SINGAPORE – New Administrative Fees from April 2019

Effective 1 April 2019, the application and issuance/renewal fees will be significantly increased for the Employment Pass, S Pass, Work Permit and other passes administered by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

SINGAPORE – New Administrative Fees from April 2019

This alert was prepared using information obtained from Newland Chase.

KENYA – In-Country Work Permits Suspended [UPDATED]

As of 10 December 2018, the Kenyan government has issued a directive suspending the in-country issuance of work permits and visa extensions. Once implemented, applications for entry/work permits must be submitted while the foreign national is outside Kenya. Upon the expiry of a permit or pass, the foreign national will be required to leave the country until the permit or pass is renewed and issued.

[UPDATE] As of 14 January 2019, this directive has not yet been implemented. However, increased scrutiny is being given to all applications with more stringent vetting of approvals for permits and passes. Approvals will only be given for positions where it is clearly demonstrated that there is no local skill-set available or that the sponsoring entity has taken genuine steps to train Kenyan understudies.

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SINGAPORE – Upcoming New Housing Checks for Work Pass Holders

Effective 14 September 2018, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) in Singapore will check work pass applicants’ residential addresses when issuing passes.

When an employment agent issues a request to issue a work pass, MOM will only approve the request if the applicant’s address meets relevant housing requirements.

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SINGAPORE – Upcoming New Housing Checks for Work Pass Holders

This alert was prepared using information obtained from Newland Chase Singapore.

SINGAPORE – Higher Salary Threshold for Dependent Privileges from January 2018

Effective 1 January 2018, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will raise the salary threshold for work pass holders to qualify for dependent privileges.

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SINGAPORE – Higher Salary Threshold for Dependent Privileges from January 2018

This alert was prepared using information obtained from Newland Chase.

SINGAPORE – Software Installation No Longer Eligible for Work Pass Exemption

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has recently removed software installation from its list of activities eligible for a short-term work pass exemption.

MOM has also updated its requirements for the “Seminars and Conferences” category of eligible activities, clarifying that work “must not have sale or promotion of goods or services as its main purpose”. Sale of goods or services is, however, allowed under the “Exhibitions” category.

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SINGAPORE – Software Installation No Longer Eligible for Work Pass Exemption

This alert was prepared using information provided by Kinetica PTE Ltd.