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Why is there a need for MOM to increase the processing time for work passes?

The processing times for the different work passes were last updated between 2005-2010.

Our employment and security landscape has since evolved and MOM has put in place more measures to check and verify work pass applications. These measures, such as verifying documents, qualifications and data with other government agencies and even overseas organisations take more time.

Besides checking applicant-related criteria, we have also stepped up to check if the hiring firms are adopting fair employment practices.