Ministry of Manpower asking for verification of qualifications in some cases

  • Singapore
  • 10/22/2019
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What is the immigration news? Singapore has begun requiring some applicants to have their qualifications verified as part of the application process for Employment Passes, S Passes and Training Employment Passes.

Employment Pass, S Pass and Training Employment Pass applicants whose college or university is not listed on a Ministry of Manpower online pull-down menu will be prompted to have their diplomas and above qualifications verified by a global verification agency.

* Implementation: Immediate and ongoing. * Documents affected: Employment Passes, S Passes and Training Employment Passes. * Who is affected: Employers and foreign nationals applying for Employment Passes, S Passes and Training Employment Passes. * What to watch: For the time being, applicants can determine whether they require diploma and above qualifications verification by beginning the application process online and seeing whether their college or university is listed.

Background: Employment Pass, S Pass and Training Employment Pass applicants are required to provide a copy of their diploma and above qualifications in order to submit an application. The Ministry of Manpower has been stringent when assessing work pass applications and, at its discretion, may request verification proof for an applicant’s qualifications.

BAL Analysis: The change will add an administrative step for some Employment Pass, S Pass and Training Employment Pass applicants. Employers may need to make slight adjustments to timelines for employees who have to complete the additional step.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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