Singapore – Upcoming Tightening of Foreign Worker Quota Rules

Posted on March 25, 2019

The Singapore Ministry of Manpower has announced planned changes to the foreign worker quota rules, which may make it harder for companies to employ foreign workers. Local Qualifying Salary Increase Effective July 1, 2019, the Local Qualifying Salary (LQS) will… Read more »


Singapore – Higher Minimum Salary for S Pass Applicants

Posted on December 10, 2018

Effective January 1, 2019, the minimum qualifying salary for the S Pass will be increased from SGD 2200 to SGD 2300. Further Details Existing S Passes expiring between January 1 and June 30, 2019 can be renewed for up to… Read more »


Singapore – Upcoming New Housing Checks for Work Pass Holders

Posted on September 24, 2018

Effective September 14, 2018, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore will check work pass applicants’ residential addresses when issuing passes. When an employment agent issues a request to issue a work pass, MOM will only approve the request if… Read more »


Singapore – Company Stamp No Longer Required on Forms

Posted on September 14, 2018

Effective September 10, 2018, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore no longer requires employers to endorse forms using their company stamps. This easing of requirements applies to all MOM forms, including the declaration page of the In Principle Approval… Read more »


Singapore – CorpPass Deadline Approaching

Posted on May 7, 2018

All clients with a registered company in Singapore are required to have a CorpPass account. The CorpPass was initially launched in September 2016 and the requirement was in place for January 2018 but was further extended to July 2018. The… Read more »


Singapore – New Work Pass

Posted on March 19, 2018

  New work passes were implemented on September 15, 2017 for the Marine Shipyard and Construction Sector to include a QR code that can be accessed on a mobile application, as seen here.  An app can be downloaded, which allows… Read more »


Singapore – Changes to Foreign Workforce Policy Announced

Posted on March 9, 2018

  The Ministry of Manpower has announced upcoming changes to its foreign workforce policy, including an expansion of the Fair Consideration Framework job advertising requirement for Employment Pass (EP) applications to include more companies and more positions, and an increase… Read more »


Singapore – CorpPass Deadline Extended

Posted on January 26, 2018

As reported previously, companies were required to register with CorpPass beginning of January 2018.  This has now been extended for seven months, before July 2018.  All local entities should register a CorpPass account and appoint appropriate delegates for digital services…. Read more »


Singapore – Detailed Recruitment Questions Added to Employment Pass Application Form

Posted on November 17, 2017

  Effective immediately, and without any official announcement, the Ministry of Manpower has added several questions to the Employment Pass (EP) online application form, requiring sponsoring employers to give additional, detailed information about their recruitment practices. The changes may cause… Read more »


Singapore – Mobile Phone Numbers Required for Work Permit Issuance or Renewal

Posted on October 27, 2017

  Effective November 17, 2017, employers must provide their foreign workers’ mobile phone numbers when completing the Ministry of Manpower’s (MOM’s) Online Foreign Worker Address Service (OWAS) updating prior to issuing or renewing their Work Permits (WPs). Note that this… Read more »