Additional information required for Employment Pass applications in Singapore

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MoM) now requires additional recruitment information to be provided as part of the Employment Pass (EP) application process. This additional information includes a company’s recruitment methods and hiring practices relating to the position that a foreign national will be hired into. Singapore

Companies are now required to submit the below information to support the hiring of foreign nationals:
  • Confirmation that the company has advertised the post in the Jobs Bank.
  • Confirmation regarding whether or not the company has considered other candidates for the position.
  • Confirmation that the company has conducted searches and made efforts to recruit candidates for the position using other recruitment methods and channels.

This information ties in with the Fair Consideration Framework (FCF). The FCF was introduced in 2014 to provide guidelines to companies to ensure that local employees are fairly considered for all job openings prior to a decision to hire a foreign employee.

Specific requirements
You will need to provide information about the recruitment methods and channels your company used. These may include:
  • Job advertising
  • Newspapers
  • Trade publications/magazines
  • By engaging local employment agencies/professional placement firms
  • By tapping existing networks of employees
  • Your firms internal talent pool/job portal
You will also need to confirm which channel was successful in hiring the candidate.
You will need to provide a clear account of the number of Singapore citizens, permanent residents and foreigners who:
  • Applied for the job
  • Were interviewed for the job
  • Were offered the job
  • Were hired for the job

Key considerations

Currently there are no reported changes to existing processing times by the MoM, which remain at three weeks from the date of submission. However, employers who seek to hire foreign nationals should re-familiarise themselves with the FCF and allow additional time to complete the required recruitment processes.
Source: This update was prepared using information from the Peregrine Immigration Management.
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Mahadir Khan, Immigration Manager, Singapore, or Debra Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager, APAC.