As Singapore continues to tighten restriction on employing foreign manpower, employment pass rejections are becoming increasingly common. Appealing a rejected employment pass application is also becoming a highly complicated process. It is imperative that applicants put the best possible appeal forward from the start, or else they run the risk jeopardizing their entire appeal process.
There are several reasons why an application may be rejected. The Government is trying to ensure that EPs are granted to candidates who compliment, rather than compete with the local labour force.
It is also becoming progressively more important that the candidate and the employer meet certain criteria. What is interesting is that in addition to the hard criteria (salary, education etc.), we are noticing particular trends in the type of soft criteria (performance of company, business line of company, ability to generate local jobs) MOM is looking for.
Depending on the background circumstances relating to the application, MOM will require different, yet very specific, information for an application relating to a start-up or SME as opposed to a large well established organization or similarly, with a candidate who has good qualifications or one who lacks the qualifications but may have the experience.
At Singapore Company Incorporation, we deal with numerous EP applications and appeals on a daily basis and this level of engagement provides us with a unique insight into MOM trends as they constantly evolve.
We are in a good position to understand what MOM currently considers as crucial to an application, which is constantly changing and different from month to month. With this knowledge, we are able to advice on the best appeal strategy and identify what information and documents should be included in the appeal.
As a result of our continuous interaction with MOM, in some circumstances, we are even able to reach out to MOM to understand what further documents will assist MOM in analyzing the appeal better.
What we offer is not a loop hole to bypass the system, but rather an opportunity for legitimate applications to have the best chance of success. While we can’t guarantee a successful application, we do have a very high success rate and there is no doubt that engaging our professional expertise will significantly increase the chances of a successful application.