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FAQs on current work pass requirements

Get more details about the current work pass requirements, such as application, renewal, cancellation, etc.

I would like to submit a work pass application for a candidate who is currently overseas. Can I proceed to do so?Show

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.

I have employees whose passes are expiring from 6 June 2020 to 15 July 2020, but they need time to do their medical examinations. Can I renew their passes first?Show

Yes, you can renew passes expiring from 6 June 2020 to 15 July 2020 for 3 months first without the pass holder's completed medical examination form. You need to complete the relevant steps to get the 3-month renewal

My workers need to complete the required trades certification (e.g. CSOC, MSOC, etc) to get their Work Permits issued or renewed. What should I do?Show

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. 

I have cancelled my employee's pass. However, we are not able to get send him/her home due to travel restrictions. Can MOM extend their stay in Singapore?Show

Find out what are the actions required to extend your employee's stay while the travel restrictions are in place. 

When should pass holders go for their medical examinations?Show

Most clinics would have resumed six-monthly medical examinations (6MEs), medical examinations for issuance and renewal of passes in Phase 2. 

To avoid a long wait at the 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 can proceed with the issuance transaction without the completed medical examination form. Please only make an appointment for card registration after your pass holders have completed their medical examinations. 

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.

To give pass holders time for the medical examinations, we will allow you to renew passes expiring from 6 June 2020 to 15 July 2020 for 3 months first without the completed medical examination forms. You need to complete the relevant steps to get the 3-month renewal.

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

My foreign worker/FDW needs to complete the Settling-in Programme (SIP) before the pass can be issued. What should I do?Show

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

Can my pass holder visit the service centre for card registration?Show

Pass holders can now make an appointment with our Employment Pass Services Centre or MOM Services Centre (Hall C) 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.

Can my pass holder continue to remain in Singapore while waiting to make an appointment with the service centre?Show

Yes, pass holders 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.

My pass holder's notification letter is expiring soon. Do I need to extend it?Show

No, you do not need to. 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 for card registration. No hard copy letters will be issued for this extension.

I have completed my card registration at the service centre. When will MOM deliver my card?Show

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.

In the meantime, pass holders 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.

Will MOM allow employers to reduce the salaries of their foreign employees to below their respective salary criteria?Show

Yes. For those that are unable to work during this Circuit Breaker period, we understand if the salaries for some EP and S Pass holders need to be temporarily adjusted below the respective qualifying salaries. Employers should continue to treat their foreign employees fairly and responsibly, taking into consideration the levy waiver and rebate provided by the government.

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