The Tech.Pass Work Visa: A New Way To Live And Work In Singapore

This new work visa will be launched in 2021 for top-tier individuals looking to start businesses or contribute to Singapore's tech ecosystem.
02 December 2020

Looking to move to Singapore sometime soon? The Tech.Pass may just be your golden ticket.

On 12 November 2020, Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB) announced its plan to launch a new work visa, Tech.Pass, to help foster the development of Singapore’s tech ecosystem.

What’s a Tech.Pass?

The Tech.Pass is a new working visa targeted to attract talented and high-potential individuals who have amassed exceptional experience in the tech industry, into Singapore. The Tech.Pass working visa is a new addition to the list of working visas in Singapore, and also an extension of the Tech@SG programme.

What is Tech@SG Programme?

Tech@SG is a programme that supports the growth of high-potential tech companies via the provision of Employment Passes to talented individuals. It was jointly launched by the EDB and Enterprise Singapore in 2019.  The nexus of the two? To facilitate the growth of Singapore’s tech industry by supporting fast-growing tech companies in their acquisition of established talents to enter and anchor themselves in Singapore. This way, individuals can have an opportunity to grow their career in one of the fastest-growing economic hubs in Asia, while also imparting skills, knowledge and experience in order to benefit the local tech ecosystem.

What’s the Catch?

Tech.Pass holders are given more freedom and flexibility with their professional career in Singapore. According to the EBD, individuals can:

  1. Start and operate one or more tech companies
  2. Work as an employee in one or more Singapore-based companies
  3. Transit between operating as an employee to an entrepreneur
  4. Work as a consultant, mentor, or lecturer in local institutions
  5. Work as an investor and director in one or more Singapore-based companies
  6. Sponsor legal stay for their spouses, children and parents1 in Singapore on either a Dependant’s Pass (DP) or a Long-Term Visit Pass (LTVP) issued by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM)
  7. Renew their pass for another two years, upon meeting the criteria (see slideshow below)

1Legally married spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age, including those legally adopted, will be eligible for a DP issued by the MOM. Common-law spouse, unmarried handicapped children above 21 years of age, unmarried stepchildren below 21 years of age, and parents will be eligible for an LTVP issued by MOM.

Applying for the Tech.Pass

With 500 passes available, applications for the Tech.Pass will commence in January 2021. The pass will maintain a two-year validity with an opportunity for a one-time renewal for up to two more subsequent years. Successful renewals at the end of the two-year validity will be subject upon the fulfilment of the renewal criteria.

(Note: Information has been compiled from the following official websites: Economic Development Board (EDB) and the Ministry of Manpower (MOM))


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By Willaine G. Tan, December 2020 / Images: 123RF.com

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