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Transferring to Singapore Office - PEP or EP?

Post by tazoda » Fri, 29 May 2009 1:18 pm

Hi there

I work for a multinational and am contemplating transfering to our company's Singapore office.

Do I need to get an Employment Pass first, then change to a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) later? Or can I get a PEP to start of with, since I earn more than Singapore$7000 per month?

I would prefer the latter approach if possible.

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Re: Transferring to Singapore Office - PEP or EP?

Post by blue_thunder » Fri, 29 May 2009 1:33 pm

tazoda wrote:Hi there

I work for a multinational and am contemplating transfering to our company's Singapore office.

Do I need to get an Employment Pass first, then change to a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) later? Or can I get a PEP to start of with, since I earn more than Singapore$7000 per month?

I would prefer the latter approach if possible.

Thanks
Jim
As a matter of fact, you need not apply for any pass.
The company will apply for an employment pass with the ministry of manpower.


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Re: Transferring to Singapore Office - PEP or EP?

Post by Strong Eagle » Fri, 29 May 2009 2:37 pm

tazoda wrote:Hi there

I work for a multinational and am contemplating transfering to our company's Singapore office.

Do I need to get an Employment Pass first, then change to a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) later? Or can I get a PEP to start of with, since I earn more than Singapore$7000 per month?

I would prefer the latter approach if possible.

Thanks
Jim
Normally it is the MNC that applies for a regular EP and it is based upon the employee qualifications (and I believe the MNC quality and qualifications as well).

The EP is normally issued for 2 years, and then is renewable on ad infinitum... I have friends who have been here 12 years with EP's. You would only have to give it up if you left the company. So, this seems like a pretty safe way to go... unless...

Your intent is to get over here and then find a job with a different company. Then maybe the PEP is better. The MOM website is silent as to whether they will approve a PEP when you are coming over with an employer. However, since a current P1 EP holder is by definition approved for a PEP then maybe this is OK.

A PEP is a one time issue, good for 5 years. After that you need to do something else... get a PR, go back on EP, become a citizen. Even if you were to leave your company, it sounds like you would be getting a P1 EP which guarantees automatic conversion to a PEP.

So, I'd probably opt to let the company get you your EP first and worry about a PEP later.

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Re: Transferring to Singapore Office - PEP or EP?

Post by bogdang » Fri, 29 May 2009 3:16 pm

Strong Eagle wrote:
A PEP is a one time issue, good for 5 years. After that you need to do something else... get a PR, go back on EP, become a citizen. Even if you were to leave your company, it sounds like you would be getting a P1 EP which guarantees automatic conversion to a PEP.

So, I'd probably opt to let the company get you your EP first and worry about a PEP later.
Yes, get your P1 first. You can convert to PEP later any time you want.
Just so you don't use your 5 year validity of PEP too early.
Also, note that even former P1 holders can apply for PEP even if they don't live in Singapore.

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