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S Pass Rejected & They say I'm not qualified to apply any pass

Hi everyone,

I want to share my current condition first:
- I am Chinese Indonesian, 22 y.o.
- I am a Singapore bachelor degree from a private university, my score are average, but never failed any class.
- I also having a formal education in China for a year, for learning Chinese literature and linguistic (it was a non-degree program, only a cert saying I finished Chinese lesson for a year).
- I got less than 1 year work experience.
- The offered salary was $2,500 and a S Pass.
- I've tried to use the SAT and it said that I only can apply S Pass, based on my background.
- I'm not holding any other pass.
- My S Pass application was rejected, not due to inexperience or salary, but other thing.

After almost 10 days, the result came out and the application was rejected. Inside the EP Online status, it only has a generic reason "This individual is not eligible for any work pass". The company tried to called the MoM, and mentioning about sending an appeal.

But the MoM replied that "since the letter of rejection indicated that you are not qualified to apply any pass, there is no point to appeal because it will still be rejected." And MoM even not stating any detail reason, why the application was rejected.

Then the company suggest me to call MoM personally, and I did that. However, MoM said they will never disclose any information regarding the application to individual.

Now the question, how would I know which aspect that made me not qualified for any pass? I can't ask it personally, even the MoM never give the answer to the company I applied to. This also would affect my future job opportunities in Singapore.

And do you guys any tips on how to discovering the rejection reason?

Thank you!

If MoM does not want to tell you, then there is no way to find out why you were rejected.
You are well advised to look for employment in another country instead. Sorry!

beppi :

If MoM does not want to tell you, then there is no way to find out why you were rejected.
You are well advised to look for employment in another country instead. Sorry!

Hi Beppi, apparently the company have found out the reason of rejection, and it's solely related to me. At this point, we have address the issue and sending an appeal. How long would be the appeal take place? The last submission took around 5-7 days, would it be faster or slower?

If your assumption of rejection is correct then the response to your appeal should be faster. Good luck

What was the rejection reason and how did you resolve it?

Hi, I got the similar case. I am a bachelor of engineering with 3 years experience in Indonesia. I would like to work in Singapore but My S Pass application was rejected without clear reason. only stated "This individual is not eligible to apply for a work pass. Please find another candidate".
My employer talked to MoM and said that it was not due to my qualification, salary, or quota but other thing related to myself (that I will not be eligible for a work pass in Singapore). My employer ask whether I have an unfavorable record. Therefore I provide a certificate of good conduct from my national police force to employer to prove my record is clear for appealing. Still the appeal is unsuccessful.
I need an advice: if I email to MoM to ask about the reason detail, will it offend MoM and make my case worse?
Thanks in advance.

Asking (at MoM AND ICA!) will not make your case worse, but it will most likely also not help.
You must have an "adverse record". Were you ever denied entry to Singapore, or overstayed, or had an employer lodge a complaint against you (e.g. for absconsing a work contract without proper termination)?

Thanks for the advice, Beppi.
That's makes me confuse more. I don't have any adverse record especially in Singapore. I have never been denied or problem entering Singapore since 2010 for holiday. I've never overstayed either. Moreover, I don't have any problem with my employer (Indonesia) as I maintain good relationship with them. (I haven't start working in Singapore yet.)

Then all the more you should contact ICA and MoM to find out what caused the rejection. If you really have never done anything they dislike, it might be wrong information and easy to clear up.

beppi :

What was the rejection reason and how did you resolve it?

After months of waiting, finally I didn't get the pass. Because there was an urgency to fill up this position, so they use internal sources to fill it up. I'll share the cause of my rejection.

I was rejected because I didn't aware that the FIN number of any Singapore passes will remained the same, regardless what types of passes you get next. I mentioned, I did my degree in Singapore which make me hold this student pass. However, there was a major miscommunication between my employer and me, which I thought they were asking "Am I holding any SG Passes (right now)" but actually they were asking "Have you hold any SG Passes before".

So when the company declare that I never hold any SG Pass, the MOM data shows that I did hold a SG Pass. The system does not show what kind of pass you hold, it only shows that you already have a registered FIN number. Well, this was a major mistake (imo), because we looked like trying to manipulate MOM by declaring a lie.

My employer never reveal the content of the appeal letter, or how the process of it, so I don't have any idea about it. However, during the second attempt we did mentioned that I was not aware of this FIN number issue, and we admit our mistakes, but the outcome still remained the same.

What can you learn from my experience?
1. Make sure that you have submitted the right document. Never ever do my mistake, if the employer were unclear, it is your job to ask for it.
2. My employer told me that during the appeal letter, if we never submit any new documents/ new information, the outcome will always remained the same.
3. For S Pass specifically, the appeal letter should emphasize more to your USP, what make you (foreigner) different from the PR/ Singaporean. What set of skills that Singaporean/ PR does not have.
4. MOM will never entertain individual inquiries. Yeah, it's depressing to not know why you are not eligible, but you can do some self check and keep asking the company to help you with this. Since MOM will only entertain the company.
5. The longest waiting period of me was 3 weeks, if more than 3 weeks usually the MOM will send an email to your employer saying they need more time to review your case. So if you are waiting for more than 3 weeks, please ask your employer to send followup e-mail to MOM.

Hope my story can help you, feel free to private message me if you do have question or reply in this thread, for sure someone will help you :)

Cheers,
dehakid

Dehakid: Thanks for taking your time to post this, so other readers can hopefully avoid similar issues. I wish you more luck in your subsequent work pass applications, whether in Singapore or elsewhere!

beppi :

Dehakid: Thanks for taking your time to post this, so other readers can hopefully avoid similar issues. I wish you more luck in your subsequent work pass applications, whether in Singapore or elsewhere!

Thank you Beppi!

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