Singapore – Ministry of Manpower Sets 90-Day Limit for Work Pass Exemption

What has changed

Effective immediately, foreigners may only spend a maximum of ninety (90) cumulative days each calendar year in Singapore under the Work Pass Exempt category.The Work Pass Exempt category allows foreigners to take part in certain work activities in Singapore for a short time without applying for a work pass as long as the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is notified of these activities.

Previously, there were no written instructions or restrictions on the number of visits (of up to sixty days) a foreigner could make under the Work Pass Exempt category.

Who is affected?
What to expect

  • Those who currently make use of the Work Pass Exempt category

Companies in Singapore who make use of the Work Pass Exempt category should be aware of the new restrictions. Once the foreigner has spent the full ninety (90) day period permitted in Singapore under the Work Pass Exempt category, the employing company will need to apply for a work pass if the foreigner’s services are still required in the same calendar year.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

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

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.