to guide you through the entire process.
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has introduced a new work visa in Singapore known as the Overseas Networks and Expertise Pass, or ONE Pass Singapore. Applications for this visa have been open since January 1, 2023.
Please note that these are the key facts and highlights of the ONE Pass. For detailed information and assistance with the application process, it is recommended to seek professional guidance.
ONE Pass holders have the opportunity to incorporate a company (Or multiple companies) in Singapore. They can operate as director as well as shareholders of such companies.
The Overseas Networks & Expertise Pass allows eligible applicants to have employment flexibility, enabling them to work for multiple companies in Singapore simultaneously.
ONE Pass holders are permitted to have specific family members join them in Singapore under the visa arrangement.
Overseas Networks & Expertise Pass holders are exempt from the Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS), which is a point-based eligibility assessment system for employers to select foreign professionals.
Employers who wish to hire ONE Pass holders are not obligated to fulfill the job advertising requirement under the Fair Consideration Framework.
The spouse of a ONE Pass holder is eligible to work in Singapore by obtaining a Letter of Consent.
The ONE Pass Singapore is open to individuals of any nationality. Eligible applicants can include existing work visa/pass holders or overseas candidates, as long as they meet the specific qualification requirements.
There are two distinct routes available for applying for the Overseas Networks and Expertise Pass in Singapore:
To qualify under the ONE Pass route based on salary, applicants must meet the following criteria:
For a company to be deemed established, it must have a market capitalization of at least US$500 million or an annual revenue of at least US$200 million. But read below notes also.
The alternative route to apply for the Overseas Networks and Expertise Pass Singapore is based on the applicant's exceptional achievements in their respective fields. Even if they do not meet the salary criterion mentioned above, candidates with outstanding accomplishments can still apply.
To provide the exceptional applicants must submit the following:
The list of the required documents for ONE Pass differs based on the route you choose to apply for the pass.
If you are already working in Singapore with a salary of 30,000 SGD or more, the document requirements are straightforward. It doesn't matter if the company you work for is not well-known or established. Any company you are employed with is acceptable. Since you are already working in Singapore, the government authorities will have access to your tax records, company details, and ownership structure, making the assessment easy.
If you are currently working overseas or will be working in Singapore in the future, the authorities may be concerned about the legitimacy of the company you are associated with. To address this, you must demonstrate that you are working (or will be working) for an established company. The term "established company" is not rigidly defined, but it generally refers to a company with a substantial market capitalization (at least US$500 million) or significant annual revenue (at least US$200 million). However, the decision will be made on a case-by-case basis. As long as you can provide enough evidence to prove the legitimacy of the company, your application should be acceptable.
Defining what constitutes an established company is not fixed, and it can vary depending on individual circumstances. While the Ministry of Manpower website offers a general definition, the authorities may consider other factors on a case-by-case basis. The key is to demonstrate the legitimacy of the company you are associated with.
The information you need to provide to prove that the company you work for is established may vary depending on the situation. If you work for a closely-held company, obtaining financial statements may be challenging. In such cases, the authorities may seek independently available information about the company from the internet. When submitting your application, include any supporting information that can establish the legitimacy of your employer.
Applicants with outstanding achievements in arts and culture, sports, or academia and research must provide the following documents for the ONE Pass Singapore application:
These documents are essential to support your application based on outstanding achievements. Make sure to gather and submit these documents as per the guidelines provided during the application process.
To apply for a ONE Pass in Singapore, a candidate or appointed specialized agency on behalf of the candidate must complete the following steps:
The candidate or a specialized professional agency completes the application form and pays the prescribed application fee . Most applications are processed within 4 - 8 weeks, although applications under the "Outstanding achievements route" may take longer if further assessment is required.
Upon approval, the candidate receives the In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter, which serves as a pre-approved single-entry visa to enter Singapore. The IPA grants a six-month window to enter Singapore and obtain the pass. It also indicates whether a medical examination is required.
The candidate must comply with the travel requirements based on their vaccination status in order to enter Singapore.if the applicant is already working in Singapore, then this step is not applicable.
Within six months of receiving the In-Principle Approval, the candidate must schedule an appointment at the Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC) to have the ONE Pass issued. The following supporting documents are required for the appointment:
Once the documents are submitted, the candidate will receive a notification letter.
The notification letter is valid for one month and allows the candidate to work and travel in and out of Singapore while waiting for the pass. The notification letter will also indicate if the candidate needs to register their fingerprints and have a photo taken.
New candidates and candidates who registered more than five years ago must register their fingerprints and have their photos taken within two weeks of receiving the ONE Pass. An appointment must be made with the Employment Pass Services Centre (EPSC) for this purpose. The candidate should bring the following documents to the appointment:
After completing the registration or document verification process, the candidate will receive the ONE Pass card within five working days.
ONE Pass holders have the option to bring their family members to Singapore. The family members can apply for either Dependant's Passes or Long-Term Visit Passes, depending on their relationship with the ONE Pass holder. The specific type of visa required will be determined by the family tie to the ONE Pass holder.
Please note, the common law spouse on LTVP is not eligible to obtain LOC in case of job offer in Singapore.
The Overseas Networks & Expertise Pass is renewable for 5 years each time. To be eligible for renewal, the pass holder must meet either of the following:
If your Overseas Networks & Expertise Pass application is rejected, you have a 3-month window to appeal. However, it is recommended to appeal only if you can address the reasons for rejection mentioned in the rejection advisory. The outcome will not change without new information in the appeal. If unable to address the issues, consider applying for other work passes. Appeals must be submitted within 3 months from the rejection advisory date. Candidates, employment agencies, or employers acting on behalf of the candidate can make an appeal. Use the provided form for the appeal and include a signed authorization letter if appealing as an authorized employment agent. The processing time for an appeal is approximately 4 weeks, and the outcome will be sent to the email address provided in the original application form.
With the implementation of the ONE Pass, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has introduced a flexible work pass that allows top talents to engage in a range of professional activities without being limited to a single employer or venture. By connecting the work pass to the individual talent, they have the freedom to participate in multiple ventures and share their expertise across different companies. If you believe you are a suitable candidate for the ONE Pass, we encourage you to get in touch with us. Our experienced team is ready to assist you by providing guidance and advice throughout the process of obtaining the new Singapore work visa, the ONE Pass. We can help you prepare the necessary documents and assessments, as well as assist with the application and any appeals if required.
The average processing time for a ONE Pass application is 4 weeks. Once approved, the candidate has 6 months to visit Singapore and personally apply for the ONE Pass card. The card will be issued within 5 working days after completing all the necessary document verifications.
The minimum salary requirement for the ONE Pass is a fixed monthly salary of at least S$30,000, or its equivalent in foreign currency, within the past one year. Alternatively, if you will earn a fixed monthly salary of at least S$30,000 under your future employer based in Singapore, you will also be eligible.
Yes, you are allowed to work for multiple companies under the Singapore ONE Pass. The pass offers flexibility in employment and allows you to engage in multiple ventures.
Yes, you can change jobs while holding the ONE Pass without needing to reapply for a new pass. The ONE Pass is tied to the individual talent, providing flexibility in employment.
No, there is no quota for the Singapore ONE Pass. It is available to eligible candidates without any limitations on the number of passes issued.
The validity of the ONE Pass is 5 years. As long as you meet the renewal criteria, you can continue to stay in Singapore by renewing your pass.
Yes, the ONE Pass can be revoked if the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) determines that you are not contributing to the economy meaningfully. Revocation of the ONE Pass would result in the loss of your ability to reside in Singapore, which may impact your stability, especially if you have dependents.
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