What Should I Do After Receiving IPA When Applying for EP?

What should I do after receiving the IPA when applying for EP?

Congratulations on the approval of your Employment Pass (EP)!

After receiving the In-Principle Approval (IPA) for your Employment Pass, there are important steps you need to take to complete the process and secure your EP status. Here’s what you should do next:

Print and Carry the IPA: It is essential to print out the IPA and have it with you when you enter Singapore. Make sure to keep it together with your passport, as you will need to present both documents to the immigration officer upon arrival.

Immigration Clearance: When you arrive in Singapore, proceed to the immigration checkpoint. The immigration officer will verify your passport and the IPA. They will then stamp a 30-day pass on your passport, typically with a handwritten “IPA” text on the stamp. This indicates that you are entering Singapore to complete your immigration formalities for the EP.

Submission of IPA: In most cases, the immigration officer will retain the IPA document. They will take it as part of the process. This is a standard procedure, and it does not affect your EP status.

Prompt Completion of Formalities: It is crucial to complete the EP formalities as soon as possible. This typically involves visiting the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) or any authorized agency to complete the necessary paperwork, including the issuance of the EP card. Your employer or HR department should guide you through this process and provide you with the required support.

Time Constraints and Alternatives: If your schedule does not permit you to complete the EP formalities during your initial visit, or if you do not intend to do so, you can still enter Singapore on a normal tourist pass. In such cases, you will receive a 90-day Social Visit Pass (SVP). However, please note that you are not allowed to engage in any employment activities while on the SVP, except attending meetings or conducting business discussions.

Update in Case of Passport Change: If you enter Singapore using a different passport, such as in the case of a new passport being issued due to the loss of your previous one used for the EP application, it is crucial to inform your company’s HR department. They will need to update the relevant government agencies prior to your entry into Singapore, ensuring a smooth transition and compliance with the necessary procedures.

By following these steps and completing the required formalities promptly, you can secure your EP status and legally work in Singapore. Remember to stay in touch with your employer or HR department for guidance throughout the process, as they will have the necessary expertise and resources to assist you effectively.

Congratulations once again on your EP approval, and best of luck with your new employment opportunity in Singapore!

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