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Cancellation of Employment pass in Singapore

Postby grabme101 » Sun, 07 Oct 2007 11:12 am

Dear Experience forumers,

I am just a freshie into the working world but encounter some problem with a company, would like to seek your advises regarding the above.

I have asked this employer to cancel off my employment pass, but till date it is almost 3weeks, my pass is not canceled causing my future employer unable to apply for me a working pass.

I have not signed any contract with this company, the reason for me not to work with this company is because: the employer told me I'll only be hired at a lower salary, which he said this is normal and that is how he got his others foreign employee into the company. For your information the company only exists foreigner, where he hired all his employee based on this method.
Only later after they have applied for the EP and approved by the MOM, I found out this is an illegal way of coming in Singapore to work, and by the end of the day I'll be imposed a high income tax with an underpaid salary. I have not started to work with them and the Ep is still uncollected.

On the first week after informing them on the cancellation pass, they told me there will be no problem if I'm looking for another job in singapore, which leads to my interview and getting a job offer with this future employer of mine but upon applying an online EP, they found out the pervious EP is not cancelled, and from the MOM my status of EP is pending.


I have called up and emailed the company to cancel the permit again for quite a numbers of times, to get the MOM approval letter from the company as advised by the MOM, but they keep on giving excuses such a problems on foreign quotas, but I have confirmed with the MOM that EP do not restrict on foreign quotas. After informing them on this, they gave another new excuse telling me that it's the company problem.

I've informed MOM that I'm not able to get the approval letter, but they insist on I have to get the letter as this is a mutual agreement btwn the company and employee and MOM do not have the authority to directly cancel of my work permit.

But I hv tried many times talking to the company, and I don't have any more ideas on how to solve this problem. And all I know is, if the company doesn't cancel off this permit, the EP will only expired after 6mths..meaning no company can apply for me an EP for this duration.

Please advise me on how to get on this, any links or organization in Singapore that protects the foreign employee?

Thanks in advance.

~ignorant ~naive~junior~grabme101~

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Postby grabme101 » Tue, 09 Oct 2007 12:56 am

:o Appreciate for any insights :wink:

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Postby cutiebutie » Tue, 09 Oct 2007 1:31 pm

I can't really understand what you're saying, or trying to say but some things make even less sense than others, even contradicting yourself.

For example, what does this mean:
For your information the company only exists foreigner,


Aside from this, it doesn't seem like this is a company you would want to work for.

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Postby Strong Eagle » Wed, 10 Oct 2007 9:24 am

Your post is rather confusing. More information is needed.

First, employment passes are not subject to quotas (unlike work permits). So, in order to be able to provide a decent answer:

a) Did your company apply for an employment pass or work permit?
b) What was the salary stated on the application for EP or work permit?
c) What salary do they intend to pay you?

You will not be imposed a high income tax on a low wage. Your employer must file your actual wages with the IRAS, and you will pay taxes on the actual amount paid. If they are reporting higher wages then they are actually paying you, then this is fraud and there are severe penalties. In any event, you will fill out your income tax form with the amount of money you actually made, then be prepared to back it up with pay stubs, records of bank deposits, etc.

Has your EP already been approved, that is, do you have an "Approval in Principle" letter? I do not see why you cannot go to MOM yourself and cancel an approved EP, then immediately have your new company file for an EP. You should also consider getting a social visit pass since you only have tw weeks from the time your EP is cancelled to get another EP or leave the country.

A six month EP is very unusual. How do you know it is only 6 months? Most are granted for at least one year to start.

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Postby grabme101 » Tue, 16 Oct 2007 2:53 pm

Hie bro & sis !!
Problem solved ... Sorry for the confusing post but thanks for the replies.. :)


@cutiebutie
For your information the company only exists foreigner,

Aside from this, it doesn't seem like this is a company you would want to work for.

What I meant was the company hired us at an underpaid salary which the local singaporeans & the smart one would not take up the job but the thought of working working & living in Singapore would be another new exciting opportunity, that's why the company only exists foreigner! :)

Yeap, exactly not a company that one would consider working for ... hmph ...


@Strong Eagle
Woosh! Thats's a long reply .. appreciate for the insights.

a) Did your company apply for an employment pass or work permit?
b) What was the salary stated on the application for EP or work permit?
c) What salary do they intend to pay you?

a)EP
b)more than SGD2000
c)salary offered elss than Sgd2000 only qualified for the work permit category (working passes vs salary rate according to the MOM website)

paid. If they are reporting higher wages then they are actually paying you, then this is fraud and there are severe penalties.

Yes... that's what they are doing, the salary offered is only qualified for work permit but the company managed to apply an Employment pass for us.

Has your EP already been approved, that is, do you have an "Approval in Principle" letter? I do not see why you cannot go to MOM yourself and cancel an approved EP, then immediately have your new company file for an EP ... A six month EP is very unusual

Yes, but unfortunately the company does not want to hand over the Approval in Principle letter :(
Hmmm ... the MOM informed me that an EP will only expired after 6mths, is this a new regulation as opposed to the 1 year EP?

Anyway, after one week, MOM automatically cancelled off the EP without the approval letter.


Thanks MOM & all forumers.


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