Effective 1 December, the Manpower Office has introduced a new appointment system for the manual submission of applications for the RPTK (Expatriate Placement Plan), the TA-01 (individual foreign employee approval) and the IMTA (individual work permit).
Previously, paper applications could be submitted manually the day after completing the relevant online application. Under the new system, the appointment date may be set for more than three weeks after the online application, significantly delaying processing at all three stages.
There have also been changes to the documentary requirements for TA-01 applications and to the validity period of work permits in some cases.
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