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Why do applications for Employment Pass, S Pass and related passes take 3 weeks or more to process?

In general, 85% of our applications are processed within 3 weeks. However, due to the evolving employment and security landscape, MOM has put in place more measures to check and verify work pass applications. This includes verifying documents, qualifications, and data with other government agencies, including overseas organisations when required. 

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

All these measures will take time to complete and may sometimes push the processing time to more than 3 weeks.