Singapore – Update in Ministry of Manpower Form Endorsement Requirements

What has changed

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has indicated that it no longer requires businesses to endorse forms using their company stamps. This update applies to all MOM forms, including the employer’s declaration page of the In Principle Approval (IPA).

In addition, the MOM has confirmed that it no longer requires the employer’s original signature in the IPA declaration page and other forms. The only original signatures required are those provided by the relevant pass holder (principal work pass holder and dependant[s]). However, digital signatures will not be accepted by MOM; the scanned copy from the company’s authorized representative must be a copy of an original signature. Employers can continue to submit original signature pages as per the current process, should they wish to do so.

Who is affected

Clients with foreign workers in Singapore.

What to expect

Since MOM is still in the process of updating their forms, employers are advised to ignore the company stamp field if still present on the form.

This latest update from the MOM is in line with the government’s move to streamline regulatory requirements and reduce compliance costs.

What you need to do

Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.