June 2, 2020

Singapore: New online portal to replace online Employment Pass system

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MoM) is in the process of rolling out a new online application system which will eventually replace the current Employment Pass online system. The new system aims to be more user-friendly and intuitive for applicants, therefore improving the application experience.

What has changed?

In 2008, Singapore implemented the Employment Pass (EP) online application system. The MoM will now commence a phased replacement of the existing online EP system from June 11th, with full implementation for all permit types expected to be completed by April 2021. The phased introduction of the new online portal will commence with Employment Pass and S Pass applications on the 11th with dependant passes, Long term visit passes, letters of consent and other permit types to follow at a later date.

What to expect / impact

Employers will be expected to submit applications on the new portal as it is rolled out for each permit type. Employment Pass and S Pass applications can continue to be submitted on the current system until June 8th. Saved applications on the current EP online system will not be transferred to the new system.

For further information on the new online portal for immigration applications in Singapore, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team. 


Leanne Cottrell

Leanne Cottrell

As Head of Immigration with Sterling Lexicon, Leanne leads a team of specialists who are responsible for ensuring the entire immigration process is smooth and stress-free for clients, assignees and their accompanying family members. She brings over ten years of experience in strategic immigration management, planning and consultation to her role, and has cultivated invaluable knowledge and experience in processing countless global migration applications. As a trusted partner, she consults with clients on everything from policy considerations and cost or efficiency improvements, to the impact of opening offices in new locations. Leanne is a frequent presenter and author on global immigration topics and trends.

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