Singapore – Minimum Salary Increase for Employment Passes

Posted on July 29, 2016

Beginning January 1, 2017, the minimum salary for Employment Passes will increase from SG $3,300 to SG $3600 per month.  Employers that hired foreign nationals before January 1, 2017 may renew the existing salary criteria for three years.  There will… Read more »

SINGAPORE – Increases to S Pass and Work Permit Levies

Posted on April 1, 2016

Singapore’s Minister of Finance, Heng Swee Keat, has recently announced that S Pass and Work Permit levies will be increased as of July 1, 2016. S Pass holders among all industries and Work Permit holders in the services and construction… Read more »

SINGAPORE – Permissible Activities for Work Pass Exempt Category Restricted

Posted on November 9, 2015

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has restricted the specialized skills that foreign nationals are allowed to perform under the Work Pass Exempt (WPE) category. The amended activities that foreign nationals are now able to perform under the WPE include providing… Read more »

SINGAPORE – Narrowed Salary Ranges in Job Advertisements

Posted on August 21, 2015

The Ministry of Manpower had previously announced that employers will be required to publish salary ranges for job vacancies as part of the new job advertising guidelines taking effect on October 1st, 2015. Now, the ministry has released more details… Read more »

SINGAPORE – Increased Minimum Salary to Sponsor Dependents

Posted on July 17, 2015

The minimum salary for work pass holders looking to sponsor dependents will increase as of September 1, 2015. To sponsor spouses and children, the new minimum salary will be SGD 5,000 per month instead of the SGD 4,000. If the… Read more »

SINGAPORE – Stringent Measures for Highly-Skilled Workers’ Applications

Posted on July 17, 2015

According to the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), employers hiring highly-skilled foreign workers will be subject to stricter rulings in order to maximize work opportunities for Singaporean citizens. These changes bring new salary publication requirements and stricter examination of applications for… Read more »

SINGAPORE – Manual Applications No Longer Accepted for Most Pass Types

Posted on May 15, 2015

Beginning June 1st, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will require that applications for most pass types be submitted through MOM’s online portal. Applications to which the new requirement will apply include the following new and renewal applications for: Work Permits,… Read more »

SINGAPORE – Increases in S Pass and Work Permit Levies Temporarily Delayed

Posted on March 6, 2015

In the efforts of reducing the influx of foreign workers, the Singaporean government had announced hikes in the monthly levies for employers with workers on S Passes and Work Permits. However, the government has since determined that these increased levies… Read more »

SINGAPORE – Employment Pass Required Before Start of Work

Posted on December 19, 2014

Effective March 16, 2015, foreign workers will no longer be permitted to start work immediately upon arrival with a valid In-Principal Approval letter. Rather, the Ministry of Manpower will require that they obtain an Employment Pass prior to beginning work…. Read more »

INDIA/SINGAPORE/MALAYSIA – Diwali Government Office Closures

Posted on October 16, 2014

In observance of the Diwali (Deepavali) holiday, government offices (including all immigration services) will be closed during the following days: In India: October 22nd – 24th In Singapore: October 22nd In Malaysia: October 22nd Employers and foreign workers should be… Read more »