Firms to be allowed to hire workers on work permits instead of S Passes in 7 jobs

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Employers in the services and manufacturing sectors will be able to hire foreign workers under work permits instead of S Passes from next year.Currently, some employers hire manual workers on S Passes instead of work permits due to restrictions on the countries where work permit holders can be hired.From September…

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New scoring system for Employment Pass applicants from Sept 2023

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Foreign professionals looking to work in Singapore will soon need to pass a new evaluation process that takes into account factors such as their educational qualifications and whether the hiring company does not overly rely on workers from a single nationality.From Sept 2023, new Employment Pass (EP) applicants not only…

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Singapore extends vaccinated travel lanes to Penang, Bali, all India cities; new VTLs with Vietnam and Greece

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Singapore announced new vaccinated travel lanes (VTLs) for Vietnam and Greece on Friday (Mar 4), while extending the quarantine-free arrangement to more cities in Malaysia, Indonesia and India. From Mar 16, the air VTL for Malaysia will extend beyond Kuala Lumpur to include Penang, starting with four daily flights each way…

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Mandatory for employers to buy primary care plan for migrant workers from Apr 1

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 SINGAPORE: From April, employers will have to buy a primary care plan for migrant workers as part of their work pass requirements, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced on Saturday (Feb 19).This will apply to work permit and S Pass holders who live in dormitories, as well as those working in the…

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Budget 2022: Salary thresholds for new Employment Pass, S Pass applicants to be raised

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SINGAPORE - Employers who hire foreign workers will soon have to pay them higher minimum salaries.From September this year, the minimum qualifying salary for new Employment Pass applicants will be raised from the current $4,500 to $5,000. For the financial services sector, which has higher salary norms, the bar will…

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175 firms fined for not updating work pass holders’ addresses

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Knowing where work pass holders are staying is crucial in cases such as emergency contact tracing. But in the last two years, 175 firms have been fined over $1.1 million in total for failing to promptly update the residential addresses of 960 of them.The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Wednesday…

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Businesses must prepare for Omicron’s impact on manpower and operations

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With the ongoing Omicron wave of Covid-19 infections likely to hit many more people, businesses should implement continuity plans and adhere strictly to safe management measures (SMMs) to minimise operational disruptions.The Ministry of Health (MOH) issued this warning to employers on Friday (Jan 21), noting that the number of Omicron cases has…

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VACCINATION REQUIRED FOR NEW WORK PASSES APPLICATION

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Vaccination also will be a condition for the approval or grant of new long-term passes, work passes, as well as permanent residence from Feb 1 next year. Vaccination will also be required when renewing existing work passes.At the point of application, MOH said employers of work pass holders will be required to…

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Singapore citizens can enter Malaysia via land VTL from Dec 20

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SINGAPORE - Vaccinated Singapore citizens can enter Malaysia from next week (Dec 20) via the Causeway when the two countries expand a quarantine-free travel scheme at the land borders.Likewise, vaccinated Malaysians will be able to enter Singapore via the Causeway without quarantine under the expanded land Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme between…

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