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Renew an Employment Pass

Posted on 11/03/2021 by Paula Formantes


You can apply to renew an Employment Pass if you want the pass holder to continue working for you.

  • If the renewal is approved, the in-principle approval letter will indicate whether your pass holders are required to do a medical examination for you to get their passes issued.
  • For pass holders who are currently on Stay-Home Notice or Quarantine Order and cannot do their medical examinations, you can request for time to get the renewed pass issued. You can also submit this request if your pass holders are waiting for a new passport.
  • For pass holders who are unable to return to Singapore to have their passes renewed, please cancel the passes, and re-apply for them when the COVID-19 situation has stabilized.
  • For all other pass holders, please send them for their medical examinations (if required).

When to renew

You can apply to renew an Employment Pass up to 6 months before the pass expires. You must apply before the expiry date.


For Employment Pass (sponsorship): you can start applying to renew when you get the renewal forms by post, 3 months before the pass expires. Your application needs to reach us at least 2 months before the pass expires.


Who can renew

Employer or appointed employment agent (EA).


Duration of renewed pass

Up to 3 years. The duration of the renewed pass is not affected by the length of validity of your passport.


How much it costs

  • $225 for each pass
  • $30 for each Multiple Journey visa (if applicable)


How long it takes

Renew using EP Online: within 3 weeks for most cases.

Renew by post (for EP sponsorship cases only): within 8 weeks for most cases.



  • Renewals are not guaranteed. Applications will be evaluated against current eligibility criteria.
  • Remember to apply for renewal early. Renewing early does not mean that you'll lose the remaining days in your current pass. The duration of the renewed pass will start when the current pass expires.
  • If you miss the deadline, you need to apply for a new pass.
  • You’ll have to apply for renewal using the renewal forms for Employment Pass (sponsorship) holders.

How to renew

For EP (Sponsorship)

  1. Complete the renewal form.
  2. Gather all supporting documents mentioned in the form.
  3. Post the completed form and supporting documents to:

Work Pass Division

Ministry of Manpower

18 Havelock Road

Singapore 059764.

  1. The outcome will be emailed to the contact person indicated in the application.

When can you renew

You can apply to renew 6 months (180 days) before the pass expires.

Upon renewal

If your renewal is successful, you:

  1. Will get an In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter. It is valid for 3 months.
  2. Must follow the instructions in the IPA to get the pass issued.

You must get the pass issued before the IPA or current pass expires, whichever occurs first. The duration of the renewed pass will start when the current pass expires.

After the pass is issued

After the pass is issued, check the notification letter to see:

If the notification letter states

The existing card

Getting a new card.


Must be cut in half and discarded to prevent misuse.


As we need time to change the instructions in our eServices, pass cards and letters, please ignore any instructions to return the card. Please bear with us while we work on this.

Continue using the existing card.


Must be kept by the pass holder.


Note: If you return it when you don’t need to, you have to pay $60 to replace the pass.


For more information on renewal of employment pass or job vacancies, please contact +65 6334 4328 or email at