Singapore – Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to Introduce a New Format for Work Pass Cards

What is changing?

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will introduce a new format for Work Pass Cards. The new card system is designed to enhance security and facilitate organizational operations when enquiring on the most up-to-date pass validity and verifying card authenticity. In addition, the new card system will reduce the need to replace cards when passes are renewed. Work Pass Cards currently display the Date of Application, Date of Issue, Date of Expiry and Occupation fields. These will all be removed from the physical card. Instead, the latest information for the work pass holder will be made available virtually via:

  1. A new Mobile App called SGWorkPass,
  2. A new web service, and
  3. Existing work pass system’s enquiry function.

Implementation will be staggered over three (3) phases:

Phase One (1): Work Permits (Construction & Marine Sectors) – Q3 2017                      

Phase Two (2): Work Permits (Domestic Worker & other remaining sectors) – Q1 2018

Phase Three (3): Employment Passes, S Passes, and all other Long Term Passes- Q2 2018

Who is affected?

  • All employers of foreign workers in Singapore
What you need to do
Planning ahead
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.