This is the 3rd part of my blog. Try to read previous articles first before reading this. Click the link below.

How to Work in Singapore Part 1
How to Work in Singapore Part 2

What preparations do I need to do before going to Singapore?

Try to assess yourself first if you can compete with other people in your fields. Experience is an advantage if you have it. Prepare a good resume that will stand out among the rest. Try to make one that can catch employer’s attention. Be mindful about your work experiences and your certificate of employment. It should be related to the job you are applying to. I knew several persons who have this problem and ended up going back to the Philippines jobless. For example, your work as an IT personnel but the job description on your COE is Production Technician. This will surely result to a serious problem in finding a work. Visit the jobsites I posted in my first article and check whether your skills are in demand. If you haven’t found any jobs suitable for you, then you better not waste your money. Before going here, you should find a place to stay. I already posted some tips where to find one on my first article.

What to do upon arrival in Singapore?

 Travelers do need to provide a signed copy of embarkation/disembarkation card which most given while still on the air. That white card should be produced upon entering the Immigration in Singapore, as you were holding a social visit pass(tourist), officers will only allow you to enter if you provide them on which place are you going to stay and whom, whether you have relatives or friends, you should be confident on giving necessary information. In most cases, they will give you 30 days to stay (which I think depends on your return ticket) or worst 14 days. Do bear in mind that your purpose in visiting Singapore is not because of job but just to explore and visit their country and your relatives. Taxi cabs are waiting outside for easy travelling but you can choose the MRT if you are familiar with it. Maps of Singapore, Singapore SIM card, Currency exchange and other booths are available near the exit of the terminal.

How much money should I bring? 

Let’s enumerate first your daily expenses. If you will stay in a transient place, per day costs about $10. A daily meal costs around $8. For 30 days, you will spend $540 for food and lodging only. Add to that your budget for phone cards, daily fares, sim card, etc(around $50). To be safe, you should have a budget for 2 to 3 months. If you successfully found a job, you will have to wait for 2 to 4 weeks for the work pass processing. After that, you will still work for a month before you get your first salary.

What are the risks in going there?

Going to Singapore is an easy task. However, there is no assurance that you can find a job. I knew someone who gets a job within a week, within a month, or even after several months. That burden lies on you so you have to be well prepared and well equipped to be competitive. Filipinos are not the only one looking for jobs here. Staying here will costs you a lot of money so be prepared to take risk.

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  1. Elli  

    January 15, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    Thank you for your very useful blogs. I am researching the "ways of Singapore" right now since I am contemplating on getting a job there someday. Currently, all things related to jobs in Singapore is so precious for me including your blogs. hope you could share more of your ideas and inputs...

  2. mayumi  

    January 16, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Your blog is very useful for us who are seeking ways how to find work abroad particularly in Singapore. It's rare nowadays to find people who are willing to share such information. I've been searching the web on how to's but its your blog that somewhat inspire me to venture in this endeavor. It presents clearly the pros and cons of going to Singapore. More power to your advocacy in helping other Filipinos find work in Singapore. Hope to find more information and tips in finding a job in Singapore. Thank you.

  3. Beng  

    January 17, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Thank you for this very interesting information regarding working in Singapore. This is very useful for people like me who wants to seek a greener pasture outside Philippines. Richard you're such a nice guy having provided all this information for us. Thanks a lot.

  4. rain  

    January 20, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    thanks for the will surely help me and my friends by the time we'll be there.i also want to know if employers in sg are very particular with work experience, i've seen their advertisements and some indicate that work experience is somewhat optional since it's an entry level...i've asked this kasi if ever i'll take my chances..i'll try both in engineering and banking kahit entry level lang makuha ko...and i have work expireience in both fields though mas matagal sa banking...thanks and hope to hear from you soon...

  5. Author  

    January 21, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    to experience and educational background really matters here. yon ang asset mo to compete with other applicants. you can apply for both, wala namang limit ang pag-aaply. kung alin mauna sa dalawa....send emails to both fields.

  6. Anonymous  

    January 22, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    your blog is very useful, ive been there 2x already and now im totally would love to get a good job there, my sis-in-law who is a nurse is already there and some of my friends too are there already. i will try to visit the place do your suggestions which are very good and probably land a good job. thanks for sharing!

  7. Anonymous  

    January 22, 2008 at 4:17 PM


  8. Author  

    January 23, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    age is not an issue here. pag kumain ka sa mga fastfood dito, puro matatanda ang crew...siguro mga 50+ ang iba. if you have the skills and able to ka dito.

  9. ganda  

    January 23, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    thanks for the advice...lalong lumakas loob ko to find work's really a gamble to find work sa sg db?but then it's worth it naman in more question...will it really help to have an epec? aside from the advantage of it is that you could stay there for a year to find work....thanks again

  10. ganda  

    January 23, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    also, you mentioned that 95% of application is online..what about the 5%? walk-in application could help ba? or referrals? thanks...

  11. elli  

    January 24, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    My friend already applied on-line for an e-pass but was unfortunately rejected. In their response, they also also for addt'l info. One of these inquiries include Company's RCB No. Can you tell me what is this? =)

  12. eloi  

    January 27, 2008 at 1:09 AM

    I accidentally read your blog & na amazed talaga ako.Bihira ang pinoy who shares such useful info. Thanks a lot! Just want to know if caregivers are "in" there. May mga nursing home ba dyan? My classmates & I are desperately looking for a job. Hope you could email me more info. Salamat in advance.

  13. Anonymous  

    January 28, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Hi. You mentioned that we have to keep in mind that the purpose of going in Sing is just basically to visit the country/relatives. What if I do have the EPEC, should I need to present it with the officer and tell that my real purpose is to find job though I dont have any for now or should I stick to the reason of visiting only.

  14. Author  

    January 29, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    to 5% pwede ka mag walkin, jobfair at referrals na rin.

  15. Author  

    January 29, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    to not sure about caregiving industry here. the best way to know is to visit the jobsites i posted and check if you're career is in here....

  16. Author  

    January 29, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    to pinas, bear in mind na tourist ka kahit ano pa tanong nila sayo. they will not honor your EPEC at wag mo rin ipapakita sa kanila. pag dating mo ng singapore at wla kng EPEC, tourist rin ang panindigan mo at all cost. pero kung may EPEC ka namn, ipakita mo yon sa immigration officer. io-honor nila yon kasi issued by their government.

  17. Author  

    January 30, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    hi guyz..heads up! i have some good news for you. see my post on this blog

  18. alienware  

    February 6, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    i have learned so much in your blogs...very useful tlaga.almost all the questions i want to ask was already there, but there is still somehing that bothers me..db b4 going there dpat may return ticket?how many days dpat ang ippalagay ko s return ticket ko para d nko magkaproblema s immigration? in searching a job...pag tinawgan b ng cmpany may iba pang hhanapin documents aside from passport, diploma and TOR? bka kc magka problema pag nlaman nlang tourist lang ako...please kindly answer all my questions..thanks...god bless

  19. Author  

    February 19, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    hi alienware....try to book a round trip ticket for 30 days...ok na yon. pag tinawagan ka na for job, ang kelangan lang eh passport, TOR, certificate of employment, resume at pictures.

  20. alienware  

    February 20, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    thanx for the info kabayan. Kpag 30 days ba ang ipina book ko d na kaya ako ma question s immigration?hhanapan ba ako ng letter of invitation?what if wla ako friends jan s singapore na pwede mag bigay ng letter sa akin would it be possible na ma grant pa rin un 30 days ko jan kung yun ang ipapalagay ko s return ticket ko?salamat....

  21. alienware  

    February 20, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Kabayan hw aboutIn serarching a job???kc may nabasa ako s internet na may nakulong daw na pinoy s singapore habang naghahanap ng work dhil nlaman n tourist lang sya...Pag tinawagan kb ng employer kasama pa s question kung tourist ka?...

  22. Anonymous  

    March 5, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    What a big help! Two thumbs up! So far I find your article to be extremely helpful for newbies like me who dreams big dreams to go and work in Singapore. Keep this thread running please!

  23. Glenn (Dragonfly)  

    March 8, 2008 at 4:36 AM

    To the author of this blog.

    I'm dragonfly of PinoySG , and the author of the F.A.Q. -for Pinoys who want to work in Singapore.
    My real name is Glenn.

    I appreciate your posting my FAQ on your website. However, did you ask my permission before posting this FAQ on this website?

    If you had asked and i had probably forgotten, then its alright.

    The thing is, may nag akusa sa akin sa PinoySG, may nagpost na copy ang paste lang daw ang ginawa ko doon sa FAQ na ginawa ko..

    As a result, the F.A.Q and the whole thread was deleted by the admin.

    that is why im searching the internet for any existing copies of my F.A.Q.

    This FAQ was first posted on the TPC forum (please click on the link below and scroll at the middle.). Ako rin po ang the same "Dragonfly" who first posted this.

    You can have this FAQ stay on your website, However I may need to ask you one favor.

    Please do place the following words (i would appreciate if its in BOLD LETTERS) at the Beginning of the FAQ or on your webpage.


    Salamat po ng marami.

  24. Anonymous  

    March 9, 2008 at 3:58 PM

    helo po, im searching for a job in singapore, nurse po ako with 1 yr and 6 months experience, posible po ba na maka hanap ako work kaht hindi ako frm singapor at hindi rin ako nakatake sa kanilang bord exam dun?

  25. Anonymous  

    March 10, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    hi glenn a.k.a dragonfly, actually i first read the FAQ on how to work in singapore on your website. we are lucky, kasi tinutulungan nyo kami. by giving us informations, the pros and cons, the consequences, kung ano yong dapat naming gawin. maraming salamat. its a big help for us. very useful blogs.
    this could change our lives
    kung di man kami palarin sa s'pore. salamat pa rin kasi andami naming natutunan sa blogs nyo.
    sa author nitong website at sayo dragonfly, maraming maraming salamat:-)

  26. Author  

    March 10, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    hi glenn...i apologize kung na post ko ang FAQ article mo. i just want to help other aspiring pinoy who want to work here in Singapore. due to several mails and inquiries i am receiving everyday, i decided to just copy your FAQ and give the link to them. on the bottom of the article, i posted your name but i admit its not enough to acknowledge your effort. i did what you suggested, i post the acknowledgment on the beginning of the article. sana'y marami pa tayong matulungan na mga kababayan natin.

  27. johnlene  

    March 10, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    helo po, im searching for a job in singapore, nurse po ako with 1 yr and 6 months experience, posible po ba na maka hanap ako work kaht hindi ako frm singapor at hindi rin ako nakatake sa kanilang bord exam dun?

  28. Anonymous  

    March 13, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Thank you very much for the info.My husband is preparing to be there by April.And i'm so glad to read this article.GodBless!

  29. Anonymous  

    March 19, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Hi, thank you for your blog. I have been thinking of working in Singapore for greener pastures. But may I know if they are particular with age limits? I am turning 40 this year. I am working as an Accountant for over 16yrs. I really want to try my luck in Singapore, but at my age i'm afraid nobody will hire me. Maybe you can enlighten me with my concerns.

  30. Anonymous  

    April 7, 2008 at 2:09 AM

    I am a Political Science graduate... may future ba ako sa Singapore? I really want to know... Thanks!

  31. Author  

    April 16, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    guys....if you have questions, email me at


    May 8, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    tnx a lot!i was enlightned by ur blogs!im planning to go to Singapore this July and look for a job.perhaps i could just apply for the EPEC.Hope you cud giv me more infos about EPEC.

    More power!^_^

  33. Mari  

    June 25, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    thanx for that very helpful and useful blogs...I know that your blogs will help a lot of people.Very interesting...Continue to help other people...God speed!

  34. Mari  

    June 25, 2008 at 2:43 PM

    another thing, my husband I think will try to go there as a tourist this July or August.Ininvite cia ng brother nya,permanent residents na cla dyan.he'll try to look for a job there. Marami bng demand sa mga teachers dyan?thanks

  35. Anonymous  

    July 28, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    hi richard, thank you very much for the time and effort you exerted on this blog just to help your fellow filipinos. i hope there would be more filipinos like you. mabuhay ka and God bless!

  36. paul  

    August 26, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Thank you for all the information. i just want to ask kasi im a newly graduate nurse here in our country and im planning to go to sg and try to find a job. i know we need to take an exam first to work as a nurse, it is possible to work first in a fastfood chain or something like that? i think mas malaki ang chance namin makakuha nang work kung ganung type nang work.keep it up...

  37. Anonymous  

    October 7, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    thanks for such a very informative blogs

  38. Anonymous  

    October 9, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    rejected ang EPEC ko cguro dahil sa skuk ko.but still willing to go to singapore to look for a job.cno gusto sumabay n lng sakin?lol

  39. Anonymous  

    November 20, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Hello everyone.tnx for all the useful info. Ask ko lang, I've been to SG on social visit pass from Sept. 19 to Nov. 14 '08. Nag exit na ako sa pinas since mag expire na ang visit pass ko. It so happen that on my last day sa SG may job interview ako. Last Tuesday the employer emailed me na they will process my SPass. Today, I received an email na approve na ang Pass ko. Tanong ko lang, In-Principle Approval lang ba dalhin ko para i present sa Immigration sa SG para makapasok ako ulit sa SG this soon? Please enlighten me..Kasi kailangan ko balik kaagad sa SG on monday. Thanks po and God bless.


  40. nestle  

    February 22, 2009 at 7:06 PM

    wow... that was so informative. i have never read any article or a guide that is so detailed. i do believe that this is an unselfish act, as you have inspired other pinoy to pursue their dreams in terms of working abroad. also you have shared your knowledge to people and you give them the confidence to work in singapore. thank you so much, as i really appreciate your blog. hope you post more topics.

  41. Richard Macalintal  

    April 19, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    hi guyz...for your queries, please post it in the forum

  42. Richard Macalintal  

    April 19, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    hi guyz...for your queries, please post it in the forum

  43. Zapot  

    June 25, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Thank you, this is really helpful. But I hope you will still post updates regarding this topic.

    More power!

  44. Richard Macalintal  

    November 12, 2009 at 6:52 PM

    hi guyz...for more info or questions email nyo na lang ako

  45. MS  

    November 14, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Hi! I and my friend is planning to go to Singapore on January. I feel so lucky to stumble upon your blog.For a first timer like me, It would be a total big help. I got all the information i needed.
    Thanks a lot and keep up to good work.

  46. miagraciatamayo  

    November 18, 2009 at 12:55 PM

    Your blogsite is ssooooo useful!! thanks for all the info... halos kumpleto lahat ng info na nilagay mo..i am planning to go look for a job in singapore, though parang nakakatakot na pumunta muna doon as tourist(most advised by my friends)...coz baka wala agad makuha na job...and ang mamahal daw ng bilihin doon...please advise...

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  48. Anonymous  

    February 3, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    lucky to have read your blog! Thank you!

  49. Baryn  

    March 10, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    hi! thank you for this helpful blog. I am a filipina currently in Dubai but wanted to shift working in Singapore.. first because the exchange rate is higher. second, it's very near home and inexpensive air fare. i wish i could achieve this soon..
    again, many thanks

  50. Anonymous  

    March 15, 2010 at 7:57 PM

    hi thanks for a very updated ideas that you share in your blog regarding how to work in singapore...coz me and my friend planning to go there as soon as we can.Isn't it possible for a fresh graduate to land a job there without experience here else with an experience here but only 6months? pls advise..thanks a lot!

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    March 30, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    your blog thought me a lot of the thing i needed. I'm planning to try my luck in singapore next month. I'm working here in saudi arabia as a therapist. But life here is really not so promising..I'm hoping you'll do part 4,to widen up more of what we have to know..Thank you so much for the interesting info..I hope i can see you or meet you when i come to singapore.So i can shake your hands. Anne

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  53. Anonymous  

    May 18, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    thank you very much for the infor you shared..
    it makes me more confident because of the info you discuss..all questions that i want to ask is already answered..
    im now preparing my passport to work there..
    thank you very much once again.
    God bless you more with your advocacy..

  54. Kim  

    May 18, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    I'm currently here in Libya, interested ako mag Singapore. I'm a Civil Engineering grad, ask lang sana ako kung madami pang on going construction works diyan sa SG? Kung may pag-asa ang isang katulad kong CE sa SG? thanks..

  55. Kim  

    May 18, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    I'm currently here in Libya, interested ako mag Singapore. I'm a Civil Engineering grad, ask lang sana ako kung madami pang on going construction works diyan sa SG? Kung may pag-asa ang isang katulad kong CE sa SG? thanks..

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  58. Anonymous  

    September 1, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Kabayan ,napakalaking tulong e2ng mga info na ito lalo na sa katulad ko na nagpaplanu na pumunta diyan sa singapore, marahil maganda ang iyong trabaho dyan sa singapore dhil may bachelor degree ka natapos, sa tulad ko na graduate lang ng 2 years course na ang experience ay halos lahat sa sales at custome service may makita kya ako trbaho, kagagaling ko lng ng dubai at sa sales ako nagwork for 3 years kya lang natangal ako at umuwi satin.May maaadvice ka ba sakin.Salamat at mabuhay ka.

  59. Anonymous  

    September 2, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    I found your blog very useful and I think you are extremely generous for taking the time to share.Thank you. I have a question though, I am an architect interested in working there.I was told the best time to go would be around Chinese new year since hiring is slower around the later parts of the year. How true is this? Any thoughts? Thanks again

  60. Anonymous  

    September 15, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    My daughter works in SG as research associate since June 2010. I would like to follow and work there but I am already 55 years old and presently an HR Manager of a manufacturing firm in Gateway Business Park, Gen. Trias, Cavite. Is there a chance for me at this age to be hired?'

  61. Anonymous  

    November 2, 2010 at 12:02 AM

    I was interviewed here in the Philippines, I got the job thru agency. What are the things the agency will provide me? How about my accommodation there, will my employer shoulder it?

  62. Jeffox  

    November 8, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    Thank you very much Mr. Richard Macalintal for sharing this very essential infos on ways on finding jobs in Singapore.. this is really huge help to someone like me who has zero idea on how to file my application..

  63. Hanz  

    November 21, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    Thank You. This article is so helpful. I will try to find a Job in SG after summer next year and thakyou for an early briefing.

  64. Anonymous  

    January 21, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    you blog will help others but most of especially are filipinos.....mabuhay ka!

  65. Anonymous  

    April 15, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    I have one query.
    What happend if two employeer apply for E Pass for one candidate at same time?

  66. chris  

    May 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Your blog is so helpful for Filipinos like me. I just noticed that you did not discuss on education, exmaple if we try to bring our children, where could we enroll them. Is there a Philippine school there in singapore?
    More power.

  67. butterfLhEi  

    June 5, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    diko po alam if this is still working pero try ko na rin po....i used to work in a shipping company as a data analyst for 11 months then i resigned to pursue my teaching career...i am currently employed as a public elementary teacher for there any chance that they will hire me even if my work experience is not more than 1 year???...if in case,hiring po kaya ang mga shipping company jan??...i prefer to work in an office if given a chance...thanks po ng marami...Godbless....i hope to get your reply....lhei...n_n

  68. Anonymous  

    June 7, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Ask ko lang kasi graduate ako ng associate in computer science, 1 2 year course lang pero ang experience ko sa work puro sa sales at customer service. Tanong ko lang kung marami bang company dyan na nagha-hire ng sales sales staff o other related jobs? Thanks in advance.

  69. spooky28  

    June 22, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    ur blog is really useful, thanks. tanong ko lang kung saan ang pinaka best area to stay in kung maghahanap ka ng work (ex orchard, chinatown) cheap pero malapit sa applyan ng trabaho?

  70. Yence  

    October 11, 2011 at 3:23 AM

    salamat po sa bolg nyo, i am planning to go sa singapore nxt year, kakagraduate ko po last april, pero i start working in call center nung May. my work experience din ako for 2 years nung high school ako. do you think i can already land a job there? registered nurse na po ako at madami ng trainings at seminars na na attend. thank you.. ;)

  71. Anonymous  

    November 5, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    im applying as service crew in an agency you think i need to push this? thanks in advance

  72. Anonymous  

    June 9, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    magkano po bang pera ang kailangan at dapat ko maipakita sa singapore immigration? kelngan ba in singapore currency na or kahit peso pa?

  73. Anonymous  

    June 22, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    Thank you so much for this information. God bless you. You are so helpful. Jo

  74. Anonymous  

    September 17, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Hi sir. Maraming salamat sa blog nyo, very informative. Pero yung sa situation ko naman, na hire ako via applying online. Tapos gusto ng company sa SG na pahanapin ako ng agency para daw for easy processing. Legit naman ang company. Any recommendations/comments regarding my situation sir? I am sure it would be very helpful. Thank you in advance. -Kris

  75. Anonymous  

    September 17, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Just for clarification for above comment, agency dito sa Pinas. -Kris

  76. Unknown  

    June 4, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Hi! po! MARAMING SALAMAT po talaga sa blog niyo sir, I'm looking forward to work soon in Singapore, at salamat po sa blog niyo, very Informative at helpful siya lalo na sa beginner na katulad ko. Two thumbs up po :)

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