Singapore e-Alert: Ministry of Manpower Cracks Down on Residential Address Reporting Requirements

What is changing?

Effective October 2017, the Ministry of Manpower is more strictly implementing the requirements for work pass holders to accurately update their contact information, including their residential address, email address, and mobile telephone number.

Who will be affected?

  • All work pass holders in Singapore

What to Expect

Following several instances where work pass holders were found to be residing illegally in overcrowded residential buildings or in commercial buildings, the Ministry of Manpower has announced its intent to be more stringent in enforcing the requirement that work pass holders update the Ministry of Manpower in a timely manner regarding changes to their contact information.

Work pass holders, including Employment Pass and S Pass holders, are required to provide the Ministry of Manpower with their residential address, mobile telephone number, and email address upon entering the country. This requirement ensures that the Ministry of Manpower is able to contact work pass holders quickly in the event of an emergency. Should changes to this contact information be made, work pass holders are required to update the Ministry of Manpower of the changes within fourteen (14) days via EP Online.

Work pass holders who are repeat offenders may be barred from working in Singapore. Employers should inform employees of the importance of complying with the subletting requirements under the Housing & Development Board (HDB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA).

Work pass holders are reminded that they should not declare a commercial building / office as their residential address.

What you need to do

Planning ahead

  • Emigra can assist with guiding employers and employees through the information update process in EP Online.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.