Singapore: Points-Based Framework for Employment Pass Applications and Salary Increases

March 9, 2022 Jessie Butchley

Key Points 

  • Introduction of new points-based evaluation framework for granting employment passes 
  • Increased minimum monthly salary requirements for employment pass holders beginning 1 Sept. 2022  

Overview 

The government of Singapore introduced a new points-based evaluation framework known as the Complementarity Assessment Framework (COMPASS). Under COMPASS, Employment Pass (EP) applicants will need to score at least 40 points for the EP to be granted.  

Four factors of criteria will go into the calculation, including the salary level and qualifications of the applicant, the nationality of the applicant and support for local employment by the employer. Additional points can also be assigned depending on skills shortages and labor market factors in Singapore.  

For additional information on the required criteria, click here.  

The government will also increase the minimum monthly salary for EP holders to SGD $5,000. Employment pass holders in the financial sector will increase to SGD $5,500.   

What are the Changes?

The government of Singapore introduced a new framework for granting employment passes. According to the government, COMPASS will enable employers to select highly skilled foreign national professionals while improving workforce diversity in Singapore.  

Looking Ahead  

COMPASS will be used for new EP applications beginning in September 2023. It will also be used for EP renewals beginning September 2024. Continue to check the government of Singapore’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  


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Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.

About the Author

Jessie is Envoy's Global Immigration Writer.

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