Disclaimer: Because I mention my job in this post I am enforcing the anonymity rule with comments. Do not mention my name, position, company or office location. Any comments that do will be deleted. Same applies to me, I will NEVER refer to my position, company, its location beyond country, refer to colleagues or anything they say. I will also never post pictures, taken of either colleagues or on the office premise. In general I will be as vague or broad as possible with details! Thank you.
Heads Up: This is a continuation on my blogging about applying for an S-Pass employment visa in Singapore. If you miss part one, scroll to the bottom of the page for links to the corresponding sequences!
I GOT A JOB!
Yes, only one month in Singapore and I've managed to lock down a position with a local company. Do not take my success as the standard, even I am a bit astounded I got in the front door that fast. A tiny part of me is waiting for the other shoe to drop. The only thing I can say is that my efforts to saturate every job application on LinkedIn may have paid off.
Sorry, as I stated in the above DISCLAIMER, my rule of anonymity on this blog forces me to hold my tongue on what my future job is, where I'll be working or what I'll be doing. Plus this is so if my future bosses stumble onto this site I won't be ripped a new one for talking about work in excruciating detail. So fair warning for my friends trickling in from my Facebook link, don't post comments with my name, the company name, office location or even my future title... it truly pains me but I will be deleting them.
Can't affording getting my lovable ass fired before I even begin!
So to help you guys who are also interviewing in Singapore, I'll walk you through the most important portion of job hunting process, finishing you Employment Pass Application, the equivalent of the H1-B work visa for Singapore.
Best to wait for them to send you a copy, that is because as a company they are issued the Work Pass Application directly from the Ministry of Manpower the second they update.
Work Pass Application
Currently as of May 2013, you have to fill out the S-Pass Application (Form 8). It seems like a daunting and confusing form but here are some simple things I can go over to make it easier.
Section 1A to 2B
Now the race section, that's normal on almost anything even if secretly I think its a bit racist and unnecessary I pass it off more as a requirement for census demographics and statistics that the government just loves to gobble up. But the religious declaration portion, that tripped me up.
At first I took some offense to this! How dare they ask me this question! I am atheist but raised Catholic, yet I am very reserved about having to declare my beliefs are in any official capacity. They are my beliefs, I shouldn't have declare or defend them, I'd prefer to keep them privately to myself the way I am most comfortable with.
But in looking into the status of religion in Singapore I was oddly surprised. The population breaks into the following:
- 33% Buddhist
- 18% Christian
- 17% non-Religious
- 14% Taoist
- 5% Hindui
- 0.7% Other
The government does allow for religious freedom but it is also strictly secular and does not tolerate any religious discussion or speech in the public forum like advertising, political speech or protest, censoring it regardless if it is positive or negative as its seen as adversely affecting racial or religious harmony. I found this oddly comforting, back in the United States myself and the rest of the LGBT community are regularly denied benefits or rights by conservative Congressmen and several former Presidents under the guise of it going against " What God Intended". Now Singapore doesn't have many LGBT protections or rights but still it doesn't throw "God's Law" in your face when trying to have a political discussion.
Sorry, I ran off on an tangent again, back to work.
You will have to fill out:
- Total Period of Working Experience
- Total Period of Relevant Working Experience
For me its 1-year and 7-months.
Be careful, I sent in my first version with my salary and my previous salaries set for a complete year instead of monthly. That got the HR people sending me a confused email asking how I could possibly make so much in a single month... God I wish but that required a quick change and an email back that wasted time.
- Other (Visitor Visa)
So after finishing Section 8 all you have to complete is sign your name twice, date the signatures and then your done! Everything after this is meant for official use or to be stamped by the company.
What to Add
Now that your application is done, let's confirm our checklist to make sure we have everything to submit.
- Form 8 S-Pass Application form:
- Completed and Signed by Applicant.
- Completed, Stamped and Signed by Sponsor Company
- 1x Copy of supporting documents. REMEMBER: Non-English documents must be accompanied by an official English translation done by a certified translator, High Commission/Embassy or a notary public.
- Copy of recent Passport or equivalent.
- Recent picture at sized for passport. Pick any picture of yourself 25 by 35 millimeters, white background, in color or b&w.
- Applicant’s Educational Certificates:
- Diploma/Degree Qualifications
- Registration or Support Letters from the respective Vetting Agency/Professional Body/Accreditation Agency. This is only needed for licensed professionals:
- Doctor – Singapore Medical Council
- Dentist – Singapore Dental Council
- Pharmacist – Singapore Pharmacy Council
- Nurse – Singapore Nursing Board
- TCM Practitioner – Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners Board
- Lawyer – Singapore Attorney-General’s Chambers
- Football Player/Coach – Singapore Sports Council
- Support letter from International Enterprise (IE) Singapore (For application submitted by Representative’s Office).
- Official marriage certificate (For applicant with Singaporean spouse only).
Read about the employment pass medical examination in the next post: Employment Pass Medical Checkup