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Current work pass requirements

These are the current work pass requirements for pass holders (foreign domestic workers (FDWs), work pass holders and their dependants): 

Updated as of 30 July 2020

Card registration

Pass holders can now make an appointment with our Employment Pass Services Centre or Hall C of MOM Services Centre for card registration. 

Please do not make an appointment for the following groups of pass holders yet:

  • Those who need to do a medical examination, as stated in their in-principle approval (IPA) letters, and have not done so. Please only make an appointment after they have completed their medical examinations. 
  • Those who stay in dormitories. Please only make an appointment after their dormitories have been cleared.
  • Those who are on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) / Quarantine Order (QO). Please only make an appointment after they have completed the SHN / QO or their test results confirm they are cleared or have recovered from COVID-19, whichever is later.

We will continue to extend the expiry dates of notification letters and card registration due dates to give pass holders time to make an appointment. No hard copy letters will be issued for this extension.

In the meantime, they can remain in Singapore with their notification letters or card replacement letters. Those who telecommute or work in permitted services approved by MTI may use the letters as proof of the validity of their passes.

Card delivery services

As we need to regulate delivery services to ensure the safety of our riders, it may take up to 3 weeks for cards to be delivered.

Authorised recipients will be notified of the delivery by SMS 2 working days before the actual date. 

Medical examinations for pass holders

Most clinics would have resumed six-monthly medical examinations (6MEs), medical examinations for issuance and renewal of passes. 

To avoid a long wait at clinics and ensure the pass holders’ safety, please make an appointment with clinics before sending them there.

For issuance and renewal of passes, the IPA letter will indicate whether pass holders need to do a medical examination. 

For those who do not need to do a medical examination, you can proceed to get their passes issued and make an appointment for card registration, if applicable.

Type of medical examination Details
For issuance

You must now upload the completed medical examination form during the issuance transaction. 

For passes issued earlier on without the medical examination forms, please send the pass holders for their medical examinations. Once they have completed it, you can proceed to make an appointment for card registration, if applicable.

We will continue to extend the expiry dates of notification letters and card registration due dates to give pass holders time to make the card registration appointment. No hard copy letters will be issued for this extension.

In the meantime, they can remain in Singapore with their notification letters or card replacement letters. Those who telecommute or work in permitted services approved by MTI may use the letters as proof of the validity of their passes.

For renewals

You must upload the completed medical examination form during the renewal transaction.

The following groups of pass holders will be given time to complete their medical examinations for renewal. Those who:

  • Stay in uncleared dormitories. (You can check whether the dormitories have been cleared.)
  • Are on Stay-Home Notice, Quarantine Order or Leave of Absence.
  • Took a COVID-19 test and are found to have active COVID-19 or their results are inconclusive. 
  • Are currently overseas.

Please refer to our email or announcement in WP Online and EP Online for what to do for such pass holders.

For all other pass holders, including those who are still waiting for approval to start work by the sector’s lead agency, please send them for their medical examinations and renew their passes to keep them.

6MEs for FDWs and female Work Permit holders

Please ignore any 6ME notification letters sent from January 2020 to April 2020.

We will inform FDW employers of the new 6ME due dates by email and post. 

Companies can now check their workers’ new 6ME due dates using WP Online:

> Click Print Letters / Forms / Receipts on the left menu

> Choose 6-monthly examination

Workers who need trades certification (e.g. CSOC or MSOC) to get their Work Permits issued or renewed

All in-person WSH training is suspended until further notice.

In the meantime, you can proceed to get Work Permits issued or renewed as safety course / certification requirements are waived.

Settling-in Programme (SIP) for foreign workers and FDWs

SIP for Details
Foreign workers employed by businesses

SIP for workers has been suspended. You can still proceed to get Work Permits issued. 

Once the SIP has resumed, we will contact you by post to send your workers for it. They will be given 1 month to complete their SIP. 

FDWs

SIP for FDWs will resume on 13 July 2020. 

If your FDW’s Work Permit has been issued and she has not completed her SIP, we will contact you by email and post. You will need to send her for the SIP by 11 August 2020

Cancellation of passes and extension of stay

If the employment has ended, find out what are the actions required to send your pass holders home or extend their stay while the travel restrictions are in place. 

While we are progressively re-opening our borders, approvals for any new applications are still limited. You may continue to apply passes for foreigners who are already in Singapore.