Singapore immigration update

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will increase the minimum qualifying monthly salary for S Pass holders from 2,200 Singapore dollars to 2,300 Singapore dollars on Jan. 1, 2019.

  • S Passes due to expire between Jan 1 and June 30, 2019, can be renewed for up to one year, based on existing salary requirements.
  • S Passes due to expire after July 1, 2019, will only be renewed if they are able to meet the new minimum qualifying monthly salary. This requirement is expected to increase with the length of the applicant’s working experience.

Key considerations

Companies are advised to note the new salary criteria for S Pass eligibility when submitting new applications or renewals.

Changes to issuance and renewal fees

From April 1, 2019, the MOM will also adjust the application and issuance/renewal fees* for the following passes:


Pass type
April 1, 2019
Application Issuance/
Multiple Journey Visa (if applicable) Application Issuance/
Multiple Journey Visa (if applicable)
Employment Pass
$70 $150 $30 $105 $225 $30
S Pass
$60 $80 N/A $75 $100 N/A
Work Permit
$30 $30 N/A $35 $35 N/A
Personalized Employment Pass
$70 $150 $30 $105 $225 $30
$70 $150 $30 $105 $225 $30
Training Employment Pass
$70 $150 $30 $105 $225 $30
Dependant’s Pass
$60 $150 $30 $105 $225 $30
Long Term Visit Pass
$30 $60 $30 $105 $225 $30
Work Holiday Pass
N/A $150 $30 N/A $175 $30
Work Permit (Performing Artiste)
$40 $30 N/A $75 $100 N/A
Training Work Permit
$30 $30 N/A $35 $35 N/A
Miscellaneous Work Pass
$70 N/A N/A $175 N/A N/A

Key considerations

In light of increasing administrative fees, applications should be thoroughly reviewed prior to submission. Any errors will result in rejection and a re-submission will be required. Initial application fees will not be re-funded.

*Currency in Singaporean dollars

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Ministry of Manpower.

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 Debra Beynon, Regional Immigration Manager, APAC, or Mahadir Khan, Immigration Manager Singapore.

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