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Why must I get a foreigner’s written consent before applying for a work pass for them?

As an employer, you must do so in order to protect the interests of both parties should a dispute arise.

This applies to:

  • All types of work passes.
  • All new applications.
  • All renewals.

MOM considers any document to be written consent if it shows a foreigner’s agreement to be employed by the employer. An example will be a signed employment contract.

There is no particular format, but a verbal consent will not be accepted.

If the foreigner objects to a work pass application being submitted on their behalf, we will ask to see the written consent. MOM may take enforcement action if it could not be produced.
Last Updated: 29 May 2017