According to a new Berry Appleman & Leiden (BAL) advisory, employers in Singapore have been informed by the Ministry of Manpower will begin requiring individual contact information as part of the application process for work passes, effective 26 January.

The regulation applies to applications for Employment Passes, S Passes, Dependant’s Passes and Long Term Visit Passes, and will require the employer to submit the applicant's email address. Applications may be delayed if applicants are not prepared to provide the required information.

Renewals and reissuances will require both an email address and a Singapore mobile phone number. In the meantime, pass holder contact information must be updated online if it changes.

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According to the Ministry of Manpower, the new requirements are being put in place to “enable pass holders to receive important updates during emergencies or on their pass-related matters.”

The new requirement comes as Singapore moves toward a virtual pass system, where newly issued passes will contain a code that will allow cardholders or employers to check check pass validity, expiration dates and other details on the web or through the SGWorkPass mobile app, finds BAL.

The virtual programme has already been launched for work permit holders and will be extended to Employment Passes, S Passes, Dependent’s Passes and Long Term Visit Passes in March.

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