Effective March 26, 2018, the Employment Permits (Amendment) Regulations 2018 introduce several changes, including an important new documentary requirement and an expansion of the occupations qualifying for intra-company transfers.

What are the key changes?

  • A copy of the signed employment contract must be submitted in support of all initial and renewal employment permit applications.
  • The Ineligible Categories of Employment List (ICEL) is no longer applicable to Intra-Company Transfer Employment Permit applications.
  • Several animation occupations have been added to the Highly Skilled Eligible Occupations List (HSEOL).
  • Several chef grades have been exempted from the Ineligible Categories of Employment List (ICEL).

Applicants for new or renewal employment permits from March 26, 2018 should be sure to submit a signed employment permit in support of the application.  Employers should consult an immigration specialist to check how the changes to the occupation lists may affect them.


Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.