8 February 2018

SINGAPORE: Requirements for passes for foreign nationals have changed

As of 26 January 2018, the requirements around the different passes for foreign nationals in Singapore have changed. In order to apply, receive or renew a work pass, the employees’ personal contact details must be provided on the Employment Pass online portal. 

For the initial pass application, only an email address of the foreign national is required. For the renewal and issuance of passes, both an email address and a Singapore mobile number should be submitted. In case the foreign national doesn’t have a Singapore mobile number, the local number of the human resources manager or a Singaporean resident can be provided instead.

This requirement applies to the following pass categories:

  • Training Employment Pass.
  • Dependant Pass.
  • Long-Term Visit Pass.
  • Employment Pass. 
  • S Pass holders.

For the last two categories this was already a requirement.

The Ministry of Manpower in Singapore wants to obtain this information from pass holders to enable them to receive important updates during emergencies or other pass related matters. 

How does this affect the client?

Pass holders should provide the Ministry of Manpower with the personal contact details such as email address and phone number. If the contact detail information has changed, this also should be updated in the Employment Pass online portal within 14 days after the change, otherwise penalties may apply. If the contact detail information is not provided, applicants may face some delays. Finally, the foreign national could miss out on important updates if this requirement is not met.




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