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hi, i need some advice its my first time to work in singapore but my epass is still on process, they applied me for epass (jan 13 2018) until now its pending but last jan 21 MOM emailed the company and ask for documents and jan 31 they ask for some documents again and they email again feb 4 and said that the MOM just want to justify  why they want to hire me and plus other documents.

im a filipino and they hired me because  one filipino resigned and they cancel his e- pass also and his salary is a little higher than mine . 


im just worried is there a chance that it will be rejected? and how long will it take ?

Not sure what was your employer’s rational to hire a foreigner. Now a days, MoM is very strict and want proper justification from the employer why they hired a foreigner, they too ask to show as proof from the employer that they had interviewed Singaporeans and their skills didn’t match with the job profile. If employer failed to convince MoM then chances are likely that they may reject your pass application. Time duration of pass approval can be in between 2 weeks to 4 months. Good luck

Note: You can’t say that a Filipino resigned so they hired another Filipino or a foreigner. This is not a criteria to hire a foreigner.

oh i see. so it depends on the employer, on how will they justify my application.
thank you 😊 i just hope ill get the result this week

did you get your pass yet ?

until now its pending 😐

still? they say they only take less than 3 weeks when it comes to online apply

thilina1990 :

still? they say they only take less than 3 weeks when it comes to online apply

Did you read any of the related threads on this forum?
The processing time is currently 1 - 2 months.

My application is pending for 75 days. After application MOM asked for few more documents which were provided within 20 days of application.

beppi :
thilina1990 :

still? they say they only take less than 3 weeks when it comes to online apply

Did you read any of the related threads on this forum?
The processing time is currently 1 - 2 months.

no they are saying that its within three weeks in their official website (MOM) for online applications

r8rai :

My application is pending for 75 days. After application MOM asked for few more documents which were provided within 20 days of application.

too much of time !

thilina1990 :
beppi :
thilina1990 :

still? they say they only take less than 3 weeks when it comes to online apply

Did you read any of the related threads on this forum?
The processing time is currently 1 - 2 months.

no they are saying that its within three weeks in their official website (MOM) for online applications

It used to be (until two or three years ago) less than a month processing time, but the official website at that time said 8 days. Now it says three weeks and the reality is 1 - 2 month on average, sometimes more.

What kind of supporting documents they might need? I am confused now? If the company send everything, what MoM can ask as additional documents from us? Maybe more from company perspective?

You should check with your employer that what kind additional information MoM is asking for? Nobody knows here, except your employer. MoM must have asked very clearly and specifically what exactly they need. Please check with your employer and share your experience in this forum so that other aspirants can get benefit. Good luck

beppi :
thilina1990 :
beppi :


Did you read any of the related threads on this forum?
The processing time is currently 1 - 2 months.

no they are saying that its within three weeks in their official website (MOM) for online applications

It used to be (until two or three years ago) less than a month processing time, but the official website at that time said 8 days. Now it says three weeks and the reality is 1 - 2 month on average, sometimes more.

really that's very bad when it comes to urgent vacancies.
is it same with online and manual submission of application ?

If it’s urgent vacancy then company can hire locals (Singaporean and PR), or else foreigners who are currently working in Singapore (where the verification process will be much faster). Whether it’s online or not, most of cases it’s taking around a month. Good luck

surya2k :

If it’s urgent vacancy then company can hire locals (Singaporean and PR), or else foreigners who are currently working in Singapore (where the verification process will be much faster). Whether it’s online or not, most of cases it’s taking around a month. Good luck

what if the required is not in the country and cannot match the candidate who selected from outside ?
so there should be a way to do things fast else the growth of companies will be significantly effected.

Those kind of stories only a kindergarten child may believe not us and certainly not MoM. There is no such urgent position gets vacant which can’t be waited for a month. Moreover, no person in Singapore including millions of foreigners working here with holding various work passes can’t fulfill because they don’t have skills. Sounds like a worst explanation by an employer. The worst factor is that the employer didn’t have any back up or business continuity plan for that position. It may happen in a developing country but not in a highly advanced, sophisticated and one of the best regulated country in the world. MoM does take steps like increasing its scrutiny on submitted documents after considering several case studies, they don’t do change any process without proper assessment.

surya2k :

Those kind of stories only a kindergarten child may believe not us and certainly not MoM. There is no such urgent position gets vacant which can’t be waited for a month. Moreover, no person in Singapore including millions of foreigners working here with holding various work passes can’t fulfill because they don’t have skills. Sounds like a worst explanation by an employer. The worst factor is that the employer didn’t have any back up or business continuity plan for that position. It may happen in a developing country but not in a highly advanced, sophisticated and one of the best regulated country in the world. MoM does take steps like increasing its scrutiny on submitted documents after considering several case studies, they don’t do change any process without proper assessment.

simply :) . thanks for your information BTW

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